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Neville Bedford

Neville Bedford

The Law Office of Neville J. Bedford
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island
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With experience in legal matters ranging from business contracts and licensing to visitation and support obligations, Attorney Bedford gives each client individual and personalize representation to assist in reaching the optimal outcome in every matter. Employing years of experience in combination with proven technology and a compassionate approach to dispute resolution, you will find him through a referral from a satisfied client or somewhere on the Internet where he is a virtual advisor and counselor.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Legal Law
  • Free Consultation
    Email, telephone, or by appointment.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees for most personal injury cases
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Rhode Island
U.S. Supreme Court
United States District Court - District of Rhode Island
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
The Law Office of Neville J. Bedford
- Current
Roger Williams University
B.S / BS International Business (2000)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Roger Williams University
J.D / Law
Honors: CALI AWARD in Trusts and Estates
The Homeless Legal Clinic Award
Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
for legal assistance to those who are homeless
Professional Associations
Sojourner House of Rhode Island
President - Board of Directors
Activities: Sojourner House, an Advocacy & Resource Center for domestic violence victims in Rhode Island. Our agency serves as a leader assisting victims of domestic violence and their children. Since 1976, we have provided a safe haven for victims to reclaim their lives. Sojourner House offers a comprehensive network of support that helps victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives, piece by piece. The rebuilding process takes place on all levels, and supports our clients' physical and emotional well-being. Our help can begin with emergency support and crisis intervention, if necessary, and can also include providing shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and addressing any other special needs a victim might have. Additionally, the agency supports the Rhode Island community in domestic violence prevention by offering a variety of educational and awareness programs.
Rhode Island Bar Association
Board of Bar Delegates
- Current
American Association for Justice
- Current
Activities: For 65 years, the American Association for Justice, also known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), has supported plaintiff trial lawyers—as the collective voice of the trial bar on Capitol Hill and in courthouses across the nation and by providing exclusive services designed for trial lawyers. Get connected to the resources that thousands of trial lawyers use to be successful and grow their practices.
The Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court
Associate Member
- Current
Activities: American Inns of Court (AIC) are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. Each Inn meets approximately once a month both to "break bread" and to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism. Looking for a new way to help lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence, professionalism, and ethical awareness, the American Inns of Court adopted the traditional English model of legal apprenticeship and modified it to fit the particular needs of the American legal system. American Inns of Court help lawyers to become more effective advocates and counselors with a keener ethical awareness. Members learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and attorneys in their community. An American Inn of Court is not a fraternal order, a social club, a course in continuing legal education, a lecture series, an apprenticeship system, or an adjunct of a law school's program. While an AIC partakes of some of each of these concepts, it is quite different in aim, scope, and effect. American Inns of Court actively involve more than 25,000 state, federal and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students. Membership is composed of the following categories: Masters of the Bench;judges, experienced lawyers, and law professors; Barristers; lawyers with some experience who do not meet the minimum requirements for Masters; Associates; lawyers who do not meet the minimum requirement for Barristers; and Pupils; law students. The suggested number of active members in an Inn is around 80. Most Inns concentrate on issues surrounding civil and criminal litigation practice, and include attorneys from a number of specialties. However, there are several Inns that specialize in criminal practice, federal litigation, tax law, administrative law, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law, or employment and labor law. The membership is divided into pupillage teams, with each team consisting of a few members from each membership category. Each pupillage team conducts one program for the Inn each year. Pupillage team members get together informally outside of monthly Inn meetings in groups of two or more. This allows the less-experienced attorneys to become more effective advocates and counselors by learning from the more-experienced attorneys and judges. In addition, each less-experienced member is assigned to a more-experienced attorney or judge who acts as a mentor and encourages conversations about the practice of law.
American Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Advancing Lawyers and Law As the national organization of the legal profession, we welcome all lawyers and others interested in shaping the world of law.
