Rhode Island Questions & Answers

Q: If two people own a home jointly and one completes a quit claim deed, can they still will that home to others?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 21, 2017

He no longer has an ownership in the real estate to "will" to anyone. You still own your share, however to do with as you see fit.
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Q: For a house in probate, do the current relatives living in the house get first right to purchase? (RI)

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 20, 2017

Unless there is a lease or something in writing like a will or trust that offers such a right, there isn't one. The estate's personal representative/executor has an obligation to sell the property for as much as is practical to benefit the estate. The current occupant is the first obvious choice to see if they are willing to pay an appropriate amount of money, but that is up to the personal representative ...

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Q: Ex and I divorced 2006 joint physical/legal cust. Kids now 13 and 16 can they refuse to go see him and how do I enforce?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

Talk to your favorite family law attorney and review the visitation parenting time orders of the court, the present circumstances, and your desire to create an arrangement that is in the best interest of our children.
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Q: I took a turn (in Providence, RI) and there was a school bus directly around the corner. I did not see that the stop

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

Be careful out there. As long as you didn't pass the bus, you should be OK. If you are given a citation, your chances for achieving a good result will be enhanced if you engage an attorney to assist you.
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Q: Can you define the law on second degree child abuse. The difference between 1st and 2nd

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

I am sorry your GF has a TPR case opened against her for neglect. She should work with her attorney and social worker to resolve the situation. Below is the legislative definition you were asking for:

TITLE 11

Criminal Offenses

CHAPTER 11-9

Children

SECTION 11-9-5.3

§ 11-9-5.3 Child abuse – Brendan's Law.

(a) This section shall be known and may be referred to as "Brendan's Law".

(b) Whenever a person having care of a child, as...
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Q: Child support took an extra $1300 from my income tax that i didnt owe and said i cant have it back what should i do

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

If she won't just hand it back to you, go to child support and discuss it with the agents at 77 Dorrance St., To report the welfare fraud you are alleging, contact http://www.dhs.ri.gov/Fraud/report_form.php
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Q: My father has six adult children, my aunt without permission from us cleaned out his apt and sold his truck no title

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

Where is your father? He should be the first one to do something about this.. .unless he is no longer with us. If that is the case, speak to the attorney handling his estate and the trustees.
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Q: 16 year old boy at party ended up with another girl at party, they messed around, an he got in trouble an charged?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

21 years ago, the court dealt with this issue. At the time, this boy you describe was a minor. Hopefully, the case record was sealed because of his minority. So, the best thing you might do for your friend is to not discuss the case in public.
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Q: my ex wife has joint but not physical custody of my 5 yo son. can she have overnights without a separate bedroom for hm

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 16, 2017

If you agree, the court may approve of your arrangements. If you do not agree, you will have to show that this arrangement is not suitable, nor in the best interest of your child.
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Q: How do I respond to a divorce summons within the 20 days allotted?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 7, 2017

Get an attorney to help you. If you do it wrong, you may expose to greater loss than that cost. Most offer a free consultation.
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Q: Www.blinkingbrakelights.com Are these legal in Rhode Island?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 30, 2017

If they are the equivalent of tapping the brakes three times, then arguably yes. If they could be construed as flashing lights, only law enforcement are permitted to use, then no.

see: TITLE 31

Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-24

Lighting Equipment and Reflectors

SECTION 31-24-31

§ 31-24-31 Flashing lights – Forward viewing or rotary beam lights.

(a) Flashing lights are prohibited, except on an authorized emergency vehicle, school...
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Q: I have an open domestic case with my sons father , now hes harassing my mother . what can I do to stop this .

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 30, 2017

Depending on the type of case, you may have various options. If your mother is being threatened with imminent bodily harm, she should seek a protective order. Speak with your attorney to discuss options available to you.
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Q: I have an open domestic case with my sons father , now hes harassing my mother . what can I do to stop this .

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 30, 2017

Depending on the type of domestic case, you may have various options. If your mother is being threatened with imminent bodily harm, she should seek a protective order.
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Q: 20 day eviction motion to assign 3/30/17. Trial set 4/11/17 Will tenant have to vacate on 4/19?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 30, 2017

With something this important, it will be worth investing in the services of a good attorney to assist in making sure your case goes smoothly. You have made a substantial investment in this property and should seriously hiring an attorney who can help ensure you will be able to possess and enjoy it. The savings of going pro se may soon become illusory, should you find yourself ensnared in any the many procedural traps for the unwary.
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Q: In Rhode Island, can a cop pull someone over for speeding when they are NOT in their city/town?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 30, 2017

If you mean: May an officer stop someone in violation who is not from their town?, the answer is likely yes. If you are asking: Is an officer permitted to write citations outside of their jurisdiction?, that is a point that is best argued by counsel as there are some factors that MAY permit that in certain instances, but not in others.
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Q: Tenants randomly sent service dog certificate & going to get a dog No pet lease. 4mo here w/o it? Not disabled they work

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

In the 9 days remaining in the month, you might contact the animal control officer while you are awaiting their departure. see https://www.animallaw.info/article/faqs-emotional-support-animals
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Q: On equal visitation do either of us pay child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

The question is not whether visitation is equal but rather how the custody is defined
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Q: How do I negotiate??

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

Hire an attorney to present your legal defenses in rebuttal to their complaint.
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Q: What is the time frame for eviction I owe 300.00 for February and all of March including late fees. I lost my job in Jan

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

Yes, now is a good time to negotiate with your landlord. It is highly unlikely that they will allow you to continue to stay without paying . . . despite having lost your job and presumably your income
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Q: I live in RhodeIsland. I was driving unregistered and uninsured. It belonged to a family member. My car is now legal

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017

Bring that evidence with your to court. You may still have to pay some fines . . . but proof of resolving the problems can't hurt.
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