The Homestead law refers to a state law that allows the owner of a primary residence to retain a certain amount of equity in his/her property. The equity is protected from creditors. The amount which is protected can very from state to state. For instance in the state of Washington the amount is $125,000. You would need to find out the amount in your state and file the appropriate Homestead documents if you desire to seek the protection afforded by your states Homestead.
Most likely the money you paid to the Bail Bonds Agent is unrecoverable. It is unclear from your question what happened to your husband's case. Was his parole ever violated? What happened to the court case once bail was posted and he returned to court?
What you may be entitled to depends on a number of things. Each state has it's own rules regarding devision of marital property upon dissolution. If you and your husband lived in a community property state then you would be entitled to your half of the assets that were acquired during the marriage. He may also be required to pay child support and alimony. It is best to seek legal counsel of a experienced family law attorney in the state in which you were married.
There is no specified rate to hire an attorney. Attorney fees depend on the individual attorney. Fee's may be hourly, flat fees or in some case contingency fees are permitted. It is best to get a person recommendation or speak to several lawyers practicing in the area of the law in which you have issues. Generally speaking Attorneys charge anywhere from $100 to $500 dollars an hours. Expect to pay a little extra for an attorney with substantial experience and a good track record.
If you are completely not at fault then you should not be liable for any damages to the other vehicle. However, some states have contributory negligence statutes or contributory fault in which you could be asked to pay for damages commensurate with your degree of fault. For example, if you were found to be 5% percent at fault you could be liable for 5% of damages. You should check with a personal injury attorney in your state.
John A. Campanella
I assume from your question that the officer wrote out the ticket at or near the time of the event and then either added an additional alleged violation or struck the initial charge and wrote in an alternate charge. While I believe he can do this it certainly calls into question why he would do such a thing. His credibility is at issue as he will be testifying under oath. He may claim clerical error, he may claim that he forgot to write down the additional charge. His ability to recall and...
I certainly can appreciate your values and that you would rather have less material items and more time to yourself. Too many people spend time working at a job they do not like so that they can purchase thing they do not need or even like once they acquire them. While it is true many in our society, judges included may view your minimalist lifestyle as a "negative" you have to do what you believe is right. Do not sacrifice what you truly believe to be right because of the pressure of...