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Robert L. Flanagan

Robert Flanagan’s Answers

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  • Family builds something on my property and leaves building and wants me to pay for building.

    My father in law (who we have had a falling out with), built a pole building on my property. We never had anything written saying that he could do this, nor agreement that I would pay anything for the building. He used this building for his busi...

    Robert’s Answer

    Apparently he had your permission to build before you had your falling out. However you did not agree to pay for the building and there does not seem to be any reasonable expectation that you would pay him. I doubt if he would be successful in making a claim against you. The issue needs to be further explored with you attorney. Another important question for you attorney is how to cut off any claim of adverse possession.
    Good luck!

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  • Child in court

    Can a judge order a child to be brought to court if there's likely to be a change in custody?

    Robert’s Answer

    Yes, the court has the power and authority to do so. However, it would be unusual.

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  • Can I get a restraining order for my daughter?

    The mother of my child and I have been split up for almost a year now. She recently got into a relationship with another man. The man posted a picture of him and my 2 year old daughter online and I asked my daughters mother to ask him to remove it...

    Robert’s Answer

    Send him a demand to cease his phone calls immediately. If he continues you can press criminal charges and seek a restraining order to protect yourself. You can also request a restraining order to protect your daughter. However, his conduct towards her may not fit the criteria for a protective order.

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  • Restraining orders against ex in another state

    My ex-girlfriend is demanding money in the form of gifts and money, and is making outlandish claims that I have abused her mentally and emotionally. She calls my job and makes claims that she will get me fired if I don't do what she says. I ha...

    Robert’s Answer

    You should hire a lawyer to send her a letter demanding that she cease and desist all communications, including phone calls/texts to you or your office and emails. If she continues after the letter is sent, you have several options including preferring criminal charges and requesting a peace order. As my colleague advised, you need to consider which jurisdiction is most appropriate. Jurisdiction over this type of conduct is an area of the law in flux. It will require careful scrutiny

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  • So confused...

    I fell behind in my child support payments & ex is having my wages garnished which I'm fine with. The custody order & CS order are from MD, ex moved my child to DE & I live in VA. Ex has NEVER notified MD Court of any of her 7+ new addresses. Ex w...

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    Jurisdiction over custody and visitation is a separate issue from child support enforcement. Maryland issued the original custody order and retains jurisdiction. You can file contempt or complaint for enforcement or complaint for modification in Maryland. If you file something in Delaware, you may subject yourself to jurisdiction over child support issues, that may not exist now.
    Delaware child enforcement is acting properly in moving to enforce garnishment in Virginia. That issue is separate and distinct from custody and visitation issues. Go see a Maryland lawyer about filing in this state for any related issues.

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  • My account been on hold for a month and half can the bank do this?

    i was a victim to fraud on my capitol one account and now its under investigation. i get my job pay direct deposit to this account and now they have my account on hold. i filed claims and police report for my account for my stolen card but my job ...

    Robert’s Answer

    Immediately tell your employer's payroll office to pay you by check or into an account in another bank. Your recourse with Capital One depends upon facts not evident from your statement. You may need a lawyer to help unravel this part of your problem.

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  • Owe money to lawyer

    can u go to jail if u owe money to a lawyer. ? I owe about 300 can I go to jail if I don't pay

    Robert’s Answer

    No. I am assuming that this is a lawyer you hired. If there is court order directing you to pay someone else's lawyer you have an entirely different situation.

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  • My ex boyfriend disappeared with a car we had a joint loan on and hasn't made a payment in 7 months

    In 2011 my boyfriend I entered into a joint car loan with my boyfriend. We broke up shortly after and we had a verbal agreement that he could keep the car as long as he made the payments. I haven't heard from him in years. Recently I checked my cr...

    Robert’s Answer

    The lender is entitled to be paid and you are both jointly and severally liable. If your boyfriend does not pay, you are liable regardless of your agreement with him. You might explore ways to cooperate with the lender so that the company can obtain possession of the vehicle and put it up for option. This would stop the financial bleeding.

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  • How can you get your retainer back from a lawyer (non refund check contract reads) who hasn't done any work on your case yet?

    I hired an attorney 4 1/2 months ago, but haven't seen any work done on my case yet. The contract that I signed reads, that I will give a non-refundable check to this attorney. Does this mean that I can't get my money back if I decide to drop the...

    Robert’s Answer

    The implication of your inquiry is that the lawyer has been sitting on your case for 4 1/2 months with no reasonable explanation for the lawyer's inactivity. I am assuming that is so for purposes of providing an answer.

    If you have a right to demand a refund, you may have to ask for it. If you ask for it and he does not return you money, you may wish to refer the matter to bar counsel.

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  • When will my child support stop in my joint custody case in MD?

    My child is 17. My old child suppport order stated it ends when she turns 18. We got a new joint custody order 4 years ago with me still paying child support but this order doesn't state when child support will be stopped. Will it be stopped when ...

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    If you have no agreement to continue child support, you duty to pay ends when your child turns 18 years of age unless she is still attending high school. If she is in high school, it will continue until she graduates but in no event past her 19th birthday. This rule does not need to be in your child support order. It's in the child support statute.

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