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Welcome to Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates, Inc.

Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates, Inc. is a law firm in Rhode Island with six experienced attorneys covering a full array of legal practice areas. These areas of law include: Real Estate Law and Real Estate Transactions, Child Custody, RI Divorce & Family Law, Personal Injury / RI Car Accident / Premises Liability, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, Business and Criminal law. Please feel free to call a RI attorney at our law firm or use our convenient contact form if you have a legal question or issue. All of our Rhode Island lawyers personally return calls within 24 hours! Several of our attorneys are also licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA) and regularly represent clients in Southeastern Mass.

We pride ourselves in the fact that we are the largest law firm in the East Bay of Rhode Island concentrating in Real Estate and Title Law.

SlepkowLaw has been a household name associated with quality, timely and effective legal work for over 80 years.

Frank Slepkow founded the law firm in 1932 when he opened his legal practice over King’s Drug Store in Riverside Square to serve the growing suburban area of East Providence. The firm began to grow as his two sons, Martin and Milton, joined the firm in 1967 and 1972, respectively. Now we have transitioned into the third generation with each of Martin and Milton’s sons joining the practice: David Slepkow in 1997; Matthew Slepkow in 1997; and Joshua Slepkow in 2006.

Along with Attorneys Bruce Cox and Anthony Marrocco, the third generation of Slepkow’s are poised and well equipped to continue the tradition of legal excellence into the 21st century.

We provide legal representation for clients in all areas of Rhode Island (RI) including: Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Charlestown,Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, Central Falls, East Greenwich, East Providence (Riverside and Rumford), Exeter, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Narragansett, Middletown, North Providence, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence RI, North Smithfield, Scituate, Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Warwick, Woonsocket, etc.

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Real Estate Law

The firm’s real estate practice is not limited to residential and commercial closings and title searches, but includes zoning, land use planning, land ownership, title disputes, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant law and other RI and Massachusetts real estate legal issues

Business & Corporate Law

Our attorneys and lawyers also have substantial experience in business and corporate law ranging from organizing an LLC, corporation or partnership to litigating a contract or commercial dispute.

Personal Injury & Auto Accidents

Our personal injury and RI automobile accident practice goes well beyond the standard Rhode Island and Massachusetts auto accident. We help clients with slip and fall (premises liability), RI Car accident, Auto / Motor Vehicle Accidents, truck accidents (Semi and Tractor Trailer Trucking collisions & 18 wheelers), construction accident, hit and run, under insured or uninsured motorist claims, wrongful Death, dog bites, bicycle accidents, fatal crashes, insurance disputes, premises liability, motorcycle / Bike accidents and other negligence cases.

Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer and RI car accident attorney, David Slepkow has authored numerous RI Personal Injury Attorney written Articles which can be found at: Rhode Island Personal Injury and Car Accident Law Center and Providence Car Accident Blog. RI personal injury attorney, Slepkow will help you get the highest settlement possible. The East Providence personal injury lawyers at SS&A also help clients with pedestrian accidents in RI, drunk driving crashes (DUI / DWI and OUI), automobile collision, rear end car accidents, t-bone mishaps, fatal motorcycle accident and deadly bike collisions.

The attorneys at SS&A help clients with hundreds of different types of injuries including but not limited to back, neck, leg and arm injuries as well as traumatic head injuries ( tbi / head injury). A Rhode Island personal injury attorney will seek compensation for the following types of vehicular car and motorcycle accidents: rear-end, head on, wrong way accident, t-bone, speeding, illegal u turn, lane violation, running stop sign, failure to stop at red light, reckless driving, texting while driving, gps use and driving, distracted driving, drinking and driving, stoned or drugged driving, sleepy / tired / fatigued motorists or falling asleep at the wheel. Call a Rhode Island personal injury attorney or Rhode Island personal injury lawyer at our office for a free consult. A RI personal injury lawyer will help you get the compensation that you are entitled to and that you deserve. A RI personal injury attorney knows how battle with the insurance company to get a high value negligence motor vehicle crash settlement.

Elder Law, Probate, & Estate Planning

We maintain an active elder law practice which includes wills, trusts, Medicaid issues, nursing home payments, and probate court appearances.

Divorce & Family Law

Our Rhode Island divorce and family law practice helps clients with complex issues concerning RI Family Court matters such as child support, child custody, visitation, post divorce issues and uncontested divorce.

Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer David Slepkow also represents clients in the following types of RI Family Court Matters: motions to modify or terminate child support, contempt, family law, alimony, adoption, visitation,child custody, dcyf, relocation out of state, paternity, prenuptial agreements, out of state family law issues, criminal law matters as well as alimony and restraining orders. RI divorce attorney David Slepkow will represent you aggressively to protect your legal rights in Providence Family Court.

Rhode Island divorce attorney and Rhode Island child custody lawyer, David Slepkow will help you protect your rights in Providence Family Court every step of the way. David Slepkow is not only a Providence Family Court lawyer, he is also a Rhode Island personal injury attorney / RI personal injury lawyer.

