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    Anonymous
    Hi! We recently moved into a residential property at the end of last summer. There are several environmental issues making some of the property unsafe, that we realize need fixed (such as a poorly built rock wall holding up land/pine trees between our neighbors higher land dropping to our driveway, a natural creek going through our yard that is eroding which has caused bridge issues etc). 2 weeks ago new members moved in. My husband went out back because there were 2-3 of the young boys climbing on his back hoe equipment (the mom was up on their porch not paying attention at all). I have gone next door to the neighbors explaining safety concerns because they cemented a basketball hoop at the edge of their drive, therefore if any of the 5 of their children (3-14) miss, the ball goes down this loose hill/caving in loose rock wall--that in itself is a concern, on top of backing our of our garage when this is going on and children/ball cannot be seen. In addition, the creek concern and bridges was discussed. That very same night, the neighbors had a birthday party for their 13 year old son, in which there were at minimum 15-20 kids of all ages--the kids continued going down the loose ground/pine needled covered slope, jumping on loose rock wall down to ground. I yelled out to go around--while the father was out there talking to another adult oblivious. During this evening, there were constantly 7-9 balls in our yard/drive/by garage as if our house is a basketball back stop. The kids also since play basketball daily. POOR choice for place to put a basketball hoop--I feel bad for the kids. The father also admitted that kids have been back to the creek, he hasn't--and asked how much of creek he owned (which is none), yet the kids and party attending kids were out on one of the bridges in which one side does not even touch the ground right now. The father?? in the front yard picking up sticks, another time in the house. Last night was final straw--My husband set up BB gun targets as I have been learning to shoot. He placed 4 targets (plastic bottles/cans) on each small log. He came in to get myself and our 2 toddler daughters and in that 5 minutes, someone had come on our property and removed the targets, placing them on pile behind the logs. Did we see who did it, admittedly no--BUT--the kids were outside playing basketball. My concern is I said something, and it's only getting worse and they haven't lived there a month. Our property is private, not public. I think it is not only disrespectful but ignorant that this behavior continues and the father allows it. I am not sure the next step to take. The kids look towards our house where kitchen window is where we can see them--to see if we are home or watching what we are doing. I DO have pictures of some of this. My husband plans to talk to the father when he is outside next--for now my husband placed a chicken wire fence on our property in middle of hill so that the balls are somewhat (not all are) caught. As I speak now there is a bicycle and a ball there--caught. What if the child goes over the hill on the bike--it's really not a hill it's a drop off! I do not want to be liable for the kids trespassing. I do not want the kids on our property at all now. The father is a youth pastor for their church so it is going to be very busy--they can stay on their acre plus of property--instead of spending more time on mine then theirs! Any suggestions would be appreciated--I'd like to write a letter, my law enforcement friend said I should call the cops even though it is civil issue--do I need to go as far as a lawyer?? We we plan on redoing the wall then at that time putting fence up, which a fence when previous neighbors were there was NEVER a plan of ours--but we won't be fencing our ENTIRE yard as it's 1 1/2 acres--besides that I think the kids would have their father boost them over a fence!
    5/3/2015 9:58 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: AsktheJudge.info is an educational site for and about teens and the law. We suggest you and your husband try sitting down with the neighbor mother and father and explain your concerns in a calm manner so that you all can hopefully reach a compromise without getting the police, any attorneys, etc. involved. Disputes between neighbors happen all the time and when not discussed, tensions rise and the situation may become more difficult to resolve the longer the issues continue down the road. If the parents are not willing to hear you out and try to reach a compromise that works for everyone, then you could explore your options such as talking to a an attorney who handles such matters. Sometimes a letter from an attorney's office is enough to really get someone's attention. Hopefully you will not need to get to that point. Also, a statement about the possibility of calling the police if you continue to see the children on your property could result in some changes. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/3/2015 10:18 am
    Samantha Brown
    Samantha Brown
    I am a boy 3 yrs old and my sister is 2 yrs old. My mother was being tracked by CPS and heard of her soon losing us so she gave us to her mother Samantha with a note that read "Mom take my kids until I can establish a stable environment for the kids". From that day there were many people come to the house and then Court for official order giving them to grandma. 6 months later full guardianship and a meaningful visitation as no visitation was in the prior 8 months. As time went on visitation was better until being refused because grandma had seen my mom picking us up with first a girl that was involved in a meth lab explosion and then it was a guy who was a tier 3 sex offender in our state of MI. then grandma said no they are not going to visit. Police were called by mother and several reports until court again 6 months later. Grandma represent herself and felt out gunned by her daughter who had a state appointed attorney. Too many issues being brought and inability to address each one. Grandma felt and knew she was clamming up and feeling inadequate for the children's behalf because all grandma could feel is that the scope of the whole case was not being weighed. Important parts like 1. hanging and making wrong decisions in her life that would affect the kids. 2. Going with a sex offender that cannot be around kids under 13 and showing photos of them hugging and kissing with hickeys on each others neck with lots of tattoos while all the time not helping grandma take care of us on her fixed income 3. while having several jobs mother saying she has steady employment with no more than 2 months at any one of them and less. A Pitt bull dog with documented history biting or pawing a 11 year old's lip to have 4 stitches. 4. 6 classes recommended by CPS not taken yet. Grandma has been told she needs to get an attorney and wondered why the kids were not ordered one to begin with in Family Court. With no idea of what to do and afraid that the kids will not be in the best hands if my mother wins this continued Court action of cancelling the full guardianship order. Grandma says your mother is good to you both and does not fear that while the visits are short and not over a night at a time every other week. Also that grandma believes she would not intentionally harm you except for a third party possibility of harm. In this picture grandma says she hopes to secure an attorney but everyone she calls wants 900-1500 to even start and 150-300 an hour after that. Grandma has no income and is 40. She has been going to doctors 15 years since and accident and still having nerve problems with not much trouble taking care of us physically except for representing them in court. Grandmas Friend pays for all we need and all we want. He has no t enough for lawyer so we children are seeking representation because we are and grandma is unable to provide beyond what has been done. Witnesses need to be called and questioned and proofs need to be established to set a picture for the Judge. I am the Step grampa my name is Clyde Brown and I have attended all Court and questions but Grandma has met an impass with overwhelming scope of trial with no effect of showing Judge care is not there on mothers part yet is developing if right things were being done.
