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Lloyd Wayne Patterson

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  • Do I need to obtain a lawyer for son charged with assault (second) - victim made up story and told police it didn't happen.

    she wrote on a piece of paper, though, to her boyfriend that it did happen. this is a 13-year-old who was mad at her mother for catching her sending pics to boyfriend. She wrote a note stating my son assaulted her, then recanted after he got arr...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    It is possible that the prosecutor will drop the case since the victim has recanted. I assume that your son is also a minor. A parent or attorney will have to appear with him on his court date. If the prosecutor indicates that he is going to proceed to trial, then you do need to retain an attorney. At least you should consult with a local criminal law attorney who can review all the details.

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  • Is my husband entitled to half or any of the property I own in SC?

    We live in VA but I own property with my sibling in SC. Also I have property that was left to me in a will.

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Generally, property that you acquire by an inheritance is not considered marital property and is not subject to division in a divorce. There are ways that inherited property can become marital such as adding his name to the title. Your attorney in Virginia can give you more specific information.

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  • Will my credit be negatively impacted by a foreclosed house owned by my deceased Mother and her husband?

    My Mother passed away April 2011 and did not have a will. Any assets she did have went into probate. My brother and I have both signed to relinquish our rights to her estate, and probate is still going on. Now her husband is foreclosing on thei...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    I am not sure how your name got on the deed or if you are just assuming that it is on the deed. In a foreclosure normally the only parties whose credit are affected are the ones actually on the note and mortgage. I would suggest that you contact the attorney handling the foreclosure for more information. His name and contact information are on the paperwork. Probably you are being listed since you are heirs and probate is still open.

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  • Legally seperated for 7 month, I just found out I am pregnant by another man. What will happen during my divorce?

    7 months legally seperated. On going custody battle for our 3 yr old daughter. 3 weeks pregnant

    Lloyd’s Answer

    I assume you mean that you have a court order of separation and maintenance. If custody is contested, the court should have appointed a Guardian ad litem. See the link below for information what the court requires from the GAL. Usually the judge is going to base his decision on custody from the guardian's report so that is the party you need to be working with. You also need your own attorney to properly present your case. The fact that you are expecting another child will be a factor but not the deciding factor since each case is very fact specific. If you were awarded temporary spousal support in the order of separation, the court can order you to pay that back.

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  • If my father is awarded any money from medical neglect case & dies before it is settled does the executor have to award equal $

    a medical neglect case goes to court and my father dies before it is settled do I have to share this with my siblings? I am executor of the will?

    Lloyd’s Answer

    It depends on whether there is an additional action for wrongful death due to the medical neglect. I have added a link below on wrongful death in South Carolina. Otherwise, the settlement will be a part of your father's estate and distributed in accordance with his will. As the executor your duty will be to properly administer the estate and distribute the assets in accordance with the will.

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  • I am from MD and received a speeding ticket (25 over) on I-95 in Clarendon County, SC. Do the points transfer to MD? Thank you.

    The ticket is $355. Does it pay to fight? Can this be successfully defended? Thank you.

    Lloyd’s Answer

    My understanding is that any minor out of state speeding violation will be posted to your record but will not result in points against your Maryland driving record. However, it will be posed to your record for your insurance company to see if they should check. Employers also often check driving records. I agree with the other answers, contact a South Carolina Speeding Ticket Attorney for assistance.

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  • Ticketed for 80 in a 65, Do I need a lawyer?

    I was traveling on I 85 in Gastonia nc. I was given a ticket for going 80 in a 65. I know I was going about 73. There was other cars passing around me. Is there any point in trying to fight this?

    Lloyd’s Answer

    If you have a North Carolina driver's license, you may be eligible for what is called a Prayer for Judgment which keeps the ticket off your record. If you are a SC driver, then NC will normally report this ticket back to SC and it will be 4 points on your license and possibly result in an increase in your insurance premiums.
    It is worth trying to get the ticket reduced, either by appearing in court yourself or retaining an attorney.

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  • Can someone contest a will on "your behalf?"

    My Mothers ex sister in-law has claimed she is contesting my Grandfathers will on her behalf. How can my mother find out if this is true. The only information my mother has received from her ex sister in-law has been untrue. We believe that my mot...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Probate court filings are public information and you can obtain a copy of your grandfather's file by contacting the probate court and paying a small fee. They will mail you a copy of the entire file or you can go by the court and look at it in person. Unless the ex sister in-law is an attorney, she cannot represent your mother in any shape, form or fashion in a court of law unless she is your mother's guardian appointed by the probate court.

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  • Police officer told me I would not have to appear in court, but there's a date and time on the summons section.

    I just received my first speeding ticket recently. I was going 15 over, but the officer was nice enough to notify me that he would drop it down to 10, reducing the charge and the points added to my license. He also mentioned I would not have to ap...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    It appears the officer has given you a "roadside reduction" from a four point ticket to a two point ticket. Look at the fine amount on the ticket. Normally the fine for a two point ticket is 81.00 and most people pay the ticket rather than hiring an attorney or appearing in court but that is your decision. If you pay the fine prior to the court date listed on the ticket, then you do not need to appear in court. If you do not pay or appear, then it is likely that a warrant will be issued for your arrest for failure to appear. If it is more than a two point ticket, it is usually to your advantage to show for court or to retain an attorney.

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  • Are divorce Attorneys restricted to working in specific counties?

    I'm looking for a divorce attorney and having trouble finding one in my specific location. Are lawyers restricted to certain areas? If not looking for a great divorce attorney. Thank you

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Attorneys are not restricted to particular counties within the state. It is quite common for an attorney to represent clients in multiple counties. It is more important to retain an attorney that you are comfortable with than one in your specific location.

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