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Glen Edward Ashman

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  • IN ATLANTA ,GA , HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN OCCUPY A 3 BR 1 BATH HOUSE . CAN 7 CHILDREN AND 6 ADULTS =2 PARENTS , 4 KIDS ,7 GRANDKIDS

    ME AND MY BABY MOTHER RECENTLY GOT SEPARATED , SHE DENIES ME TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER . IM NOT A DEADBEAT DAD. SHE RATHER LIVE WITH HER PARENTS BUT THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ROOM THERE FOR THEM . MY DAUGHTER AT TIMES COMPLAIN ABOUT HER BACK & FEET AND I CAN...

    Glen’s Answer

    You don't have any rights at all until you legitimate the child (get a lawyer for that if you want to do it right). In the meantime even absent a court order you must pay support every 30 days or you can go to jail. While that home situation sounds way too crowded, is it possible that if you paid more support the mother could afford better housing? Legitimization is a big step, and it's good that you're concerned, but remember that it is more than seeing your child. Your lawyer will help you address the child's living situation, support and other issues and hopefully help get your child in the best possible situation.

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  • What can I do?

    The short of it ... late 2005 surgery (bc patient w/ mastectomy) ...awoke a mess and ‘doc’ wouldn’t admit anything was way off; months of visits and nothing about fixing all the problems-nothing. Feb 2006 alone with him/me with no shirt for ‘check...

    Glen’s Answer

    If this happened ten or more years ago in Georgia, you are eight years past the state statute of limitations which is a permanent bar on a lawsuit (if it was a different state you need to check the time period for that state with a lawyer in that state). When you say you couldn't find an attorney back then, that means each attorney you spoke to didn't feel you had a viable case, and each would have also mentioned the statute.

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  • Can I do anything to keep my case open and do courts typically even close legitimation cases?

    I filed a case for legitimation in my state (GA). We are unable to find my child's mother and I honestly have no idea where she is. I'm aware of service by publication but that doesn't really help the situation I'm in. I'm worried about the court ...

    Glen’s Answer

    This is why legitinizations should never be filed without a lawyer. If your appendix burst, would you operate without a doctor? If your answer is no, the same logic applies to complex court cases. You don't file court cases without knowing what you're doing. At some point, yes, the court is probably going to close your case, and leaving it open really doesn't help absent being in the right court and the mother being personally served. And since you don't know where she is, you may not even have filed in the right county, or if she is in another state, in the right state. You need to do two things - show what you have done to date to a lawyer and make a serious effort to find the mother (most pro se litigants miss simple free steps that work, so the lawyer may have ideas, and if those fail, you hire a private investigator).

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  • What am I entitled to after 4 years of marriage and everything that he has was established during our marriage?

    My husband and I have been married for 4 years and we both want a divorce.

    Glen’s Answer

    Your question as posted is unanswerable. We don't know necessary information including but not limited to both your incomes, your expenses, if you have children, your education and career history, your assets and your liabilities, all of which affect the answer. Since you are wanting a divorce, it is very important that you sit down with a lawyer ASAP to see what is realistic and to plan and act accordingly. Not doing that now is a big mistake that can prove very costly. AVVO has good tools for you to locate counsel.

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  • Do I have to go to Georgia to file the papers or can I do it from Virginia by mail/fax/email?

    My father passed away years ago. Recently I learned that he had some property being held by the state of GA. He has no living spouses and five children. I want to file to be named temporary administrator so that I can learn what the property is...

    Glen’s Answer

    Filing by mail works. It would be very smart to use a lawyer. Not only will you avoid missteps but in a couple counties I have gotten the judge to allow an out of state party to do their oath in their home state instead of in person. If you are pro se you almost certainly will do that in person.

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  • Is it possible to go after her , we were married for over 30 years.

    had a final divorce and lawyer did not bring forward a discovery of income and explained to me that the best thing for me to do is get spousal support , with the divorce and explained to me that most cases where the women has to pay the male doesn...

    Glen’s Answer

    Probably not. You made a strategic choice and generally you don't get two chances. The one thing that would change no as an answer would be if she filed false answers on what paperwork she did file, if any. If you find those things, and are within 30 days of the final decree, you could do a motion for new trial. Motions after 30 days must meet far stricter standards and would be far harder to pursue. Bear in mind that such cases are expensive, and that you could lose and be assessed attorneys fees. Have a new lawyer review your entire file.

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  • Since I don't have a job or any experience, after divorce, should I expect to receive alimony payments until I get remarried?

    I have been in a bad marriage most of 34 years. I have always been a housewife and have raised six children, so I don't have any work experience. My husband and I have now been separated for several months. We have been discussing divorce, sep...

    Glen’s Answer

    Alimony and retirement plans become major issues in long term marriages, and there are not standard gudielines. That makes it very important for you to see a lawyer now and determine what is realistic in your case and the best strategy to try and accomplish that.

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  • What is the approximate cost of a simple will which will divide assets equally among our 4 children?

    Husband 60; I'm 56; want to update our will; looking for approximate cost and how complex a will has to be so that our children don't run into probate issues after our demise.

    Glen’s Answer

    It's great that you're doing some planning now. Your children will appreciate the results. AVVO forbids we lawyers from quoting fees in answers, so to get a fee quote from a lawyer, you can use the links on AVVO to email (or call). Simple will is an overused term as a well done will needs to take in account your specific situation. Having said that, many people do fine with a relatively brief concise will and get pleasantly surprised by the cost (which is why you hear the term simple will so often). Just to tell you how I handle this type matter, and each lawyer may be different on this: I encourage people to fill in a short online form I have to get basic information and wishes and based on that can give an accurate quote. With that information a lawyer also may see things that also need doing (like a power of attorney, etc) or ways to simplify future probate (by, for example, changes in deeds or how some accounts are titled).

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  • Online Loans for Credit Card Consolidation? Legit, or not? Hidden Dangers?

    My work is cyclical & last few months have been down. Looking up later in 2016. We've relied in part on credit cards for a few months, now up to $40,000. Worst part is that we had a couple 30 day late payments so now all are 30%. We have about ...

    Glen’s Answer

    The three companies you mention - Lending Club, Best Egg, & Prosper - are real lenders (that is NOT a recommendation). Bear in mind that the best rates they advertise require very good credit scores and few people get them. If you read the fine print, while the best rates at those lenders range from about 5 to 10%, they also make loans at sky high rates, and with your late payments you may see rates of 30% or more (last time I checked Prosper's top rate was 36%). There are no easy answers, but as a general rule the online lenders you mention would simply replace one problem with a similar one. In your case a sit down with a bankruptcy lawyer actually might be smart (potentially you could do a Chapter 13 and reduce your interest that way) and a financial planner (while savings are great, carrying the credit card debt at 30% is a disaster and you may want to use some savings or your HELOC). Again, no easy answers here, but you probably are not looking at the best one unless any of those lenders offer you a very good rate.

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  • If I stop paying my loan completely and they come and repossess the car, can they still sue me for the deficiency?

    I filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2013 and received a standard discharge. I signed a reaffirmation agreement with my Car Creditor and it was filed with the court, however no payments have been reported to any credit agency since my filing. That'...

    Glen’s Answer

    Your own reaffirmation agreement has conspicuous language that contains the answer. Yes they can sue for a deficiency.

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