Criminal misdemeanors & DUI

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer, David Slepkow, aggressively represents clients in Criminal Misdemeanors in Rhode Island (RI). David represents clients in the following types of Criminal Law Matters: domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct, domestic vandalism, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DUI / DWI, refusal to take breathalyzer tests, assault, shoplifting, writing bad checks, probation violations, Larceny, Vandalism, Obtaining money under False Pretenses, violation of no contact orders and restraining orders, expungements, etc.

 

Three Generations of Legal Excellence

Slepkow Law has been a household name associated with quality, timely and effective legal work for over 80 years

Frank Slepkow founded the law firm in 1932 when he opened his legal practice over King’s Drug Store in Riverside Square to serve the growing suburban area of East Providence.

The firm began to grow as his two sons, Martin and Milton, joined the firm in 1967 and 1972, respectively. Now we have transitioned into the third generation with each of Martin and Milton’s sons joining the practice: David Slepkow in 1997; Matthew Slepkow in 1997; and Joshua Slepkow in 2006.

We’re proud to be one of the oldest and most respected law firms in RI and Southeastern Massachusetts.

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PERSONAL INJURY FAQs

If I am injured in a RI car, bus, pedestrian or trucking crash / collision, what do I do besides call a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney?

Make sure you stop at the scene of the accident and notify the local police department immediately. If possible, please get all of the information about the other parties involved in the crash, including their name, address, telephone number and insurance information. If possible take pictures and videos of the scene of the auto wreck. Make sure you receive proper medical treatment for your injuries with a medical provider as soon as possible. If you wait too long to visit the emergency room, primary care doctor or chiropractor then the insurance company will try to discredit you, claiming that your injury was not caused by this motor vehicle collision. At the time of the mishap, please get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the car crash. If you have a camera or a cell phone with a camera, please take pictures of your automobile as well as the other van, SUV, truck or Motor Vehicle. Don’t forget to take videos and pictures of the scene of the car wreck. If you have any bruises or physical conditions that are noticeable, please take pictures of the physical condition as soon as possible. Please do not give any statement to the insurance adjuster until you have had the opportunity to speak with an attorney. Please call Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer, David Slepkow. at 401-437-1100.

Does Rhode Island have a statute of limitations for wrongful death, personal injury, tractor trailer crash and bicycle accident cases?

There is a three year statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for most negligence and slip and fall causes of action in Rhode Island (RI). If you do not file a lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident, you will be forever barred from filing a claim as a result of the accident. In the event that the claim is for personal injuries against a city or a town, there are very strict notice requirements. Please consult with a personal injury attorney in Rhode Island concerning how to comply with those notice requirements. This statute of limitations does not only apply to garden variety car accidents but also applies to RI wrongful death claims and semi trucking accidents as well as motorcycle collisions.

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Click here for answers to more of our most frequently asked questions about auto accidents or call (401) 437-1100 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.

REAL ESTATE LAW & TRANSACTIONS

What type of claims are covered by Owner’s Title Insurance?

The owner’s title policy insures against loss or damages sustained by the owner by reason of historical discrepancies such as forgery, undisclosed but recorded prior mortgages, bankruptcies, liens or divorces, deeds not properly recorded, missing wills or heirs, and inadequate property descriptions.

Why do I need an attorney for a real estate closing in Rhode Island?

An attorney should always be present at a closing to answer legal questions and to resolve disputes. Most lenders require the presence of an attorney at all closings. At our firm, all closings are always conducted by an attorney. In Rhode Island, the buyer has the right to choose the attorney to handle the title search. You should always insist on an attorney instead of a title company, as we will help to resolve the problems which arise, and will not limit our scope to merely searching the title.

Do I need a building permit to construct a small addition to my house or a deck around my above ground swimming pool?

Yes. Almost all construction at your home requires a building permit. Even the placement of a shed in your backyard necessitates a building permit.

If I want to build a two-family in a single-family zone or build an office in a residential zone, what do I do?

Each city and town has a procedure for obtaining a use variance from the zoning Board of Review. An application has to be filed with the Zoning Officer for this variance. Frequently the planning staff will advise the Zoning Board as to whether the proposed construction conforms to the Comprehensive Plan of the city or town and as to whether in their opinion it will create a nuisance in the neighborhood. Use variances can be difficult to obtain and often it is wise to have expert testimony from a realtor or land use planner at the hearing.

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Click here for answers to more of our most frequently asked questions about real estate law or here for questions about zoning and land use. Still have questions? Call (401) 437-1100 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.

BUSINESS & CORPORATE LAW

What is the difference between a corporation and a limited liability company (LLC) in RI?

