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Cora L. Morgan

Cora Morgan’s Answers

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  • Am I culpable for this neglect? And should I involve CPS? I just want custody of him, no need to hurt her, I'm not malicious.

    I am in the process of filing for divorce with my wife (filing Monday). We have a 1 year old son and she is currently pregnant (about 4 months). I work full time and she is a stay-at-home Mom. She has never been a particularly good wife or mother,...

    Cora’s Answer

    If something happens to the child while he's in your wife's care, you could be accused of "failure to protect" by Child Protective Services since you are now aware of the neglect that's occurring. Take immediate steps to protect your child. It would be preferable to take corrective action through a custody case because CPS is very intrusive and could request removal of the child from both you and your wife's care.

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  • Can the adult protective services help a sick elderly person get better? isn't that for the doctors to handle and not the aps?

    My friend is sick and is seeing a doctor. But the adult protective services were called out of nowhere. I want to know what are all of the things they can do to help this person. The person is a elderly man. The man is going to the hospital wh...

    Cora’s Answer

    Obviously someone called APS and made a referral because they were concerned about him. APS is required to investigate as a result. Clearly APS workers are not licensed physicians. They do not have unlimited powers. They will investigate if an elderly or disabled person is reported as not being taken care of properly. If their investigation determines that the person is being abused and/or neglected, they can file a petition with the probate court to get guardianship and/or conservatorship over the person, and/or criminal charges could be brought against the alleged neglecter/abuser.

    If your friend wants APS to leave him alone, I would suggest he answer the door, tell them he is fine and under a doctor's care, and ask them to leave.

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  • What will happen to me?

    I was charged with 3rd degree retail-fraud but I do not have a criminal record or never been in any trouble with the law. I am a college student-athlete and I'm very scared that I will end up in jail and kicked out of school.

    Cora’s Answer

    You need to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you. If you cannot afford an attorney, ask the court to appoint one for you at your next court date. Because you are young and do not have a record, there is a Michigan statute (HYTA) that you may be eligible to take advantage of to keep this off your record. It is unlikely that you would serve jail time for a first offense, especially if you are eligible to take advantage of HYTA. Consult a criminal defense attorney.

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  • What kind of attorney do I need? Can this be fought in court ?

    I killed a deer on my hunting property during hunting season. I have a doe license- thought it was a doe I was shooting at, but it turned out to be a buck. I went right away to get a buck license since the animal was killed. Someone reported me sa...

    Cora’s Answer

    You need a criminal defense attorney if the DNR is threatening you with jail time. Yes, it can be fought in court. The DNR would have to prove their case, just like any other local, state or federal agency.

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  • Should I pay the $185.00 fine or have an attorney represent me?

    I made a right turn on a red light after traffic cleared, as it turns out I did not notice the "no turn on red" sign. The officer told me I have a very good driving record and said this is a "0" point infraction. Should I pay the $185.00 fine or h...

    Cora’s Answer

    If the citation is for "failure to stop at a stop sign", that is a 3 point offense, which can impact your driving record. I would suggest you hire an attorney to try to get it reduced to impeding traffic if possible, which carries no points and is not abstracted to your driving record.

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  • IS THIS A FELONY? CAN HE LOSE HIS SCHOOL GRANT? WHAT IS THE MIN. & MAX THAT CAN HAPPEN TO HIM?

    A FRIEND OF MINE'S GRANDSON IS 18. FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE. STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY. VERY SMART BUT VERY NIEVE. A KID HE THOUGHT WAS A FRIEND ASK HIM TO OPEN UP A BANK ACCT. AND CASH A CHECK FOR HIM. HE PAID HIM 2 HUNDRED DOLLARS TO CASH A 19 HUN...

    Cora’s Answer

    He could possibly be charged with uttering and publishing, which is a felony. Since he is 18, he may be able to take advantage of the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which involves a deferred sentence and probation. If he successfully completes probation, the conviction is never entered on his record. He needs to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to see if he is eligible. If he cannot afford an attorney and he is arrested and charged, an attorney can be appointed for him.

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  • How should I handle going about the divorce. And what would my estimated child support be?

    I am seeking a divorce. My wife is pregnant. And she wants me to adopt her 2 children. And she filed the paper work to get a court date for adoption. She and I don't get along most of the time. And we recently filed our taxes jointly. What do I do...

    Cora’s Answer

    You need to retain an attorney immediately. There are all kinds of issues here and they need to be handled by an experienced family law attorney. If you try to handle this yourself, it could possibly be disastrous.

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  • Is there a form that the paternal grandmother can file or a way she can prevent my sister and niece from moving?

    My niece is 14 and is pregnant. The father is also 14. My sister has been planning to move to Florida (we live in MI) since last August and has the opportunity to do so in June, baby is due in August. The paternal grandmother is trying to prevent ...

    Cora’s Answer

    I agree with attorney Hougaboom. Unless the paternal grandmother has guardianship over one of the parties (your niece or sister), she has no legal grounds to keep them from moving to Florida. The only way I see that happening is if she files an action in probate court to have one of them declared mentally incompetent and seeks and is granted guardianship over one of them.

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  • Are they responsible for fixing it can I sue?

    bought a used car almost 5 months ago from a dealership and since I had the car I had to replace sensors, the battery and now the engine is gone. I didn't get the extended warranty because it was not offered to me.

    Cora’s Answer

    The Michigan Lemon Law only applies to new cars within the first year of purchase. Since you purchased a used car, the Lemon Law does not apply. If you did not purchase an extended warranty, I'm afraid you're out of luck if the car is outside of the original manufacturer's warranty (usually 3 years/36,000 miles). You could ask the dealership if they would be willing to contribute towards the cost of repairs since you purchased the car from them only 5 months ago. The worst they can say is no.

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  • Before turning myself in what should I do?

    I recently committed a huge felony and to my understanding the law enforcement is now involved I've fully come to accept my consequence and understand what I need to do but need advice I recently alloted a huge amount of fraudulent charges...

    Cora’s Answer

    You should retain a criminal defense attorney before you go to turn yourself in. Is there a warrant out for your arrest, so you're planning on turning yourself in to the court, or are you just planning to turn yourself in at the police station? A criminal defense attorney can explain the criminal law process and what you should expect. Since this is a felony, you are facing potential jail time down the road, so you absolutely need a criminal defense attorney to advise you. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one for you at your arraignment once you've been arrested and charged.

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