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William Chambers’s Answers

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  • My ex-wife is in contempt of court, but there is so much more. Should I submit everything together without a lawyer?

    My ex wife is violating our parenting plan by not letting me speak to my children. I live in MT and she lives in CA. I do not have a lawyer. Can I submit the contempt of court papers without a lawyer? She has committed slander against me and I...

    William’s Answer

    1) You could file this without a lawyer, but that would not be advisable.

    2) The Family Court and Slander matters would be in two different courts, as the Family Court would not have jurisdiction over that type of case.

    You'd be well advised to speak with a Family Law lawyer in California who may be able to seek attorney's fees if she is in fact found in contempt. As for the slander, you should look for a personal injury lawyer, but know getting damages in a slander case can be extremely, extremely difficult.

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  • What are the penalties for minor in possession of alcohol in Massachusetts?

    I am 17 years old and was arrested on one charge of possession of alcohol while being underage. If it matters, it was only about 1/3 of a poland springs water bottle full of alcohol. This is my first time with any sort of legal trouble. I was won...

    William’s Answer

    You would be facing a driver's license suspension and $50 fine. Even if that seems trivial, you'd be best advised to find a criminal defense attorney to attempt to mitigate any damages.

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  • My sons father wants to sign over his rights. He thinks it would be the best thing. He hasnt seen him since day one.

    He hasnt done anything for his son since day one. When he would see him had no consideration that he was there. When he got visitation he seen him 2 times and then stopped. Before he got visits it was 2 months before he seen him. Now its been a mo...

    William’s Answer

    I don't see a question, but it would seem appropriate for the father to rescind his rights if he knows he will never be meaningfully involved with your son.

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  • Shoplifting at Macy's

    Today me and my friend got caught shoplifting at macy's we're both 20 years old. She had over 100$ so she had to deal with the police and I had less than 100$ so I only had to deal with the Macy's Loss Prevention. We were both given envelopes and ...

    William’s Answer

    You have stumbled onto several different areas of the law. Macy's does have what is called Shopkeeper's Privilege (link below) that states you may be reasonably detained for a reasonable period of time. I'd have concerns over the employee stating he worked with the police (arguably excess force of the privilege) and refusing to identify himself.

    Macy's would also have the right to file an application for criminal complaint regarding the alleged theft. I would imagine that is what they are talking about. You'd be well advised to find a criminal defense attorney to assist you from here on out.

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  • Sham marriage

    My question what are the sign of sham marriage, and what are the sign of real marriage

    William’s Answer

    This is a question only you can really answer.

    I'd be hesitant of one's intentions if it was a "whirlwind romance" and they just so happened to need to get married to stay in this country.

    If this is not the case and there is significant (or really any) money involved and that is the concern, look for a Family Law attorney to draft a prenuptial agreement for you.

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  • Will I be able to get my Electrician’s License?

    I have completed all of the requirements to take the examination for the Massachusetts Electrician’s License, but I am concerned about my CORI preventing me from sitting the exam. I have several CWOFs and Dismissals from 7-8 years ago and a felony...

    William’s Answer

    This may be wholly dependent on what the felony was for. If it was say for, Breaking and Entering, then I would say there would be a limited chance your application would be accepted. If it was for something that wouldn't necessarily bring your honesty into question, then you will be better off. As was said earlier, I'd call the licensing commission to get their take on the matter and likelihood for success of application.

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  • I need a KICKASS lawyer that knows EVERYONE in the CHELSEA COURT IN MA. Please send me your numbers. Is only ONE hearing.

    I need to make my R.O. PERMANENT. The DA's office has told me 100% sure the RO will prevail. The problem is I don't want any amendments regarding the YARDS. I'm keeping my 100yards! This kid has a good lawyer and is fighting it. I NEED AN EXTREMEL...

    William’s Answer

    Contact your local bar association for an attorney referral.

    Attorney Davidson raises many excellent points that would be counter-intuitive to you successfully getting a Permanent R.O.

    Best of luck!

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  • What do I need to do to file for sole legal custody of my child? Is it possible to do without getting a lawayer?

    My daughter is 8 and her father has been gone for almost 6 years. No child support and havent seen her in more than 3 years. Filed for child support but case was closed because they couldn't locate his address. I recently found out that he was arr...

    William’s Answer

    If there is no court document stating otherwise, the presumption would be you have sole legal custody of your daughter as the birth mother given the father is not involved and you were never married. As such there may not be anything to even file and to leave the burden onto him if he wants to file later.

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  • What can a person like me do , if my soon to be ex husband signed my name to a Sallie Mae student loan without my knowledge,?

    I was told by my daughter that the person working in the student loan office told my husband to sign my name because they denied his credit, I had no knowledge of this until recently, and I am disabled, and constantly being harassed by the collect...

    William’s Answer

    As was previously stated, the contract he "signed" in your name would not be valid. As such you should contact a Debt Collection defense attorney to get a better grasp of all of your options. One thing does stick out to me for you to consider, what happens to your daughter's ability to attend college absent this loan? I'd want to make sure that somehow your daughter wouldn't be held liable for anything here.

    Best of luck!

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  • I have a 2% equity stake in a LLC that owns a manufacturing co.. How can I collect on it?

    I invested 150k in a LLC 6 years ago giving me a 10% membership stake. The LLC purchased a profitable company and I went to work there as a manager. After 6 declining years the company was sold in an asset sale by the lenders and my 10% was wiped ...

    William’s Answer

    This will be extremely specific to any contracts you have signed along the way. As such you would be best advised to find an experienced attorney to assist you in this matter.

    Best of luck!

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