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Michael J Corbin

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  • Do I need an attorney to sue someone?

    Can I sue for verbal abuse, slander and being call names etc? I have a son in law and his mother that are doing this to me and not letting me help with my granddaughter who lost her mother which was my daughter and only child. I have tried to talk...

    Michael’s Answer

    Grandparents have no "rights" to their grandchild. The only way a grandparent can compel their involvement in the grandchild's life is to file a petition to obtain some kind of visitation rights. I am sorry for the loss of your daughter, but the son-in-law is the grandchild's parent, and his decisions are final unless you can convince a judge otherwise. As for the slander, etc., a lot more would have to be known about the specifics to render an opinion on that.

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  • I'm currently 12 weeks pregnant and was given a job offer in missouri I currently live in Minnesota and would like to move can i

    Baby father says that my child is not his. He says I can't go get hasn't been to 1 doctors appointment. I'm not saying he can't see the child but I would make more in Missouri than here in Minnesota.

    Michael’s Answer

    I'm sorry, but I disagree with the earlier post. Here's the problem - yes, technically, if you are unmarried to the child's father, and there is no custody order, then you have SOLE legal and physical custody of the child, which means that you could move. HOWEVER, if the father does not approve of the move, all he has to do is launch a custody and parenting time petition with the court, and you'll pretty much be compelled to return to MN. Now, of course, if he never does this, it's a non-issue. But, you'll be living with this hanging over your head unless he agrees, in writing, to you moving. Even that is no guarantee, though. If he is hit with a child support demand, his attitude may dramatically change. Bottom line - I NEVER advise an unmarried female parent that moving is just automatically ok - it never is. There are a lot of issues involved.

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  • If I claim bankruptcy on joint accounts with my ex husband will the creditors go after him instead?

    My ex husband will not sign the divorce decree unless I agree to take on 40k of JOINT debt by myself. If I do this and claim bankruptcy will they come after HIM since his name will still be on the accounts? Thanks!

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes, they will, and he will then take you back to family court on a contempt motion because, while the bankruptcy would eliminate your liability to the lenders for the debts, it will not remove your liability to him in the divorce decree. No bankruptcy can do that.

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  • I'm about to walk away from my house i did bankruptcy back in 2002.

    I never reaffirmed the debit the home is in major disrepair so what is the mortgage company likely to do to me?

    Michael’s Answer

    Nothing. If you discharged the mortgage in 2002 with your bankruptcy, you have no liability to the lender for anything. Further, MN is a "non-recourse" state, meaning the lender can't come after you for the deficiency on the debt for a first mortgage. The lender could try to file a 1099 on you for the deficiency, but there's no way to know if they're going that route until you actually receive one.

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  • I have a home in Milwaukee that am considering doing a short sale on. Would I be better off filing bankruptcy?

    I live in Twin Cities am not sure if I should work with a Minnesota or Wisconsin bankruptcy attorney. I live pretty much on S/S and part time employment.

    Michael’s Answer

    As you live in MN, you'd need a MN bankruptcy attorney. There is no way to answer your question on which path is better without seeing all the specifics on your case. I can say that short sales typically take a long time to complete.

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  • Can a debt collector sue me for alleged past due invoices from 2012?

    I am a small business owner being harassed and threatened by a debt collector hired by a former vendor. They are claiming that my credit card was never charged, but the merchandise was shipped and delivered, for two orders I allegedly placed in 2...

    Michael’s Answer

    You're asking two very different questions - whether they CAN sue you and whether they'll win. Anyone can sue anyone for anything at anytime. Whether they can win depends entirely upon what evidence they present to the court and whether you even defend it. Frankly, if all you're talking about is $800, I'd advise simply resolving it somehow - you'll spend far more defending a lawsuit even if you win.

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  • Getting a satisfied hoa judgement off credit report

    I had two hoa judgments which were satisfied. 2 of the 3 CRA's show judgement was paid in full, third one doesn't show judgement at all. Is there any process to having judgments removed, prior to what I have been reading , seven years? And if ...

    Michael’s Answer

    When you say "removed," I assume you mean having the judgment erased off your credit reports? No, you can't do that. They are reporting TRUTHFUL information - the judgments were satisfied. The third is, I guess, just too lazy to bother reporting it at all. So long as the information is truthful and accurate, you cannot mandate its removal.

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  • Can I move in state with my kids??

    Hi so I was wondering what kind of rights I have as far as moving, my ex and I had went to court about a month ago as I wanted to move to North Dakota with my 2 kids that my ex and I share. My husband had a very well paying job out there. The cour...

    Michael’s Answer

    I'm sorry, but I don't agree with the earlier response. I am assuming that you have joint legal custody of the children with your ex. And, I'm assuming there is at least some kind of parenting time order in place. While there is no language in the law outlining a distance you can move without anyone's permission, the simple truth is this - with joint legal custody, you MUST obtain your ex's permission to do things like change schools, etc. You don't get to unilaterally do things just because your new husband had to move away for work. As you've learned with an inter-state move, that's your problem, not your ex's. The same is going to be true here - moving 150 miles away will mean a new school district. It will also significantly impact your ex's parenting time, maybe eliminating it altogether. If he won't agree to it, I don't think you're going to convince a court to mandate him accepting the move. And, they certainly won't do it without significant concessions on your part - you're probably going to have to make some huge adjustments to his parenting time (he gets more, maybe all holidays, all summer, etc.?), and you'll probably have to do all the driving, etc. It would be one thing if you were moving 20 minutes away or something, but you're talking about 2.5-3 hours each way. So, your ex will have to do 6 hours of driving just to see the kids? No court is going to make that his burden when he as done nothing wrong.

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  • Are parents legally responsible for their child even if they are a 47 year old adult?

    I have a 47 year old son that walked away from his family almost 30 years ago. He lived 2000+ miles away in California. He's life choice wasn't good, (drugs & alcohol) did not work and therefore was homeless. He was found dead, and was tracked ba...

    Michael’s Answer

    I am sorry for your loss. You cannot be held liable for anything. The county, I am sure, is trying to recoup the cost of burial, etc. by returning the body to you. You can advise them that you are not claiming the body and that you are not going to pay for anything related to the funeral. Now, if you wish to privately hold a funeral, etc., that's your choice, and your expense. But, the county cannot force you to take a body that you don't wish to take.

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  • My 13 and 14 boys are refusing to go to their fathers do to emotional and verbal and past physical abuse.

    Im am in fear of contempt of cour order or claims of Parental alienation. His attorney is sending me letters demanding that send them. I have offered family counseling for him and the boys but he has refused. I need to find a mediator that will ...

    Michael’s Answer

    I'm going to be blunt here - your "thoughts" and "feelings" are irrelevant in a matter like this. Either you have PROOF (actual proof - doctor's reports, witnesses, etc.) that the father is somehow harming the children, or you don't. If you do, then YOU need to immediately file a motion to somehow modify his parenting time - make it supervised, suspend it, etc. - and present your PROOF to the court. If you don't have any proof, then you won't obtain any such change, and you will be found in contempt. It's that simple. You don't get to unilaterally withhold the kids based on your "feelings." He has no obligation to agree to any of your "terms" - unless and until you obtain a court order mandating counseling or other such things, he is entitled to his parenting time, and your kids MUST go. They don't get a vote. Period.

    As for mediation, if that is a requirement in your custody order, then proceed there immediately. But, if it isn't, then court is the ONLY place you can go to get it changed.

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