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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: I have been denied a gun purchase in the state of Rhode Island

I have nothing on my record that I know of that would prevent me from getting a handgun. Only thing I can think of is I have my medical marijuana card issued to me by the state.

**sorry I don’t know how to reply to your message. I haven’t been able to get a hold of Pawtucket BCI yet but... Read more »

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Mar 28, 2020

Well, there must be a reason for the denial. Did you ask? Have you had a BCI check run with the Department of Attorney General or a police department? I believe the governor has extended the waiting period for gun purchases. I suggest that you directly inquire why your request was denied. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: Our mom passed away and left the house to all of us when it's sold do we all have to be at the closing or just executor
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 15, 2020

If the executor has the authority to sell, only the executor needs to be there. A probate attorney can help determine that or you can direct your question to the title company that is going to insure the sale to the buyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Do out of state officers email people for questioning


Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Mar 12, 2020

You should call and meet with a lawyer. This is not something you should blindly inquire about online. You will want an experienced criminal lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: I got in an argument with my ex. He strangled me and upon trying to get him off I scratched him. I got arrested.

I would like to hire an attorney but I am looking at being fired because I have had to miss so much time at work to go to court. I have not one thing on my record and have had 2 restraining orders on him in the past. I dont understand how they cannot see that I was not the aggressor.

John LaRochelle
John LaRochelle answered on Mar 10, 2020

You should follow through with your plan to hire an attorney. It’s important that you present a strong defense with an effective presentation of the evidence that demonstrates you were not the aggressor.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can you change vets for a pet when the vet refuses to remove a person you added for care not ownership of your pet.

Vet very uncooperative. I ordered heartworm via online store, easier and faster for me because I can't travel to this vet because of the proximity to where I reside; they denied it because they want to see the pet. All my paperwork proves I'm the owner; but vet refuses to remove my ex without... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 17, 2020

Since you are busy travelling, have you ex bring the pet. They have to be careful of identity theft - even for pets. Of course if your ex is not willing to care for the pet then you are free to engage any vet you like in any area you and the pet find convenient.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I am a 17 year old with a provisional license that is being convicted of a hit and run of an unattended vehicle.

I want to know what would happen because I was never aware of hitting that vehicle. I do remember driving that street that was very loud, narrow and full of wrongly parked cars everywhere

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 17, 2020

Talk to your lawyer about making restitution and negotiating a more palatable resolution. Not remembering is likely not your best defense, especially if there is a credible witness who does. Hitting parked cars is not generally excused, even when they are "wrongly parked"

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: How can the victim dismiss a domestic violence charge?

If I regret my decision to call the cops and believe I have no evidence against the defendant who wants to take it to trial what is the smoothest way for me to have the case dismissed? I just want it to be over and not backfire on me.

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Feb 16, 2020

The victim cannot dismiss a charge. The victim can communicate, however, that he/she does not wish to go forward. That may lead to a dismissal, depending on the facts. You should discuss this matter with a lawyer before you do anything in order to avoid any issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: Is a ticket for not having my headlights on while it’s raining count as a moving violation?

More importantly my concern is if it counts towards the Colin Foote act because I know I am close to 4 in 18 months

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 7, 2020

If you were moving, it's likely a moving violation. The condition of rain is another factor that an attorney would also be likely to argue depending on the conditions that you were to be in during the alleged violation. If you have had a series of infractions, you would do well to retain an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: i was divorced in rhode island 10 years ago. in my divorce i was awarded two of my ex-husbands life insurance policies.

he put those policies in his new wifes name. what do i do. he lives in florida now

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 7, 2020

Contact a family court lawyer(perhaps the one who represented you) to bring this transgression to the courts attention and remedy the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a person say whatever they would like to someone? I had a situation today where I asked the parties to stop.

