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  • Can I ask my roommates girlfriend to leave since she is "living" here & violating our lease also our roommate has not paid rent?

    I have a roommate we signed a year lease and added him to the lease after 2 months with a verbal agreement that he pays 300$ to us for rent and bills. He has a girlfriend that is sleeping here, eating here basically living here every night. He pai...

    Steven’s Answer

    Since your roommate and his girlfriend are violating the lease, you can certainly insist that she leave. The landlord has a number of options for dealing with a violation like this, and your rights with respect to the lease are affected as well. If your roomate leaves, you will also have the right to recover unpaid rent from him.

    Get in touch with an attorney for some direction on how to proceed.

    Good luck.

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  • What is needed to have my 16 year old sister move in with me?

    I am a 24 year old male, who lives in Minnesota, and would like my 16 year old sister, who lives in New York, to move in with me and my family, because at the time she is living with our grandparents and they are becoming much to elderly to take c...

    Steven’s Answer

    I am very sorry to hear you lost your mother. This is a difficult situation. Even though you are asking the question in Minnesota, ghis is a question for a NY attorney.

    There may be options for you to have your sister come and live with you, with or without dealing with a custody issue. But, you really need to speak with a NY attorney right away to ascertain your options.

    I wish you and your sister the very best.

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  • Can an ordinance legally put me out of business because of a disability?

    A DOT physical is required

    Steven’s Answer

    It is difficult to fully answer your question without more detail, however, if you are referring to the Department of Transportation's Physical Medical Examination Requirement to obtain and maintain a CDL, then the answer is most likely "yes." Although over-regulation can be an impediment to free markets and, presumably, your business, this particular DOT requirement is reasonably related to a significant public safety concern.

    If your question refers to a different issue, you could either add more information in this forum, or consult with a local attorney with the specific facts of your case to determine what your legal rights are and whether they have been violated.

    Good luck.

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  • Do i have to force my 14 almost 15 year old to go to her dads

    i let her come and go as she pleases we live in different towns so it makes it hared

    Steven’s Answer

    This is a very common question and I can imagine the situation is difficult for not only you and your daughter, but her father as well.

    You are required to do what you can to comply with the court ordered parenting schedule. If there is a valid reason the modify the parenting schedule, perhaps that is an option. The Court may, in its discretion, consider your daughter's input about the parenting schedule, but your daughter's wishes for a change in the parenting schedule cannot be the Court's sole consideration, and the judge might not consider your daughter's wishes at all.

    The inconvenience of living in different towns is probably not enough to justify interference with court ordered parenting time. I recommend two things. First, inspire your daughter to comply with the parenting schedule and spend time with her father. It might be difficult for a variety of reasons, but a healthy father-daughter relationship is very important. Second, if you believe the relationship is not healthy and maintaining the current parenting schedule is not in your daughter's best interests, you should consult a family law attorney in your area to discuss the specific facts, and your options.

    I wish you the best of luck.

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  • What does Reserve Child support mean?

    My lawyer asked to ask for reserve child support on my case for 6 months...whats does reserve child support mean?

    Steven’s Answer

    Because child support is the right of the child, it cannot be permanantly waived by either parent. To reserve child support, then, means that child support will not be addressed or awarded now, but it can always be addressed and awarded in the future.

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  • I borrowed my car to a friend who went in ditch when i showed up the sheriff wouldnt allow me to haul my car on a trailer

    the car was on a gravel road and no damages where caused to any property besides mine. it had only been unattended for 2 1/2 hours

    Steven’s Answer

    There could be several reasons the deputy wouldn't allow you to haul your car on a trailer. To hone in on why the deputy made that decision, you would have to speak with an attorney adn provide some more facts.

    At this point, it seems like Mr. Lassen's guidance is the best for you.

    Good Luck!

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  • What rights do I have after custody has been trasfered to father?

