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Judy A. Goldstein

Judy Goldstein’s Answers

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  • Can I sue the city of Chicago?

    Our garage and that of our neighbor shared a common wall. Our neighbor's garage was falling down and the city wanted to tear it down. Because our structure was still in good shape, we were given a signed paper saying they would leave our side inta...

    Judy’s Answer

    You probably have a viable lawsuit against the city but you will not be able to handle it on your own. Speak to several lawyers who handle government or municipal negligence and/or property damage. Hire the one you like the best. Fees will most likely be on a contingency basis so you will not have to front a retainer. Get your stored belonging back ASAP and asses for damage to the belongings as well as to your lost garage. Take lots of pictures.

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  • If I am graduated from high school at 17, can I legally move out in Illinois?

    Im 17. Im graduated from high school. Im enrolling in college in the fall. I have a job. I live with my mom in Southern Illinois and I want to move out and start my own life. Can I move out without her calling the cops on me or telling me the age ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Technically, you need to wait until you are 18. However, it is not very likely that if your other calls the police that they will make a great effort in returning you since there is an argument that you are emancipated, although the argument would be flawed. Your easiest solution would be to wait until your birthday.

    Congratulations on your graduation, college plans and job.

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  • Is it possible to get a secret/confidential marriage license from another state without living there?

    My fiance and I are ready to get married. We are both of age. We file our own taxes (separately). We have our own insurances. And we have a place together. However, we don't want it to go on public record and due to family issues on both sides, wo...

    Judy’s Answer

    Too much drama! If you are old enough to be married (which you apparently are) then you should be old enough to deal with your families, or remain silent about your marriage without worrying about it. Getting a marriage license may be public record but it is not published anywhere that your families would be likely to see it. You could also arrange to be married in Las Vegas or some other place with minimal requirements and just not tell anyone. You are under no obligation to tell your boss/father that you are married. Just inform HR of the change for withholding tax purposes. Once married, you would not need to file taxes jointly but if you file separately, it will cost to more in taxes. You would file as married, filing separately.

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  • DCFS IL. What remedy for false statements

    I have sole custody of my 8 yr old son. My ex and his parents keep making reports. I have been divorced for six years. They did this most recently in Feb. Dcfs says they have to investigate. What remedy in civil court do I have/

    Judy’s Answer

    You have no remedy in civil court. If DCFS investigates, so be it but you are under no obligation to enter into any safety plan and in fact should not do so. You can also file a complaint with DCFS for false reporting. Review your papers from DCFS. There is probably a provision in the paperwork about this.

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  • Can ex wife stop my girlfriend from watching my son while I work?

    Ex wife who has sole custody of 4 yo son and hates my girlfriend. My girlfriend and I live together and have been together for 2 years, my son loves being around her. My ex decided she doesn't want my girlfriend around my son anymore because he ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Unless there is some provision in an order or parenting agreement, your time with your child is your time and you can select anyone you like to be with him unless there is an order prohibiting it. Keep being a good father and do what you can to ease your son's stress and to try to explain away (without judgment) any concerns he has about things his mother says to him but only if he brings up the subject. There is nothing to prevent your ex from filing a motion and if she does, you will have to hire counsel and will probably be ordered to mediation. Just because your ex-wife has sole custody does not mean she is entitled to dictate the nature of your parenting time.

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  • When trying to refi a mortgage while in chapter 13, does does a re-subordination of a junior lien require court approval?

    Chapter 13 is a full repayment. Second mortgage was rolled into the bankruptcy. Will be discharged in two and a half years. Lender says I need the approval of the trustee. Lawyer says the court has no jurisdiction. regarding this matter.

    Judy’s Answer

    This is a duplicate question You have an attorney. You need to ask all questions of your attorney. If the lender requires the approval of the trustee, then you will not get your financing without such approval. Your lawyer needs to address this issue with the trustee.

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  • When trying to refi a mortgage while in chapter 13, does does a re-subordination of a junior lien require court approval?

    Chapter 13 is a full repayment. Second mortgage was rolled into the bankruptcy. Will be discharged in two and a half years. Lender says I need the approval of the trustee. Lawyer says the court has no jurisdiction. regarding this matter.

    Judy’s Answer

    You have an attorney. You need to ask all questions of your attorney. If the lender requires the approval of the trustee, then you will not get your financing without such approval. Your lawyer needs to address this issue with the trustee.

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  • Non custodial parent withdrew 401k

    My daughter's father withdrew his 401k almost a year ago since he up and quit his union job out of the blue. My question is what percentage of the total amount he withdrew goes to me, the custodial parent. We were never married but last time we we...

    Judy’s Answer

    Unless there is a court order, none of that 401(k) money goes to you.

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  • I am 17 years old caught for shoplifting and given a court date

    I have no criminal record,I was influenced by my friends and was caught with theft of $144 what will be my purnishment

    Judy’s Answer

    More than likely you were charged with a municipal ordinance violation which does not carry any jail time. You will probably be assessed a fine and community service.

    Please read the following: There is law in the state of Illinois which allows for civil action collection when there is a retail theft. Most people choose to ignore the demand. This demand is for money over and above any fine you pay in compliance with a court order. People may get a few more letters, each time asking for more, and then they stop. While the retailer can sue you, it is extremely rare for anyone to actually be sued. You do not owe any money unless you are sued and the retailer wins. This is a common ploy. Do not pay. If you do, you will be in the national retailers database which could affect your ability to get a job and could impact your life in other ways. If you are uncomfortable, hire a lawyer and have the lawyer write a cease and desist letter. That should be the end of it.

    Here is a good article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120347031996578719.html

    The National Retail Theft Database is actually a voluntary list put together by different individual retailers. Further, any member that published the information on the list, can thereafter, remove it. Therefore, if you wish to have the entry removed, as you apparently do, your best bet would be to write a letter to the manager of the particular store and inquire as to what it would take for them to remove the entry.

    Please go to this link:
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/should-i-pay-the-civil-demand-letter

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  • What are my rights being a parent living in Illinois child living in mo with father for one year never married

    We were never married. Can I legally pick her up and then petion court in Illinois for custody?

    Judy’s Answer

    Not enough information is furnished to determine whether you have an IL or MO case. That is determined by where the child has resided for the past 6 months. Additionally, custody is a complex matter and should not be attempted DIY. Please consult with several family lawyers and hire the one you like the best.

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