They did not as such I was scared and called the police. I wanted them to leave me alone and they refused then continued to verbally threaten me, harass and get in my face when I was near the female. To me this is 100% illegal. Situation was in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 2, 2020

"Near the female" situations can be challenging both for humans and their companions. If the situation stops when you are not near the female, avoid being near the female. Free speech does have some limits. Contact your attorney if you are interested in bringing a lawsuit for the "whatever they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: Divorced in 2017, recently , signed a domesticpartnership agreement fiancé my work put her on my insurance kick ex off

Yes my ex wife is complaining that I had her removed by signing the domestic partnership, I was under the impression that they are one in the same for this purpose, my workplace allowed domestic partnership, allowed in the state, all signed and legal. Is that reason enough to take her off my... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 2, 2020

Review the law with your attorney to discuss what the legislature may have meant when they used the word "remarriage"

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: If my grandparents have adult guardianship of me and I get married does that terminate the gaurdianship
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 31, 2020

It depends on what the terms of the guardianship are. Talk to them about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: How does shared custody and shared placement of minor children in RI affect previously established child support order?

Child support order was established when mother had sole custody and placement. Now both parents have shared custody and placement. What title of the General lawd of RI can I find this information?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 31, 2020

Oh dear Lawd, has information including guideline worksheets. For best advice and results retain your attorney to assist you in making the appropriate motions and modifications.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: how can make estate agencies to stop selling my home with their predicted price on their own sight

I own property with area avarge sale price 75000 dollars. The government assignment value is 22000 dollars

Real Estate agencies more than one forcing me to sell it cheep as less than 10000 dollars by listing it on their own site without my permission

How can I stop them... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 25, 2020

Nobody can force you to sell your house. If a realtor is offering your house for SALE without your permission you should file a complaint with

the Rhode Island Board of Realtors and also the Rhode Island Department of Consumer Protection.

However do be sure they are really listing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: How do i get sole custody of my daughter due to her getting pregnant at 12yrs old mom hid it from me for 5months

We have joint custody we have 3 minor children together mom has placement. She ous suppose to communicate with me but doesn't. She constantly moves never in the same place for more than 6 months sometimes it takes me quite some time to findout new address and she never tells me what school my kids... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 24, 2020

Call the RI bar association for a referral. You may qualify for a reduced fee attorney. Good Luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I put my boyfriend on the lease for low income housing if we have a NCO? Will the landlord for low income find out?

So the police put a NCO on him because he hit me and now he has a felony. Now we are getting along and he is helping out with my kids. I got accepted into housing and want to add him on my lease so I don’t get in trouble when he’s there all the time. The landlord for low income housing needs... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2020

You may want to go to the court to explain to the judge that you wish to have the NCO dropped to enable you to enjoy cohabitation and co-parent. If you just really need help with the kids and you are, in fact still in fear of imminent harm that supports a NCO, then you should probably seek the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: How can i get full custody of my daughter i just find out today she is pregnant she is 12 we have joint custody

We have joint custody mom has placement

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2020

I would suggest you meet with and discuss all of the particulars in private with a practicing family law attorney. There will be considerations for both generations to be addressed, including the new father's role in supporting your grandchild as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Domestic violence

So I was 8 months pregnant when my boyfriend hit me because we had just broke up. He made me so emotional because I was at the end of my pregnancy and he left me for someone else. But after he hit me I called the cops and they arrived 5 minutes later. But he was not at the scene. The police decided... Read more »

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Jan 21, 2020

Don’t lie for him. The felony on his record is not your fault. It’s not your job to ‘get it off his record.’ You could benefit from some private legal consultation. Even if you are now on good terms, there is no real excuse for striking a woman, much less one who is 8 months pregnant.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What is the process when a tenant dies? He paid his rent for all of December.

On December 17th, we met with the owner who gave her 30 days. And just a few days ago, she is asking for rent when the 30 days are not up. What can a landlord do at that point? Can they legally change the locks? What options do we legally have? Thank you for your time in advance.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 10, 2020

Meet with your attorney to enable them to negotiate with the administrator, executor, executrix, or landlord. It is difficult to discern which party you are.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Rhode Island on
Q: A Colleague and I worked together for a few years. During this time, I designed and worked with our Programmers

resulting in an increase of 40%. I recently found out that I’ve only been receiving a quarter of what my Colleague is getting for bi annual bonuses. I’ve been getting $7K at Christmas and my Colleague has been getting $30K. Is this considered an unfair practice on my Employer’s part?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 10, 2020

Take your contract to an attorney and review the particulars to ensure you are getting the benefit of the bargain.

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