    I had been using drugs and the courts transfered custody over to the father. He's threatning to move to colorado from Minnestoa. I see my daughter everyother weekend only cause he''s allowing me to (so he says). So I wanna find out what my rights ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Both Mr. Beaulier and Mr. Colburn are correct. Just to clarify a few points: because you suggested that the father is only allowing you to have parenting time, you should know that If the father has sole custody, and you DO NOT have an order for parenting time, he will in all liklihood be able to move out-of-state without your permission or a Court Order. On the other hand, under Minnesota statutes Section 518.175, 3(a), if you have court ordered parenting time, the father would have the burdon of proving to the Court that moving the child(ren) out-of-state is in their best interests and outweighs the potential harm in moving them away from you, etc.

    These are very fact-specific cases and you should not go through this without a skilled attorney who has dealt with removal cases before.

    without more information, I can only recommend you consult with an attorney right away to protect your rights and those of your children.

    I wish you the best of luck!

    - Steve Hancock

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  • What would be a typical result for the following: small scale(3-5 plants) indoor mj grow for personal use,no priors,in MN?

    Total veg weight approx 4 oz., not near a school etc. No evidence of distribute.

    Steven’s Answer

    It is difficult to say without more information. If you are in Hennepin County, the result could be different than in another county. Are there collateral issues such as child endangerment?
    Are there any priors in other states? Do you have any prior offesnses in Minnesota that are not drug related?

    Other important questions involve the nature of the search and seizure, the information leading to it, and what happened to you during and after (i.e were you arrested, processed and jailed, read your Miranda rights, etc?)

    All of these are important issues to address with an attorney in order for you to be able to make an educated decision as to how you should proceed.

    Very often, the result depends upon how well you were represented.

    I wish you the best of luck.

    - Steve Hancock

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  • How do I appeal/ & or revise a harassing restraining order?

    Yes I have had altercation with this women before. Nothing that wasn't mutual mind you, but now she has gone an filed a restraining order against me and it states that I have to stay away from her home. The problem is we live in the same building,...

    Steven’s Answer

    If you were very recently served with a Temporary Harassment Restraining Order, you have the right to request a hearing. At the hearing, you will have to opportunity to present your side of the case especially if you believe that your conduct did not constitute harassment under the statute. If the altercations were mutual, as you say, it is possible for your to get mutual restraining orders so that you both must not contact eachother. In general, a judge will not restrain you from a property in which you have a possessory interest for the purposes of enforcing a restraining order. this is something that will require clarification at a hearing.

    Once served with a Temporary Harassment Restraining Order, you have a very narrow window of opportunity to request a hearing (14 days). If you don't request a hearing, the Order will become permanent for a period determined by the Court (up to two years).

    The hearing in a case like this will be an evidentiary hearing where sworn testimony is taken and evidence is produced for the Judge. Since there is so much at stake, it would be best for you to consult an attorney right away to ensure your rights are adequately protected.

    Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Good luck.

    Steve Hancock
    Hancock Law, P.A.
    651-209-8855
    SHancock@HancockLawMN.com

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  • What are my options for suing a drunk driver??

    On January 14, 2012 i was involved in an accident. I was driving west bound lane on the freeway and a car going east bound lost control of his car and hit the median wall and his tire came off and bounced onto the west bound lane and hit my car de...

    Steven’s Answer

    Hello Michelle. You are in the position of having four options for gaining some compensation for your injuries. I am sorry you are going through this. I know from personal experience how terrifying your accident must have been and the uncertainty of how you can get back on your feet.

    The four options I am talking about are to file a civil lawsuit against the other driver, to participate in your role as the victim in the other driver's criminal proceeding, possibly to seek compensation from a crime victim's compensation fund, and to recover from your own auto insurer's uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.

    There are a number of factors determining what options for compensation are available to you. the very first place to look is the other driver's auto liability insurance coverage. Auto insurance companies have mastered minimizing the amounts they pay out for claims like yours, so I would advise you to speak with an experienced injury attorney so you can maximize the amount your recover for the accident and your injuries.

    I wish you the best of luck, Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

    - Steve Hancock

    Hancock Law,P.A.
    651-209-8855
    shancock@hancocklawmn.com

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