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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Cannot get ex tenant to pay rent, owe's me for 8 months. Yell's at me for asking. I have no money left. I am a disabled

The bad thing is he is my Son . I pay the Taxes,water, and Ins. He suppose to maintain the lawn but that is also a disaster. He made the place look so bad that I can't sell the property for a good price. And things look bad since he moved in. The first year he paid for three months then... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 25, 2022

If he had a lease and stayed over the expiration he is still a tenant and the eviction process called summary process is needed. You can contact an attorney who specifically handles landlord tenant matters and if son is disabled this would especially be advisable.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: Canceled license plates are being used by someone else in another state.

I was in a car accident last year my insurance company considered my car totaled and I canceled the plates in April of last year before they took it. They had messed up when the tow company was coming so my plates were still in my car and I told the insurance guy I just needed an hour before... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on May 25, 2022

Unfortunately I suggest you obtain the services of a New York attorney experienced in this type of law because you are going to have to convince a judge that you are not responsible for the tickets based on your circumstances described above. You can also keep attempting to dispute the tickets... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I gave a small business a deposit to build me cabinets for a kitchen.

The main guy constantly gave me delays and excuses and it just seemed to be going in circles. I didn't have any faith that they were nearing completion and I thought it was most likely a scam. I called to cancel my order and ask for my deposit back. The guy said that he has 30 days to return... Read more »

William J. Amann
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William J. Amann
answered on May 23, 2022

Unless that term is in a written contract or you orally agreed to it, his claim is doubtful. Ask him to cite the statute to which he refers.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: What does judgment of dismissal means after filing a joint petition for divorce.
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 19, 2022

Your Joint Petition did not successfully go forward when heard by the Judge, hence no divorce . You should engage divorce counsel to see what was deficient or inequitable about your Separation Agreement attempt. Perhaps there was also deficiency in the documentation , e.g, Financial Statements or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: MA residents, mom willed CT RE to me and sister, estate probated in MA, but no deed to us. To sell how do we show title?

Sister was Executor, I was Successor, but sister probated and closed in 2006. Sister has now died and I want to sell property. How do I show title to the property?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 19, 2022

Sorry for your loss. Was your Mom a CT resident or a MA resident? If this is a Massachusetts Probate of estate, then an Ancillary type proceeding would need to be brought in CT and you should be in contact with a CT Probate attorney ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi I have been married for 6 years and i was wondering if i qualify for alimony.
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 18, 2022

Any alimony would be for 60% of the period of the marriage, so for about 43 months but the issue is ability to pay and income differential and you have not stated whether there ae any children as child support is the first consideration and effects alimony. There are also types of alimony to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Am I allowed to go on vacation and travel out of state while on UNSUPERVISED PROBATION in Massachusetts?

So, hi:

I was put on UNSUPERVISED PROBATION back in December of 2021 and is expected to last through June 2023. I am getting a sizeable tax return and was wondering if I can travel out of state ?

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
answered on May 17, 2022

Even though you are on unsupervised probation, it is still probation and with that comes certain conditions. At the onset, you signed a contract or agreement with probation on day 1, and that included any orders by the Court and any standard terms of probation. Sometimes probation takes the liberty... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Modification of child custody and child support

Can I modify child custody and support if I went from 5 overnights to 7 overnights plus taking them till 7 at night 4 other nights? And have my kids all day on Sunday while my ex is at work. Yea he only days. Don’t see them are tuesdays and every other Saturday, other then that they are with m... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller
answered on May 17, 2022

It sounds like you have a good argument for modification. If you think your ex will retaliate, just be sure you really want to kick the hornet's nest. If your kids are doing well with the current arrangement, it may be worth it to suck it up even though you feel she is taking advantage of you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Abusive father looking for custody and aggressive parenting plan dictating the entire year.I object.

Unwed mother child has lived with me since birth. Father visits but is psychologically abusive, and traumatizing to our daughter, complying with my daughters wishes I told him to stay away and give her a mental break and allow me to get her into therapy. At first he agreed begrudgingly then got... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 16, 2022

Do you have guardianship over the minor child? Over your daughter? The proceedings before the Court now are they paternity or guardianship? It would be a good idea to clarify your question and repost same or to discuss with an attorney who practices Family Law.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: Is a creditor required to file a claim against an estate with the probate court?

