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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I bought a new car, which wasn't driven off the lot. I'm moving to NH from MA in two weeks. Could I register it in NH?

I am currently a Massachusetts resident and I bought a new car at a New Hampshire dealership. I felt rushed and signed the papers for financing and put in a $2500 deposit. The vehicle I purchased was not yet delivered to the dealer as it was "in transit" so I didn't take possession... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Intellectual Property for Massachusetts on
Q: Someone gave me the name to my business. If we separate is there anything he can do to take the name of my llc?

He’s is not part owner on the llc but understanding it’s his intellectual property I want to make sure everything I’m building doesn’t belong to someone else.

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answered on Jun 22, 2024

Know the difference between the legal name of the business and the trade name, if there is a difference. As an example, Coke could be the trade name for the Coco-Cola Company, Inc. (legal name). You might want to register the trade name with the state's Secretary of State's Office,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: How would a corporation sign legal documents ?

Id like to know if a corporation ( more specifically a Inc.) seeks to signs a legal document (e.g. bank loan, lease etc) how must the document be formally signed to be fully legal and valid?

Should the president of the corporation simply sign on behalf of the corporation as follows... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 17, 2024

The corporation can authorize anyone to sign on its behalf. It could be an officer of the corporation like the president, a vice president, or treasurer. It could be an employee. It could even be someone who does not work for the corporation at all.

Typically, either the corporation...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Collections for Massachusetts on
Q: Could I get sued by a real estate agent for not paying their broker fee?

Myself and a friend are looking for a rental apartment in Boston. On of these listing sites, a real estate agent reached out to me offering to help me, without stating there was a fee for service or making me sign anything agreeing to a fee. We finally find a place we like and the agent send us a... View More

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answered on May 2, 2024

This is a difficult case, and one that should be reviewed by a licensed attorney experienced in handling contracts. Here are some considerations for your discussion with an attorney:

- Contractual Obligations: Whether you're bound to the "sight unseen" document depends on its...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Collections for Massachusetts on
Q: My case is the defendant admits in a hand writing confession saying that she takes money and she didn't return it.

she gave the confession to the court..now it s been one year I didn't get a solution to my issue ..do I have to address an other court? I have all evidence and preuve in the court ..the defendant own 2 houses under her name. One year now pass the issue still not resolved.do I have to hire a lawyer?

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that you have a strong case against the defendant, as she has admitted to taking the money and not returning it in a handwritten confession. However, it is concerning that one year has passed without a resolution to your case.

Given the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a landlord threaten to kick me out and haven't sign the lease in the past 30 days without court?

My landlord text me and told me i have to leave the premises ASAP cause my check bounce due to a bill coming out of my bank cause they took two and half weeks to cash the check. The landlord never advise me the lease was not sign and the copy from he company he use doesn't state that he needed... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that your landlord is attempting to evict you without following proper legal procedures in Massachusetts. Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Unsigned lease: Even if your landlord hasn't signed the lease, if you have signed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Election Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Condo board election. 60 units. Massachusetts. Quorum for a vote is 51% (31 units.) 4 candidates. Special election.

Quorum was met for an election for the first time at special meeting yesterday. 2/4 candidates didn't show up. I received the most votes, but now board is saying one candidate had to receive 51% of the vote and no one received that so now board will elect the candidate they want. They... View More

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

The requirement for a candidate to receive 51% of the vote may depend on the specific language of the condominium association's bylaws. If the bylaws state that a majority vote is required for election, it typically means a simple majority of the votes cast, not necessarily 51% of all units.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I have an order from a judge that states my tenant has 14 days to vacate.

The sheriffs office told me that they charge $3500 to remove him if he doesn’t leave.

That seems very expensive, especially since I’m evicting a non paying tenant.

Thank you

Phil A. Taylor
Phil A. Taylor
answered on Jan 15, 2024

I do not understand the actual question. Once you receive an execution for possession, it needs to be served and the sheriff (or constable) need to oversee the removal of the tenants personal property from the leased premise by a moving company and stored in a bonded storage facility. This is all... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Contracts, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can an owner of an airbnb house release video of a famous person who is on the porch of the home on to the internet?

There is a video of Bill Belichick at a home shirtless going viral on the internet. Would he have civil recourse against the person who released it if the person was the owner of the home that rented it to him or another person? He comes out of the home and remains on the porch for the duration of... View More

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

If an owner of an Airbnb releases a video of a famous person, like Bill Belichick, who is on the porch of their rental property, the legal implications can be complex. The release of such a video may raise issues of privacy. In general, individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: Co-tenants signed lease together and are breaking up.

