In Massachusetts there is no requirement to pay severance pay by an employer, absent a contract or union bargain to the contrary. With that said, an employer could restrict or limit a non-contractual severance for any (or no) reason at all. If you have a contractual right to severance then you should read the small print in your contract to see if there is a specific clause, otherwise it should not be considered part of your severance as it payment for an injury.
You said it yourself already! The best thing you can do with a creditor is to be honest and forthright and to communicate as proactively as possible. Ask for a payment plan and try to stick to it. Don't get trapped by a debt consolidation scheme or be lured to go bankrupt over a single debt like this.
I am a Massachusetts lawyer. Generally speaking the IRS defines a second home as a place or vehicle (such as a boat or RV) that includes a self contained toilet, a means of preparing a hot meal and sleeping arrangements. A camper trailer is a vague term, I do not believe that a "fifth wheel" type camper is what the IRS has in mind, but rather a Winnebago type vehicle, but I may be wrong. You should speak with your tax advisor before proceeding.
The homestead law in Massachusetts allows any homeowner over 18 to protect up to $500,000 from a judgment creditor. there is no longer a distinction for elderly and ordinary. The homestead offers no protection from existing liens, secured creditors (except as to deficiency) and Medicaid/MassHealth. It is $35 to record a homestead and most state registry of deeds offices will assist you putting a homestead on your property without the necessity of a lawyer.
Since your father is mentally competent, he can and should execute a new power of attorney naming his brother that also revokes his current power of attorney naming you. The new power of attorney should also name a successor power of attorney. I would also recommend that he take this opportunity to consult an elder law attorney and sign a health care proxy and HIPAA release as well. It could also be a good chance to do some long term care planning, should the need ever arise.
Non-US persons can buy real estate in the US but are subject to FIRPTA regulations on the sale of the property, essentially FIRPTA is a mandatory withholding of a portion of the sales proceeds to effectively require the non-US person to file an capital gains tax return and pay any due taxes. The FIRPTA tax is avoidable through the use of a US based holding company or LLC. As for immigration, owning property in the US may be a positive factor in any immigration situation, but is not, by itself,...
You will need to provide the probate court with a detailed financial information worksheet. Alimony is based on fairness to the lesser earning spouse, the longer that you have been married, the more likely that you will be required to share alimony.
I believe that both Massachusetts and Federal law include a mental health issue as any other medical disability, because of this, you will need to follow several regulations in any termination. These regulations depend on the size of your company, the larger you are the more significant are your obligations. The FMLA provides for unpaid leave, you may also have accrued benefits payable or long term disability insurance available to the employee that may effect your rights as an employer as...
You need a lawyer. Today. Now. By letting her take control of the proceedings like this you will be constantly on the defense and not claiming your rights. You need a lawyer to establish clear guidelines for the house, the division of money and whether her boyfriend can even be in the house while your child is present. I might seek relief from the court by asking them to not allow this man in the house or if he does live in the house that he pay market rent. Get a lawyer, call the...
I am a Massachusetts lawyer. In Mass, we have a process called "petition to partition" in the Land Court that is likely a could strategic move for you to initiate if your family members are not cooperative. In our experience, over 90% of matters are resolved before reaching a public auction (called a commissioner's sale).