My brother passed away 13 months ago with over 20 different debt accounts including loans, credit cards and medical bills. I assume that the estate will be solvent, although I am still not clear about taxes from previous years (final returns have already been completed) and just recently filed... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 10, 2022

If there is not already a lien or automatic lien , then the creditors who failed to properly perfect their claims by following the statute within one year from the date of death are out of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: If a parent has lost all custody due to a restraining order, is that parent responsible for their half of child costs

Parent has lost all custody due to a restraining order being pulled against her and her boyfriend by myself, on behalf of our child. In our modified agreement/judgment prior to the restraining order, she was responsible for half of the cost of childcare, medical bills (I pay for insurance by my own... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 9, 2022

The Financial Orders are still existing and are in effect unless modified or vacated which they apparently have not been. The failure to comply entitles you to bring a Contempt action.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Banking for Massachusetts on
Q: Regarding an indorsement of a promissory note, does the "no space" test only apply to the originally printed side?

Does the "no space" test include using the backside of the original promissory note for an indorsement if that side of the paper is blank? Is there a citation for the actual wording of the "no space" test?

A "no space" test is showing that there is no room on... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on May 9, 2022

Please explain what you mean by the "no space" test.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: I want to file for child support. Do I need a lawyer for that??

Husband left to PR and hasn't given any support to our son, since he left in 2020.

We are living w/some family and can use the help. How long does it take to file for child support? Thank you

Brian Waller
Brian Waller
answered on May 7, 2022

You would either need to file for divorce or file a Complaint for Separate Support if you do not want to file for divorce.

With either of those, you can file a motion for temporary orders, which would include child support and anything else you would want a judge to address on a temporary...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: If I have property in Puerto Rico, will it be part of division in divorce filing, if you have jurisdiction in PR?

I live w/ my son in MA and my husband lives in PR, in our property. Can I get a divorce in MA, which doesn't include the property in Puerto Rico. How long can the divorce process take?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 4, 2022

Has husband lived in Massachusetts at all? If he never had any contacts with Massachusetts it would probably be better to contact a domestic relations practitioner there.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is there a way to get a work permit without leaving the US if I entered with a tourist visa?

I studied architecture finished all courses but never got my degree, I gained 5 years of experience on an specific field in Mexico. I’m currently in the US, fell in love with someone and would not want to risk having to leave the US to complete a process for a work visa to work in my field.

Giselle M. Rodriguez
Giselle M. Rodriguez
answered on May 3, 2022

Good Morning:

Is the person you fell in love with in the United States a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident (green card holder)?

As long as you had the intention of returning to your country of origin during your recent entry into the U.S. with the tourist visa you may...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Have a question about my elderly mother

She was living with my sister and my sister was a domestic violence victim,he is in jail. She,my mom, has dementia,but if am the guardian of my mom can I tell elderly serviceI want my mom with my sister?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on May 2, 2022

A guardian can make decisions in the incapacitated person's best interests and there seems to be an issue of sister's husband being a domestic abuser which could subject your mother to potential violence if I am reading your question correctly. Inasmuch as elder abuse could be claimed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Does a summons have to be served in person?

Can a summons be left inside a mailbox while you are not home. The summons says it was hand delivered and the other attorney certified she hand delivered it to me. This is in the state of Massachusetts.

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Apr 29, 2022

So a summons for a divorce complaint is distinctive from other summonses and you have not specified the item service was attempted of. Once a case has been commenced notice can be served at the party's last known address.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Hello I'm searching for answers to questions relating to divorce, disability and what constitutes neglect or a crime

I'm disabled

Epipsy, PTSD and severe panic disorder.

After a four year criminal harassment court battle with our former duplex neighbor who was found guilty my husband who witnessed the trauma and it's damage that blew through my life. He himself after vacating our home... Read more »

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

It sounds like you need the Probate Court's intervention in the form of Temporary Orders concerning exclusivity of possession of the home and orders concerning preservation of the asset if it is a home owned by the parties and spousal support and return of the liquidated marital funds - you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: sister had stage4 throat cancer. When the feeding tube was being inserted they nicked her bowel and she has a big scar

Her scar is from under the breast to her naval. And she ended up in ICU.. Someone told us that we should get attorney. Is this something we should pursue

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 26, 2022

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. However, it would be difficult for ANY attorney to answer your question based on the brief facts here. One option is to reach out to Massachusetts med mal attorneys. Most law firms that handle such cases offer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Health Care Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My mother unexpectedly landed in a nursing home/rehab facility. Her mental status comes & goes. She's on Medicare.

I'm not positive about Medicaid. She receives $1500.00/mo from separated spouse & $200.00/mo in socal security. She has no other assets...Until...a sister died & has left her an inheritance of $200,000.00+.

She has 8 children. Our questions are, if she stays in the nursing... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Apr 26, 2022

If her mental status is in doubt then there should be a Conservator appointed by the Probae Court where mother resides to handle her finances and also a Guardian to handle her care if there are not agents under a Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy granted authority to act by her prior to... Read more »

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