Our daughter and boyfriend signed a housing lease. 4 months remain. Our minor grandson (10) visits and stays in his own room on the weekends. The boyfriend states his financial obligation moving forward, will be 1/3 of the rent. The boyfriend did make less money than our daughter when they signed,... View More

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Oct 4, 2023

I assume the lease states your daughter and the boyfriend are 'jointly and severally' liable for the rent. This means that each is liable for the entire rent. In the event of dispute, the landlord can seek the entire rent from either your daughter or the boyfriend or both. I don't... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Tax Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Hired Tax attorney in Massachusetts. How can we avoid paying more than 8K due to engagement letter not followed by him.

engagement doc signed & advance 8kpaid in Apr. He didn’t send monthly invoices as per engagement doc. Didn’t tell us when the cost of services exceeded 8k. He sent invoice of 23k in Aug. Engagement doc excerepts - The firm’s charges are hourly.Invoices will be sent on monthly basis for... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 4, 2023

You can dispute whether the attorney actually performed the services described in the invoice and whether they are reasonable and necessary with the Fee Arbitration Board.

Nothing you quoted requires the attorney to receive prior approval by you to exceed the initial retainer of $8k....
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Contracts and Gov & Administrative Law for Massachusetts on
Q: How many of the bar members on here are Freemasons? I know all judges are 33rd, is it a requirement inorder to license

Considering almost all police officers are masons, and all judges are absolutely masons, I'm curious if all the attorneys are also of the masonic fraternity? Ladies eastern star? Is it a requirement?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 19, 2023

There is no requirement for attorneys or judges to be masons.

There is no data on how many lawyers or how many judges are masons.

No doubt some are. No doubt most are not.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Is it illegal to to offer an insurance adjuster a portion of a settlement or a gift?

I am in MA, insurance adjuster is in AZ.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 11, 2023

A Massachusetts, Arizona, or Washington D.C. attorney could advise best, but your question is two days old, and I wanted to respond to your question before you took action in this regard. DON'T EVEN THINK of doing something like this. You could end your claim, get the poor claims examiner... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: Is this situation considered "charging for services not provided" under Consumer Protection Chapter 93a?

I purchased a "package" of 10 day school classes for my dog with a dog training company. After using 6 of those classes I was fired as a client without discussion or reason. The company is refusing the refund me for the remaining 4 classes. Since I was already charged for these classes... View More

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Jul 21, 2023

You should consult the terms of the contract with the dog training company. That should outline what your rights and responsibilities are. If you feel your termination was an unfair and deceptive act or practice, and you are entitled to a refund, prepare a demand letter under G.L. c. 93A. For... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: If a business receives an overpayment on an invoice, can we apply the overpayment to a different outstanding invoice?

If a client has an outstanding balance and overpays on an invoice, can we apply the overpayment to a different outstanding invoice or do we need to get permission first or do we just have to send them a check for the overpaid amount? Do I also need to contact them first if I sent back the overpaid... View More

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answered on Jul 7, 2023

As with many answers to legal questions, the answer is "it depends". It depends on what kind of contract you and your customer have. For example, a gym membership or statutorily defined consumer contract or retail installment contract may be regulated in such a way as to prohibit the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My father had 3 or 4 strokes less than a month before signing to sell his house now they are taking him to court for it
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Jun 2, 2023

Assuming that your father is a Massachusetts resident for his thumbnail response: Your father may well have been infirm and not competent to enter into the sale agreement in which case an Equity case on his behalf should be commenced along with a Guardianship and Conservatorship petition... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a buyer dispute a nonrefundable deposit on an online contract for mentorship if the contract had already been signed

Do contract cancellation forms apply to online nonrefundable services? If the buyer had attempted to resolve the issue with the service provider to no avail within one day of purchasing it, do they still have the right to dispute the charges and are viable for refund? Is there at all any way within... View More

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answered on May 20, 2023

In Massachusetts, there are a myriad of regulations which can pertain to specific types of contracts and cancellations. For example, Uniform Commercial Code governed contracts would likely fall under the definitions of "contract", "contract for sale" and... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: Is certificate required for septic repair?

Spent $5k on septic repair when wastewater flooded the yard from the leach field. I wasn't given a certificate. Is one always needed to claim the credit? This wasn't a simple drain clog and the entire leech field was dug up, cleaned up, and soil replaced. I have a detailed invoice and... View More

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Feb 23, 2023

I don't think you need a new Title V cert. unless you are selling the house. The system has to have 'failed' in order for you to claim the credit. https://www.mass.gov/service-details/view-residential-property-tax-credits. I would contact the DEP or ask your accountant when you file... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: I have a builder building a home for me, they aren't addressing issues I have found but want their final payment.

Is it legal for me to with hold providing them the final check until they complete the issues I have with the home? I have asked them for over a week to come to the home and address the issues with me and they've ignored every email and text and say I'm going to be late on their payment... View More

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

The contracts should be reviewed and you should have counsel involved as there are a lot of moving parts. Construction is a legal specialty by the way and not for the pro se dabbler unless you are willing to take the lumps you may be in for!!

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Massachusetts on
Q: How many days does the Law state that a Plaintiff can put their Response to Defendant's Counterclaims in?

Since the Plaintiffs' were over the 20 days from service what is the Motion called that can be put in? How does this Motion work within the Courts and/or Judge?

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answered on Oct 24, 2022

20 days from service, see Massachusetts Superior Court Rules 12 and 13.

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