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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Intellectual Property and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a family court in rhode island take away my phone when I'm 13 under the orders of a judge?

Truancy

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

They are more likely to prohibit you from using it. Speak with your court attorney to have them press your best arguments against such an order.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on

Q: 20 year Labor union member wrongfully terminated, rights were disregarded in Collective Bargaining agreement,

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 1, 2019

Hire a good employment lawyer with expertise in labor union issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on

Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

We only have one source of income (being approximately $600 a month) currently and are behind by two months rent. However, we have lived at this house for close to 8 years and have had many problems. From the kitchen, the paint on the ceiling is peeling off, the oven does not work, and the faucet... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 11, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a supervisor allow only 2 out of 3 employees the opportunity to work Overtime? all 3 are members of Laborers union

Bernard P. Healy answered on Mar 3, 2018

I do not have sufficient information to answer this completely or with true accuracy. Under Federal and Rhode Island Law, a supervisor cannot discriminate against employees for certain reasons. Those reasons are race, gender, age, disability, perceived disability, ethnic background, religious... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on

Q: Can police still issue citation after over a month of not contacting us about incident?

My wife was involved in car accident with no other motor vehicles and did not have proof of insurance at the time of incident and was never cited now after over a month they are trying to fine her is this possible by law?

Bernard P. Healy answered on Mar 3, 2018

I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. I think the answer is not one you will want hear. The Police can issue a citation after over a month, despite not contacting you earlier. You mentioned that this was a single car collision. Did the police arrive at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for Rhode Island on

Q: A friend of mine would like to change her guardian, who just sold her house and car without asking her. Can she change?

My friend feels financially exploited by her daughter, who is also her legal guardian. This daughter sold my friend's house and car without asking her permission or discussing it with her in any way. She also had her committed to a mental health hospital, but the hospital released her after a few... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 27, 2017

Your friend would do well to meet with an attorney practicing probate and guardian law.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on

Q: My mother in law constantly puts her mitts on things that don't belong to her in an area deemed as a private area.

My mother lives in an area that is shared with my mother in law's things, but was given a clear division line for "her room". These spaces share a common door, however, every time we leave the house, my mother in law enters my mom's space, moves things around that do not belong to her, and removes... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Nov 27, 2017

Your remedies will depend on whether she is a guest or a tenant. If she is a guest, you might ask her to leave if she continues this behavior you find unacceptable. If she is a tenant, you may have to file a formal eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Small Claims for Rhode Island on

Q: Can I take someone to court because they threw out my things that was at their house after an argument?

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 6, 2017

Small claims court is open to everyone. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can i file a police report on a person who makes me want to commit suicide

I was wondering if i can file a report on a girl that bullies me and made me have suicidal thoughts.

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 25, 2017

A civil restraining order is something you might also consider.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on

Q: Do I have legal recourse, monetary claim against state agency?

My stupid led to a night in the ACI. I was wearing jewelry approximate retail value of about $30k. This occurred back in 2011 I was shocked that their procedure was to take all my jewelry and belongings put it into 8 by 11 mailer and mail it out with no tracking what so ever: fyi they do now. They... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 25, 2017

After six years have lapsed, it is unlikely you will get to a satisfactory resolution.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Rhode Island on

Q: How can it be legal to refuse service based on one's political beliefs?

I mean, I could then as a restaurant owner refuse to serve someone simply because I don't agree with their politics? That's hard to believe if true..

Paul Stanko answered on Sep 11, 2016

This is a complicated question that courts are dealing with right now. The law is unsettled. Equal Protection v. Freedom of Expression pits the First and Fourteenth Amendments against each other.

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