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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can I sue my sister if she took my car that I paid for because she allowed me to use her credit to qualify?

My sister allowed me to use her credit to help me qualify to finance a car.

My paystubs and employment was used and I made all the payments on the car. A few years later she was upset and decided to take the car from me because she claims “it’s her car”.

She has made ZERO... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In a situation where you've made all the payments on a car financed using someone else's credit, but the car is legally under their name, and they've taken it from you, you may have grounds to pursue legal action to recoup your investment. Documentation of all the payments... View More

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Q: My wife was in a rehab facility had a sexual relationship with another patient. Can I sue facility?
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answered on Feb 21, 2024

There is no statute that regulates sexual conduct within a hospital. Individual physician ethical codes prohibit sexual contact between doctors and patients. Perhaps employment regulations prohibit sexual contact between staff and patients.

However, all of these remedies are non-court...
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Q: Is there a timeframe in NY state in which custodial parents have to submit medical bills to noncustodial parent?

Custodial parent told noncustodial parent about child getting braces in Sept 2021. Noncustodial parent asked for itemized bill to see what their portion (50/50) would be. Custodial parent never sent any bills. Feb 2024 custodial parent demands $580 by text with pictures of bills dating back to... View More

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answered on Feb 19, 2024

No.

New York's Article 4 of the Family Court Act has no provision for deadlines of bills for unreimbursed medical expenses. Therefore, the determination of whether a bill is "reasonable" falls on the support magistrate doing the enforcement. Some magistrates will limit the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: How do you get the remaining amount of child support owed per court order that the SCU will not take out of check?

Uward Modification granted. I have a court order for child support stating that the non custodial parents child support obligation is "X" bi weekly and is to be paid through support collections unit. The court order was signed back in November of 2023 and retro active to the date or... View More

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answered on Feb 18, 2024

It is correct that SCU can only take a portion of the payor's income to pay for child support.

However, the Order should have also stated that the non-custodial parent must pay the balance via direct deposit or checks. So the attorney you spoke to is generally correct, you can file...
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Q: is the father of a 19yr son who attends college (father pays for boarding & tuition) the legal guardian?

19yr old is physically and mentally fine with no problems.

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answered on Feb 15, 2024

In New York, a parent is not automatically considered the legal guardian of their child once the child reaches the age of 18, as they are considered an adult in the eyes of the law. This means the 19-year-old son, who is physically and mentally capable, is legally responsible for his own decisions,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for New York on
Q: Can my adopted Mom kick me out since I’m 19 now?

I was adopted when I was a preteen. My mom is a single woman, it’s just her, my 4 biological siblings and I in the house. Ever since I turned 18, my mom has been advocating that I need to be out on my own. She has “kicked me out” multiple times, the longest only lasting a month. As time goes... View More

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

In the state of New York, parents have a legal obligation to provide support for their adopted children until they reach the age of 21. This means that even when a child turns 18, parents are still required to provide financial assistance for their education, medical expenses, and other necessities... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for New York on
Q: Can my adopted Mom kick me out since I’m 19 now?

I was adopted when I was a preteen. My mom is a single woman, it’s just her, my 4 biological siblings and I in the house. Ever since I turned 18, my mom has been advocating that I need to be out on my own. She has “kicked me out” multiple times, the longest only lasting a month. As time goes... View More

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

In order to get an answer, look up you nearest Legal Aid office, where indigent citizens can obtain legal advice on certain types of legal matters. Most states have law that allow a parent to no longer support an able-bodied adult, after a statutorily fixed age, which is usually 18. If a special... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: I'm interested on becoming a gaurdian of someone. Where do I start? Do you serve Livingston county?

My uncle was deemed incompetent but I think he seems with it to me when I talk to him. When I was a nurse I know patients were with it certain times of day. Why can't he make me POA like he says he wants. He has been in long term care for 2 years

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answered on Feb 8, 2024

To become a guardian in New York, especially for someone deemed legally incompetent, you would start by filing a petition for guardianship in the court that has jurisdiction over the matter, which could be the Surrogate's Court or Supreme Court in the county where your uncle resides, such as... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New York on
Q: Sole custody and finding by the Office of Children and Family Services

If 1 parent has sole legal custody but the parents were living together and the Office of Children and Family Services was called into investigate inadequate guardianship, food, clothing and shelter can the non-custodial parent be held accountable while custodial parent is not? Why would both... View More

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

We do not understand how there can be an order of custody between parents residing together. Nonetheless, assuming this is true, that a couple resides together with an order of custody and visitation between them, we will take a stab at answering this question.

