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Betty Jean Burley

Betty Burley’s Answers

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  • How much or what can a Dr ask your friends about you while your out of the room and they aren't on list

    went to the Dr and he asked my friend if I was drinking or had a stroke while they had me at xray.

    Betty’s Answer

    HIPAA prohibits a provider from releasing protected health information to a 3rd party without permission, but it typically would not limit the types of questions that a provider can ask persons who are investigating an injury or illness. When a doctor is seeking to diagnose the cause of an illness or injury, it is very helpful to know if alcohol, drugs or other medical events might be influencing or causing your current symptoms. From the information given, it appears that your doctor was doing his job.

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  • How can you protect any money you have when you file for bankruptcy

    My husband recently passed away. We were looking at bankruptcy before he passed away. Now I have his life insurance proceeds and I do not want to loose it. Please help.

    Betty’s Answer

    A bankruptcy attorney can advise you on whether and/or how to protect the maximum amount of assets. Many area law offices, including mine, offer free initial consultations. By looking at your overall financial picture, we can give you much better advice than through an online forum.

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  • Do i need a lawyer for this situation? Why is there a hearing date when i do not wish to sign my rights over?

    My situation is my child mother wants her husband to adopt my son. I am previously incarcerated and have been since 2008. My scheduled release date is October 19 of this year. In the course of my incarceration i have done everything in my power to...

    Betty’s Answer

    Under Ohio law, your rights to your child can be involuntarily terminated if you have failed to maintain more than minimal contact with your child or failed to provide financial support for your child without good cause. As my colleague has recommended, you must file a Motion with the Court asking for a continuance, or make arrangements to appear by telephone for the hearing to present your case as to why you have been unable to maintain contact. If possible, you should have an attorney to assist you. If that is not possible, you must try your best to show the court that there is some reason that you were unable to fulfill your duties of contact and support. good luck with your case.

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  • Need advice badly.

    My son has custody of his daughter. He was awarded sole custody november 19th of 2015. The mother was served legally but never showed up in court. The mother has been homeless since August 8th 2015 and has just recently got an apartment. She has ...

    Betty’s Answer

    It's not clear what your question is. If everything was done properly and she was served, it is unlikely that she can attack the custody order, but she can file for a modification. If she does, she is likely to get visitation of some sort, but under the circumstances I would present a case to the court that her visitation should be supervised.

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  • How long can my ex leave her stuff in my house before I get rid of it? Does she have a right to come in my house?

    My girlfriend turned into an addict and began doing heroin behind my back. I work over 60 hours a week, so she would get high while I was at work and I kicked her out when I finally found out. I just bought the house a few months prior to this hap...

    Betty’s Answer

    My colleagues have offered excellent suggestions. However, if you are willing to spend a little money on this, I would recommend renting a storage unit and paying the first month's rent. Notify her IMMEDIATELY, by certified mail and by first class mail with certificate of mailing, that her possessions are at the location for her to pick up and the key is at the office and that the rent is paid through XXX date. If she fails to pick it up or to pay the rent, you have a defense. You might also want to inventory the boxes / items that you are taking.

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  • What does dwop mean in a eviction case? Do I still have an eviction on my report?

    An eviction was filed on me in August of 2013. I moved to another city before my court hearing. I looked up my case today and it said it was dismissed (dwop) and I'm not sure what that means.

    Betty’s Answer

    DWOP = dismissed without prejudice. That means there was no judgment rendered against you. The landlord dropped the case because you moved out. Without Prejudice means that he reserved the right to re-file against you for damages if the premises were damaged or if he decided to go after back rent of additional rents due.

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  • Step-Parent Adoption

    I am looking for information on how to complete a step-parent adoption. My husband and I just recently were married. I was wondering when we can start the process and what all we need to do. My daughter's father has not seen or made contact in thr...

    Betty’s Answer

    In my experience, the Court wants to see at least 1 year of marriage before granting a stepparent adoption. You should not stop child support until the adoption process is complete unless you are advised to the contrary by an experienced attorney who practices in your county.

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