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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Will applying for CPT conflict with my marriage-based green card application?

I'm currently on F-1, but I'm waiting for my marriage-based green card interview date and work permit (I already did my biometrics). I wish to apply for CPT for an employment opportunity directly related to my course of study (I'm a Ph.D. student and already used my OPT after my... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Oct 24, 2021

No.

You may apply for your OPT EAD as planned which would not affect your pending AOS LPR case.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My home was shot up with me and my kids in side. Then 3 days later it happen again but we were not in the house the

Second time. I provide a written letter on how we were told by the police to not go back and it was unsafe. Now they are trying to collect for un paid rent and damages from the bullets and the condition of the home. Can I appeal due to General Rules

Section 8-112 - Termination of tenancy... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Oct 22, 2021

You need Landlord Tenant counsel rather than real estate counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I have changed my status from an F-1 to an H1B visa on US soil. Do I have to be out outside the US to renew my visa?

I had an f1 visa on my passport and I do not have an h1b visa stamped on my passport, however, i got a legal status for a h1b last October (2021). I wanted to enter my visa and was hoping that this would allow me to travel internationally, however my visa on my passport is still an F1.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Oct 19, 2021

Immediately advise your assigned immigration attorney retained by the sponsoring company.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: My father owns a home but does not live in it, my sister is living In it. My dad has a will and leaves estate to both

of us. how does my sister living in this house currently impact that? does she have rights to keep the house and not sell if my dad passes?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Oct 18, 2021

The terms of the Will govern and whether or not there are debts and liens to be paid by the estate are also considerations for the Personal Representative. If the property is left to both of you, you can also seek reasonable rents. Sometimes the other devisee is interested in purchasing the other... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: Hello, I'm have an issue with a landlord that is not returning a deposit and it has been well over 30 days.

It was a month to month lease. No Damages. She has retained a lawyer. I have reached out to him, given him details last week via a text, he has not not responded to my calls or messages.

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Oct 14, 2021

Massachusetts security deposit (if that is what you are talking about) law is very favorable to the tenant, but there are very particular aspects to the law. Go to masslegalhelp and read up on a landlord's obligation to return a security deposit (if that is what you are talking about) If... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If I have full custody of my child but she visits her mom on the weekends do I need her permission to move out of state

My child is 12 now I've had custody since 2014 mom lost custody for not complying with dcf. I would like to move out of state and change her visitations to the summers every other holiday and school vacation is this possible?

Kim Carnevale
Kim Carnevale
answered on Oct 12, 2021

Even though you have custody as a result of a DCF case, you would still need to get the permission of the Probate and Family court before you could move out of state with your child if MA removal laws apply. MA law requires you to get permission-

IF your child was born in MA or has lived...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Could I face issues while renewing 10yr E19 GC, if I get divorced before 2 yrs of receiving it? I had a 10 yr+ marriage

I'm an Indian citizen holding an E19 Green Card that was issued in Aug '20. I separated from my husband around July '21 due to irreparable issues in the marriage. We both want to apply for a mutual divorce by Nov, '21. The green card is a 10-yr one. My marriage has been of 10.5... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
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Kyndra L Mulder
answered on Oct 12, 2021

As the spouse of a priority worker you derive your status from his status. You indirectly received your LPR status through marriage. There may be questions regarding whether the marriage was a legitimate marriage. However, given the length of your marriage it is unlikely. If asked, it sounds like... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Trademark for Massachusetts on
Q: Taking signs Down do you have to replace them with blanks after your lease is up
Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Oct 8, 2021

Review your lease agreement. You will know your obligations

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Massachusetts on
Q: I recently had surgery, and they damaged my phrenic nerve, leaving my left diaphragm paralyzed. Can I sue?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 7, 2021

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Although your brief post describes a serious injury, most law firms would want to seek a medical opinion after gathering all records. One option is to reach out to med mal attorneys to discuss in further... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: Spousal support Asked in no fault divorce In Mass by affluential husband (earning nearly 200k)unnecessarily

My 6 figure earning husband is asking for spousal support from me after filing no fault divorce in Mass. He deserted me 2 yrs ago and we were only married for 1.5 yrs married (no kids, no property, no joint money). He is well educated and has fancy tech job. As a woman, i was told that i cant ask... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Oct 7, 2021

Spousal support/alimony is statutory and limited by length of marriage and time cohabiting prior to same as well as income differential based on your facts as you have presented it does not look like a viable claim. However, you should still be represented by counsel in a divorce proceeding ,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Massachusetts on
Q: I was suspended from my job for 3 days no reason why was told Hr would contact me. I feel as though it's retaliation

