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Paula Brown Sinclair

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  • How will ex walking away from house awarded to her in divorce affect me?

    My ex was awarded the house in our divorce. I signed a quit-claim deed. She was given 3 years to refinance the mortgage into her name only, and if that could not be done the house must be sold. We are now at the 3 year mark, she hasn't made any at...

    Paula’s Answer

    So you signed away your interest in the asset but remained liable on the mortgage. If you received a Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge, you have no further personal liability on the mortgage, but the lien remains. She can "walk away" if she chooses, but both of you will have a foreclosure on your credit record. Her failure to refinance or sell, assuming she had the ability to do so could be the basis for a finding of contempt. A wise strategy would be to consult with a local experienced family lawyer about compelling her to sell or quitclaim to you so you can sell. If the collateral is worth less than the mortgage balance, it would have to be a short sale.

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  • If someone publishes an image of someone without their consent, how is that related to intellectual property?

    Class project on intellectual property

    Paula’s Answer

    You are in the wrong place. Here on the Avvo Q&A generous and knowledgeable attorneys volunteer personal time to help deserving people with real legal problems. One thing we have no time for is your homework. We all earned our licenses by doing our own homework so we would be well-prepared for tests and practice. We recommend that strategy to you.

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  • Attorney's client gives her position. Attorney receives discovery which contradicts everything What does the attorney do next?.

    Attorney's client gives a " general denial". Attorney receives discovery from opposing counsel which is " overwhelming" and contradictory to a general denial defense. Does the attorney: a). Go over the discovery with his client or b). Ignore the o...

    Paula’s Answer

    Your homework, by any chance? This Q&A is a public forum for general information about the law and legal procedure where we answer questions about real situations. If you are the client, and this is in fact your situation, contact your attorney.

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  • What proof is needed to get my child's fathers visitation rights revoked?

    My child is 3 1/2 years old now and his father has not kept him for more than 12 hrs at any one time. He lived with me for a while because I wouldn't allow is children "Not related to me" to live on the streets. During the time that he lived with ...

    Paula’s Answer

    You will need to prove that no contact with the only father your child has serves the best interests of the child. While it is always regrettable when parents choose to be nonresponsive to their child, the right to contact belongs to the child and courts are loathe to "punish" a reluctant parent at the request of the other parent, no matter how well-meaning is the request. Someday that father may wake up to functioning as a father, and it would be cruel to the child to prevent that contact. While you are thinking about this subject, it would be helpful to reflect on what you have done to facilitate contact, because the most loving thing one parent can do for their child is to make it easier for the other parent to have a meaningful relationship with the child.

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  • I need a free lawyer for civil case, please give me the contact information. Light accident but they claimed have been injured

    I'm not an employee so I need a free lawyer. Thanks for your help.

    Paula’s Answer

    Most respectfully, your expectations are unreasonable. On this Q&A, we provide general information about the law and legal procedure. Other than the "Find a Lawyer" function, this is not a referral service, and Avvo has no resources for free attorneys. There is, in fact, no right to counsel in civil matters in the American legal system. If this was an auto accident and you are insured, your insurance company may be obligated to defend you.

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