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Todd Bruce Kotler

Massillon Education Law Attorney.

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

    Answered over 2 years ago.

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

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

    Answered about 2 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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  3. What can I do? I am an independent student, who the universities I apply to refuse to recognize as independent?

    Answered over 1 year 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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  4. I have a case management conference for child custody. I filed a contempt motion against the mother for interfering with

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Alison F Silber
    2 lawyer answers

    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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  5. I want to change my kids last name

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. David Alexander Browde
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    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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  6. 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 about 2 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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  7. Monetary judgement against me, cannot pay, Ohio driver's license suspended because of it. What can/should I do?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Sidney Joseph Diamond
    2 lawyer answers

    Your only choices are to renegotiate payment agreement or file bankruptcy.

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

    Answered over 2 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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  9. In the state of ohio if an american wants to sends divorce to thier husband in mexico to sign them they could right?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2. Neil Ian Fleischer
    2 lawyer answers

    She should spend the money on a lawyer anyway. She clearly has no idea of what she is doing. Once one has established the requisite amount of time in Ohio they may file for divorce against a non resident. The issue is one of service on the defendant. These are governed by the Ohio Rules of Court. I have attached a link to these rules below. Your boyfriend then may indeed waive service, by signing the appropriate pleading as well as sign off on a separation agreement, the divorce may...

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  10. Do I have grounds to support my claim?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brian Scott Piper
    2. Todd Bruce Kotler
    3. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Attorney Piper Contact CSEA to begin the support process. Termination of parental rights, at this point, however, is very unlikely. The right to parent is considered "paramount" under both State and Federal law. It is among the substantive due process rights, protected by both the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions. Thus, the state would have to show that termination of the rights was neccessary, not just desired by you. Good luck and vote this answer up, if you found it helpful.

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