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Todd Bruce Kotler

North Canton Education Law Attorney.

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  1. If I gave away too much in my divorce can i get the agreement redone?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Paul Michael Kocsis
    3. Neil Scott Rubin
    3 lawyer answers

    Attorney Rubin is correct. Your separation agreement, parenting plan and the language of the decree are going to govern which areas can be changed and over which the court did not retain jurisdiction. The only area that will be sure to be subject to further modification is child support and custody. However, you will need to meet specific factual thresholds to successfuly persuade a court to modify (assuming your ex is not in agreement). Attached are some links to articles I have...

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  2. Do I need an education lawyer?

    Answered 19 days ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. William J Popovich
    3. Christine C McCall
    3 lawyer answers

    You should try to find a lawyer nearby. I would make it more clear as to whether or not you have moved or at least have a contract on a new residence within the new district. You also want to be sure to gather all writings between you and the Principal that is behaving badly. Good Luck

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  3. Is it legal for a school to operate a cell phone " jammer"

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Nicholas Basil Spirtos
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    School's may certianly prohibit cell phone use on campus. The issue of operating a "jammer" is one that riases FCC regulatory rules. This question will be re-labeled for that forum. Good Luck

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  4. Can I check up on step son's education and health if dad signs power of attorney to me?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Nicholas Basil Spirtos
    2 lawyer answers

    One can make out a Limitted Power of Attorney for Child Care that would extend their parenting powers, including school enrolment, records and educational decision making, to another individual. A General Durable Power of Attorney does not accomplish this, however. Ask the JAG officer to draft a Child Care POA. Good Luck

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  5. What can I do? I am an independent student, who the universities I apply to refuse to recognize as independent?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    3. Deborah Gwen Roher
    4. Christine C McCall
    4 lawyer answers

    This student may wish to talk to a debtor's rights attorney. For more immediate relief this student should speak to and write whoever made this decision concerning the "independent" status and become familiarized with the financial aid department's definition of "independent". It sounds as if the student is running into a formula or regulatory problem. Find out what the appeals process is. Good Luck

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  6. I have a case management conference for child custody. I filed a contempt motion against the mother for interfering with

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Alison F Silber
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    Before one could really answer your questions you need to provide some additional information. Has the court set a discovery schedule? Usually CMC is when the court tries to figure out the issues to be litigated. When the opposing counsel requests documents from you is when you need to provide them, but not a minute sooner. Figure out if there is anything you want from the opposing party. I suggest you familiarize your self with the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence...

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  7. I want to change my kids last name

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. David Alexander Browde
    2 lawyer answers

    Not locating the father will be problematic but not insurmountable. As the other attorney suggested you may serve the father by process server (that is someone physically goes to his last residence and serves the papers there or perhaps at his place of business). You may also serve him by FedEx in Summit County. Often people who wont sign for a certified letter will sign for FedEx or UPS. If those manners of service fail you may serve by publication (a notice is placed in the court house...

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  8. I have custody of my 3 kids.While visiting their dad out of state he filed for custody.He requested his state take jurisdiction.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Melissa Moriarty Gast
    2. Todd Bruce Kotler
    3. Curt Perri Bogen
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Attorney Gast, but wish to caution you that you cannot afford NOT to retain an attorney in the other jurisdition to fight the emergency motion. Your loss of sobriety and the presence of the children in the target jurisdiction are two facts that play very well to your ex-husband. You may wish to see if there is a legal aid program near your ex-husbands's court. Good luck.

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  9. Monetary judgement against me, cannot pay, Ohio driver's license suspended because of it. What can/should I do?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Sidney Joseph Diamond
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    Your only choices are to renegotiate payment agreement or file bankruptcy.

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  10. Is it legal for a school to refuse to cancel your loan even though you do not attend thier school AT ALL?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    1 lawyer answer

    This question is too brief to answer. It is clear that many facts have been omitted. Asuming for a moment that the asker is writing about two schools, did school # 1 actually make the loan? This author doubts that. More likely than not the asker enrolled in school #1, failed to timely unenroll; then enrolled in school # 2, hoping to transfer financial aid from school #1 to school #2 (without verifying in writing, if this were possible). If my assumptions are correct, the asker needs to...

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