F. Paul Maloof's answer Rather than suing for emotional harassment, which may require your physiatrist's testimony to prove your claim, you would be better served to go to the Court and apply for a "protective order" based on harassment.
I do not handle domestic cases, especially with regard to cats. Sorry.
Daniel P Leavitt's answer I don't actually see a question here just a statement. I would recommend you document everything and keep your cool but document everything the best way you can and if they break the law or threaten you, you can contact law enforcement. If you have a question regarding custody rights, etc, then you can ask a question under family law and get a family law attorney to answer your questions.
Richard Sternberg's answer It certainly sounds like you need a lawyer. What I don't read in your story is a question. Let me infer that you are asking how to find a good estate litigator. I suggest you visit Avvo.com. Navigate to Find a Lawyer. Type in the county where your mother resided at time of death. Type in "probate" for type of law. Read the client reviews and endorsements. Ignore the ads.
Lee E. Berlik's answer You can find a quick summary of Virginia defamation law at https://www.virginiadefamationlawyer.com/2013/02/defamation-of-character-libel-and-slander-law-in-virginia.html. You'll see that falsity is a required element of any defamation claim. This means that if, as you say, everything you wrote was 100% true, it is not "libelous" and you should be fine. In response to the second part of your question, you should assume that if there is a court case, the plaintiff will probably be able to prove...
Timothy R Johnson's answer Generally...no. If you did absolutely nothing else to "re-publish" the statement, then there's almost no possible way that the plaintiff can allege you engaged in any wrongdoing. It would only be wrong if you know that information posted is wrong, and defamatory (impugns on the reputation of another), and you take actions to "re-publish" that information to others (ex: re-post the information yourself; re-open a closed discussion on the topic; etc.).
Lee E. Berlik's answer If you have a valid libel case, then yes, you can still sue her regardless of whether Facebook takes the posts down. The only effect Facebook's actions would have on your libel claim is that your damages (i.e., the harm caused by the defamatory posts) would be reduced due to the shorter time the public was exposed to the statements. To get a general idea of whether you have a valid libel case against her, see this blog post I wrote a few years ago:...
Susan Fremit's answer You can go directly to the Magistrate's office in the county where you live and file a complaint. That way, you aren't involving the police at all since you say they won't help you.
Mr. Beau Correll's answer Sometimes you can, sometimes you can't. You need to consult with an attorney that specializes in defamation cases. The wrinkle in your case may pertain to whether the statements were legally privileged or not.
F. Paul Maloof's answer That is unfortunate. I sympathize. You can defend yourself in court. The party bringing the lawsuit has to prove liability and also prove damages. You can attack his claims of liability and the damages he claims were suffered. You should probably have a lawyer present you as the case will be detailed and technical in a court room.
F. Paul Maloof's answer In Virginia, there is no cause of action for "misidentification." If you have evidence and can prove that SSCI intentionally defamed you, you may have a cause of action for that issue. Then you will need to show how you were injured and what was the monetary damages. This will be an uphill battle.
Susan Fremit's answer Slander is when someone announces something that is not true which has negative financial consequences. I am a criminal defense attorney and your question deals with civil issues. However, it does not appear that you have a case of slander. You can speak to a litigation attorney for second opinion.
Gary D. Godman's answer It's used quite often in many different types of cases. If the messages are relevant and overcome any hearsay objections, electronic communications can make or break a case. If you are in a case reliant on what was said on social media or in text, work with an attorney to plan for the appropriate manner to introduce any necessary communications as evidence.
Gary D. Godman's answer This post is intentionally vague, which may be appropriate, given the subject matter. It sounds like you need to speak with a local family law attorney to give the full details of what's happening in a private consultation.
Gary D. Godman's answer They do. You have to break down the reading of the statute in this way that skips over the language specific to females by paying particular attention to the use of "or":
"Any person ... who shall falsely utter and speak, or falsely write and publish, of and concerning another person, any words which from their usual construction and common acceptation are construed as insults and tend to violence and breach of the peace ... shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor."
Gary D. Godman's answer It is possible; consider speaking with a criminal defense / gun rights attorney in your area to discuss if it would be prudent to bring the error to the court's attention. Best to consult sooner rather than later. Good luck to you.
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