Peter Russell Van Leunen’s Answers

Peter Russell Van Leunen

Saint Louis Litigation Lawyer.

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  1. Dividing a business during a divorce?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    2. Steven Edward Weir
    2 lawyer answers

    Not necessarily. If you can both agree to a division of assets in a divorce, the judge will usually allow that. If you are represented, then you really need to speak to your hired counsel about this. It is always best to hire an experienced family law attorney to protect your interests in a divorce.

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  2. Do attorneys behave differently in litigation as opposed to post-litigation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Andrew Daniel Myers
    2. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    3. Thomas C Valkenet
    4. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    5. Michael S. Haber
    5 lawyer answers

    Attorneys are supposed to zealously protect the interests of their clients. Pro se defendants are at a definite disadvantage when dealing with opposing counsel. Being a jerk about things comes naturally to all sorts of people. Attorneys are people too. So, an attorney will always try to do what's best for his client and he will accomplish it with "vinegar" or "honey." If this attorney has been an ABSOLUTE jerk before and during litigation, then I suspect he'll be a jerk, especially if you...

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  3. I bought a house three years ago from an owner in Missouri. Can I sue him for fraud as he was dishonest in his future plans?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Eugene Klinkenberg
    2. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    2 lawyer answers

    In Missouri and all other states there is something called the Statute of Frauds. Here is the Missouri statute: http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C400-499/4320000010.HTM The "agreement" that you thought you had, had to be in writing for it to be effective and enforceable.

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  4. I live in MO and my sons father is wanting to give up his rights to our son, what is the process of this?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    1 lawyer answer

    He needs to see an attorney so that a petition to relinquish his parental rights can be discussed with him. Also, when a parent voluntarily relinquishes parental rights, he must understand that it will NOT automatically allow him to circumvent child support. He will simply have no legal say in legal and custodial matters. This website is intended to provide general information concerning legal issues in the state of Missouri. It is not the purpose of this site to contact individuals known...

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  5. My new divorce decree states I can relocate after one year from the file date.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    1 lawyer answer

    If you follow the terms of the divorce decree to the letter, and your wife does not objected to the move, then you can move. However, your question seems incomplete, and I think you should consult the attorney you used or, if you had no attorney, then you should make an appointment with an attorney to discuss the terms of your divorce decree. This website is intended to provide general information concerning legal issues in the state of Missouri. It is not the purpose of this site to...

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  6. Inferior word done on our home.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    2. Robert John Murillo
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    3 lawyer answers

    Your damages may exceed the Small Claims limitation. Talk to an attorney in St. Louis County about the full extent of your remedies and what damages you have sustained. The BBB is one step. But you may consider some guerilla tactics such as contacting KMOV's Chris Nagus: http://www.kmov.com/on-tv/bios/67735482.html He's the investigative reporter over there. This website is intended to provide general information concerning legal issues in the state of Missouri. It is not the...

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  7. Can I go for custody of my children even if I owe back child support?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    1 lawyer answer

    That is such a strange fact pattern. So my best advice is to sit down with a family law attorney and discuss the situation with him or her. I find it strange that the kids have been living with you for four years, and I presume that you have been responsible for their care all that time. Find an attorney and see what he or she can do. This website is intended to provide general information concerning legal issues in the state of Missouri. It is not the purpose of this site to contact...

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  8. What needs to happen for a fathers rights to be taken or for him to voluntary give them up?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    1 lawyer answer

    The father may file a petition with the court to give up his parental rights. Missouri courts require that voluntary termination be in the best interest of the child. Child support obligations for the father may continue after his parental rights are terminated. This DOES need to be settled in court and an attorney can draft something for him to sign. This website is intended to provide general information concerning legal issues in the state of Missouri. It is not the purpose of this...

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  9. Can I visit restaurants at the mall I am banned from during probation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Antonio Arturo Cota
    2. Christine C McCall
    3. John M. Kaman
    4. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    5. Tai Christopher Bogan
    5 lawyer answers

    No. The restaurant is in the mall.

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  10. Circuit court service of summons

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Peter Russell Van Leunen
    3. Daniel Mark Press
    3 lawyer answers

    Wait until your attorney is back in town and ask him to explain the process to you. You hired him, after all. All questions really should be directed to him. I think that any answers attorneys may have for you here, not knowing all the facts and not knowing whether you are confused or not, will just complicate matters and confuse you even more. Litigation is completely confusing and rules are not strict guidelines (even to attorneys sometimes). This website is intended to provide...

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