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Melissa Anne Levine-Piro

Melissa Levine-Piro’s Answers

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  • What are my options.

    Been married 20 years. I want to divorce husband. I want to sell house split the proceeds. He does not. He says he will never sell. Feeling trapped.

    Melissa’s Answer

    I'm sorry you're going through this and I'm sure you're very frustrated. The next step is probably for you to file for divorce. By doing this you will at least start the process. The standard divorce in MA can take 14 months, but this clock does not start ticking until you file. I highly recommend finding an attorney to represent you or at least scheduling a consultation with an attorney. You can use the Find a Lawyer feature on Avvo to find someone near you. Best of Luck.

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  • Can we sue them?

    at the end of october my fiance and i moved into a home that was for sale by owner. we discussed with the owners that as of right now our credit isnt good enough to qualify for a homeowners loan just yet, we would need about a year to be able to g...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Potentially. I would set up a consultation with a lawyer to go over the specific details. Landlords can take first, last and security upfront. The money has to be held in an escrow, interest bearing account. As landlords there are also minimum heat requirements for your dwelling, so being stuck without a furnace is unacceptable.

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  • Massachusetts/How do I get an Advertising Rider , will form an LLC sole prop

    Massachusetts- forming a LLC/sole prop. Business entails logo/my own brand, printing statements on apparel, mugs, stickers, etc. High possibility for trademark infringement. I was told by a trademark attorney that I should get an "advert...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answers. Talk to your insurance broker about that specific type of addition to your policy.

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  • Tax deduction

    I am fighting for my joint legal custody. My ex says I can have my legal back if I give her both children to claim. I am supposed to claim 1 child but her lawyer is telling the court that since I don't have physical custody I need to give up my...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answer. As long as you are paying child support and are current on child support you should be allowed to claim a child for tax purposes (or alternate years with your ex if there is only one child to claim).

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  • I have a 10 year old son and i was wondering how to go about moving out of state when my sons father lives in the current state

    Moving out of state

    Melissa’s Answer

    As the prior answers indicate the easiest way is to get your ex's consent and then file an agreement with the court. Absent his consent you would need to file a complaint for modification asking permission to remove the child from the Commonwealth. Because removal actions can be complicated if contested, you should consult with an attorney. Best of luck.

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  • What are the steps & papers for me to complete a full transfer of ownership to my husband on a jointly owned Massachusetts home?

    My husband and I are completing paper work for an uncontested divorce. We jointly own a home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. I've agreed to transfer 100% ownership to him as part of our marital settlement agreement. Please advise regarding the steps ...

    Melissa’s Answer

    You will have to consult a CA attorney as to what is required to go into the divorce agreement you are filing in California. However, on the MA end, if the property is currently in your names jointly, you will need to execute a quitclaim deed conveying your interest to your Husband. The deed will then need to be filed at the appropriate Registry of Deeds in Massachusetts. However, just because you are deeding the property over to him does not mean you are removed from any mortgages that might exist. If you are jointly on a mortgage your Husband should refinance the property to remove you from all mortgages/notes. You can hire a MA attorney to prepare the deed and file for you. Good luck!

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  • Can I have him served in Probate Court today? Can a court officer serve Capias?

    On 12/11/15 my husband & his attorney failed to show for our divorce PTC & Contempt Continuance from 7/1/2015. Judge found him in contempt. I also had to file a new Motion for Contempt & Temp Order to Increase Alimony based on him not reporting OT...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Yes, you can have him served at the courthouse but it must be served by a Sheriff or Constable.

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  • What are my rights for a contract singed by me and a contractor for services not rendered for November 14th - November 27th

    I hired a local contractor to install a metal roof on my home. He created a contract stating he'd install roof between November 14th - 27th. He never came. I called several times and he never returned any calls. I finally stopped into his offi...

    Melissa’s Answer

    It sounds like he's violated G.L. c.142a which is the home improvement contractors statute which is an automatic violation of G.L. c93A, which may entitle you to treble damages, attorney's fees and cost. I would contact an attorney to assist you in sending a demand letter for the immediate return of your money. Also for your future reference, contractors are generally not allowed to take more than 1/3 of the total contract price up front. Best of luck.

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  • Different state annulment

    I got married to a women in PA in Feb but i live in Mass i want an annulment because im with someone else and have a baby can i do the annulment in my state or do i have to go back to PA

    Melissa’s Answer

    As the previous answer indicated, you can't get an annulment just because you no longer want to be married to someone. There are very specific reasons for which annulments are granted. To be divorced in MA you must live in MA for one year to meet the residency requirement. If you have not lived here for one year then you either need to wait or see if you can file in PA. Good luck.

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  • How long is an event valid for a harassment prevention order?

    How long is an event that happened where I was harassed valid for me to put it on the application for filing a harassment prevention order. After an attack on the whole family and especially the underage children, the judge only gave the harassmen...

    Melissa’s Answer

    There is no cutoff date, however, it is in the Judge's discretion to take time into consideration along with many other factors. I have seen Judges consider events that happened years ago and others who won't.

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