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Glen Edward Ashman

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  • I live in Atlanta and I would like to add my maiden name to my married name. Can I do this by myself or do I need a lawyer?

    How much will this cost, and can you give me the name and number of a lawyer that can help.

    Glen’s Answer

    It looks like you are in Fulton County. Some people do name changes pro se. Some people use an attorney. With the way Fulton handles them, you will have fewer problems with a lawyer, as they understand the process. On every name change calendar I go to some pro se litigants have to get their case reset due to a problem or misstep. As for costs, you have to pay a filing fee and a fee to the legal organ of the county, which adds up to around $300. AVVO prohibits me (or any lawyer answering you) to quote our fees in an answer, but you can call or email anyone who you see answering you on AVVO to get fees. It's inexpensive. Lots of the family lawyers who will answer you have done name changes - I've done 100's and I suspect several others who answer you will also have done quite a few.

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  • When doing a modification of child support is the one time inheritance income that shows on a tax return included as income.

    I make 46,000 per year and need to modify to have my 19 year old son removed. However this years tax return show that I made 82,000.00 last year because of inheritance. I dont want to modify if this is what my new income is because I may owe mor...

    Glen’s Answer

    Sit down with a lawyer. It would be very unusual to report inheritances as income on an income tax return, so you may also want to sit down with a CPA. While a large inheritance would not be factored into a child support worksheet, it might create an argument against modification. Note also that one child aging past 18 doesn';t tell us if your amounts go up or down, as income and other things also affect that. So let a lawyer look at everything and see where to go from here.

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  • In what state can you choose a new surname when you get married

    Neither my soon to be wife or I want to keep our last names.

    Glen’s Answer

    I doubt there are any. Both of you could file a name change, preferably with counsel, after marriage.

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  • Can I appeal my divorce decree?

    I did not retain a lawyer, however I went through the papers carefully and agreed to all items except 2 paragraphs which had to be removed. Due to this, my husband's attorney said there would be a hearing date set where I could appear and state my...

    Glen’s Answer

    When you decide to be your own lawyer, you need to monitor hearing dates. Also, depending on what you filed or did not filed, you may have waived notice. In general missing a court date is not a basis for appeal, and you likely have made an unfixable mistake. Nonetheless, a right to appeal expires in 30 days, so see a lawyer. Appeals are far more expensive than hiring a lawyer for trial.

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  • What is the quickest and easiest way to modify a child support court order in Georgia?

    My ex-husband and I would like to get our child support amount lowered. We had an agreeable and uncontested divorce and remain on great terms. Although I am the custodial parent, we share time with our daughters and childcare expenses equally and ...

    Glen’s Answer

    Depending on the county, you could potentially do this in not over a month. Since a judge has to okay any change, do not attempt this without counsel. A local attorney can likely do this pretty inexpensively if both people consent.

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  • How to find a lawyer for an out of state civil summons. Involves three states.

    My ex-wife lives in Missouri and I live in Georgia. When we got divorced and child support and custody were set, we were living in Ohio. She has now filed with the Missouri court a new proposed parenting plan and to revisit child support. I cannot...

    Glen’s Answer

    Hi. Although I'd need to know more, it sounds like you need a lawyer in Missouri (and maybe in Ohio). At some point you likely need to travel there, but many lawyers can do initial work with you by phone, mail and internet. There is a good find a lawyer tool on AVVO. Use that and good luck.

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  • Debtor owes me for damages done to my home. They filed bankruptcy, what are my options to collect?

    I won a court judgement on damages done to my home by tenant, I filed for a wage garnishment then she filed bankruptcy. What are my options to be able to collect on the judgement?

    Glen’s Answer

    Be very careful. Saying or sending anything to the debtor may be contempt and you could owe her money. If she filed Chapter 7 in a no asset case, you will get zero and can never collect and you willl be in severe trouble unless you release the garnishment. If she filed a 13 or 11, you may or may not be paid but still must release the garnishment immediately. (There are variables here - for instance if you owns realty you may have a judgment lien that may or may not be removed, and there are so many other variables an online answer is pretty useless.) See your attorney imediately to make sure you do not get sued for a stay violation and to determine if you can still collect, which usually will be no, but rarely could be, if done right, a yes.

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  • How do I avoid probate court upon death

    one property deed, one car title, 401 acct, two children no other assets. no will. Have read that deeds and titles can be set up as " payable upon death"

    Glen’s Answer

    While there are ways to transfer assets while in life, including real estate, those may have negative tax consequences, consequences on Medicaid nursing home eligibility, etc. You need to sit down with a lawyer and do some planning. While some people fear probate, probate is often simple and inexpensive. And a final note: even if you have lined everything up, someone still may need to probate an estate to do things like file a tax return or pursue a lawsuit should your death occur due to the negligence of someone else. In other words, even if some things are set up to transfer outside probate, you may need a will anyway. In a small estate, talking to a lawyer and drawing up needed documents is very inexpensive.

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  • How to go about obtaining rights to children?

    My fiance has been in trouble with the law in the past and the mother of one of his children has filed where he has no right to their daughter but has to pay child support? She says he's not allowed to see her at all? The other mother of his oldes...

    Glen’s Answer

    The lack of visitation is caused by your fiance. Only he can change it. When you have sex you have to pay child support if you make a baby. If he wants to see that baby, he has to get a lawyer, file for legitimization, and seek visitation unless he has been married to the mother, in which case he could have sought visitation in a divorce.

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  • Can I move out since I'm 17?

    I'm wanting to move out basically because I cant do anything, I'm smothered here, feel like I'm trapped. I'm adopted by the way. And I can't get a job or even go anywhere by my self, I feel like they basically don't trust me. I'm wanting to go mov...

    Glen’s Answer

    No you can't. You're a child at 17. You can move at 18. Do not get your brother in trouble. Move in with him, and he can go to jail for interference with custody, and no he cannot enroll you in school.

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