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William E Blewett

Sioux Falls Business Attorney.

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  1. Can you put insurance on property that you do not own. The owner is a family member and is not available to sign the papers.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    2. Mark D O'Leary
    2 lawyer answers

    The best answer would be for the Owner to execute a Power of Attorney naming you as his attorney in fact. This would allow you to enter into agreements on the Owner's behalf. The powers granted could be as broad as allowing management of all financial matters, or specifically limited to obtaining an insurance policy on this house. A POA can be as simple as a one page document. If you're living in the house, but don't own it, there are insurance options that would be available to you, but...

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  2. Question on stipulation & agreement reference in divorce decree

    Answered 8 days ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    1 lawyer answer

    Your question doesn't specify how he's violated the terms of the Stipulation and Agreement (S&A), but you're on the right track as far as what your next step would be. You're right in that if the S&A was approved and incorporated by the Judge in the Judgment and Decree of Divorce, then the terms of the S&A became an Order of the Court. In order to compel your Ex to comply with that Order you'll most likely need to bring a Contempt Motion. (The same Court that granted the divorce has...

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  3. Collection agency after civil demand letter?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    2. Robert J Adams Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    The simple answer is no, there doesn't have to be a judgment before a debt can be turned over to a collection agency. I agree with the other answerer that for a relatively small sum of $90 you would probably be best off paying that amount and moving on.

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  4. Can granddaughter sue grandma and/or dr. for having and IUD implanted without knowledge or consent of granddaughter?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Taylor Herd
    2. David Ian Schoen
    3. Samuel Cohen
    4. William E Blewett
    4 lawyer answers

    Granddaughter needs to talk with a medical malpractice attorney IMMEDIATELY. South Dakota has a two-year limitations period (the time in which any claim must be filed) from the occurrence, as opposed to discovery, of any negligence/malpractice to make a claim against the doctor.

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  5. Neighbor is saying he did a survey and our land pins are in the wrong. What is the laws on these?

    Answered 9 days ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    1 lawyer answer

    Property boundary and fence line disputes between are probably one of the oldest legal issues there is. If you're not living on an island surrounded by water then you've got at least a couple borders that are imaginary, usually arbitrary, lines. There's going to be a lot of information that's relevant to the answer that is not found in your question. Is this agricultural land? (I'm assuming not) Residential? Is there a fence along the border your neighbor says is off? How long has it been...

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  6. I know this is unethical, but is it illegal?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Mark D O'Leary
    2. William E Blewett
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other answer. Based on this information you would have a claim, at the least, for the value of the additional superintendent duties you took on based upon his representation. I'd be happy to refer you to an attorney in Rapid City who has experience handling issues like these. Please contact me if you'd like his name.

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  7. Can I file suit against my vet?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    2. Dane Johnson
    3. Geordie Duckler
    3 lawyer answers

    A veterinarian can be sued for negligently rendered services just as a medical doctor or, for that matter, anyone else acting negligently with harm to another resulting. You should be aware that South Dakota has a specific statute governingthe time in which a claim against a vet for negligence must be filed.

  8. In South Dakota if your charged with first degree rape do you lost all your parental rights?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    2. J. Denise Carter
    3. L. Vincent Ramunno Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer is "no, but." No, being charged with a crime, even a heinous one such as rape, will not cause a parent to automatically lose their parental rights. There is at least one limited instance where termination of rights can be made possible following a conviction of a crime resulting in significant prison time, such as rape. One example would be in the situation of a step-parent adoption. This answer doesn't consider options available to the Department of Social Services. DSS...

  9. A collection agency is after me for ex wives debt that I knew nothing about. 3 years later. Am I responsible?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    2. Dorothy G Bunce
    3. Mark Hankins
    3 lawyer answers

    Since this debt seems to be (1) for medical expenses which were (2) incurred before the divorce was finalized, you are likely liable. Depending upon the language of the divorce decree, and based on your comments that there were other, non-medical debts out there, it is possible that you may have a claim against her estate. But you only have a limited time in which to make such a claim. This debt would, in all likelihood, be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding. If you are, as you say, "...

  10. I made a statement to the police after his friends called the cops on my boyfriend for domestic abuse..what happens now?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. William E Blewett
    1 lawyer answer

    It looks like your answer is incomplete. In all likelihood, if the police were called he will be charged with a crime. Whether he is released prior to arraignment will depend on factors that I don't know: what was he charged with? criminal history? If you have any fear or suspicion that he may harm you again you should apply for a Temporary Protection Order as soon as possible and set a hearing date for a long-term Protection Order. While some people choose to seek TPOs or POs without...