Articles & Publications
Same Sex Divorce
WPRI Channel 12
Special Education in Rhode Island - Seclusion and Restraint
Rhode Island Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Family Law From A to Z Training Class, NBI, Inc., Wyndham Garden Providence
Family Law From A to Z 9/17/2015 - Providence, RI Full Agenda LEGAL UPDATE - A YEAR IN REVIEW Procedural Rules for Family Law Cases Case Law Update: Family Law DOMA Repeal Application of Recent Cases and Amended Statutes to Your Cases MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION - PROCESS AND PROCEDURE Prenuptial Agreements Annulment Legal Separation Divorce Checklist of Necessary Documents Typical Case Timeline and Basic Steps to Follow Sample Pleadings and Motions: What to Use and When DISCOVERY IN DIVORCE Social Media Tips and Tricks Discovery of Electronic Communications Locating Hidden Assets Model Letters and Motions (with Sample Forms) Discovery Abuses and Remedies CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION RIGHTS Petition for Visitation Petition for Custody Motion for a Change of Custody or Visitation Questions of Paternity Termination of Parental Rights The Rights of Grandparents and Other Relatives UCCJEA: Uniform Child Custody and Enforcement Act Checklist of Necessary Documents and Sample Forms FINANCE 101 FOR FAMILY LAW PRACTITIONERS Valuation and Division of Assets (Real Estate, Insurance, Stock Options, Retirement Plans) Tax Ramifications of Divorce Petition for Child Support Child Support Enforcement Options Drafting Clear QDROs - Do's and Don'ts Equitable Distribution when Debts Equal or Exceed Assets Bankruptcy Checklist of Necessary Documents and Sample Forms DRAFTING ENFORCEABLE TERMS IN CONSENT ORDERS AND AGREEMENTS ETHICS Client/Lawyer Relationship Attendance at Client Conferences by Friends or Family of Client Attorneys' Fees Communication With Adverse Party Malpractice Concerns COMMON AND NOT SO COMMON FAMILY LAW ISSUES AND ANSWERS The Emotional Side of Family Law - Strategies for Working With Families and Children Domestic Violence and How to Handle it When it's Part of Your Case Rights of Unmarried Parties - Cohabitation Agreements Representing Gay and Lesbian Parents Immigration Issues in Divorce Juvenile Court Collaborative Law Emancipation of Minors Adoptions Relocation
CMCRI 2008
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566 Questions Answered

Q. Ex and I divorced 2006 joint physical/legal cust. Kids now 13 and 16 can they refuse to go see him and how do I enforce?
A: Talk to your favorite family law attorney and review the visitation parenting time orders of the court, the present circumstances, and your desire to create an arrangement that is in the best interest of our children.
Q. I took a turn (in Providence, RI) and there was a school bus directly around the corner. I did not see that the stop
A: Be careful out there. As long as you didn't pass the bus, you should be OK. If you are given a citation, your chances for achieving a good result will be enhanced if you engage an attorney to assist you.
Q. Can you define the law on second degree child abuse. The difference between 1st and 2nd
A: I am sorry your GF has a TPR case opened against her for neglect. She should work with her attorney and social worker to resolve the situation. Below is the legislative definition you were asking for: TITLE 11 Criminal Offenses CHAPTER 11-9 Children SECTION 11-9-5.3 § 11-9-5.3 Child abuse – Brendan's Law. (a) This section shall be known and may be referred to as "Brendan's Law". (b) Whenever a person having care of a child, as defined by § 40-11-2(2), whether assumed voluntarily or because of a legal obligation, including any instance where a child has been placed by his or her parents, caretaker, or licensed or governmental child placement agency for care or treatment, knowingly or intentionally: (1) Inflicts upon a child serious bodily injury, shall be guilty of first degree child abuse. (2) Inflicts upon a child any other physical injury, shall be guilty of second degree child abuse. (c) For the purposes of this section, "serious bodily injury" means physical injury that: (1) Creates a substantial risk of death; (2) Causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily parts, member or organ, including any fractures of any bones; (3) Causes serious disfigurement; or (4) Evidences subdural hematoma, intercranial hemorrhage and/or retinal hemorrhages as signs of "shaken baby syndrome" and/or "abusive head trauma." (d) For the purpose of this section, "other physical injury" is defined as any injury, other than a serious bodily injury, which arises other than from the imposition of nonexcessive corporal punishment. (e) Any person who commits first degree child abuse shall be imprisoned for not more than twenty (20) years, nor less than ten (10) years and fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Any person who is convicted of second degree child abuse shall be imprisoned for not more than ten (10) years, nor less than five (5) years and fined not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000). (f) Any person who commits first degree child abuse on a child age five (5) or under shall not on the first ten (10) years of his or her sentence be afforded the benefit of suspension or deferment of sentence nor of probation for penalties provided in this section; and provided further, that the court shall order the defendant to serve a minimum of eight and one-half (8 1/2) years or more of the sentence before he or she becomes eligible for parole. (g) Any person who has been previously convicted of first or second degree child abuse under this section and thereafter commits first degree child abuse shall be imprisoned for not more than forty (40) years, nor less than twenty (20) years and fined not more than twenty thousand ($20,000) dollars and shall be subject to subsection (f) of this section if applicable. Any person who has been previously convicted of first or second degree child abuse under this section and thereafter commits second degree child abuse shall be imprisoned for not more than twenty (20) years, nor less than ten (10) years and fined not more than ten thousand ($10,000) dollars. History of Section. (P.L. 1995, ch. 211, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 130, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 134, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 139, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 109, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 271, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 318, § 1.)
