My son is 9 years old and has been having problems with his bus driver all year long. A few weeks ago, she spit in his face. I tried to press charges, but no one would help me. Four days after the spitting incident, she called the police and said my son had a knife on the bus, and he was taken into custody. The day this happened, I searched my son's bag in front of her and didn't find anything. She has told 3 different versions of the story about what happened, and it's clear that she's lying. Can you please help? Is there anything I can do to clear my son's name or to press charges against her? -- Angel from Portland, Tenn.
Is there any way for your son to avoid this driver? If you and your son are truly dealing with an irrational person, then simply getting away from the situation is the best thing you can do. If you are stuck with each other, I would make sure you file a complaint with the driver's employer and put your concerns on the record, whether that's at the school district level or the city. Have you talked with any of the other children's parents to determine whether any other family is having similar issues with this driver? Did anyone else on the bus witness the events you are describing? Getting corroborating statements will certainly help your credibility in any situation where it comes down to your son's word versus the driver's. The good news is that juvenile courts are traditionally about treating juveniles and not usually about creating a lasting record of your son's case. If you can't afford to hire an attorney, you will need to speak to the school administrator and keep notes on who you speak to and what they say about this situation.
My mom passed away in 1994, but my father has never shown me the will. I recently found out that my mother had a life insurance policy and that my father has been spending it on one of his 4 grandchildren. In January, my dad also had a major surgery that we believe he used the life insurance policy to pay for. One of my brothers recently had a heart attack and now has a lot of medical bills piled up. Is there anything we can do to get my father to release the will? We think we will have access to the life insurance money that our father is keeping from us. -- Nori from Newport News, Va.
If your father was the sole beneficiary of the insurance policy, you don't have a say in what he does with the money. To find out if you are indeed a beneficiary of your mother's policy, you can call the claims department for the insurance company. Let the representative know that you think you are the beneficiary. They will need the name of the insured, the policy number and your name. They may want to verify more information. If there is more than one beneficiary, the insurance company cannot release this information to each of the beneficiaries. The will is totally separate. If the will was probated, then you may be able to obtain a copy of the will from the court. It has been such a significant time since her death that any court records may not be accessible though. In terms of releasing the will, if your father does not want to cooperate, you can also hire a probate attorney to petition the court to view a copy of the will.
(Jackie Glass is a lawyer and former district court judge from Las Vegas, Nev., who is the new host of CBS's daytime legal affairs program, "Swift Justice With Jackie Glass." Visit www.SwiftJustice.com for more information, local show times and to submit your legal questions to Jackie.)Copyright 2012 by Tribune Media Services, Inc.