There are very many moving...
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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Health Care Law and Elder Law for New York on
Q: I’m looking for a legal method that would give me the proper authority to manage my parent's care? Is a healthcare proxy

Is a healthcare proxy sufficient or do I need more?

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

A Health Care Proxy would allow you to make health care decisions if your parents were unable to do so themselves. However, managing their care, paying expenses, and completing paperwork would require a Power of Attorney to be signed by your parents naming you as their agent. In both cases, your... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Health Care Law and Elder Law for New York on
Q: I’m looking for a legal method that would give me the proper authority to manage my parent's care? Is a healthcare proxy

Is a healthcare proxy sufficient or do I need more?

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
answered on Feb 6, 2024

As my colleague correctly advised, a health care proxy will allow you to make medical decisions on behalf of your parents. If you wish to make other decisions on their behalf, they would need to sign a Power of Attorney form designating you as their agent (assuming they have capacity to understand... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Fighting for paternity. Mother of .my child had another man sign the birth certificate

She had another man who is in no way possible the father of my child sign the birth certificate. I've filed for custody but im not sure what to expect. She's also married to someone else.

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

With the facts as you state them, you need blood tests as a threshold . You must first prove you are the father. A DNA test of mother, father, and child will reveal positively your Paternity of the Child. Once the paternity is established you have standing to petition for Custody. You will have... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: ADA rights for blind mom in Cty court requesting braille documents
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In a custody case involving a blind mother in New York State, it's important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there are concerns about discrimination based on her disability. The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, including in legal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: In nys custody case with blind mom, do I need to talk to about violation of ADA rights for a disabled person.
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In a custody case involving a blind mother in New York State, it's important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there are concerns about discrimination based on her disability. The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, including in legal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: In nys custody case with blind mom, do I need to talk to about violation of ADA rights for a disabled person.
Tim Akpinar
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

I'm sorry for the disabled person's ordeal. Until you are able to consult with an attorney who specializes in ADA rights, here is a link to the website of the New York State Unified Court System that could hopefully be a starting point - ADA Accommodation Request Process -... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: Blind mom in custody case in Wayne county family court, NY. Requested to have documents brailled.

Like court orders, letters, etc. 2 years into case and still no accommodations. Court said they aren’t responsible

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In your situation, it's important to know that federal law, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), requires courts to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind. This often includes making documents available in Braille or... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: If child support isn’t court ordered , does it have to be paid ?

My kids dad and I have a separation agreement he has to pay 2,600 but it says once it’s approved by the judge … so he doesn’t have to pay child support till then ? Bc he was and now he isn’t . So can I take him for back child support? Or no because he isn’t forced to pay till the divorce... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

That is not true once the agreement is signed the obligation for child support is in effect. His obligation commenced when he entered into the agreement. You can go to Family court to enforce it it is not an executory agreement as he suggests requiring an incorporation into a Divorce decree to be... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Divorce and Child Support for New York on
Q: following the exaction of this agreement means?

Husband shall pay to the Wife the sum of $2,600.00 per month as and for basic child support which shall be made by certified funds on or before the first day of each month following the exaction of this agreement. So that means if this takes months ..he doesn’t have to pay child support till this... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

The answer is simple. Your agreement states child support payable first month after execution of the agreement. Therefore child support is payable and is accruing. You will have to go to court to enforce it. You should get a lawyer. He may also be responsible for fees. Consult a lawyer

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: Does my husband have to pay back child support?

We set up a separation agreement in Oct saying he would pay 2,600 a month . In Dec he stopped paying . We’re not divorced yet so the separation agreement is only notarized so far . I’m filing for child support through the court , not waiting for the divorce to be seen by a judge . When we go to... View More

Marco Caviglia
Marco Caviglia
answered on Jan 10, 2024

A properly executed separation agreement which includes child support is enforceable without any Supreme Court divorce action, and may be used to have a support magistrate in Family Court proceed, and yes, should result in arrears being paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for New York on
Q: Is there a time limit that a will should be settled by an appointed executor?
Marco Caviglia
Marco Caviglia
answered on Jan 10, 2024

An executor is a fiduciary, which means that s/he has personal responsibility and liability for all assets and liabilities of the estate. However, the executor has no powers until obtaining letters testamentary or preliminary letters testamentary from the Surrogate's Court as a result of... View More

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