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Gerald Warren Mead Jr.

Gerald Mead’s Answers

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  • Seeking guidance for divorce process!

    Hi, I am an indian women currently risiding in Boston, MA. I got married to my husband about 3 years ago who is residing in NY. I got married in India and moved here to US after marriage. I had differences with my husband and hence stayed with him...

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    I agree with the other answers above that you may get divorced in Massachusetts and will need an original marriage certificate with translation. However, my experience with divorces from India, and specifically Gujarat, is that sometimes a party does not want to divorce for religious reasons. In those cases I have seen that a traditional divorce in India and a legal divorce in Massachusetts may both be required.

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  • Do I need child lawyer

    My son now 5 yrs old has been diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears after having hearing tests each year and passed

    Gerald’s Answer

    If you are inquiring about SSI coverage for your child based upon hearing loss then there are a few things to consider. Social Security will look at the financial resources in the home to determine financial eligibility. As far as disability required for social security it would be substantial hearing loss or total deafness. You do not specifically need a child lawyer, however you would need to consult the appropriate area whether social security or personal injury. Best of Luck!

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  • I told my wife I want a divorce and she has said I can't come home after work, will I be "abandoning" my children if I leave?

    We have two minor children and live with her parents. I don't have a key to the house so she will likely lock me out. I don't know if the court will claim that I abandoned my family in this situation. How do I proceed?

    Gerald’s Answer

    The legal concept of abandonment is normally a grounds for divorce and it generally involves being out of contact with your spouse and family with out support for a significant amount of time. This is not an issue for you currently, and normally in Massachusetts divorces are generally done no fault. Now you tell your spouse you want a divorce. You should have thought this through, consulted a marital therapist, consulted a lawyer, and already had a new place to stay. This is not a casual statement you made. This is a life altering event that can have long lasting implications for you, your wife, and especially your children. You must be prepared for the financial and emotional fall out. A divorce attorney or mediator can help you with the process. If not be weary of forcing yourself back into this house as this is how domestic disputes and worse happen. You could then face a restraining order too. So follow the advice you have received from the attorneys above. Contact the police if you didn't take your things already and get representation.

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  • What to expect from a new attorney to pick up my criminal case in the middle?

    I am unfortunately in a situation to consider changing my attorney in the middle of a criminal case. What can I expect when she/he takes the case? I would like to know if the following is a reasonable expectation: a) review all docs from previous ...

    Gerald’s Answer

    All of the advice her is correct. I want to add that where you are within the process of criminal defense (Pre-trial, suppression motions) makes a big difference as to what can be accomplished prior to a hearing date. Making an appearance and having the opportunity to meet with an informed and prepared ADA in person on a scheduled date is how information is exchanged and compromises reached. As such even a well paid and prepared lawyer may not be able to give you more than a general strategy before a first appearance and even then the first appearance may need to be a continuance to insure that your best interests are served. Good luck!

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  • My ex husband just got diagnosed with terminal cancer. We have a 7 year old together and a divorce document

    Divorce document states life insurance policy with other parent beneficiary. He is asking for my ss# to change beneficiary as he got married this week. Is this allowed? Will my child not receive her rights when time comes? What should I be doing?

    Gerald’s Answer

    It is a very sad situation. Have you discussed the implications of his condition for your child? I concur with the advice that a mediator or lawyer could help. However, I would see if you can clarify his intentions to his obligations quickly and gently first. It would be a shame to create unnecessary conflict if this is a mis-understanding. Getting your child quality time with your ex should be a priority.

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  • I caused a hit and run I'm totally scared and don't wanna get arrested

    I did leave the scene but next day I gave the lady all my information I can't afford an arty. And don't know what to do. I know police came and took pictures of my car. I didn't answer the door. I really don't know what to do. But marks don't add...

    Gerald’s Answer

    In Massachusetts our compulsory insurance handles claims for damages we cause due to an accident. This includes legal representation for civil suits(money damages). Unfortunately by leaving the scene of an accident you risk turning a civil problem into a criminal problem. If the police left a message you should call them back. In the meantime, you need to call your insurance company now. You must notify the insurance company of the accident to protect your coverage.

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  • How likely, what are the chances that he gets his green card? Please answer!

    My ex-husband used me for a green card. We married after 3 months and We divorced 1.5 years later, but separated before because he cheated on me 2 weeks after the conditional green card interview. He treated me very badly and used me. We didn't ac...

    Gerald’s Answer

    The important thing is that you have done the right thing and told your side of the story. That you limit your responsability for anything further that your ex-husband might lie about is the important thing.

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  • My friend has been dating her divorce attorney for several months. The trail is coming up in Oct.

    If they get caught by the judge what could happen?

    Gerald’s Answer

    As my law professor would say not a good idea, but you can do it. The lawyer is an advocate and not a witness so this relationship should have no impact. However, practically it puts your friend in a terrible situation if she breaks up with her lawyer.

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  • Can i move out of state while on probation due to probation violation dwi?

    my friend lives in north carolina and wants to move down here without finishing there probation. can the state of florida do anything to them? his time to serve would be only 30 days if he choose not to do probation.. it is nothing to serious but ...

    Gerald’s Answer

    Once he finishes his obligations to North Carolina then Florida will not have an issue. But that is assuming he clears up whatever is open in NC. If he doesn't a warrant will issue and follow him to Florida.

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  • How long can the FBI detain a person if they post Bail

    My husband was picked up from the home on a search warrant by the FBI. They found a gun in our room. They brought him to district court and bail was set at $40k. We posted bail and they said the FBI will now Detain him. How long can they detain hi...

    Gerald’s Answer

    Imagine additional questioning is in the works. Your husband should be very careful and excercise his right to silence until advised by an attorney.

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