Howard M Lewis’s Answers

Howard M Lewis

Framingham Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 20
  1. How do I file for divorce in Massachusetts, if I don't know where my spouse is?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Todd Allen Davidson
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    You may file a divorce by publication. I am sorry you are gotng throught this during the holidays and I hope things work out. This should not be a complicated nor an expensive matter. Take care.

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  2. Is Pro Bono, a tax write off? If so? How could I convince my attorney to offer his final bill to me as a pro bono bill.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr
    3. Nadine Marie Jett
    4. Christopher Michael Larson
    5. J David Hopkins
    5 lawyer answers

    Many attorney's witll offer professional courtesy discounts for clients that they have already earned a fair fee on. If you feel that your attorney has been paid properly and you don't have any more money, the best thing you can do is be honest and ask for a professional courtesy, a mutual release is really not that much to draft however, I do not know the facts of your case and it could be a decent amount of work- my best advice is to be honest and discuss this with him or her, if there is...

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  3. Cost of divorce and initial consultations

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    4. Paula Brown Sinclair
    4 lawyer answers

    Your best bet is to chat with the lawyer on the phone and see if you like him or her first, then have a consult, DON"T pay for a consult unless your case is a multi million dollar case, that is a waste of money and arrogant for most lawyers to charge. you need to find a lawyer you feel understands you and your case and will not make it worse and solve your problems quickly and efficiently. The hourly should be fair and you should NOT be charged for travel time or small calls or small emails....

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  4. Even though it's only an uncontested divorce, can someone represent you at the hearing in the event you don't want to go????

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Philip W. Mason
    3. Erik Hammarlund
    3 lawyer answers

    In some cases, an attorney can file a motion to waive your appearance at the hearing if all the documents are signed. There have even been some cases when there are no assets of the parties and only one of the spouses appears that if it is represented the other side is aware and either refuses to appear or is unable to due illness or travel, the court may enter a judgement of divorce if the court/judge is satisifed that it is fair and the representations made in court are true. If you do not...

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  5. How long will a divorce take if we cannot agree to everything

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. James Thomas Kinder
    3. Philip W. Mason
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    The divorce could take many months if you are unable to agree to everything. If however, all other matters are agreed upon you may go to the judge and ask his or her opinion on what type of alimony the cout is inclined to grant. That may give you some guidance. Good luck and take care. You will need to demonstrate need even though it is a long term marriage in order to increase the amount of the alimony and the court may attribute some degree of income to you if you are not already working....

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  6. Is paying an attorney out of my joint account allowed

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Kenneth P Doherty
    3. Mary Katherine Brown
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    4 lawyer answers

    You may pay for your ordinary and necessary expenses which do include legal fees out of your joint account. You may also take as much money as you like until you are formerly served, just be prepared to have it assigned to your side of the balance sheet if you take too much and can't explain it. Most courts look at what is fair and equitable. So the quick answer is yes, you may take money for expenses and for an attorney.

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  7. Is it better to have my husband send me a check for support or use the court

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Jennifer A Deland
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
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    The DOR is there to protect families and like any other organization they may make mistakes from time to time. Many courts are requiring suspded DOR support orders anyhow, which means if he fails to make the payment you can ask the court to order the DOR to collect the support. One problem with DOR is that the intial time it takes to collect may be a bit lengthy and if your spouse only gets paid once per month then that may affect when your payments come in. Other than that, they are like any...

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  8. How much should an initial consulation with a Divorce attorney Cost?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Michael T. Cupoli III
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
    3 lawyer answers

    Zero- if you respect the lawyers time and are clear and concise you should be able to have a meaningful meeting in less than an hour. Most good family law attorneys will respect your situation. Some divorce attorneys do charge for a consult and that is there perogative, they have learned through years of experience that it helps to filter out difficult clients that way, however in the grand scope of things, my personal and professional feeling is that attorney's chose this profession to help...

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  9. How much should a contempt on child care expenses for my divorce agreement cost?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Ann Frances Breau Karpenski
    3. Henry Lebensbaum
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    A contempt should cost about $1500 to $3500 depending upon how long it will take and if any difficult discovery needs to be implemented, that does not include the cost of any potential expert witness's which are not ordinarily used at such a hearing. Most contempts can be heard quickly in a few weeks. take care and good luck.

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  10. I have been divorced for 4 Years

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Ann Frances Breau Karpenski
    3. Scott Charles Maccabe
    4. David Alexander Browde
    4 lawyer answers

    You will need to either ask his permission and seek cerified copies or file a complaint for contempt or modification in court and use the disovery process to investigate. Most likely you have a provision to exchange returns, if you don't trust the returns he is giving you, say so and make a record of it, if he declines to authorize you to seek the returns directly from the IRS, then your suspensions may be worth it. start with the formal letter, that is the most efficient way to handle it....

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