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Glen Edward Ashman

Glen Ashman’s Answers

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  • Do I need a lawyer or should I let the insurance company handle it?

    I was in a car accident yesterday and my car was totaled out. It was the other driver fault but this is my first time being in an accident and I don't really know how the process work.

    Glen’s Answer

    The answer depends on what you didn't tell us (were you hurt at all?). If you were hurt it is essential that you see your doctor or an ER today (unless you already did) both for medical reasons and legal ones. It is also hugely important to NOT talk to the insurers and to get a lawyer to protect your interests and claims. (If you are 100% sure there are no injuries you can deal with the insurer but be aware that many injuries take more than a day to bother you).

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  • How do I make sure that I get custody

    My ex husband has been in prison for the past 2.5 years. We've been separated the whole time, and I've recently just been able to finally go through with the divorce for monetary reasons. We have 3 children, and I don't want him to have custody. H...

    Glen’s Answer

    Just because someone jail time does not mean he may not get some custody rights although 50/50 is not all that common. The best way to have your case governed badly is to not hire a lawyer. A lawyer will be best equipped to determine realistic objectives and seek them.

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  • What can Mom do to have sole ownership of the house?

    When my Grandmother died in 2001, she left her house jointly to her 4 children. POA was given to my uncle. My Mother has been living in the house since 2001 and has paid all of the property taxes and insurance and paid for all repairs necessary to...

    Glen’s Answer

    A POA expires on death so part of your post cannot be accurate. There is no way a lawyer can answer with certainty without seeing if the rest of your post is accurate, but if it is, your mom cannot own the house outright unless she outlives the other three.

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  • Can I be sued in a county I don't live in? I have always lived in Canton GA.

    Can I be sued by a debt collector in a different county ? I have never lived anywhere else . I live in GA

    Glen’s Answer

    Unless you object, yes you can. Most suits should be filed in the county where you live. If you object in a proper way the suit will be moved. Ifyou have been sued, get a lawyer ASAP so you do not lose other defenses. Your time window is short.

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  • How can two underage persons with child get married without parental consent?

    My son is 15 and his girlfriend is 14 they have a 1 month old son. We want to get her out of a verbal abusive household. I wanted to know to if her parents have to give consent for her to get married.

    Glen’s Answer

    They cannot be married without parental consent. Nor at that age can they be married with parental consent. Since your son can be criminally prosecuted (and will owe child support),, you may want to be prepared to get him a lawyer. The crime he can be charged with is statutory rape (although his would be treated as a misdemeanor).

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  • What can I do about seeing my kids

    I need a lawyers advice about a divorce and what I can and can not do when it comes to my children. My soon to be ex wife isn't letting me see my kids. I don't have a tpo or anything I just want to see my kids

    Glen’s Answer

    Your first sentence answered your own question. Yes, you need to hire a lawyer to get the pare time you are entitled to have.

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  • Will I be able to keep my car after filing Chapter 7 if I choose? My payments have always been current but the car is fairly new

    Thinking of filing chapter 7 for first time. I was told that the finance company for my car may feel that I'm a risk and take the car. Is that true? My payments have always been on time.

    Glen’s Answer

    This is one of many questions to ask your lawyer (pro se bankruptcies often go badly). Most people who want to keep a financed car in a Chapter 7 can do so (and lenders are usually glad to see reaffirmations). It may or may not be smart to do so on your end, and your lawyer will discuss the pros and cons, and your options.

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  • If I attempt to modify will it go down, should I ask for mediation with her. need advice to remedy the situation.

    I live in Georgia I was previously married and we had a child. I was ordered to pay $725.00 monthly for child support (about 9 years ago). she did not work then and my income is about the same (80,000/year) She now works and makes approx 20,000/...

    Glen’s Answer

    You need to actually do a sit-down with a lawyer. There are way too many variables we don't have to even do the math. The underlying numbers and assumptions in Georgia's child support guidelines have changed in those 9 years, meaning some things you thought could go down may go up. The guidelines also require detailed information on costs for things like school, day care, etc. Bear in mind that even if the math suggests a change, judges can deviate from the guidelines. That means you need that sitdown to do a good analysis, and then if you want to proceed need to pay a lawyer to do it. Lawyers may save you money with good strategy (for example negotiation before filing, or raising other issues.)

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  • Is the report of the Social Services Coordinator similar to that of a GAL? I dont have an attorney. How should I prepare?

    Matter in Fulton County Superior Court involving 6 year old child. A Social Services Coordinator has been appointed. Is she like a Guardian Ad Litem?

    Glen’s Answer

    You're in a contested divorce with your child at stake. Immediately hire the attorney you should have hired on day one. That is the best preparation and it matters a great deal.

    While I could get more technical or detailed, Fulton County (unlike most counties) has "in house" Social Services Coordinators to investigate questions of child custody and related issues. That is similar to what a GAL does in other courts. The fact that you have one is an alert that your case is somewhat more complex than many cases, and that the judge wants independent review of issues in your case.

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  • Are we supposed to each fill out a financial affidavit (uncontested divorce -w- minor children) if we share the same expenses?

    If we live in the same house and expenses are paid from the same bank account, are we supposed to complete two separate financial affidavits? If so, who would claim what or should we split? Since I have not moved out, I cannot list future expenses...

    Glen’s Answer

    This is why you NEED a lawyer and do NOT play with forms you don't understand. Yes, you do two financial affidavits. While lawyers also adhere pretty much to the state form, they will also know how to draft additional notations in that form and account for estimated reasonable short term changes. Not only will they do that with form affidavits, but also in the wording of the agreement and other filings. No form adequately explains this.

    Pro se divorces with children, even if uncontested, often go wrong. Lawyers are familiar with their local judges and will know what latitude they have in explaining the issues your raise in a way that the court may accept.

    I should note that you should NOT have one shared bank account in a divorce. That is the FIRST thing that should be separated when parties contemplate divorce.

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