Rhode Island Questions & Answers

Q: Hi. I'm in the beginning stages of a divorce and have no idea what's going on. I feel I may have missed paperwork.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Hire an attorney. If you cannot afford to hire your own attorney, contact the RI Bar association to get on the waiting list for a volunteer attorney.

Volunteer Lawyer Program - The Rhode Island Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), funded through a grant from Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, provides pro bono (free) legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The...

Q: can a landlord tow my vehicle without notice?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
If it is not roadworthy, one could argue that it is "debris" or refuse." Probably best for you to get it to an auto body shop where they will be able to allow the insurance company to make their assessment and perform the necessary repairs, should that be the option you choose. Then, you will have a place to put your rental vehicle.

Q: Can I travel on vacation with my daughter without my husbands consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
This question gives rise to so many more questions. Are there court orders to the contrary? Is there a divorce pending in the court? Do you have a lawyer? Have you read the automatic orders of the family court? Why does your husband not consent to his daughter having a vacation with her mother ? Is there a chance that this is not a vacation where he might be able to allege parental kidnapping? Rather than reveal ANY of that information here in a PUBLIC forum, make an appointment to meet with...

Q: totaled truck buy back repair myself under ri 31-46 -7 part c then retitle?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
The title will likely remain a salvage title for the life of the vehicle.

Q: Can someone in Rhode Island buy a bottle of distilled spirit or wine from a rectifier for OFF-PREMISE consumption?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Generally, no, as that would be construed as a retail sale, and this statute only provides for wholesale.

SEE: TITLE 3

Alcoholic Beverages

CHAPTER 3-6

Manufacturing and Wholesale Licenses

SECTION 3-6-6

§ 3-6-6. Bottling and sale privileges of a rectifier's license.

A rectifier's license also authorizes the license holder to bottle distilled spirits and wines without rectifying or blending and authorizes the sale at wholesale at the...

Q: What is the statute of limitations for sexual harrassment and also sexual harassment in the work place in Rhode island??

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Time Limits

180 days to file a charge

(may be extended by state laws)

Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO Counselor

source: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

In other words, the worst case scenario might be that you have 180 days from the date when you last endured sexual harassment in which to file a claim. Depending on your state, you may have more time.

If you go beyond the time period to file a sexual...

Q: in a situation of shared custody and the custodial parent moves to a shelter 6 months after informs the secondary party

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with and retain an attorney to assist you. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, check with RI Legal Services to see if you qualify for their assistance.

Q: I in herited a home with a lien on the property for my father from not paying sales tax to ri division of taxation .

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Talk with the attorney handing the probate case.

Q: hello i have a question regarding a case .child molestation case

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Appeals / Appellate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
It is probably best to address that in private with your attorney.

Q: Does a landlord in RI have to supply hot water to their tenants

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, in reasonable amounts.

See: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-22.HTM

Q: My daughter is going to be turning 5 years old her father finally stepped up to the plate he gets SSDI benefits

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Happy birthday to your daughter. Here is some info

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0410115030

Q: Are tenants required to pay the rent until the end of their lease?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Review the lease agreement, you prepared with the help of your attorney, to discern if it is worth investing in the necessary litigation to force them to fulfill their contractual obligations. If you have found a successor tenant, be sure to use a written lease, and let your attorney know that the unit is now occupied.

Q: My drivers license has been suspended for Child Support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Quite possibly. Talk to your attorney and also your benefits manager to see if there are any dependency benefits available to help support your child. https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

Armed Forces Legal Services Project

The Rhode Island Bar Association United States Armed Forces Legal Services Project is specifically designed to provide those serving in the military and their families with legal assistance. Coordinated with the Attorney-Advisor at the...

Q: What could happen to the person who commits a 31-27-9

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
They will be best advised to be talking to their lawyer in private about the surrounding circumstances when the §31-27-9 was taken, by which mode, and under what authority as part of their confidential defense strategy. If the §31-27-9 resulted in evidence of a crime, they could be liable for all of the penalties enumerated for that particular crime.

31-27-9 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-27/31-27-2.9.HTM It's only a test.

Q: when I goto traffic court, will the judge be able to see that I have 'used' my good driving record(for speeding) twice?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
If it was in Rhode Island, yes. If you are licensed in another state, you may be required to bring a certified current copy of your driving record.

Q: If I'm paying child support in rhode island can I see my kids?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Parenting time is a right, and Child support is a separate obligation. If you have an order from the court granting your request for parenting time, you have the right to. If you have not addressed this issue in the court, now would be a great time to contact a family law attorney to assist you in pressing same.

Q: Curious what the regulations are for “grandfathered” rentals? H2O @160, leaking windows, no bath vents or windows

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Curiosity is a great pastime. Start with the Statutes defining the implied warranty of habitability here in Rhode Island at http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/INDEX.HTM http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-22.HTM http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-28.HTM

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE45/45-24.3/INDEX.HTM

etcetera

Then read some of the cases decided on the topic, and...

Q: what are the regulations and limits to how much a birth mothers expenses can be paid.whats the limit in rhode island st?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
See: http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/questions/adoption_questions.php

and http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/adoption.php

Adoption Subsidy Questions should be directed to Lee Sperduti at (401) 528-3484.

Lee.Sperduti@dcyf.ri.gov

Q: hello i have lost an $2200 camera that i rented whats going to happen to me ?

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Thomas Briody's answer
If you truly lost the item, then you have most likely not committed a crime. However, you are responsible for the loss, and you will have to reimburse the person who loaned you the camera. That means you are most likely going to have to pay the value of the camera back.

Q: What are penalties for 31-26-5, accident resulting in damage to highway fixtures and 31-15-1, leaving lane of travel

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
The costs or replacing the damaged fixtures plus what the judge decides, following the statutes, after a hearing. Your own attorney is the best thing you could take with you to court for this type of scenario. (5) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4.

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