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Jenna Marie Williams

Jenna Williams’s Answers

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  • Do I report dismissed traffic violations when I sign up for car insurance?

    Jenna’s Answer

    Depending on how the question is worded, honestly depends on how to answer it. If the question asks about any and all traffic citations you have ever been convicted of -- then that means only the infractions you have been found guilty of; if the question just asks for nay and all traffic infractions you have ever been cited, then that would be any and all you've ever been cited, regardless of guilt. Most likely, the insurance company wants to know about the actual guilty/convictions, not on the not guilty/dismissed infractions. Check the wording of the question and if all else fails, ask your agent! It could certainly make a difference on how many are put down and effect your scoring and overall premium, so it is best to double check if you are unclear with an agent at your insurers office.

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  • How can I stop him from destroying the property and taking items from the home and stop showing up without permission.

    Jenna’s Answer

    There are different ways to address this situation, if you have a pending divorce matter and perhaps already there are temporary orders in place, those orders may contain language about your residing in the marital residence vs him. If that is the case, he could be in violation of a court order, for which a show cause may be filed against him. Further, police may be called and shown t he order to have him removed from the property, should he come to the property. If there is no temporary order allowing you sole and exclusive use of the marital residence, you need to hire an attorney to have them help you obtain one. Further, if no action for divorce is filed as of yet, and therefore no orders, it would still be in your best interest to consult an attorney to discuss getting the appropriate filings made in court, that would allow a Judge to rule that you have exclusive use and possession of the marital residence.

    A protective order may also be something worth looking into if he is threatening in any manner and you are afraid for your safety and/or your daughter's safety. This of course needs to be a legitimate and real fear, that is current. If that is the case, you should look into filing a protective order. You may contact the court to do so or hire an attorney to help you with that. A protective order, if granted, would prevent him from being able to go near you and have contact with you. Further, a Judge may go ahead, as they often do, and give you exclusive use of the marital property, which would prevent him from being able to go onto the marital property.

    It sounds like, if you do not already have legal counsel, you most definitely should look into hiring an attorney to help you with this matter.

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  • How do I get full permanent custody of my step daughter?

    Jenna’s Answer

    Many things go into determining what is in the best interest of the child, which is ultimately what custody hinges on. Your relationship could play an important role in a change of custody for your step-daughter. Further, her current custodians relationship with her plays an important role. If a Judge has already determined that another party was awarded custody of her as opposed to you having custody, you will need to show a change of circumstance since that ruling. Change of circumstance encompasses a great deal of things, some more relevant than others. Further, things such as why your home environment vs. the current living environment would be a better fit for her. There are many aspects to custody cases in general. Custody cases and change in custody cases are very fact specific. I would suggest you contact an attorney for an initial consultation to review the facts surrounding your matter more in-depth and look at your options with them. You may try contacting your local Legal Aid to see if there are any services they can offer or discounted rate referrals for an attorney in your area. If you are serious in pursuing this issue and looking into it further, I would suggest also working on getting a retainer together as even attorney's whom discount their services will often require an upfront retainer to get involved in the matter.

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  • When a 72 hour Writ of possession when does that start?

    Jenna’s Answer

    When someone secures a judgment for possession, a writ of possession may then be executed by that prevailing party. More likely than not, there was/should have been previous notice of a court case, which allowed for the order of possession to be granted to begin with, actually giving you more than 72 hours notice that the landlord intended to remove you from the property and was granted possession thereof. Once a writ of possession is filed with the court and sent to the Sheriff's Office, the plaintiff/prevailing party is notified and schedules an eviction date. Upon the scheduling of said eviction date, per Virginia Code 8.01-470, the sheriff's office is required to serve notice at least 72 hours in advance of the actual scheduled date and time for eviction. When the Sheriff's office executes a writ of possession, "72 hours" is exactly what is says and sounds like---72 hours, not 72 "business" hours. This 72 hour is your notice period to vacate and prepare to do so. Otherwise, on the date and time indicated for the eviction, the sheriff will move forward with the plaintiff/prevailing party to have you evicted from the premises and have any and all locks changed. I hope this was helpful for you to understand the 72 hour notice you received further.

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  • The mother of my twins is not following the custody order. I am suppose to get two weekends a month and one day a week.

    Jenna’s Answer

    You should definitely look into hiring an attorney to have visitation rights established, if there is not already a visitation order in place. If an order is already in place and she is not complying with it, then you will need to file a show cause against her in court for her violating the order. Many attorneys work with individuals and offer payment plans or smaller upfront retainers.

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  • Divorce papers are ready to be signed. Live in VA. No minor children. Once spouse is served, when will divorce be final?

    Jenna’s Answer

    Be mindful that even without children you have a 6 month separation period that is required. You will have to wait the statutory 21 day period for the served party to respond to the paperwork, once that 21 day period has passed you may then proceed with the case. Depending on the area you live/filed the divorce papers, you will need to schedule a hearing and bring a witness with you to court (their testimony and yours is your evidence) as well as take any separation agreements and any other evidence you wish to present to the Judge. Scheduling a hearing, and how long it takes, honestly depends on the area you have filed the divorce suit in as many have different rules, timelines, and availability. At every stage of the process, the individual must receive proper notice. Improper notice will cause delays and more "waiting periods" thus delaying your divorce.

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  • Car Loan through Bankruptcy

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    I would suggest trying to contact their customer service department to attempt payment via phone with a checking account/debit card. If that is not an option, at least call to inform them the check is in the mail via certified mail (that way you can track it).

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