Catherine Becker Good’s Answers

Catherine Becker Good

Westwood Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Is there a way I can pay off my community service hours?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Catherine Becker Good
    2. Dominic L. Pang
    3. Lauren Craig Redmond
    3 lawyer answers

    Ultimately, it's up to the judge. In general, I would suggest that the more documentation you have to show the court the reason for your inability to perform the community service the better. That is, a letter from your therapist would be helpful. That being said, usually community service is an alternative to paying fees and court costs. In that case, the court will accept the monetary equivalent in lieu of community service. The exception to this exists where community service was...

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  2. Will be filing bankruptcy in March. We have a court date the end of Jan for credit card debt What do we do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Catherine Becker Good
    2. Herbert Weinberg
    3. Carl H Starrett II
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    4 lawyer answers

    I typically write a letter to the attorney representing the creditor on behalf of the debtor. In the letter I state that the debtor has retained me to file for bankruptcy and that it is our intention to file the petition within a certain number of days. The creditor's attorney will typically continue the case for either 30 or 60 days to allow the debtor to file for bankruptcy. Good luck.

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  3. What will happen when you commit a hoplifthing at least 100 dollars?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Catherine Becker Good
    2. Gary S. Sinclair
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4 lawyer answers

    The answer depends upon what your criminal record looks like. If this is your first offense, you may be able to have the case dismissed upon your payment of a fine (typically a few hundred dollars). For a first offense, you cannot receive jail time. If you are charged with shoplifting as a second or subsequent offense, the Judge may order that you be placed on probation or even order jail time if your record is lengthy. It is a good idea to consult with a lawyer before going to court.

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  4. If my husband has credit card debt can it affect me?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Catherine Becker Good
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Herbert Weinberg
    4. Richard Carey Hyman
    4 lawyer answers

    I'm not sure that I understand your question. I will try to answer you generally. Your credit history and your husband's credit history are completely separate so that any negative activity with respect to your husband's credit cards will not be reflected on your credit history, even though you are married. Where you have a common debt, the mortgage, there would be a consequence to your credit history. I strongly suggest that you contact a local attorney to discuss the specifics of your...

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  5. Notice of Surrender - Failure to Pay...What to expect?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Catherine Becker Good
    2. Lauren Craig Redmond
    2 lawyer answers

    The best approach is to contact your probation officer ahead of time and make a payment toward your arrears. If you are unable to go to court before the scheduled date, I would still recommend checking in with your probation officer and bringing as much money as you can with you on the hearing date. On the hearing date I would recommend requesting court appointed counsel ( assuming you qualify) and asking for a further surrender date. Where money is the only issue it is unlikely that you will...

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  6. If one is charged with a felony for retention of a child can he later be hel in crimnal contempt. Is that double jeopardy?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Terri D. Leary
    2. Catherine Becker Good
    3. Jeffrey K. Varszegi
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with Atty. Leary. Although the charges arise out of the same incident, they are different in nature and are being pursued in two separate courts with differing consequences. The short answer to your question is that it does not appear to be double jeopardy in the scenario you have laid out. I strongly suggest that you seek legal counsel from attorneys experienced in the various courts.

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  7. Can I expunge 2004 arrest, charge & case for a Class B misdemeanor in Martin County, TX?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    2. Carmine John Giardino
    3. Catherine Becker Good
    4. David Daniel White
    4 lawyer answers

    Based upon the facts that you have outlined, in my opinion you would be entitled to having your record expunged.

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  8. Caught shoplifiting in JcPenny. What will happen?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Anthony Skiendziul
    2. Lauren Craig Redmond
    3. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4. Catherine Becker Good
    5. John Michael Goggins
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Each courthouse handles cases for specific towns. Therefore, your new case may or may not be handled by the same court. The case you went before the court on yesterday will not be affected by the shoplifting case since the shoplifting case occurred beforedhand.

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  9. Should I continue to make mortgage payments while filing chapter 7 to keep home

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Catherine Becker Good
    2. Carl H Starrett II
    3. Alex R. Hess
    4. William Asa Grafton
    4 lawyer answers

    The answer to this question depends upon the specific facts of your case, i.e. how far behind are you on the mortgage, is the bank willing to negotiate or work with you on a modification, etc. I strongly suggest that you contact local bankruptcy counsel to review the specific facts of your case and determine the best strategy. Good luck.

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  10. In chapter 7, do I still need to list a vehicle that as repossessed over 3 years ago on my Statement of Financial Affairs?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. William James Waters
    2. Stephen Nathan Doan
    3. Dorothy G Bunce
    4. Scot J Eliot
    5. Steven Anderson Leahy
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    No, the Statement of Financial Affairs only asks for information concerning property that has been repossessed within the past year. In your case, you are outside of the scope of the question and need not include the vehicle on your petition. Keep in mind that you will need to list any deficiency owed to the vehicle's creditor on Schedule F of your petition.

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