I had reported that my accomodations for light duty were not being made and a few days later I was suspended and haven't been told why

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Oct 6, 2021

You should contact a Massachusetts employment attorney to discuss your situation. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees based on requests for accommodations (or, in your situation, complaints that the accommodation requested is not... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Massachusetts on
Q: Error on 7 bankruptcy wrong amount owed 2 yrs ago discharge

Can they still come after me

Lloyd M. Nolan
Lloyd M. Nolan
answered on Oct 5, 2021

The main things are that the Creditor was listed and you received your Discharge. Assuming they were listed, the Creditor was on Notice of your Bankrutptcy and was sent Notice of the Hearing and Right to Object or File a Complaint to Determine Dischargeability. The Creditor was also sent a Notice... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Immigration Law and Federal Crimes for Massachusetts on
Q: 2 years ago, my friend married a guy but he's using her for the green card. How can I report him anonymously?

This guy is from Haiti. He has been staying on the tourist visa and he seduced my friend to married him. He has a kid with her now: a 2 years old daughter.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Oct 3, 2021

More information is needed, but it cannot come from her. You have no affirmative duty nor direct evidence of fraud by the husband! Strangely, you ‘may know’ more incriminating facts about her!

It reads more like, she ‘seems to want’ out of a marital relationship that appears to...
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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Massachusetts on
Q: I filed bankruptcy 10 years ago can I still be liable for the water bill I was discharged from the home
W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Oct 1, 2021

Utility bills/accounts are handled differently from other debts in bankruptcy. A special section of the Bankruptcy Code, Section 366, applies to utilities.

Many debtors just continue to pay the amounts billed following a bankruptcy filing, so there's never an issue.

The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Massachusetts on
Q: If someone doesn’t live With you and has an accident due to rain not with another car is it covered

So recently someone I consider my brother Who has lived with my mother for the last five years got into an accident in my car during a storm the car ended up in a ditch I have collision coverage on my insurance they called me yesterday and told me they are not going to cover the accident and now I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 26, 2021

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could review the policy closely to see what it is says about non-primary drivers. But as a general matter nationwide, carriers can deny coverage for users outside the policy holder's household. Good... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Ex stopped paying child support because he had one and I had one. His is 19 and out of his house. Mine is 17.

We had five. When third turned 18 he stopped support because he had one and I had one. Now I am only one with dependent child. Can I get support?

Kim Carnevale
Kim Carnevale
answered on Sep 24, 2021

Massachusetts child support laws allow for child support and educational expenses payments even after your child turns 18 and up to 23 years of age. The court looks at whether your child is “principally dependent” upon one parent which is usually understood to mean that the adult child lives... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Does a lawyer have to file a notice of appearance before a court date?

Can someone just show up to court with a lawyer that they previously did not have?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Sep 21, 2021

Basically you can hire counsel as long as you find one who will take your case. Occasionally counsel is brought in late in the proceedings and asks for a Continuance which the Court can allow. This may be the concern you have- delay of the proceedings. Occasionally counsel brought in may have a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What steps should I take if being sued by debt collector? I received letter to appear in court. I owe a portion of debt.

I do not have means to pay amount owed. May I offer settlement to be paid over time?

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Sep 20, 2021

Certain forms of income are exempt from collection. If you only have exempt income, the debt collector cannot collect funds from you. Exempt income includes, but is not limited to Federal old-age, survivors and disability payments, Supplementary Security Income (SSI) for the Aged, blind and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Does a reliquish of rights go I to affect the day it was signed. It was done in front of a notary public and witnesses

It is stamped, signed and dated and filed into court

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Sep 15, 2021

It has to be filed with the Court and acted upon to take effect. If you have second thoughts you really should have counsel represent you!!

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I talk to my sons doctors/providers about his treatment while emergency temporary custody is with his grandparents?

I was just informed that my sons paternal grandparents filed, and were granted, emergency temporary custody of my son while I was receiving inpatient treatment for my mental health. I also just learned he has been hospitalized for suicidal ideation, which I was not informed of at all. I have always... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Sep 14, 2021

It appears that you will need legal representation in a guardianship dispute and you can file a Motion for appointment of counsel by the Court if you are indigent. If you are not indigent then you should engage counsel once you are able to do so. It appears that you will need to take care of your... Read more »

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