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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Massachusetts on
Q: ive been in the united states for 12 years ive done every level of education here is there any way that i can get a SSN

I've done elementary middle school and highschool here in Massachusetts it just doesn't feel right that i still don't have my social security number

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 26, 2022

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply and get a Social Security number. For a foreign born U.S. citizen, Social Security will accept certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship when you apply for a Social Security number, including:

- U.S. passport;

- Certificate of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: Wife filed for divorce in 2019. What to do to finalize divorce? Husband pays child support for 2 kids

My friends wife filed for divorce, 1B. For covid reason, all hearings were postponed. They had only one zoom hearing 6.06.2021. Judge's decision was for them to get agreement and to provide a paper how they both are going to care of kids. Judge gave them 30 days. Until now wife did not respond... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 20, 2022

If the children are unemancipated or minors then there would be child support anyway. The real point is you want to conclude your divorce. You have not stated what type of hearing you had via Zoom. It could have been a pretrial conference and perhaps a trial date is next. Really you seem to need... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My sister i-130 priority date is 10/18/2011. Can a lawyer help to find out the case status? Thank you!
Giselle M. Rodriguez
Giselle M. Rodriguez answered on Jan 19, 2022

Hi - thank you for your question. The case status would depend on who petitioned for your sister and the country.

The below links might be helpful for you:

1. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin/2022/visa-bulletin-for-january-2022.html...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can an employer in NH make a MA resident use vacation time instead of sick time when sick with Covid?

My husband lives in MA but works in NH. Can his employer make him use his vacation time if he's sick with Covid?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 18, 2022

Yes. There are no laws that require employers to pay their employees for time off work for any reason (and additional COVID-19 laws that would apply to this situation expired in 2020), so if the employer offers any form of paid time off, it can require that it be used according to its own... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Do i need a discovery if I am representing myself in family court?

I am trying to gain full legal and physical custody of my two kids but will be representing myself with the documents I have.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 18, 2022

You are not required to conduct discovery, but it is advisable in order to obtain information which may be evidence at the trial of this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: inheritance placed in a joint account considered marital property in a divorce?

Mother-in-law passed away Jan 2020. Wife had inheritance but did not receive the money until Dec 2021 but placed in a joint account with me. Wife asked for a divorce in Nov 2021 but we are not yet divorced. Is the inheritance, now in a joint account, considered marital property?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 13, 2022

In Massachusetts all assets are subject to property division and this would include the inheritance recently received by your wife. Depending upon the statutory application however, which includes length of marriage, marital contributions, relative need, ability to acquire future capital, age,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Can an unmarried mother of two children request retroactive child support when initially filing for child support?

Seeking retroactive child support back to the date the kids and I moved out. (4-5 years ago). We were never married and he is the father- on the birth certificate of both children.

This is a new child support request. We previously had a verbal agreement for weekly payments that he has not... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Jan 11, 2022

Usually, a retroactive order can only go back as far as the date the opposing party was served with the complaint for child support. If there has never been an order previously, you may have the ability to argue for retroactive support back to the child's date of birth, but it would depend if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: What can i do is the father violated court orders?

He has supervised visitation at his mother house and his mother is supposed to supervise him on all three days that he has. I texted his mother to confirm to see he was at the home for his visitation but she never text me back i got worried and i check on my daughter ipad location and she wasn’t... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller answered on Jan 9, 2022

You should have the police do a wellness check at the grandmother's home and they would document that the child wasn't there. And/or you could also have them do a wellness check at the girlfriend's house to confirm the child is there and who is present. You should also take... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I owe real state taxes for the city of Methuen MA Can I set up a payment plan are there any options

The total real state taxes with fees and penalties is around 30000, can a payment plan be in placed so I don’t loose my home and also be on time with my current tax bill

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Jan 7, 2022

Contact the tax collector, explain your situation, and see if you can arrive at a payment plan.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a deal be made with the city of Methuen if you owe taxes on real state

I was having a rough couple years domestic violence, health ,unfortunately , I owe real state taxes for the city of Methuen they want to foreclose on my property can I make a payment plan is there anything I can do , my situation has change and I’m able to pay the taxes moving forward and setting... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Jan 7, 2022

Contact the tax collector, explain theyour situation, and see if you can arrive at a payment plan.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: my grandparents left my uncle and mother property in NH. My mother recently passed away and I have a court date that m

he wants me to have no rights. i'm not on the will but guess have rights to half the property. is that true

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jan 6, 2022

There is not enough information to truly answer your question other than to say that the Will is an important instrument which could well address the issue of the interest in real estate and it is also unclear where your mother was a resident- Massachusetts? New Hampshire? as the State of her... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: renewing EAD under C8 category pending asylum?

