Content from the Month of
September 2016

Content from September, 2016

Bankruptcy: What’s Holding you Back from Getting a Fresh Financial Start?

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Bankruptcy is designed to assist people with starting fresh, but many wait too long before seeking help. A major benefit of bankruptcy is a fresh financial start. Even courts recognize that bankruptcy law is designed to give “…the honest but unfortunate debtor…a new opportunity in life and a clear field for future effort, unhampered by

Online Court Records: A Quick and Cheap Tool for Screening Tenants and Landlords

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Online court records offer a great, quick and cheap method for screening tenants (and even landlords). Whenever I’m involved in a landlord/tenant case, whether in Rhode Island or Massachsuetts, one of the first thing I do is peruse online court records: I like to know whether my client or the opposing party has ever been

Residential Eviction Process for Non-Payment in Rhode Island – Step 6 of 6: Writ of Execution

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A writ of execution is a formal document needed to move a tenant from a rental unit with the help of a constable or sheriff. An eviction judgment, by itself, is insufficient to remove a residential tenant from a rental unit. The landlord must still request a writ of execution from the court. Whereas a

Residential Eviction Process for Non-Payment in Rhode Island – Step 5 of 6: Judgment

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The judgment indicates which party won the case and what they are legally entitled to. Following the trial, the judge will will weigh the evidence presented by the landlord and tenant and make a decision about who should prevail. The judge’s decision is memorialized in writing in a judgment. If the judgment is in favor

Residential Eviction Process for Non-Payment in Rhode Island – Step 4 of 6: Trial

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A trial will be held unless the tenant pays all of the back rent and the landlord’s court costs on or before the court date. If the tenant pays the landlord all of the back rent and court costs on or before the date for the eviction trial, the tenant can ask for the case