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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Trademark for Massachusetts on
Q: Do I have to get a license to use the Red Sox B Service Mark in order to use it as a small part of my business name/logo

The Red Sox ‘B’ Service Mark, while used almost exclusively by the Boston Red Sox, is more closely aligned with representing the city of Boston as a whole… my business name utilizes the term BOSSTOWN, and I would like to use the ‘B’ Service Mark for the B in BOSSTOWN. The two businesses... Read more »

Michael Ray Smith
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Michael Ray Smith
answered on Feb 12, 2022

I see that you posted your question not only under Business Formation but also under Trademark. That's good because you need the advice of an intellectual property lawyer, someone who practices trademark law regularly. There are a number of factors to consider. Depending on the answers, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If I want to create a common driveway

I have 3 ANR lots. I want to sell the lots, but two lots are restricted by topography such that I can't put driveways on each lot. The Town zoning bylaw doesn't address common drives at all. Are they then allowed by right? There are several others in the Town already. The lots are in MAssachusetts

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 8, 2022

Hire a competent attorney to draft and record a Joint and Mutual Use Easement that encumbers all three lots. It would be better to survey the Joint Easement and use that legal description, but it is not required.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and International Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Marriott hotel sublet the event hosting time slot paid my me to another party. Want to sue Marriott.

Marriott hotel in Kolkata, India was booked by us for a day to host my brother's marriage. Marriott sneaked in two more parties in our time slot before our events began and hence we could not decorate our event properly since other parties were still present. The time slot assigned to us was... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Feb 7, 2022

Where did you sign the contract, in the US or in India? What does the contract say, (the terms and conditions may be online) do Indian or US laws apply? You can always write a demand letter to Marriott in the US. he worst they can do is say no.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: How do I get help writing a proper pre-trial memorandum & a lawyer to attend a scheduled pre-trial date with me?

I just need someone to hear me out, please. I need help.

Anthony C. Adamopoulos
Anthony C. Adamopoulos
answered on Feb 7, 2022

Use an LAR attorney. Below is a full explanation of how it works. It gives you an opportunity to hire an attorney for just one or two things. Check it out at:

https://divorcingoptions.com/Handouts/Limited_Representation_PDF_Handout_Version.pdf

Q: I sell a product that I DIY, meaning the product existed already and was popular and more known in the 80s-90s.

Another company altered the same original product the same way I did and is claiming she’s the original creator of that new design. So she and her friends have been harassing me on both personal and business social medias. A good 2-3 businesses sell the same new version of this product as well.... Read more »

Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig
answered on Feb 1, 2022

I am not sure if this applies to your situation or not. However many products from the 80's and 90's, unless covered by trademarks (such as the product's name or logo) or copyrights (for example, graphics), are now "public domain." In such cases, anyone might be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can i get charged with theft by deception if person giving me money feels like im using them?
Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
answered on Jan 29, 2022

Well it really depends on what the shape of the "using them" looks like, and how much it smells to the police or Court issuing the process. It is almost too easy to initiate criminal process , but that does not mean it will be viable all the way to a jury trial. Here the context and any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I be evicted for only owing January's rent? I just got a 14 day notice. I don't owe any rent except for January's.

Today is only the 27th so how is my landlord able to evict me. And he is only did this because I told him I wanted things fixed and I was not going to pay rent until they are fixed. My electric and gas is connected to his illegal apartment on the 3rd floor. The 1st floor is 122 and my apartment is... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Jan 28, 2022

This is really a Landlord tenant issue ( an area of legal practice specialization )and not strictly a real estate question. It sounds like you have defenses to non-payment of rent due to non-repair and that there are significant health and building code violations where the City of Town should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Collections and Lemon Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If I have a duplicate title to my vehicle and the spot for lien holder is empty could there still be a lien on my car?

The rmv website says no lien holder and on my title it only says my name and information nothing about a lien holder could there still be a lien holder on my vehicle?

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Jan 28, 2022

If this is a passenger vehicle, according to Massachusetts law, if there is no lienholder on the title, the secured party's interest, if any , has not been properly perfected and there is no lien on the vehicle.

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.

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