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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Rhode Island on
Q: How do i go about amending a personal injury suit from negligence to reckless

Me in the hywy and was arrested

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 30, 2020

This is something that a Rhode Island attorney could advise best on, but your post remains open for three weeks. Ordinarily, most state civil procedure codes contain provisions for amending a complaint (if this is a state court-based claim, which most motor vehicle accidents involving parties from... Read more »

Q: How can i change or revise a personal injury claim from neglience to reckless? Please help
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 6, 2020

A Rhode Island attorney could best advise, but your post remains open for two weeks. Until you are able to consult with a local attorney, as a general premise, if you are talking about a purely civil matter, that distinction could be one that the insurance carrier and the claimant, or their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Rhode Island on
Q: I believe my school misdiagnosed me with the flu when I really had the coronavirus.

I was sick with flu like symptoms in late February. I came to believe that it was a possibility that I had the coronavirus. I got tested and it came back positive. When I was sick I went to the doctors at my college. They asked my symptoms and wrote me a note saying it was the flu without testing... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 2, 2020

A Rhode Island attorney should advise you on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. In terms of the legal action you ask about, a fundamental issue will be the extent of damages/injury you suffered. Another issue that could arise here is the large number of resources out there that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: Is there a statute of limitations on divorce settlements?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 1, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Your mother should talk to her lawyer. They will have the particular documents and be able to best advise her.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Rhode Island on
Q: If there was any way I wanted to find an arrest record on my father how would I go about doing that?

I know he kidnapped me, and I would like the record of that, but I also know he was arrested for something regarding a machete and I would like to either be able to read it or something.... possibly to get another restraining order but not sure yet. He contacted me after a while because I sent him... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 15, 2020

Contact a lawyer to assist you. They have access to court documents. It sounds like you could benefit from some advocacy and professional assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In Rhode Island, if I acquire 100% interest in a tax sale, is the mortgage wiped? What if <100% is acquired?
David Ostrove
David Ostrove answered on May 6, 2020

In some states, you may ask the county to remove the mortgage lien.

In some states, all liens junior to the tax lien are wiped out.

There are circumstances where a mortgage lien may survive.

You should ask a lawyer who does property law in your state.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Son’s father took me to a family emergency court he is a toxic person. Drinking drugging selling has illegal gun.

So how do I prove he is unfit ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 6, 2020

Hire a good lawyer to help you prepare and present your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: I’m an 18 year living in Rhode Island. Is it legal for my parents to track me?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

Are they tracking you with a phone they gave you? Easy, give it back. Problem solved.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My neighbor threatened to call the cops after my dog defecate on the side walk grass in front of his home.

I pick up my dogs feces each walk. I was under the impression its not illegal nor can I get fine if I am picking up after my dog. Where can I print this information to give him?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

6.08.240 - Domestic animal waste and its removal

see: https://library.municode.com/ri/cranston/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_TIT6AN_CH6.08DOOTAN_6.08.240DOANWARE

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: What happens if executor of a will in RI refuses to initiate small estates probate or give it to the secondary executor?

Deceased brother's girlfriend is 1st executor & my mom is 2nd. Girlfriend refuses to give the will to the small estates probate court & refuses to give it to my mom who will file the petition. The estate only consists of a very small bank acct. Girlfriend made sure she got his major... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

Your mom would do well to hire the attorney who gave her the advise, or any attorney of her choosing.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My daughter's mother and I are still legally married. Separated for 3 1/2 years (not on paper though) all the bills are

Still under my name but paid by her. We current still file our taxes together and everything looks like we are still together but I found out she is looking into child support even though I give her money every week like we verbally agreed. Can she win this case? She recently (2months ago) filled... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

A "win" might be best achieved by filing your divorce complaint to establish custody, support, and a division of your marital assets once and for all. Contact an attorney to formulate a plan, and begin the process. Living more than three years Separate and apart is a non-fault grounds for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I'm a resident of r.i. with out of state plates on my vehicle...how can I keep my plates in r.i.

Summons: 20001504065

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

It's difficult to discern what you are asking exactly. As a RI resident, you should be able to register your vehicle in RI(and are generally required to do so). If you are going to court, bring proof of your RI registration and residence. see... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Young bro lives with me for 1 yr. Mom hasn’t bothered w/us until she found out i claimed him. Can i get in trouble?

Financially taken care of him for 2 years but he has lived with me for 1 year. Mom never calls to check on him. Everyone knows he lives with me. She does not work. I thought it was only right for me to claim him on taxes since i care for him.

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Apr 10, 2020

Look at the following two tables (I have provided the links) to see if you were allowed to take your brother as a qualifying relative.

https://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/content/globalmedia/table_1_dependency_exemption_child_4012.pdf...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: May I take minor out of country on vacation without consent from the other OCONUS parent? I have placement, RI.
John LaRochelle
John LaRochelle answered on Apr 10, 2020

If you have sole custody, you are able to take your minor child out of country on vacation without consent from the overseas parent. Otherwise, you need the permission of the child’s other parent, whether or not he or she is OCONUS. I strongly recommend that you get that permission in writing.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Rhode Island on
Q: How long does a doctor's office have to reply to my request for an appointment?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 7, 2020

This isn't a legal question; it's a personal decision. If you believe the delay is an indicator of a poorly run office, it could be a sign for you to look elsewhere for a doctor. If you believe the practice is run by a good doctor that everyone in town lines up to see, and that the delay... Read more »

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

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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... 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.

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