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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What does the law say about an employee who lied on their application form or submitted fake qualification records?

Employee submitted fake driving records and was let go when real ones where obtained by HR. Company reputation was damaged.

William J. Amann
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William J. Amann
answered on Oct 4, 2022

Good morning. Based on the information you provided, I am assuming a former employee submitted bogus driving records and when that was discovered, was fired and subsequently has been defaming the company. If that is the case, it sounds like there might be a potential defamation case but suing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What are my options regarding my fathers behind on many payments and about to die?

My father is 25000 behind on the mortgage and 12000 for utilities. I am due to inherit the house as stated by him and as I’m next of kin also. I don’t know exactly what will happen if he passes with debt since his cancer is bad and due to pass soon. I want to know what my options are that will... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Oct 3, 2022

Will you be the sole heir? Is he a Massachusetts resident? If you are the sole heir, then you may be able to take over the mortgage through what is referred to as a "novation" with the mortgage company if that is something the company offers or you may be able to refinance the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Banking and Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: Does a revocable living trust need to be amended to remove a deceased co-trustee?

Bank is saying they cannot make changes to accounts in a trust's name because their documentation lists my deceased mother as a trustee, so changes (e.g. closing frozen accounts/transferring funds to new accounts) would require her signature... Is this accurate? Even though she is obviously... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Oct 2, 2022

You do not need to amend the trust, usually. The typical solution is to prepare an updated Certification of Trust that recites that the original trustee is deceased and identifies the successor trustee(s).

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I am a snack food wholesaler. I have been doing business with a National snack food company for 7 years now. All of a

sudden I get a letter saying they will be discontinuing business with me as of November 1, 2022. Do I have any recourse?

William J. Amann
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William J. Amann
answered on Sep 30, 2022

First, I'd ask why. Second, if you have a written agreement, review it and any applicable termination provisions.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: Hi Mr. lowyer I want asking, I married my husband in Jordan country then I came back to Boston I received a massage

The massage said he loves another woman from Jordan and he married me just to come to Boston then he will divorce me after he comes to Boston, so I want divorce him because he cheated me and lying on me. Please if you can respond my massage and help me to divorce him .

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Sep 27, 2022

If you and husband never lived together in Massachusetts then you may still be able to divorce him in Jordan depending upon its laws on the subject.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I was sent a demand letter from my father's Nursing Home Attorney. Demand payment of his balance with a Chapter 109A .

Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. My dad was a resident at Life Care Center Billerica, MA from May 25, 2021 - July 11, 2022(death). I had him transfer House deed to me and my sister in Sept 2021 recorded on 10/8/2021. His balance is 8,600. I was aware of the balance, however, explained how he has... Read more »

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

So, there was a house transfer close to the date of death and includable in the lookback period so that there probably would not have been Medicaid/MassHealth eligibility . Contact a Medicaid specialist on this issue ASAP to present your set of facts to see if there is something recommended at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Massachusetts on
Q: Fell on broken chipped front steps icy, no railing.Broke Tibia in 2 n Fibia in 2 .11 weeks in hospital,what 2 do?

This landlord has many many problem properties n is well known there were only 3 steps and railings were broken off yrs ago.. bldg next door recently had fire was condemned yet City made him replace all 4 outside flights of steps they were so bad. I have pics of all,also 2 weeks b4 fall was told... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 24, 2022

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best but your question remains open for two weeks. You raise a number of questions, and the best way to answer them could be to try to arrange a free initial consult with a MA attorney. As a general practice nationwide, injury firms that handle slip and fall... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: How is the actual duration of marriage duration calculated?

How is the actual duration of marriage duration calculated?

Brian Waller
Brian Waller
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Unfortunately, it depends. For purposes of alimony, the duration of marriage is calculated as the date of marriage through the date of service of the Complaint for Divorce. So, if your ex-spouse filed on March 19, 2021, it would be whatever date after that you were actually served with the divorce... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: I have a qualified buyer for my business, my landlord isn’t sure if he wants to assign my lease. What are my options?

I notified my landlord of the sale of my business but he’s not sure if he wants to issue a new long term lease but I have a five year lease currently I said we can assign my lease to the new buyer but the la said he’s not sure if he wants another long term lease

William J. Amann
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William J. Amann
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Your written lease should include a section concerning Assignments. Usually, consent to proposed assignments is stated that such consent shall not be unreasoanably withheld. Of course that is quite subjective. Please contact me at wamann@amburlaw.com if you want to explore further. Thank you.

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a patent that was abandoned be patented again by one of the inventors?

Publication number: 20040002883

Joshua David Mertzlufft
Joshua David Mertzlufft
answered on Sep 14, 2022

If there's a new improvement to it that is patentable, there may be an opportunity for a new patent application. However resubmitting an old application as-is that's already published, with nothing more, generally won't work.



I am a registered U.S. patent...
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2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a patent that was abandoned be patented again by one of the inventors?

