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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: My boyfriend moved in with me in June, we have since broken up. I own my house how can I get him to leave? (I've asked)

My boyfriend moved in with me in June, we have since broken up. I own my house how can I get him to leave? (I've asked) It is my house and he is just staying there, he does have mail come there and switched his license without asking me.

Andrew Bilodeau
Andrew Bilodeau answered on Nov 20, 2019

Hello,

You will need to evict him in accordance with the RI Lanlord/Tenant act.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: In Rhode Island can the executor of a will live in the house of the deseased, the major asset of the estate?

Would executor need permission of beneficiaries to live there and would exector need to pay rent at current market value?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Nov 17, 2019

To prevent claims against the executor for breach of fiduciary duty against the executor, the executor should obtain court approval before doing such a thing.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: my granddaughter lives in Massachusetts I live in Rhode Island I had custody of my granddaughter when she was young her

her dad my son passed away he lived with us as well she now lives with mom and is very unhappy and wants to live with me and my husband.She has been telling me things an 11 year old should not deal with she is stressed if mom finds out she told someone what is going on.She makes her lie to guidance... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 5, 2019

Meet with and retain an attorney to help you best present your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Q: My now ex girlfriend is refusing to give me my paychecks that were set up to be direct deposited into her account.

She is saying because I owe her money, which I admit I do. However we made an aggreement of $300/month towards what I owe her. Now she wont give me any of my checks. What can I do?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 23, 2019

Locate the signed copy of the agreement you wrote for the $300 a month repayment of the loan.

File it with your case in the small claims court, IF the total amount is less than $2500

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: Should child support increase if my ex is not seeing our daughter on the agreed terms of the court?

He is supposed to have her every other weekend but never has since we have been divorced for over 3 years. She is with me full time.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 11, 2019

Child support is calculated according to current guidelines using the combined gross incomes of the parents. Non custodial parents have a right to see their children but they have an obligation to pay child support. I have not seen any case of an increase for child support for reduced parenting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What is reasonable time, when dealing with a landlord and tenant issue
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

Reasonable times may vary. If the pipes have burst, a reasonable time (to have the water turned off) will be far shorter than say, if the hot water was not working. It is difficult to say precisely based on the very limited information given.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Are school bus aides required on school buses for the trasporting of Kindergarten children?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

yes, see: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE16/16-21/16-21-1.HTM

(b) For transportation provided to children enrolled in grades kindergarten through five (5), school bus monitors, other than the school bus driver, shall be required on all school-bound and home-bound routes....
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can i file for custody and a visitation order if i dont know the other parties address?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

You could, but it may be pointless. Even if the court allows you to give notice by way of (very expensive) advertising, you will still not know where to find your children should the court grant your prayer for placement of the child(ren). An experienced family court attorney will likely have some... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My brother & his girlfriend have lived in N. Carolina for about 6 yrs. and they have 2 kids. The girlfriend left with

Her new boyfriend and one of the children. When she arrived in Rhode Island she filed a domestic violence complaint with the courts in R.I. and she alleges the violence occurred in NC. Shouldn't she file in NC? Fyi- she filed this complaint to prevent my brother from driving to RI to bring the... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

A2: Your brother would be well advised to consult with an attorney or two (one in each jurisdiction) to understand how the court handles the jurisdictional issue you present on his behalf. When there is a custody order in the foreign(to RI) jurisdiction, the case will normally be heard there. BUT,... Read more »

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