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Melissa Anne Levine-Piro

Melissa Levine-Piro’s Answers

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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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  • If I file for divorce and my adult children live with my husband , will he still have to pay alimony ?

    He makes more than $50,000 more than me and we have been married for 25 years. The children are not in school as of now , but he has threatened to enroll them in school to avoid paying me .

    Melissa’s Answer

    You will need to provide more information for an attorney to be able to give you any kind of meaningful answer. You should definitely take the time to consult with an attorney before you take any action.
    Best of luck.

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  • Can a private seller of vehicle in IL sell car to someone else after i sent him money by paypal?

    I agreed to buy a vehicle for $8,000 from private seller in IL. I sent him full amount by paypal money, but as a money send or gift, not for a transaction. He only sent me text messages asking if i was serious and that i cannot change my mind on...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Sorry this happened, but you don't seem to have any damages since he refunded your money in full. I would advise saving the time and money of trying to go after this person and just directing your efforts at finding a different vehicle. Good luck.

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  • Why file a contempt charge? Nothing ever happens to him. And I'm out time and money.

    My ex and I are in a custody battle. I held him in contempt fives times now and still the Judge does nothing. I tell the Judge that he has broken a court order and taken my child out of state. My ex and I both gave our arguments and the Judge say...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Rich. You have to ask the court to do something and you can use the judgment of a contempt, or multiple contempts, to support why a modification is necessary. You may want to consider retaining counsel.

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  • Is my son, a minor, allowed to participate in a hearing or trial if he expressed an interest?

    A modification was filed by mom against dad (divorced 3 years ago) pertaining to child's extracurricular activities (details are withheld here). My son, age 16 in a couple of months, expressed that he wants to speak his mind at the pre-trial hear...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers. The court will not allow minor children to testify. You could request a Guardian ad Litem to investigate and speak to your son and make recommendations accordingly. You could also request that your child be assigned an attorney under the ARC program. Good luck.

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  • Joint motion to continue for family probate

    How do I file a joint motion to continue for a child support modification hearing. I am going to be out of state for work on the date that has been set. I can't seem to find this form anywhere on line for MA. I have found the motion form but not o...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answer. The easiest way is to use the motion form you found online and write assented to at the top. At the bottom you can add in a signature line for the Father to sign. You should then call the court and find out if they will let you fax in the form.

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