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0 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: Its it discrimination to put me on a waiting list for a unit because I have section 8? There are available units

Leasing person told me there were 2 available units in my price range. When I brought up section 8 now there is an additional application and a wait list.

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.

0 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Do I have to pay tax on gift money?

Hello,

I am an American citizen and live in Massachusetts. My father who is not an American and lives in Europe. He wants to gift me about $1,000,000.

I haven’t received previously any gift money, or any other significant gifts, from him or from anyone else.

My question... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Public Benefits for Massachusetts on
Q: Is a cousin of my brother's wife allowed to take my deceased brother & sister-in-law's mail, if no ct.administrator yet?

This "cousin" travels with another person from Florida to Massachusetts, and is taking the mail from the mailbox, when full. The next door neighbor confirmed it. The Court has not appointed a legal estate representative. Is that legal? She is not next of kin. She is a 3rd degree... Read more »

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 Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: Do both parties have to be present when notarizing the divorce paperwork? Can it be done separately?

I want to get my signature notarized then mail the paperwork to my ex and have her do it separately. Is this possible or must we both do it together simultaneously?

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

Yes, this works. You don't need to be in the same room as wife and can use different notaries.

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.

0 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I am in the middle of a cash out divorce settlement. I am trying to buy out my husband's equity in our home.

I have secured a mortgage and will pay him a portion of buy out now and a portion later. For the portion I need to pay later, he wants me to sign a mortgage and promissory note and have it recorded in our town. Would this affect my ability in the future to get a refinance or second mortgage or any... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can an apartment property manager tell me a unit is available then tell me there's a wait list because I'm on section 8?

Told I needed to fill out an additional application for affordable housing. No telling how long the wait list is

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 »

0 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a paid ticket be removed from your record? (Read description)

I got a ticket in another state (NY and im from MA) and the officer cited me for a violation that is not part of MA laws. He told me that it would not affect my insurance or driving record due to it not being a offense in my state (this was him giving me a break). I paid the ticket with this in... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Are J-1 home country requirements applied even if you don't enter the country on a J-1? Please see detailed explanation.

I'm hoping to go the the USA to do a postdoc as an L2 (L1-B dependent) or on a J-1 visa. My hesitation with the J-1 visa is that it has the two-year home country requirement. We are facing some time contraints so I'm thinking about applying for both simultaneously (to avoid delays in case... 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 »

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: How much time does a landlord have to show me my new lease?

I live in an apartment complex and I know i have to give them 60 days notice if I'm not planning to stay but I would like to see the new lease before I decide, mainly to see what the increase in rent will be,. How much time in advance do they have to show it to me?

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: I’m being evicted and need help
0 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: ive gotten 4 parking tickets from the same officer in a non marked spot

im 6 months pregnant, my car is registered under my moms name. the spot is not marked with a sign or anything but ive gotten FOUR tickets (different days) for “parking for more than 2 hour limit” which i havent even been there that long in that spot. i go to appeal it, i cant physically go... Read more »

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