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Steven Nelson Cayton

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  • Will i as the mother still have parental rights to my son, if the father that also have parental rights signs over guardianship

    My so stays with his uncle and auntie in atl as a verbal argeement until i got estalbish in houston tx. During the move the father and the auntie and unlce with to court to get guardianship for my son. giving me no knowledge of whats going on. i h...

    Steven’s Answer

    Generally speaking no your rights will not have been properly terminated without your consent or notice. You have to be given the chance to speak or answer in some fashion. Now if father and the others can show they made every reasonable effort to contact you and you simply didn't respond they might have an argument that works. If they cannot show you were given notice, chances are that you should be able to restore your rights. You will however have a challenging time without an attorney and I strongly suggest you hire a family law attorney.

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  • In April 1994 I was living in Wisconsin. I got into an altercation with my brother in law at his home.

    It was verbal.He along and buddies pinned me on the ground and called their buddy a local cop. I was arrested / charged with a DC. Iplead guilty and was given 12 months prob. i served my probation paid my fines ect... Fast forward to 2007 I moved ...

    Steven’s Answer

    There seems to be a lot going on here and it its complex. You definitely will need an attorney to help you sort through the mess. You should focus on verifying the OWI in MN and whether a warrant was issued and still exist. I suggest contacting both a Georgia criminal attorney as well as a MN one. I know that sounds expensive but it will cost you less than an arrest and trying to sort things out after.

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  • I signed over temporary gaurdianship of my son to my aunt now she is fighting me what exactly can i do i already petetioned

    I was arrested on child cruelity second degree my charges where all dismissed but upon my incarceration i signed temp gaurdianship over to my aunt so she could take him to the doctor due to his medical conditions. I was told by the dfacs lady whic...

    Steven’s Answer

    Without an attorney you may have a very difficult challenge ahead of you. One important step you can take is to ask the court to appoint a Guardian ad Litem. Given your financial circumstances the court may try and find a pro bono Guardian through Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. A Guardian represents the best interest of the child not you or your aunt, and will make a recommendation to the court after conducting an investigation into the child's circumstances. Your case sounds like exactly the kind of case where a Guardian should be appointed.

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  • I filed a 12 month tpo on my husband it was granted i just got a call that he has hired an attorney and put in a motion to vacat

    vacate the order he has not complied with the order i went to court because of this he was dodging service so he was not there ..i m fed up and done with all i do not wish to dismissthe order ...what will happen if i do not respond to this motion ...

    Steven’s Answer

    I agree with the other answers you have received but would add that if you filed your initial order through the Safe Families or Partnership Against Domestic Violence Office you may want to contact them to see if they can assist you on this. Often the initial volunteer attorney will be willing to assist or the office will try and find another volunteer. http://padv.org/ has the contact info for Fulton.

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  • An ex friend attempted to kick me out of his home and strangled my neck he called the police on me I had no proof and both wereI

    This happens because I would not have sex wit the person and they believe I was having sex in their home although we were not dating I'm having a hard time finding employment still

    Steven’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Schiffer below that more details are needed. That said it sounds like you might be in a financial tight spot. If you feel that you are still in need of protection from this person and also are not in a position to pay for an attorney I would recommend contacting The Partnership Against Domestic Violence for Fulton County (404) 873-1766, make sure to tell them your location so that you are definitely in the right place to get help. If you are outside of Fulton, they should be able to recommend some resources to you still. PADV is a non profit and I have worked with them extensively on Domestic Violence cases.

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  • Can police arrest a 15 year old and interrogate him for about 6 hrs before contacting a parent in georgia

    Son and a group of guys got into a fight with some other guys. Cops were called. They ended up picking my son up along with other teenagers in the car with them. They were kneed in the belly then thrown to the ground. The wouldn let any of the boy...

    Steven’s Answer

    1st - its important to ascertain if the officers were in fact interrogating your son. Asking name and other identifying information is not interrogation generally. If the officers were asking questions pertaining to the fight then its different.

    2nd - The police generally should contact the parents in a timely manner. However, it may take some time to process the arrested person and may delay giving them access to a phone.

    The good news is that because of the grey area as to whether your son waived his right to have you present and/or have an attorney present, this will give an attorney an opening to argue that any statements given cannot be admitted. That being said you should definitely get an attorney for your son if you want to fight the charge. You should note that even if there was an improper interrogation this does not make the underlying charges disappear. If there is other evidence the prosecutor may still pursue the charges.

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  • How do I drop a TPO before the court date?

    My husband and I split in may, and I filed a temporarily protective order, we have not gone to court to get the permanent order we have a hearing on july 18th. I want to work things out and stay separated but go to counseling to try to work things...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you are talking of an ex parte protective order, which it sounds like you are, you can just go to the hearing and ask for a voluntary dismissal. You could also simply not show up and it will be dismissed, but this could hurt you should you ever need to refile for a TPO in the future. If there has been violence between you and your spouse I strongly recommend discussing with a counselor or a group like the Partnership Against Domestic Violence before making the decision to abandon the TPO.

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  • If someone is on debt settlement program for a year and paid off 2 of their lowerest balance credit cards.All the sudden he get

    summons to court suit by American Express with large balance, what should he do?

    Steven’s Answer

    Mark is right. Generally speaking Amex does have their ducks in a row. It is generally not worth hiring an attorney to fight this debt unless a) the debt is substantial or b) You believe there is some other legitimate defense, e.g. the statute of limitations has run prior to the initiation of suit, etc. If this is your only outstanding debt of any substance you should probably try and cordially negotiate with Amex.

    If you have this debt and many others and you do not have the ability to pay you should ask yourself if bankruptcy is the proper option. Bankruptcy should be a last resort but not necessarily something you wait to do. If you evaluate your options(money you have or have access to), your abilities(will you be able to make enough money to pay and still keep the lights on), and your plans(Do you need to buy a house or a new car in the next few years[number of years will be determined by the type of bankruptcy]), then you should be able to determine if bankruptcy is something to investigate further.

    The above is opinion and not intended to be legal advice in any way, the above in no way creates a legal relationship between the reader/s and the author. Individuals seeking legal advice should contact a licensed attorney within their state.

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  • Can I pay my medical debt directly to medical services owed once it is turned over to collections? Can they receive it?

    I informed the medical payment offices that payment would be made once I secured settlement with Social Security for back payments owed. My debt was sent to collection agency regardless. I have since received the settlement and would like to pay t...

    Steven’s Answer

    Like Jill stated a Debt Collector is often willing to settle for less than the amount owed. Debts that are written off are generally sold to debt buyers for pennies on the dollar so if you owed $100 the debt buyer may only pay $10 for it, or less. Of course there are some other technical issues that make it a profitable situation for the creditors and debt buyers/collectors.

    You should definitely try negotiating with the debt collector first. They have the incentive to get you to pay and will be willing to negotiate. Be warned they are experienced and will they and get you to tell them how much you can pay. Try and get them to give you a number first so that you are negotiating them down instead of you being locked in at a higher price. If the debt collector has been abusive, harassing, or threatening in any way you may want to forgo payment until you have spoken with an attorney in your state who practices under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act(FDCPA), a federal statute that protects against collection abuse. Use Avvo or naca.net to locate an attorney in this practice area.

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