Rhode Island Questions & Answers

Q: In the process of purchasing the multi tenant home I am currently in.I want to purchase tenant free.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Negotiate that term with the seller. You will not be the owner until after the consummation of the sale. If the seller refuses to deliver unoccupied, you may well have to engage an attorney to assist you with the eviction.
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Q: A judgement was made on land but not boundaries lines lawyer and judge ignored evidence available and met and spoke of

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If you received an unfavorable decision, and you believe the Judge was mistaken, talk to your attorney about the viability of filing an appeal.
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Q: My daughter's father is on SSDI in Rhode Island, can I go after him for Child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, he should be receiving a dependency benefit that should go to the custodial parent.
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Q: DHS is coming after me for child support for medical we both agreed not to pay child support, can I just pay towards

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
It is sad when parents refuse to pay to assist in the support of their children. The state is paying for health insurance and other benefits for the minor children. Hire an attorney to assist you in seeking the relief you believe you are entitled to.
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Q: need to go to court to decide if I want to put my boyfriend on child support. What happens is we don't show up?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If a subpoena is served, and he does not appear, the judge has the discretion to issue a body attachment. Best not to risk an arrest and some time in jail just for not appearing.
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Q: The police didn't allow me to call my lawyer after being arrested for several hours. Can I sue them for that?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Talk to your lawyer. They will be in the best position to advise you after they have completed discovery.
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Q: I just signed a lease for a year 2 months ago. My landlord sold the place. Is my lease still valid?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 30, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Your lease is still a valid document, however, liability has been shifted to new owner. Increase of rent has certain criteria i.e. a notice to be served 90 days prior to proposed month of increase and that too after a lapse of one year.
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Q: I was assaulted in the dark outside my apartment and did not see the attacker and accused my boyfriend after he found me

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 18, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
You need a meeting in private with an attorney. So does your boyfriend. Domestic violence cases have a high frequency of victims who recant their original statement to the police, and a prosecutor is not going to just dismiss the charge without some additional investigation. You are correct that there is a risk that you could be charged with making a false statement, but there is more to this. An attorney can help the both of you. Get in to see someone as soon as possible.
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Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
It may be time to look for: 1) a new, different, and better maintained residence/apartment and/ or 2) a second source of income and/or 3) an attorney to help you defend against a likely eviction case should your landlord decide to take you to court. Contact your local CAP agency for help with #1 https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/

Q: How do I find out if there is still a restraining order in place again someone charged with child molestation

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You may find the information you seek on the public portal. https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/

Q: I got convicted of theft. How will this affect my child custody rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Depending on the nature of the theft(i.e. violence), your child's other parent may have some concerns. Retain an attorney to advocate for your parental rights should this arise in the family court.

Q: I am purchasing a property that is an Estate Sale in RI the seller have to remedy dangerous conditions related to HVC

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If the value is such that it is not in your interest to consummate the deal, one of your options may be to cancel the sale. This will depend on the conditions you wrote in the P&S agreement. Consult with an attorney to evaluate your position.

Q: Was told to expect inheritance. Over a year later, the will is still not probated. The widower doesn't disclose lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
GO to the town hall where the death occurred. If the case is not yet open, consider retaining an attorney to assist you in navigating this, sometimes complex, process.

Q: Emergency custody

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
The best way to file your motion is with the assistance of a practicing family law attorney. Depending on the time that your child has been with their paternal grandmother, the judge may not consider it an emergency. So, make an appointment to meet with a family lawyer to prepare the documents to allow the judge to hear the case presented professionally to enhance your chances for your desired outcome.

Q: My daughters father lives in New York and I live in Rhode Island. How can I get child support if he's in another state?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
There are laws that allow the states to work together on this issue. Meet with an attorney to discuss the particulars of your situation and file the appropriate motions in the Family Court.

Q: I got caught shoplifting in 2003 and then got caught 15 years later will i go to jail?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
A lot will depend on the nature of the particular charges. Speak with your attorney only and do not discuss the case on the internet or anywhere else except with your attorney.

Q: My dad owns his house we live in free an clear..He never married my mom so I don't have his last name.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
A meeting with a practicing Trusts and Estates attorney would be his best investment at this time before contemplating any transfers without professional, confidential advice.

Q: Pregnant again after losing custody of prior children. Will the state take this child too?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
When a parent has their parental right terminated, a red flag is placed in the DCYF system such that they have an interest in ensuring the well being of any subsequent children. Congratulations on your expected child. Meet with, and retain an attorney to assist you should the state decide to intervene on behalf of the child.

Q: never been in any legal problems but now the police press charges for a small. Stab wound am i going to a felonyforthis?

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 1, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
It could be a felony. The fact you have ‘never been in trouble’ before is relevant at sentencing, but not in the decision to charge you. You need to have a private discussion with a lawyer who you retain to defend you and explore ways to defeat the charge or mitigate any punishment. I hope my answer helps. Good luck.

Q: My husband child support case is out of Connecticut but we live in rhode island does ri have to enforce ct order

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You can register your order for enforcement in Rhode Island. Any one of our practicing family court attorneys can assist you in this procedure.

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