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Judy A. Goldstein

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  • How does uber work with child support?

    From what I hear, uber pays you untaxed weekly/biweekly. Then you are responsible for paying the 17% end of year income tax to the government. How would that work with child support? My question might be all over the place but I have been thinking...

    Judy’s Answer

    If you are a regular employer, then Uber must deduct wages. If you are a 1099 employee, then you must directly pay child support yourself. Child support is calculated from all income sources so if you have another job, that will also be taken into account. Please speak with your former lawyer or consult with a new family law attorney about your specific situation.

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  • Can Have A Guilty Plea Overturned If Victim recants statement?

    convicted of a sexual assault, in 2007, no rape kit, or definitive evidence only a statement I was cohorsted In To Giving, years later the victim retracts her statement.. I am a registered sex offender in Illinois will I remain on the register lis...

    Judy’s Answer

    You will probably not be successful in having your 8 year old guilty plea overturned. If you persist in your innocence and have evidence to prove it, then yo might wish to seek the services of the Innocence Project or similar organization but keep in mind that they are very picky about the cases they accept due to the high volume. You might also wish to consult with a very experienced criminal defense attorney. There are many good ones in the greater metro area.

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  • I'm facing a class A misdemeanor charge for violating an Op what happens I plead guilty or plea Bargain?What r my other options?

    I have a few other old charges on my record over 8 years ago,DUI & Ag battery.What if he/she drops the charges?Will the States Attorney pursue & Why would they?

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    The alleged victim has no authority to drop the charges. That will be up to the state. You really need to discuss your situation in person with a criminal defense attorney to learn your options and receive legal advice geared to your case. Do not discuss your case further online or anywhere else in public or even private except with a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed for you on your next court date but you should still take advantage of one or more free legal consultations.

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  • Received letter from Palmer, Reifler & associates , P.A - will the matter end if I pay?

    Was with a friend when we each stole 11$ worth of merchandise. This was about 7 weeks ago. The store did not call the cops, but they told us we might receive a letter from Palmer, Reifler & associates , P.A. Today - 7 weeks later - I r...

    Judy’s Answer

    Your friend has given you bad advice. Palmer Reifler is a notorious collection firm but you should disregard letters, do not contact them, and pay them no mind. You owe them and the retailer nothing. Please read and follow:

    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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  • My mom died with life policy. 4 kids and each year we shared premium. Find out two of us are beneficiaries. What happens now?

    Mom had policy in my name. Later changed it to my older sister and myself. My other two siblings shared paying premiums for the past 15 years. When Mom passed away it was discovered the other two kids weren't added as beneficiaries for reasons unk...

    Judy’s Answer

    Unfortunately for the unnamed beneficiaries, the carrier will pay out only to those named. It will be up to he siblings to decide whether to share, and they are not obligated to do so, even though all shared in the cost of the premiums. Life insurance proceeds pass outside the estate or any will.

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  • How serious are these charges?

    curious to how serious/how much jail time can/will be served with the following charges. Possession of controlled substance Dui (second dui) Driving on suspended license Then months later after jail time.. Aggravated assault, Aggravate...

    Judy’s Answer

    The charges are serious. Hire a lawyer.

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  • We let my ex-sister in law move in with her 3 kids with her saying that as soon as she could get on her feet she would be out.

    she got A job & then quit we never signed papers that meant she could live here do we need to evict her or can we tell her to go?

    Judy’s Answer

    This is essentially a duplicate question. You should speak to a landlord/tenant attorney. You will need to evict your sister-in-law if she will not voluntarily move out.

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  • What steps do I take to ask court for time to retain an attorney? Got a PD first but he's not doing anything for me.

    What steps do I take to ask court for time to retain an attorney? At my 1st appearance for retail theft under 150, I asked for a p.d. He isn't responding or doing anything (giving me any info..)

    Judy’s Answer

    Do not wait for your next court appearance. Hire an attorney immediately. Your PD will be more than happy to withdraw if you have private counsel.

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  • Can you file "abandonment for a period of at least one year"?

    If your spouse left the marriage & state. I did not want to seperate, but she insisted. She now lives in Indiana. She will not sign the 6 month waiver, she wants to file there. I want to file before her, here. I meet all the requirements. Its been...

    Judy’s Answer

    If your wife will not stipulate to irreconcilable differences, you can choose to wait the statutory 2 year period or better yet, file under grounds of mental cruelty. Abandonment as you describe it need not be claimed. Speak to and hire a lawyer and get moving on your petition for dissolution.

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  • Can I adopt my step-daughter?

    My husband was awarded sole custody through far Court. His ex gf isn't complying with her visitation schedule. She visits whenever she wants and there have been times where she takes months (1-6months) to show up for visitation. She hasn't paid ch...

    Judy’s Answer

    You and your husband can file a petition to adopt your stepdaughter but her mother must be notified and given an opportunity to object. If she does object, a hearing will be conducted to determine what is in the child's best interests. Please consult with, and hire, and attorney who handles adoptions. This matter should not be DIY as it is extremely complex and doing something wrong could be disastrous.

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