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My husband took his own life at the end of November 2016. He

My husband took his own life at the end of November 2016. He was in a boatload of trouble for various infractions and they all came down on him at once. He couldn't cope and deal with all the stress and he decided suicide was the answer. Now my son and I had been visiting family for a month in March when he started on his downward spiral and in order to protect my child, we remained with family. I gave our marriage all I had trying to fix it but something happened to my husband in those months and by the end he was a stranger to us all, even his own mother. Now I know he failed a urinalysis which sparked most of his problems but there were other things too... stressors re. an upcoming advancement test, pressure to do well following a previous quarterly award, sleeping through his alarm and showing up late to work. Combined with increasing debt, vehicle troubles and our obvious marriage struggles; a multitude of things led to his mental state and ultimately his suicide. My concern is regarding the VA and survivor benefits. I'm worried they'll only see the failed drug test plus the fact that the military sent him to rehab and they'll rule his death willful misconduct which means we'll be denied benefits. They've requested statements from me, and two others re. the dates, and conditions of our time living apart, who was at fault etc. I don't want to say too much but I don't want to say too little and have them think I'm hiding something. Any suggestions for how I should word my statement and/or what to include and what I should avoid?

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Ok, I have a 16-year-old staying at my home. She has been

Ok, I have a 16-year-old staying at my home. She has been here for about 3 weeks. She is adamant about not returning to her mother because it is an abusive environment. Her mother told the police and the school that she wants her daughter to come home, but she told her daughter that she doesn't want her and if she comes home she won't feed her or take care of her at all. She shut off her phone and refuses to pay for anything. She said she's not her responsibility and technically she's correct because she doesn't have custody. Her father has legal custody. her mother lost custody because she is bipolar, schizophrenic, multiple personalities (refuses to take meds) but is also a drug addict and alcoholic and abuses and neglects her children. The child doesn't even have a bed and has holes in her clothing and shoes. The police told the mother they would contact child protective services if she bothered them again because the child is better off without her and the conditions are horrible. The child wants to become emancipated, but she hasn't found a stable job yet. I don't want me or my husband to get in trouble because we are helping her, but she has nowhere to go and she doesn't want to get taken by CPiS because she says the shelters are horrible. I want to know what I can do.

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I am helping a friend (age 50) who a has a number of

I am helping a friend (age 50) who a has a number of substantial chronic health problems. She has been rendered financially devastated, and needs to apply for disability SSI. I understand an important first step is to collect all her medical records. She has compiled a list of every medical facility she can remember visiting over the last 25 years. There are a LOT of facilities across Oklahoma (only), including several mental health facilities. As such, it isn't possible to visit them all in person to request her records. I need help to create a standard letter that will work with ALL doctor's and hospitals to obtain ALL her medical records for the last 25 years. I know that they are allowed to charge for the records, and I am willing to pay those costs. Naturally, we want to do this in such a way to get them ASAP as she is on the edge of homelessness again. I had the thought that these letters may need to be notarized, if that is appropriate. However, I'm not sure how to pay for the records in advance since there's no way to know how much it will be. Perhaps I could include the number & signed authorization for a prepaid VISA gift card...? My main concern is to ensure we get all the records as soon as humanly possible. NOTE: I know that psychotherapy notes will make up some of the records, but I doubt that the specific content of those sessions are needed, but if you think that they might be needed, please advise me how to obtain those as well.

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Ok my daughter is a drug and substance abuser she was

Ok my daughter is a drug and substance abuser she was arrested and has been many times she had no id on her when she was arrested so she said she was my son's wife because she knew all of her info so the police department pulled up a 9 year old pictures from a speeding ticket of my daughter in law and posted it in the mug shots my daughter had been in there many times they were negligent in not running a background check on my daughter instead of posting my daughter in laws picture my daughter in law works for a well known cardiologist in this area and has many friends and my son and my self have a huge family and a ton of friends so you can imagine the all the texts and phone calls we received about Laura being in jail when she was at home getting the kids ready for school and getting ready for work the police placing the wrong mug shot had caused all of us mental anguish trying to explain that Laura was not in jail it was my daughter the police department being to lazy to run a back ground has caused us much mental stress and Laura's reputation it's almost unbearably do you think we can Sue the police department for all the humility we have had to endure

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I just needed to ask if what happened is something that

