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Thomas J. Turner

Thomas Turner’s Answers

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  • What kind of attorney do I need?

    I was arrested and charged for a crime that didn't happen. I attempted multiple times to show detective there was no crime committed, he ignored my attempts. I lost my job because of this and have not been able to obtain another because the arrest...

    Thomas’s Answer

    unfortunately the detective and the police department are likely to be immune from any lawsuit. You mentioned a doctor's office, so perhaps you might have a claim against the doctor, but I'd need to know more. In any event, you need a lawyer to expunge your criminal record so you won't have that following you around. A civil lawyer might know how to do that. A civil lawyer who has some experience in civil rights issues might be able to help you with the claim against the detective and the department, and might be able to help you with the expunction, too.

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  • Can I sue the school system?

    A teacher grabbed the back collar of my sons shirt while my son was running and pulled him. For two days my son has had a red mark on his throat from it.

    Thomas’s Answer

    I concur with both earlier answers. The school district is likely to be immune from any lawsuit under the doctrine of sovereign immunity. The teacher may not be. The other issue is that, while I don't condone the behavior of the teacher, one must consider the cost of funding the litigation against the amount of the likely return. This one would cost a lot, and would probably not return much. I think a better approach would be to have a meeting with the principal first, and with the teacher and the principal together second.

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  • If already have the spouse served for divorce papers (citation and petition), can the serve be withdrawn?

    I filed the petition and my lawyer got my spouse served already. Actually we do not want to make it complicated and would like to settle as simple as possible as uncontested divorce. Can I ask my lawyer to withdraw the serve and then I can get my ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Service cannot be "withdrawn." Its purpose is simply to notify the other party that a suit has been filed, the cause number assigned, the court where it is filed, and that the party served has a certain time to respond. If you do not want to pursue the matter any longer, contact the lawyer who filed the suit and request that a motion to dismiss the case be filed.

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  • Can anyone PLEASE recommend a legal malpractice attorney in Michigan who would at least listen to my claim?

    I believe I can prove malpractice. It is a divorce case involving sexual abuse and sexually explicit comments made by my attorney with me being the only woman present on 2 separate occasions. This same atty did nothing to follow up when my ex re...

    Thomas’s Answer

    The MIchigan Bar Association may have an attorney referral service. I suggest you check there, or search AVVO for a family law attorney in your area to speak with about your issues

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  • Is there a form to be filed when a payment is made to an ex as agreed to in the divorce?

    My divorce was granted in 2011 and I agreed to pay my ex a sum of money by 2013 for his equity in the house that I received in the divorce. He signed a quit claim deed over to me on the day of the divorce. My question is there a form to be filed a...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Since he filed a quit claim deed, which should be filed with the County Clerk in the county where the property is located, nothing esle has to be filed. However, pay him by check so you will have a written record in the form of the cancelled check that you did pay him.

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  • Will my probation officer find out about a police incident report?

    I am on probation in Travis county as well as a neighboring county. I was at someones's house in Travis county. Her car alarm got set off and the police came. No charges were filed, but everyone there was clearly intoxicated, including me. They ra...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Since no arrest was made, the likelihood that your probation officer would find out are remote. However, you need to understand that being intoxicated most likely violates your terms of probation and ask yourself if you think it's worth the risk to push that envelope.

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  • If I am out of state and need to take someone to small claims court can someone besides myself or an attorney represent me?

    If I am out of state and need to take someone to small claims court for money I loaned them that they did not return, can someone besides myself or an attorney represent me in court or can it only be myself or an attorney?

    Thomas’s Answer

    If you are filing in a Texas small claims court, you can represent yourself.

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  • Is it okay to provide a lawyer personal info and copy of divorce decree for initial consultation?

    I have been served divorce papers from my husband and I contacted a lawyer to set an initial consultation. The law firm emailed me a form to fill out personal info like SSN and such as well as asking if I could fax or email copy of the divorce pap...

    Thomas’s Answer

    It is standard practice to request that information. The lawyer needs the divorce papers to see exactly what sort of relief is being requested other than the divorce itself, the court and cause number, and the contact information for other lawyer.

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  • Can a Sheriff/Constable while serving a writ take electronics.."TV"s electronics from home to satisfy judgement..?

    Summary judgement approved on 10,000 CC debt...I know about exemption amounts ..but term "home furnishings" is vague...what can the law take from home in Texas?

    Thomas’s Answer

    After the exemption is met, they can take just about anything

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  • I was hit by a truck who lost control due to it getting rear ended. The car who caused it fled the scene. What can I do?

    I was involved in an accident where the vehicle that hit us was hit by another car that fled the scene. Now the insurance doesn't want to pay because they said that their policy holder wasn't at fault. I was rushed to the hospital and now I'm stuc...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Hopefully you have uninsured motorist coverage for your own vehicle. That kind of coverage will step in and protect you from hit and run driers as in this case.

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