Both a corporation and a limited liability company provide asset protection against claims against your personal assets. The main difference between the two involves the treatment of profits and losses for income tax purposes. A corporation is a taxable entity and pays taxes on its profits. A limited liability company does not pay taxes on the corporate level, but its profits and losses are taxed on each member’s own tax return. In a corporation the owners are referred to as shareholders and in a limited liability company the owners are referred to as members. The chief executive officer of a corporation is the President. The chief executive officer of a limited liability corporation is the Manager.

If I am operating a business with another person, should I form a partnership or incorporate?

If you are in business with another person, at the very least you should have a partnership agreement indicating who owns the business and how decisions are made in the operation of the business. Another crucial aspect of the agreement will be determining what happens upon the death of one of the owners. Often, it is preferable to set up a corporation or limited liability company so that your personal assets will be protected from the debts of the partnership and for any claims for injuries or property damage resulting from the other partner.

MORE RI BUSINESS & CORPORATE LAW FAQs

Click here for answers to more of our most frequently asked questions about business and corporate law or call (401) 437-1100 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.

ELDER LAW & PROBATE FAQs

Can I avoid probate in Providence Probate Court if I have a will?

No. Probate is the process of validating a will. In order for a will to be valid and have force and effect, a probate judge must approve the will in court and appoint an executor who will handle the estate.

How can I avoid the probate process?

A person’s estate will not need to be probated if the person did not have assets in her name alone at the time of death. Therefore, one way to avoid probate is to own all of your assets jointly with another. The better approach is to create a living trust.

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will is also referred to as a Healthcare Power of Attorney. It allows you to designate another person to make healthcare decisions in the event you are unable to make them for yourself. For example, if you are unconscious or incompetent, your healthcare agent will make all necessary decisions regarding your care. You can specify your wishes in the document so your agent knows how to treat you on your behalf.

What steps should I take to protect the house in case of nursing home costs?

One of the best ways to add protection in your estate plan is to transfer the title of your primary residence to your children while retaining a life estate. The life estate allows you to live in the house for the remainder of your natural life, while transferring the title of the house to the children. This method provides complete protection for the house after any applicable penalty period has expired and does not have any adverse tax consequences.

MORE RI ELDER LAW FAQs

Click here for answers to more of our most frequently asked questions about elder law or here for questions about wills and probate. Still have questions? Call (401) 437-1100 to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.

FAMILY LAW FAQs

How long does it take a Husband or Wife to get an absolute divorce in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations?

If all issues concerning divorce, child support, equitable division of assets, alimony, visitation and other issues are resolved between the parties, the earliest possible date for a nominal divorce (a nominal divorce is a non-contested divorce in which everything is agreed to) is approximately sixty five days after the plaintiff files a complaint for divorce. If the matter is set down as uncontested, then an automatic court date, “the Nominal Divorce Hearing”, will be set by the clerk approximately seventy days after filing. In the event that one party does not want to go forward on that sixty five day nominal hearing for whatever reason then the case will not go forward on the nominal date and will be set for additional conferences and potentially the discovery process. The case may eventually culminate with a trial on the merits. Contested divorces matters typically resolve in 6 – 10 months. Some Rhode Island Divorce cases go on longer then a year. The RI divorce cannot become finalized until, at a minimum, ninety days after the parties attend the nominal court hearing. In the event that the parties do not go to Providence Family Court and resolve the matter at the divorce nominal court date, then the divorce could take up to one year or potentially more. Please call David Slepkow at 401-437-1100 for a free initial consult.

How does a father or mother under a support order modify, increase or terminate child support in Providence Family Court?

In Rhode Island, child support can only be modified if there is a substantial change of circumstances. In order to get a substantial change of circumstances, the child support amount must be 10 percent more or less than the old child support order. The change in circumstances could result from loss of a job, increase of income of either party, new dependents, loss of overtime, unemployment, a disability, etc.

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DUI & CRIMINAL LAW FAQs

Should I refuse a Breathalyzer test in Rhode Island?

The answer to this is, "it depends." If you are 100 percent certain that you will pass the test then take it. However, if someone is injured or is killed in a motor vehicle, truck or car accident in which you have been drinking in the hours prior to the vehicular wreck then always refuse the Breathalyzer. You should also refuse if you already have a prior criminal drunk driving conviction within the past five years because you face minimum jail time. If you are in a profession in which a criminal conviction may hurt your career or subject you to professional discipline (e.g. lawyer, politician, teacher) then you probably should refuse. If you refuse the Breathalyzer test requested by the RI State police of local police, your license and/or privilege to drive in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations will be automatically suspended after the arraignment but prior to any hearing or disposition of the matter on the merits. The reason that a refusal on your record is better then a dui is because a refusal is a civil matter and a dui is a criminal cause of action.

Does Rhode Island allow a person to drive for work after their license is suspended for DWI or refusal?

Yes. Under limited circumstances if a person qualifies he or she can drive to work. This is called a “hardship license”. Some people call this a Cinderella license. This law was amended in 2015 allowing a person to drive to and from their place of employment so they can work.

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