Publication number: 20040002883

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Sep 14, 2022

For patents, no.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: I got served divorce papers an never responded. Never new when court was he got awarded everything. Can it be changed?

He never told me when court was never knew. He got the house an full custody. He never told me. I found out I was legally divorced because I got kicked off his insurance. Can anything be changed with my property?

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Sep 12, 2022

Why did you not respond? Were you in the hospital the entire time??

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What is a Dudley district court of MA. "PROBATION STATUS HEARING?"

Received a letter from Dudley district Court MA. Almost 4 weeks ago stating there's a probation status hearing on the day probation has concluded. All the money is square and I never violated..do I need to attend this hearing for probation to end? Says a warrant for my arrest if I do not... Read more »

Lissa McKinney
Lissa McKinney
answered on Sep 12, 2022

You should not be using google, but instead speak to your PO.

They are in the best position to state if it is being dismissed or there is an issue. If it is scheduled on the last day of your probation, it is most likley that the Court wants you there when it is terminated. It is also...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Massachusetts on
Q: Are the spouses of the divorce permitted to cancel the case prior to the final trial or select the broker?

In this case, both lawyers decided to sell the property (house), and select the broker. They agreed to give the spouses 5% of the house value to get an apartment and keep the remainder in escrow until the case is finalized because the spouses disagree on the percentage split. Will the escrow... Read more »

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

You would need to notify your counsel that this deal may not be viable due to the lack of income for an apartment and you have not stated what State you are in so the laws of that State are applicable with regard to child support and alimony.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: My son is incarcerated and due to be released November 1, 2022. He is divorced and has one son. His ex wife has since

remarried. Her husband is petitioning to adopt his son. My son wants to object but needs pro bono work as he has no money. Is there someone in the Worcester County family court that can help him pro bono? Thank you

Patty

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

He can file a Motion where the Adoption is pending for Appointment of Counsel based on Indigency and that he is objecting but needs legal assistance in preparing objection if that is the situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: HUSBAND DIED with no will then WIFE DIED 2 months later WITHOUT CLAIMING INHERITANCE, who inherits the deceased husband?

MASSACHUSETTS - HUSBAND DIED with no will, and his WIFE DIED 2 months later WITHOUT CLAIMING INHERITANCE of husband, can the SIBLING OF THE DECEASED HUSBAND inherit him? The husband had NO children and parents NOR does the wife.

Did the wife AUTOMATICALLY get the inheritance, or did she... Read more »

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

Assuming the decedents were Massachusetts residents and there was no Will and that the husband had no children from a prior relationship, the wife would still be the heir . If there was a Will excluding her you have not so stated.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Massachusetts on
Q: My step mother had contacted me 3 years after my dads passing for myself and my sister to sign to make her executer

When my dad passed away 3 years ago he had no assets including house cars or property. She had randomly reached out tonight asking us to sign and make her executer of his “estate”. How should we proceed?

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

First of all , was he a resident of Massachusetts? If so ,Is it a Late and Limited Petition? Because a regular estate post 3 years is not available. The Late and LImited Petition is just that- a filing to determine title to assets inasmuch as the 3 years post date of death has passed.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Massachusetts on
Q: Does the Melanies Law Regarding having a mandatory breath Alyzer installed in vehicle for 2 years apply only in mass?

My finance got arrested 25 years ago for 2nd DUi and his license was suspended. He has not had a license or license infraction or drove in over 25 years and would like to get it back. He wants to know can he legally get his license in other states ( does the Melanies Law apply only in the state of... Read more »

Kris  Patria
Kris Patria
answered on Aug 31, 2022

Assuming that your fiancé was convicted of 2nd offense OUI in Massachusetts 25 years ago, he may be eligible to reinstate his driving privileges in Massachusetts, providing that he has fully complied with all relevant obligations resulting from his conviction, including fines and fees. With... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I deny my wife's request for an increase in child support since we are still married and do not have a court order?

I am married, but have been separated from my wife for 15 years. We have two children together, so I have been paying child support per a verbal agreement between my wife & I. She has raised my payments many times over the years any time her rent increased. Now, both children are over 18 and... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
answered on Aug 30, 2022

You are not under any Court Order and there is no proceeding pending in any Court correct? Then everything you have done is voluntary and the longer you stay married the more complicated your divorce get!!! If you die then she is your heir!!! Get a lawyer contact pro bono law school programs.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Massachusetts on
Q: Officer made mistake in report can I use it against him at trial?

He said he like did something but it was another cop. Seems like a mistake as the other person got the same information but wondering if it helps my attorney get me a better deal

Kris  Patria
Kris Patria
answered on Aug 26, 2022

Mistakes in police reports can be used at trial to demonstrate that an officer has formed a wrong conclusion or conducts sloppy investigations. However, some mistakes are so minor and inconsequential that calling attention to them could backfire. A seasoned trial attorney will know what can type... Read more »

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