Hi, I'm renewing EAD under C8 category pending asylum and noticed there are two fees $410 plus $85 biometric, should I send two checks/ money order or only one?

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Jan 5, 2022

It is recommended send two separate checks: make one payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security form I-765 for $410 and another one for eighty five dollars for biometrics. If the USCIS captures the biometrics from its database then it would return the second check to the Applicant.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I sue neighbor for illegal activities bringing down home value?

Massachusetts absentee neighbor runs illegal boarding house. Has been cited by town several times but continues activities. I’m unable to sell home because buyers specifically mention the eyesore and illegal activity next door. Can I sue?

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Jan 3, 2022

Sounds to me like you may have something to go on. I would find a qualified attorney to explore your course of action in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Is other vehicle's insurance responsible for car rental if they accepted fault for accident?

I am a full time ride-share driver hit by a car and their insurance accepted fault. How can I be compensated for lost wages and are they responsible for paying upfront for a rental while vehicle is being repaired?

David Tapalian
David Tapalian answered on Jan 2, 2022

Every situation is fact intensive and related to that particular circumstance. However, when an insurance company accepts fault for an accident, they should be providing a rental, if one is needed. This is particularly applicable if they are paying for the repair of the vehicle. The situation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If a quitclaim deed is altered before filing(crossed things out& wrote in something different)does it void the document?

I can email a copy of the quitclaim deed in question. I'm hoping the 'edits' that were made by grantee without my knowledge will void the document altogether.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 31, 2021

Insignificant edits would normally not be a problem, but if there are truly changes made in the essence of the grant, then there could be a cause of action . Sometimes the Registry of Deeds will not accept a document which is changed for recording. Was the deed recorded?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Do I have to provide information to my child’s father if he hasn’t been in their life for over 6years?

My child’s father has not been in their life for over 6years. During that time I have had them full time with no help from him in any way. He does not pay any child support. He does call about once a month. Recently he has been asking for their information everything from school/medical records... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 31, 2021

There sounds like a lack of relationship over a lengthy period of time and the Court is sensitive to the effect of father's suddenly attempting to regain contact where there had been no regularity. Asking for contact information about other people is indeed odd and really not your information... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: I am an only child so I will inherit everything my mom has left do I still have to go to probate

She lived in ri was widowed and I am her only child I am beneficiary on some stuff but not everything because she had not updated paperwork yet. Does the stuff I am not beneficiary on have to go to probate even though I am only heir

Peter C Herbst Jr
Peter C Herbst Jr answered on Dec 26, 2021

I'm sorry for your loss. Generally, if an asset does not have a joint owner or a beneficiary designation, that is an asset that goes through probate. Probate is the process where a legal determination is made as to who her heirs at law are. You mentioned she lived in Rhode Island and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: asking for my daughter who is in a bad situation in a marriage with a 2 year old and cannot afford a lawyer

not sure if this question got through previously but my daughter is in a very emotionally abusive situation with a husband of almost 6 years that has complete control over all assets and resources and has a young girlfriend that he stays with during the week in another part of MA. Since everything... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Dec 23, 2021

There are pro bono attorneys such as through the Volunteer Lawyers project of the Boston Bar Association and the major law schools have law clinics which may be a route. She has obvioulsy rights not to be abused and there would be child support orders for the child. If this is a brief marriage... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Massachusetts on
Q: Former UPS Driver wrongful termination?

Hi! I am a former UPS driver who was terminated after an employee accused me of drinking alcohol in the UPS truck and "acting drunk". The police were called and I passed a field sobriety test. My manager required me to submit to a "drug and alcohol test" although when I went... Read more »

Michael Levin
Michael Levin answered on Dec 22, 2021

Generally speaking, an employer can always require a drug test. However, your question appears under the heading of "workers' compensation," which only deals with workplace injuries. It belongs under the heading of "employment law," and I will defer to experts in that... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: K1 home situation

Hi, I have some doubts on the address that I need to put on the ds 160. My fiancee is currently living in a room and is looking for a 1bedroom apartment for us. I wanted to know what does the interview officier need to know? Would I be able to live with her in the room or should she immediatly get... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Dec 4, 2021

As long as your immigration case is credible you have nothing to worry about, issues may arise when parties began fabricating things for immigration purposes.

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