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  • I was released from probation for a felony 5 assault in Ohio 14 years ago and received a restoration of civil rights letter can

    i was released from probation for a felony 5 assault in Ohio 14 years ago and received a restoration of civil rights letter can i legally own a firearm for hunting

    John’s Answer

    I do not believe so. The standard restoration of rights letter does not remove firearms disability. The preferred option for removal of disability is a petition for sealing of your record of conviction. If you are ineligible for sealing, which I believe that you are, an alternative is a petition for restoration of your right to bear arms.

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  • 17 year old pulled over for 54 in 35, can his license be suspended or not? this is the first offense.

    he has been driving for about a year and we greatly rely on his help to transport our other kids as my wife has ms and I work long hours, also what is the appearance in court like

    John’s Answer

    The court can suspend his license. You may want to hire a lawyer to assist your son with this.

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  • Can Stepchildren receive distributions from a Wrongful Death Settlement?

    My father passed away and I opened a wrongful death lawsuit and now that it's getting ready to be disbursed, the stepchildren want some of the money. My mother died 3 years after my father and wasn't alive when I retained Attorneys for this case a...

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    I'm not aware of any authority that holds stepchildren to be next-of-kin for the purpose of a wrongful death settlement. They aren't even entitled to notice of the hearing.

    As for your "say" in the distribution of proceeds, you, as the personal representative of the deceased, make application to the Probate Court. for authority to settle. I strongly encourage you to reach an agreement with the other beneficiaries if possible, because disagreements in this area open wounds that never heal. However, the final decision regarding distribtion of proceeds is up to the judge..

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  • What can I do to protect my mother's bank account from a man that she has just met?

    she lives in California I am a secondary on all her accounts My mother has been diagnosed with beginning stages of dementia She is 80, this man is 58 and within 2 weeks time she is talking about marriage This man has no job, is disabled and li...

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    Consult an elder law attorney in your area. You might be able to avoid use of a conservatorship/guardianship with use of a well-drafted trust, and a lawyer who can convince your mother to engage in some estate planning.

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  • Will I be able to get my record expunged?

    I was 18 at the time when the crime took place. I am no 28, more that 10 years have passed. I was found guilty for attempted petty theft (i believe thats what it is). I have not been in any trouble since then. I am no married with 3 children and s...

    John’s Answer

    Sounds like you are eligible.

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  • Is it natural to take over 6 months for an insurance company to tell me i owe money on an old accident?

    I was in a car accident 7 months ago that was my fault. It was turned into the insurance company and i thought handled. I just recently recieved a call from the other insurance company stating i owe them money, but i have heard nothing of this. Th...

    John’s Answer

    You should have found out about this from your own insurance company, because it had no authority to subject you to what we call an "excess judgment" without your authorization.

    This is a perfect example of why "state minimum" coverage is inadequate for all but the truly destitute.

    I would first call my insurance company and ask it to pay the excess liability. It should have attempted to get the case settled on terms favorable to you, i.e., within policy limits, but instead took the easy way out, leaving you on the hook.

    Second, if your insurance company won't pay, then you need to decide if and how you are going to pay the excess. You could try to negotiate a lump-sum settlement, or a payment plan. If you are uncollectible, you could just do nothing. You could consider bankruptcy if you are loaded up with debt, but I'd hate to see you do it over just $2,500.

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  • Telecommunications harassment

    I called my husband's ex girlfriend for the first time in 10 years and wrote her a Facebook message for the first time in 5 years and I was arrested for telecommunications harassment.her husband adopt my daughter 12 years ago. We heard a rumor tha...

    John’s Answer

    Plead not guilty and hire a lawyer. These charges sound ridiculous.

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  • Am I going to be held accountable for the balance of a bond if the person I posted it for missed his court date

    my relative went to 1st court date,was told to get a lawyer-got a lawyer but missed the court date. I am the one who posted bond so we are calling trying to find out what to do about missed court date. The lawyer does not return call finally g...

    John’s Answer

    It is in your best interest to convince this person to turn himself in. Failing that, you may wish to inform the authorities of his whereabouts, if known to you.

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  • Can my assailants lawyer higher a lawyer for me (I didn't know that at the time) and question me with the detective in the room?

    I made a report of an assault against a co-worker and was later called/text from another co-worker telling me to drop it, that he was sorry and didn't know why he did it. That we needed to put it behind us and get on with business. After several t...

    John’s Answer

    You need to hire a real lawyer to represent you in your criminal case, and you may well want to file a bar complaint against the attorney who was pretending to represent you, while actually doing the bidding of her partner and the police.

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  • My 22 year old college son received an unjustified minor misdemeanor citation for drunk and disorderly. Should we fight it?

    Son graduates in May and is concerned about the misdemeanor on his record. He had 2 beers and no sobriety tests were done

    John’s Answer

    Your son should at least consult with an attorney. Perhaps some alternate disposition can be agreed upon.

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