    5/2/2015 9:03 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Samantha: We suggest Grandma contact her local legal aid office as they may be able to provide legal assistance for free or on a sliding scale basis. If they cannot assist, they may be able to refer Grandma to an office that can help her. Also, Grandma's local court may offer a free legal assistance program that would allow her to meet briefly with a pro bono attorney. She should contact the court and ask about this option. Good luck to Grandma and her grandkids. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/2/2015 3:52 pm
    kenneth
    kenneth
    hell, my name is Kenneth and I have a sister who allowed a so-called friend to reside in her home when she found out the girl was homeless.it didn't work out so my sister had to ask her to leave,she wouldn't leave so my sister had to have the police remove her.since that time my sister had to place a restraining order against her,.so the girl violated the restraining order and ended up in jail.when the girl got out of jail she placed a restraining order against my sister.since she has placed a restraining order agaist my sister she(the girl)has place a restraining order against my sister,this girl as found some way to send threatning text messages to herself making it look like there coming from my sisters phone and then she takes the text message to the police station claiming that my sister is threatning her and in turn the police go an pick my sister up an take her to jail.the text shows that its comimg from my sisters phone but we no for a fact yhe my sister didn't send them,because we have gotten all of her records from t-moble and there is no records of my sister sending any text to this girl.and everytime we pay the bail to get my sister out they say that the girl had come again to the police and claimed the same thing and they pick my sister up again.this has happen three times.how can I stop this from happening?can I go to the police"considering that I have found proof on line that it is possible to send someone a text and make it look like its came from someone elses number" or rather in this case sending herself a text a making it look like its coming ffrom my sisters phone. 0
    5/2/2015 2:14 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Kenneth: We suggest you and your sister find a criminal defense attorney in your area to consult with. Many attorneys offer a free initial consultation. It sounds like your sister's case and circumstances are rather unique and complicated so possibly getting an attorney to hear the story, offer advice and help set up a meeting with the police and/or the prosecutor may be helpful. Perhaps a criminal defense attorney who specializes in Internet crimes law may be helpful. Good luck to you and your sister. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/2/2015 3:44 pm
  • Anonymous
    Is it legal for an unmarried 18 year old to sign a lease to rent an apartment in the state of Alabama or do they have to have a co-signer? If so, does the co-signer have to be a parent or can it be anyone who is willing to be financially liable and do they have to live in the home until the tenant turns 19 or can the 18 year old reside alone? If this law is broken what are the penalties and who do they fall on... the owner of the property or the person who signed the lease (even if the owner of the property had no knowledge of the transaction and did not approve the lease before it was signed)?
    5/1/2015 5:49 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    According to the following site, you need to be 19 to sign a lease without a co-signor if you are under 19 and not married. (To see this response, click on the link in the previous sentence and scroll down to the fourth question under the "General" category). Be sure to confirm that the information provided in that link is current as laws are constantly changing. As for the possible penalties, someone would first have to report the incident to the police, they would have to decide if they want to investigate and then the prosecutor's office would have to decide if charges should actually be filed. You will need to look at the exact statues to find the possible consequences. Also, you could try contacting your local legal aid office for more information as they may be able to assist for free. Thanks for asking. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/2/2015 3:37 pm
    cj
    cj
    Im 14 and live in va and stole a pack of skittles and got caught and its my first time ever ... Whats my consequence tom
    5/2/2015 2:58 pm Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear CJ: It's up to the store as to how to proceed. They could send you a civil demand letter requesting payment of a civil fine. It's unlikely that they would involve the police over such a small value item, but if they did report it, then you could receive a notice in the mail to appear in court. Again, because it's such a small amount that was stolen, you may have gotten lucky with just a verbal warning. If the store told you not to come back and banned you, be sure to stay away otherwise you could face consequences for trespassing. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/2/2015 3:27 pm
    Anonymous
    Hi, so my parents kicked me out. I'm 16 turning 17 and my parents don't want me back. I was looking at stuff for guardianship and I came across if you get a notarized letter than my aunt can be my guardian. I feel like that's faster than doing it through court and what not. I would need the letter so I could go to school, and I know some schools don't accept them but I was wondering if I get that letter and if my aunt decides that she wants to sign the guardianship to someone else couldn't she? Because I would have a notarized letter saying she's my guardian and if she wanted to sign the guardianship to someone else through a notarized letter could she?
    5/1/2015 7:51 am Reply
    Judge Tom
    Judge Tom
    Dear Anon: Ultimately, it's going to depend on the laws in your state. The notarized letter may need to have both your aunt's signature as well as any other person who may take over the guardianship. Your aunt may want to look into also havivg a Power of Attorney form written up so that if there is any medical emergency, she would be able to consent to your treatment. Your parents may need to sign such a form giving your aunt power of attorney. Finally, for a link to the guardianship laws and process in your state, click here. For additional help and information, you could contact your local legal aid office as they may be able to provide assistance for free. Good luck. (Check our Resource Directory for more help and resources in your area. This is information only – not legal advice.)
    5/1/2015 10:13 am
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