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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it okay for a Rhode Island family court judge to change a custody order for someone he has hired to do renovations

A non-custodial parent meets a certain judge he's hired to do Renovations on his home a deal is made later on in exchange for some of the work that's being performed he's going to change a custody order for this person in drag out a custody hearing the individual over a year later is still doing... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 10, 2020

Talk to your lawyer. They will be able to advise you according to the specific facts of your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What are my legal rights when I'm only tenant on my lease. My gf will not leave willingly

She has repeatedly threatened me to call police for no reason and have me removed out of my own place. I pay 1500 a month and she pays nothing. I'm trying to end this controlling relationship.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 24, 2019

If the threats are of imminent physical or bodily harm, seek a protective order. If your local law enforcement will not assist you in removing this now unwelcome guest, you may have to file a formal eviction. This is where the help of a private attorney will be most useful.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Should I carry forward the balance until they catch up or apply each week they pay to the previous week?

I have 2 tenants on a week to week lease. They're 1 wk behind. They are asking that the late week that was paid 6 days late be carry forward as if they slipped a week until they can pay that skipped week in 2 weeks instead of adding the rent payment they give me each week to the previous week. I... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 24, 2019

The offer-er is the master of their offer and you are free to come to whatever arrangements you like. I might suggest you set a deadline for the late fee waiver to give them some incentive to catch up.

2 Answers | Asked in Trademark for Rhode Island on
Q: When is a trademarked name violated? Does it have to be exactly or contain similar words to be in violation?

Robogolfpro trademarked

Rhode Island Robo Golf academy - name in question that violates trade mark..

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 19, 2019

I would recommend a professional meeting to discuss the different aspects of the potentially conflicting marks, use, and likelihood of confusion and class of goods registration for both marks. A trademark is an important asset to the organization and deserves dedication, and resources to ensure it... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Banking and Business Formation for Rhode Island on
Q: Citizens Bank won't refund money stolen from my business account, now what can I do?

My home office was broken into while I was away. And ex-employee broke into a locked filing cabinet. Jumped threw every hoop they asked, including filing a police report. I also filed with the BBB, OCC and a couple of others. After 6 months of getting the runaround, I get a letter from the OCC... Read more »

Andrew Bilodeau
Andrew Bilodeau answered on Dec 17, 2019

Hi Richard,

Sorry to hear an ex-employee robbed you. Did you check your insurance policy of you are covered for employee dishonesty? Some policies have automatic coverage like $5K-$15K.How were the monies taken, by ACH/wire/check?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: If the car was parked and turned off, and the police did not initially pull you over, can you fight this ticket?

The front driver side tire was completely flst and blown out, clearly not drivable.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

This sounds like a case that would be benefited by the assistance of a licensed attorney to help file the appropriate motions and make the best arguments to defend against - - whatever it is you are accused of here. Discuss THOSE details in a confidential Attorney client meeting.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: A group of European students who attend my academy live in an apartment that I found for them. No lease has been signed.

I helped find a short-term place for them to live (I do not reside there). To make things easier, I have been collecting their rent and providing the landlord with a check each month. No lease has been provided to the students. A few students returned to Europe before our school term ended. Who is... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

If the landlord takes you to court, the best thing for your to bring, in addition to all of your documents(i.e. a contract with the landlord and the academy) supporting your "arrangement" would be ... a licensed attorney to present your best defense. They will likely begin with a short discussion... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I found out yesterday that my ex mother-in-law left my 9 year old daughter home alone for 15 min. Is this okay?

I am divorced and I found out yesterday that my ex mother-in-law left my 9 year old daughter home alone for 15 min because she needed to take my son to school because his bus never showed up at the bus stop. So instead of bringing my daughter with them to drop my son off, she left her home alone.... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

If the child was not in danger, they may argue that it does not constitute neglect. Talk to your attorney about the possibility of a first right for parenting time when either parent is not available to care for the child . . . such as when one parent must be travelling for an extended period.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: I made a left on green and was rear ended by a speeding car. I was given a ticket. was I at fault?

I made it almost through the intersection but had to slow since a truck was in front of me. A speeding car hit the extreme back of my car. I went back afterwards to look at the crash site. She should not have hit me. I was far enough out of the intersection. I think she was on her phone or... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

Hire an attorney to assist you in defending the case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I stop this somehow or can he pay for this?

My ex boyfriend/daughter's father is trying to blackmail me with text messages by saying he will show them to my current boyfriend of almost 2 years just because he is unhappy with my relationship and wants to ruin it. Keep in mind my daughter and I live in my boyfriend's home so that will ruin our... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 12, 2019

How much do you want him to pay or is he asking you to pay how much? What Blackmail? Is it worth it? Ask yourself how bad are these text messages? Are they old/new? How much have you told your new BF so that he will be supportive and protective. If there is a recent threat of harm from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My husband is trustee/executor of his dad's trust. He has two siblings, each of them entitled to 1/3 of the trust.

One of the siblings (through his attorney) has not signed a release (sent to him more than four months ago) to get what's left of his inheritance after expenses. Trustee is considering petitioning the court (under Title 18-6-2 of RI law) for trustee/executor to be freed from liability for his... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 12, 2019

It is very kind of you to want to help. Your husband should be able to figure all of this out with help from their attorney. If they do not have an attorney assisting them, now would be a great time for them to retain one. It sounds like this simple trust / estate is becoming more complicated. Your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: If a victim in a Domestic violence does not follow up with the complaint. Can the State presume with the charges.

The victim in this case does not want to proceed with the charges filed in this complaint. It is a third offense Domestic. She just wants the case to end and resolve her issues with her husband. She does not want anything done to her husband. They are charging him with 3rd offense Domestic. He has... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 12, 2019

tHEy should 1) Retain legal counsel, 2) Stop whatever behavior has caused law enforcement to charge (and convict) tHEm of domestic violence. 3) Hire a lawyer, 4) speak only to that lawyer(Not on any open internet question board) to protect his 5th amendment rights. The victim may also want to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex owes me $39,981 in back child support (5 yrs of nonpayment) and we have been to court where he promised to pay but

hasn't (judge was QUITE Mad at him last court date). Now we have to go back again because he is being charged with contempt. He owns a business that he hides, his license and passport are suspended. His business truck is registered to our oldest. He also told our youngest he plans on moving to... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

The best advice I can give you is to hire an attorney to assist you to navigate this process. The contempt process is often an effective way to get a parent to "step up" and fulfill their obligation.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Rhode Island on
Q: Can i get a 2nd Dui offence dismissed under the 32 section for people who suffer depression and ptsd anxiety?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

It's doubtful. Hire an attorney to help you discern any other, more viable, defenses after a confidential meeting to review all of the facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How can a grandparent end guardianship when the parents refuse to take the child back? Troubled teenager.

Divorced parents don’t want teen and refuse to take him. Teen needs to be removed from grandparents home. Who can physically remove the teen?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

Children who are unwanted by parents and guardians oft end up in state custody. Meet with your attorney, either the one who assisted you with the Guardianship, or any other attorney of your choice, to discuss your options.

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