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Kevin W. Chern

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  • How much will a child support lawyer cost?

    My ex abandoned me right before i gave birth. I need help raising her.

    Kevin’s Answer

    The cost of having an attorney establish and collect child support on your behalf varies depending on how complicated the case is and what type of assets or income the child's father has. If you schedule a consultation with a local family law attorney, he or she will be able to give you a better estimate with a bit of information about your case. If you are unable to afford an attorney, every state has a child support agency that can assist you. These agencies are often very slow-moving compared with private attorneys, since they typically have enormous case loads, but are available for those who don't have the resources to pursue private action. A link to your state's agency, including an application for child support services, is below.

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  • How do I obtain a Court Awarded Lawyer?

    I am unemployed and need a lawyer for a court hearing

    Kevin’s Answer

    Generally, attorneys are appointed to represent people only in criminal cases or a handful of other matters in which fundamental rights are at risk. Since you've posted this question in the "Divorce" section, you're likely looking for help with a family law matter. There may be help available for you, depending on what type of issue you're dealing with. For instance, if you're looking to establish paternity or collect child support, the child support enforcement division of your local prosecuting attorney's office may be able to help you. Some legal services organizations handle certain family law matters. Local domestic violence programs often maintain lists of attorneys willing to take on family law matters pro bono for victims of domestic violence. There isn't enough information here to determine what sort of resources might be available to you; your local bar association might be a good resource in locating any help that might be available.

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  • How do I sign my legal rights of my son to my brother?

    I have a three year sold son which whom I share custody with his mother. I recently got sentenced to 2 years in jail. My ex is now telling me that she will not allow my family to see my son without her present. I want to sign my rights as his f...

    Kevin’s Answer

    A local family law attorney is the best source of this information, as the law regarding third party visitation varies from state to state. Under certain circumstances, adult relatives of a child may petition the court for visitation rights, similar to those granted to a non-custodial parent, but generally those actions would have to be initiated by the adult seeking visitation rights, and would require a court order to establish such rights.

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  • Should I settle on my case?

    In Oct.2007 I injured my back at work ,since that time I have been out of work and receive comp. payments . I received a letter from the comp. company stating they would like me to settle on the claim .They have offered 25,000.00 which isnt even...

    Kevin’s Answer

    It sounds like you're handling your workers comp claim without an attorney, and that may be a big mistake. Remember that the comp company is a for profit business, and that its profits depend on minimizing the amount paid out in claims. One way to do that is to get settlements nailed down before all the evidence is in, so that the injured person might be prevented from later collecting for losses he didn't know about at the time of the settlement. A local workers' comp attorney can advise you on the probable value of your case, the best time to resolve it and applicable time limitations. Attorney fees in workers' comp cases are limited by state law, and generally are a smaller (sometimes much smaller) percentage of your award than would be typical for a personal injury case.

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  • Felony while on felony probation?

    my husband is on felony probation in Louisiana (which they have revoked), and hasnt reported because he was "lost in the system"...now he got picked up for his 3rd DWI...and they found him in the system, so he has to do his time in Texas for the D...

    Kevin’s Answer

    If your husband doesn't have a criminal defense attorney on his side, you should speak with one as soon as possible. I'm not a Texas attorney, but I can tell you that the typical sentencing range for a third offense DUI in Texas is 2-10 years--that's apart, of course, from whatever remaining sentence might be imposed based on the probation violation. Assuming that your husband is convicted--which is only an assumption at this point, since there are sometimes flaws in the testing and arrest procedure that allow a criminal defense attorney to successfully fight or negotiate down such charges--a local DUI lawyer will be in the best position to tell you how the local court usually sentences in such cases and what your husband might be able to do to positively affect the length of his sentence.

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  • Can my wife move out of state (FL) with my daughter?

    She recently left the house, and all of a sudden has another relationship and wants to move out of state with that person. I have always taken care of my daughter from early morning till 3 pm. She is 4 and we're very close. We are both of good mor...

    Kevin’s Answer

    It's not entirely clear from your question, but it sounds as if no divorce case is currently pending. A local divorce lawyer can explain to you exactly how your rights (and the procedures necessary for removing your child from the state) would change if there were a divorce case in progress or a divorce decree had been entered, versus during an informal separation when neither parent has superior custody rights to the other. I am not a Florida attorney and can't advise you on your particular situation, but bear in mind that it is generally easier to hold on to what you have than it is to undo something or regain possession--talking to a local lawyer as soon as possible could help your protect your interests before you find yourself in that situation.

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  • I stay in an apartment with black mold. i reported it last year and still have not responded?what should i do? I am always sick

    It started off with a water leak that they neglected to come and fix. It was green mold and now its black mold???

    Kevin’s Answer

    You don't say to whom you reported this condition; I'm assuming that it was your landlord or building management company. If you have not already done so, you may want to contact your local building inspector. Procedures differ from state to state and I am not a MS attorney, but generally the local building inspector is charged with ensuring safe and healthful conditions in rental property--and if there is a separate division that deals with issues like yours, that office should be able to direct you to the correct one.

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  • How do i start in the process to get more information on chapter 7 bankruptcy, and how do i begin?

    chapter 7 bankruptcy, debt, school loans, undue hardship.

    Kevin’s Answer

    There are many websites, including the one listed below and the official U.S. Courts website, where you can get basic information about Chapter 7 bankruptcy. However, a local bankruptcy lawyer might be the best source of the information you're looking for, and many offer free initial consultations. A local bankruptcy lawyer can walk you through the Chapter 7 means test to determine your likely eligibility for Chapter 7, and can look at your debts and assets and explain which debts are dischargeable and which assets are exempt.

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  • 16 year old charged with armed robbery in Florida

    I have a 16 year old son who was with two other juveniles who was approached by two adult males from a northern state who were flashing quite a bit of money at the beach and wanted the juveniles to get them some pot. The moron juveniles decided t...

    Kevin’s Answer

    An internet forum is not an appropriate place to discuss the details of a pending criminal case. I understand that you are anxious and looking for information to set your mind at ease, but please realize that any statement you make in a public forum--or even to friends and family--could come back to haunt your son. Some attorneys provide a free or low-cost initial consultation, which would allow you to ask these questions in a confidential setting without jeopardizing your son's case. Another possibility is that some state and local bar associations offer help lines through which you can obtain general information for free or at a very reasonable flat cost.

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  • What options do I have as a parent to have an adult woman, & her children stop harassing my 15 year old?

    My daughter has been in involved in 2 incidents within the last 2 weeks with an adult woman and now her children. Both of these incidents have involved the police. I have tried calling and speaking with the police about these incidents. They do no...

    Kevin’s Answer

    Depending on the nature of the incidents in question, you might be able to apply for a temporary restraining order (called a protective order in some states) to prevent this woman from having contact with your daughter--but if I'm understanding your description correctly these incidents are occurring when your daughter is visiting another family without you present. If that is correct, might it not make sense to simply have your daughter stop visiting and thus remove her from contact with this woman?

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