Q. Child support took an extra $1300 from my income tax that i didnt owe and said i cant have it back what should i do
A: If she won't just hand it back to you, go to child support and discuss it with the agents at 77 Dorrance St., To report the welfare fraud you are alleging, contact
Q. My father has six adult children, my aunt without permission from us cleaned out his apt and sold his truck no title
A: Where is your father? He should be the first one to do something about this.. .unless he is no longer with us. If that is the case, speak to the attorney handling his estate and the trustees.
Q. 16 year old boy at party ended up with another girl at party, they messed around, an he got in trouble an charged?
A: 21 years ago, the court dealt with this issue. At the time, this boy you describe was a minor. Hopefully, the case record was sealed because of his minority. So, the best thing you might do for your friend is to not discuss the case in public.
Q. my ex wife has joint but not physical custody of my 5 yo son. can she have overnights without a separate bedroom for hm
A: If you agree, the court may approve of your arrangements. If you do not agree, you will have to show that this arrangement is not suitable, nor in the best interest of your child.
Q. How do I respond to a divorce summons within the 20 days allotted?
A: Get an attorney to help you. If you do it wrong, you may expose to greater loss than that cost. Most offer a free consultation.
Q. Are these legal in Rhode Island?
A: If they are the equivalent of tapping the brakes three times, then arguably yes. If they could be construed as flashing lights, only law enforcement are permitted to use, then no. see: TITLE 31 Motor and Other vehicles CHAPTER 31-24 Lighting Equipment and Reflectors SECTION 31-24-31 § 31-24-31 Flashing lights – Forward viewing or rotary beam lights. (a) Flashing lights are prohibited, except on an authorized emergency vehicle, school bus, snow removal equipment, or on any vehicle as a means for indicating a right or left turn. However, the requirements of § 31-24-33 shall be deemed to be satisfied if the vehicle is equipped with lamps at the front mounted at the same level, displaying simultaneously flashing white or amber lights, and at the rear mounted at the same level, and displaying simultaneously flashing red lights, all of which lights shall be visible from a distance of not less than five hundred feet (500'). (b) Forward viewing or rotating beam lights may be installed on and shall be restricted to the following categories of vehicles, and these lights shall be of color designated: (1) Emergency response vehicles of any fire, rescue, or ambulance department, fire chiefs, assistant fire chiefs, deputy chiefs, captains; any privately owned vehicle of any authorized volunteer member of a fire, rescue, or ambulance department; emergency management agency directors, assistant directors, assistant medical examiners and/or forensic pathologists of the office of state medical examiners; rescue vehicles, emergency response vehicles of the department of environmental management and the division of state fire marshal; school buses; hospital emergency response vehicles; and two (2) American Red Cross disaster vehicles: Red, white and/or alternating flashing white; (2) Wrecker trucks, service station trucks, state and town safety and maintenance vehicles; snowplows and tractors; light company trucks, telephone company trucks, water company trucks, oil company trucks, and other utilities' trucks; vehicles of television, radio and press photographers; rural mail carriers; all motor-propelled vehicles owned by the Northern Rhode Island REACT (radio emergency associated citizens team); all motor-propelled vehicles owned by or under contract to the Rhode Island department of transportation when on official state business; and vehicles marking the beginning and end of funeral processions: Amber, provided, however, that wrecker and transportation vehicles operated pursuant to a public utilities commission license, and roadside assistance vehicles of any type operated for that purpose by the American Automobile Association shall be permitted to use flashing amber lights at the front and rear of the vehicle, to be activated only in the course of providing assistance to or transportation for a disabled vehicle. A fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) shall be charged for the issuance of a flashing lights permit to every vehicle identified in this subsection, with the exception of flashing lights permits issued to state, town or fire district safety and maintenance vehicles, which shall not be charged a fee. (3) Police units, state and local: Center rotating beam lights: Blue or red; Outboard mounted lights: Blue or red. (4) Violations of this section are subject to fines enumerated in § 31-41.1-4. History of Section. (P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 34, § 25; G.L. 1956, § 31-24-31; P.L. 1965, ch. 177, § 1; P.L. 1968, ch. 61, § 1; P.L. 1970, ch. 104, § 1; P.L. 1971, ch. 72, § 1; P.L. 1973, ch. 56, § 1; P.L. 1975, ch. 53, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 141, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 343, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 344, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 361, § 3; P.L. 1990, ch. 324, § 8; P.L. 1996, ch. 157, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 447, § 3; P.L. 2002, ch. 292, § 121; P.L. 2003, ch. 420, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 436, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 63, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 65, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 350, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 23, art. 9, § 7.)
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Neville Bedford, Esq
321 South Main St.
Heritage Building #402
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 348-6723
Cell: (401) 378-8454