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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

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  • Is it right for my lawyer to refuse to do any work unless I pay her even though it's the opposing party's legal responsibility?

    The family court ordered the opposing party to pay my attorney fees in monthly increments. However, he refuses to pay. My lawyer keeps demanding payment from me rather than from him. She refuses to do work unless I pay her. She keeps delaying...

    Richard’s Answer

    Read your agreement with your attorney. It probably says that the fact that the court orders your ex to pay towards your attorney fees does NOT mean that if he doesn't pay, YOU don't owe the money. It probably also says that if you don't pay your lawyer, she doesn't have to do any more work for you.

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  • Can a spouse claim property in a divorce owned in a corporation?

    Property owned by family corporation. One of the sons/members of the corporation is getting divorced. The wife is claiming properties in the divorce owned by the corporation.

    Richard’s Answer

    The real answer: "It depends". If property would otherwise be community property, but is held in a corporate "shell", that's not going to prevent a court from dividing it.

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  • Can I request for opposing counsel to pay my missed wages for attending a deposition and missing work a third time? Can i not go

    TRO and Child custody

    Richard’s Answer

    Has the total time for the deposition now gone beyond 7 hours? The it's done. See CCP 2025.290. If the attorney is setting your deposition, and then not showing up for, and going forward with the deposition, you should let the court know, and the court can impose money sanctrions against him under 2025.430.

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  • How do I defend myself from this? How do I get our phone back? Should I agree to the polygraph (knowing that its garbage)?

    Allegations of molestation have been brought against me, from The story that the little girl gave them Seems to be sound proof that they conducted screens on her and nothing. They brought me in to hear my side of the story.....but it seems like th...

    Richard’s Answer

    5 words: TALK TO A LAWYER NOW. Five more: DON'T TALK TO ANYONE ELSE.

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  • Alimony for life. Can it be reversed?

    Husband agreed to alimony for life to ex-wife 35 yrs. ago. Husband has financial issues now & wants to get his monthly payments dismissed. He's in California, ex-wife lives in Florida, although she's still a CA resident. He hasn't officially serv...

    Richard’s Answer

    Impossible to say without more information, including whether this is a Florida or California alimony order.

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  • Could I get a restraining order for her? What else could i ask for when we do go to mediation drug test? visitation?

    I found out that the father is smoking weed he smokes in his car and at his house he wants to start taking the baby over more he recently told me that his grandma that he lives with lets him smoke weed in his house can i put a restraining order on...

    Richard’s Answer

    You may be able to get a custody order which restricts him from consuming illegal drugs in the child's presence. You'll need to make sure you know IF there are any court hearings coming up about the child, WHEN those hearings are, WHAT papers you need to file in advance, and what you need to be prepared for at the hearing.

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  • As the legal wife of babys father do I have a right to order paternity test. do I have a right to have the child support reduced

    My husband had an affair and now has a 8 months old baby. I found out that he has been paying the other woman more money than any unwed father is supposed to pay.

    Richard’s Answer

    You have no rights in this regard. If your husband wants to have a court determine the amount of support, he can do so, but you can't..

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  • How do I change my first name only and can I do it for free?

    I am currently overseas serving my country. I am stationed in Japan serving in the US Navy. I want to change my first name only. I have never used my birth name, first name until I was forced to use it once I joined the Navy.

    Richard’s Answer

    You're legally entitled to use whichever part of your name you want; you don't need to do a formal name change, although you can, to make certain legal events easier.. As noted by the earlier answers, if you want to do so, you'll need to file a name-change petition, and do all the steps necessary to complete a legal name change. The webpage below provides details

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  • How to file an attorney fee arbitration in CA for a divorce case.

    Divorce attorney fee arbitration - need assistance in how to prepare for an attorney fee dispute on a divorce case - large amount still owed to firm. I feel my attorney "over-lawyered" my case due to his personal background and past marriages. T...

    Richard’s Answer

    Contact either the local (county) bar association, or the State Bar of California. They'll provide detailed information.

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  • How religion papers work in legal divorce

    Getting Divorce me and my wife agreed that we will not split anything between us and every one get to keep whats under his name however, in the papers she is talking about post-nuptial agreement which is basically a papers was signed by me and...

    Richard’s Answer

    You should speak to an attorney with experience in dealing with divorce and marital issues and the enforcement of religious agreements. Some are enforced, others aren't. If you and your wife agree to a particular way to divide your property, the civil court won't make you change it. If you don't agree, then what may happen will be much less clear, which is why you should review ALL the facts with an experienced attorney BEFORE you do anything, ratehr than face problems if you try and fix it up after the fact.

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