I just needed to ask if what happened is something that could be pursued legally. My daughter had a baby about a week ago. For about a week before the baby was born, she was having horrible muscle spasms, that she went to the hospital for. She went 2 nights in a row. The hospital prescribed her a muscle relaxant and a pain med. She took them as directed until the day before the baby was born, so it was only like 2 or 3 days. They said this med combo was safe for her and the baby. She had a healthy baby girl, but they reported her to DCF, saying that her baby was born with opiates, and another drug in her system. They didn't say that they are the ones they prescribed to her. So, now she has dcf showing up at her house, treated her like a junky, and inspecting her baby to "make sure she's okay". My daughter showed then the prescriptions she had been given by the hospital, and they said they were extremely dangerous for a pregnant woman to take. My daughter is an amazing mother and so very contentious. We feel the hospital was wrong to give her dangerous drugs, and for then reporting her for being a drug abuser. This is something that could follow her the rest of her life. In a nutshell, that is our issue. What are your thoughts on this? Thank youJA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location. Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: We are in Topeka Kansas, and St. Francis is the hospital that reported this to Dept of Children and Family Services.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No that's probably a good start.

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I am a licensed med tech in state of FL. This year, there

I am a licensed med tech in state of FL. This year, there were questions like ; have you or are you forced to enter rehab for alcohol/drug abuse?; this and others seem hippa protected health info. I called the Board and basically told me to call a lawyer. Other Q's like mental health, relapse, and criminal history were asked. This was for my license renewal which is required for my job; is this legal?

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Father is 78 yrs old. had stroke in February 2012. oldest

father is 78 yrs old. had stroke in February 2012. oldest son was there to set up in home care for father. was told he had legal guardianship over father. in november 2014 father stated that his money was depleting didn't know why. took father to bank got 2 yrs of bank statements. father was scared to confront oldest son. the amount at that time was approx. 40,000.00.his son had set up banking transfers from fathers account to go straight into his account. was again told in October of 2015 his son had power of attorney over his father. December 1 st 2015 his son passed away. since then his niece has been auditing and balancing his checking account (mainly for tax reason). it shows that over the 4 yr span his son got approx. 125,000.00 from the account.Have also since found out it was just smoke being blown regarding the power of attorney. contacted bank regarding the transactions. They said file police reports get them a death certificate and they will look into it.My father states that he never gave anyone permission to set up and take money out of his account accept to pay his bills. ie utilities groceries and medications. The bank says they will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges because of the time that has lapsed plus they say they have records of speaking with him. id this true or an we hold the bank responsible?my younger brother and I now are trying to figure out how to financially assist my dad with all the funds missing.

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I had a client in 2014. He is stating that we had a

I had a client in 2014. He is stating that we had a sexual relationship and sessions were social, instead of therapy. He is stating No treatment plan was ever done. Therapy sessions were sessions and I have notes and a treatment plan which I do on the first and second meeting. At this time I was also the manager of the homeless shelter and in which he lived. He got kick out of the shelter for his behavior, moved downstate where he tried to kill himself . Now I have a letter of intent on being sued for having a sexual relationship. There is no proof that sexual intercourse happened because it didn't. I'm not even sure how a lawyer would pick up the case. They also say I texted and called with "sexual ineundos" I do text clients when they have a question or an when an appointment needs to be changed and I did talk to him on the phone several times because he was suicidal and had explosive moods at times with people. He would call or text when he had emotions he couldn't deal with, usually anger with other people or depression. Other than that I am unaware of any other contact. I did talk to his mother for treatment planning on a regular basis. He had signed a release of information: My question is what to do next. I have a letter of intent to sue for things that aren't true. What's my responsibility. I feel he is angry with me and trying to take advantage and manipulate. He is homeless and his mother, I assume is pursuing this, he is a drug abuser and has attempted sucicide several times in the past. I believe they are saying that this relationship was harmful to his health.

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Is this a private conversation? I have a one-time underage

Hi, is this a private conversation?JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?Customer: I have a one-time underage drinking record on school's Student Judicial Affairs and Department of Public Safety (DPS)'s system. It happened in dorm on campus. My friend called the DPS because they felt I was blackout, and then I was sent to hospital. Later I was required to wrote an reflective paper and retook and alcohol education course, and my case was closed. As I contacted my school's Judicial Affair, they told me my record of "intoxication minor transported to hospital" would be expunged in February 2017 (and they will report no record if anyone ask for disciplinary checks), but my record of "overdose alcohol" on DPS will last forever. Since I am applying for jobs and law school this fall, will this appear on my background check? Should I disclose this to the companies and law schools that I apply? Also, will this affect my future bar examination? This case was 6 years ago.JA: OK got it. Last thing — Criminal Lawyers generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.

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