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Melissa Anne Levine-Piro

Melissa Levine-Piro’s Answers

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  • I have a issue over rights to a burial plot

    My mother has a plot with her name on the stone in my stepfathers family lot. My stepfathers family is trying to stop her from going in the plot when the time comes. And the cemetery is not helping resolve the issue

    Melissa’s Answer

    If your Mother owns the plot (she'd have a deed or a contract showing such) then there's nothing your stepfather's family can really do to stop her. If when the time comes they try, you can hire an attorney to get an injunction.

    Good luck!

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  • Which state is the best state for women to divorce if the woman is not the breadwinner of household?

    I know this is very broad and general question. To be a little bit specific, which state supports women better in the event of divorce especially from the financial aspect and properties? For example if I have the choice to marry in California, Ma...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Our legal system is set up so that you can't shop around and find the "best" state to get divorced in. In order to get divorced in a particular state you have to meet the state's residency requirements. For instance in the Commonwealth you must have lived in the state for at least a year before you can file for divorce. Because this is a MA forum, we can only comment on the laws of MA not other states. Good luck.

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  • I got married in Morocco, getting a divorce in USA

    Is it possible to get divoce in the us if I got married in morocco? and is my moroccan marriage certificate recognized in the us courts?

    Melissa’s Answer

    As Attorney Mason indicated you must meet residency requirements, which is Mass. the requirement is living in the Commonwealth for a year. You also must have a certified copy of the marriage certificate and a certified translation. Good luck!

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  • Can my ex tell me that I cannot go on vacation out of state with our daughter? What will happen if i go anyways?

    We have shared legal custody. I have physical. Our agreement does not specify anything about out of state. It simply says to notify the other parent in advance of planned vacation time with child. I notified him of the time ide be going on vacatio...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Your separation agreement would govern on this issue and if it is silent then there is no reason you can't vacation out of state. However, because you share legal custody, I would inform the Father ahead of time of your intentions and provide him with an itinerary. I'm sure you'd want him to extend the same to you if the situation were reversed.

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  • How to handle a financial gift during a divorce?

    I'm currently going through a divorce from my wife. We haven't filed yet, but that's just because we're trying to work out a separation agreement first to get things done easier, however we have agreed to split just about all the assets 50/50. My ...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Mason. Once you cash that check it can be viewed as a marital asset if it was intended as a gift.

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  • Do I have a case in small claims court?

    Purchased a car off craigslist 6/17 took it to the shop about 2 weeks ago (have records with date off hand) they determind the damage has been seen prior and neglected. Mechanic states theres no way I was responsible. Seller posted on add that the...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Small claims tops out at $7,000. You would have to file in District Court. You also are going to have problems proving your case since there is no contract, bill of sale, and you paid cash. I would first try to reach out to the seller in writing, preferably by certified mail return receipt requested, and see if he/she will issue you a refund in exchange for the return of the vehicle. Best of Luck.

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  • How do I obtain a vendor number for GAL work in the MA Probate & Family Court?

    I have just started doing GAL investigations for the MA Probate and Family Court. I am a certified GAL and have all the information on billing practices and GAL standards, but never received a vendor number for inclusion with my billing. I have tr...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Each probate and family court has a person who deals with GAL billing. I would just call and speak to that person and I'm sure they can point you in the right direction. Best of luck.

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  • Is it illegal not to raise pay after a promotion?

    I work at a corporation frozen yogurt store. I have worked there since 2012 (in between college semesters) and was recently promoted in winter 2014-15. The promotion comes with a $1 increase in pay, which doesn't sound like a lot on the surface, b...

    Melissa’s Answer

    There is no legal requirement for the Company to give you a raise with a promotion or at any other time (unless minimum wage goes up --they have to at least meet that requirement).

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  • I have not been with my wife since 2002 but we have never officially got a divorce. What is the easiest way to get a divorce.

    We have 2 kids together and she has 2 additional kids since we have not been together. My son lives with me and my daughter with her.

    Melissa’s Answer

    I would consult with an attorney and retain him/her to help you draft a separation agreement. You can file the separation agreement along with some additional forms with the Probate court as a Joint Petition for Divorce. If you can come to an agreement, the process is very quick and streamlines.

    Good luck.

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  • Stay away no contact order, how to get it removed ?

    I need to find a lawyer to consult with about a stay away no contact order the judge put on my boyfriend to not contact me against my wishes, and I just wanted to know how to get it removed , and I was wondering if anyone had time for a consultati...

    Melissa’s Answer

    You definitely need to consult with your boyfriend's attorney. If you think you need to consult with an attorney, use Avvo's find a lawyer service, at the top of your browser. Best of luck.

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