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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Could I sue a business for not accepting my legal tender?

I was denied a purchase unless I used my debit/credit card at a restaurant in Massachusetts. This was embarrassing and unnecessary. Am I able to sue this business?

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: landlord issues default letter in Nov.2019 allows me to continue with my lease after agreement +payments

is it legal for him to than issue a 14 day to quit on May 27th 2020 over 6 months Later during the Eviction Moratorium issued (3/2020) in Mass. Can the landlord claim that the Nov 2019 default notice meets the requirements of being issued prior to the moratorium?and claim that the law does not... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I stop my adult son from coming in my house when I am not there?

I have an adult son who recently moved out. We are not on speaking terms. I noticed he took some of my things. He needs to come back to get the rest of his belongings. Is there any way I can have him only come in the house when I am home? I do not want to take out a restraining order. Thank you for... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I stop my adult son from coming in my house when I am not there?

I have an adult son who recently moved out. We are not on speaking terms. I noticed he took some of my things. He needs to come back to get the rest of his belongings. Is there any way I can have him only come in the house when I am home? I do not want to take out a restraining order. Thank you for... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Massachusetts on
Q: I am fined more than what is posted online as the “maximum” fine for traffic violations. Will that help my case in court

I had a situation where I was fined $105 for a move over violation and $40 for a seatbelt violation and both were misunderstandings so I am contesting it in court. I saw that the move over violation should only be $100 and the seatbelt one should only be $25. Should I bring this up to the judge on... Read more »

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 »

0 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: How long does it take to receive my first child support payment?

My daughter father was supposed to send the first payment on January 7,2022.

0 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Is sales tax required to be collected for digital software downloads in MA?

I’m trying to understand if sales tax is to be collected for digital downloads (canned software developed by me)? I reside in MA but my business is 100% hosted online by a cloud provider. I read that the MA SC ruled in 2020 that only digital software sales made for use in MA require sales tax... 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 »

0 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a surgeon withhold payments for a surgery he canceled?

A few weeks ago, I was scheduled for an elective cosmetic procedure. It was paid for fully out of pocket in advance. I arrived at the facility on schedule, and signed all the consent forms. After that was done, I was directed to the operating table, where I started shaking from anxiety. Surgeon... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Uncategorized for Massachusetts on
Q: I have a question about someone getting sectioned. Can I be forced by the person that sectioned them to give property to

Best friend ex had him section 35 and is trying to force us to give his property to her that he left in our care

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I was asked to watch a dog temporarily......the family has made no effort to see him even when they lived across the roa

We have paid for food flea meds and invisible fence collar grooming and exercising him for going on 6 months. Do they have rights to take him back now?

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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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I'm looking for advice on how to get my daughter to release personal information to my grandson, to obtain his own ID.

In November of 2021, my daughter moved from massachusetts to missouri. My grandson, who is 26, did not want to go, and decided to live with my wife and I. At the moment, my grandson does not have any personal identification, other than a Social Security Card. He is unable to obtain a Mass ID card,... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Will getting SNAP and TAFDC only for my US citizen kids affect badly my immigrant visa application? I currently have TPS

I have a family-sponsored immigrant visa petition at NVC. My husband residing in my home-country has been added to the case. According to Visa Bulletin Board, there will be a visa available for us in 4 to 5 years from now.

I recently got TPS. I am in MA with my 2 US citizen kids,... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I am at a job that I would like to quit. I signed an offer letter, stating I would be there for a year. Can I quit?

I would like to quit for personal and professional reasons. This was supposed to be a part time job, but the job description has changed and I do not wish to stay here.

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.

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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