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Catherine Becker Good

Catherine Good’s Answers

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  • If my husband has credit card debt can it affect me?

    My name is not on his cards. The only thing in both our names is our mortgage. How does this affect me?

    Catherine’s Answer

    I'm not sure that I understand your question. I will try to answer you generally. Your credit history and your husband's credit history are completely separate so that any negative activity with respect to your husband's credit cards will not be reflected on your credit history, even though you are married. Where you have a common debt, the mortgage, there would be a consequence to your credit history. I strongly suggest that you contact a local attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation. Good luck.

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  • Should I continue to make mortgage payments while filing chapter 7 to keep home

    My chapter 13 was denied due to secured debt. I can afford mortgage after chapter 7 and want to remain in my home. However I don't want to continue making payments and home is foreclosed despite my efforts

    Catherine’s Answer

    The answer to this question depends upon the specific facts of your case, i.e. how far behind are you on the mortgage, is the bank willing to negotiate or work with you on a modification, etc. I strongly suggest that you contact local bankruptcy counsel to review the specific facts of your case and determine the best strategy. Good luck.

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  • How do I answer Irreconcilable differences; which states the parties have attempted reconciliation but all efforts have failed?

    My wife signed the summon that the statements are true, but we have never had reconciliation or even attempted or talked about it. How can the effort failed? ...same as the accusation of "extreme and repeated mental cruelty and in alternative...

    Catherine’s Answer

    You have the ability to answer your wife's complaint in a formal pleading. I strongly suggest that you contact local counsel to assist you in this process. Please be aware that there are certain time constraints that you need to comply with. Good luck.

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  • Can i sue my local police station for giving out my ss number in a arrest report in massachuesetts

    my friends is getting charged with assault and the pepperell police put my social security number on his arrest report is this legal or can i take legal action against the pepperell police

    Catherine’s Answer

    In my opinion, you do not have a claim against the police department.

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  • My husband and I have lived in house that we own for 12 yrs. I left two yrs. ago. I want to move back in, but he doesn't want me

    Do I have a legal right to live there?

    Catherine’s Answer

    This is not a simple yes or no question. There are many factors to be considered, including whether divorce proceedings gave been initiated, how title is held, etc. I suggest you consult with local counsel who can advise you as to your rights and procedural options.

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  • Can I expunge 2004 arrest, charge & case for a Class B misdemeanor in Martin County, TX?

    2004: Arrested & charged with possession of Marijuana <2 oz., completed Pre-Trial Diversion program while living in Illinois. Sealing the record is not an option for me because I need clearance for a job prospect. Is expunging the record a viable ...

    Catherine’s Answer

    Based upon the facts that you have outlined, in my opinion you would be entitled to having your record expunged.

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  • Driving on Suspended License - Massachusetts

    I was pulled over and given issued a criminal citation for driving on a suspended license. I did not know it was suspended. I went to the RMV the next day and spoke with a hearing officer. There was an error with my driving record, my licen...

    Catherine’s Answer

    You will want to take whatever paperwork you have from the Registry to court with you and show it to the Assistant District Attorney handling your case. Based upon the facts that you outline, that is, the suspension was in error, the charges should be dismissed. If the Assistant District Attorney is unwilling to dismiss the charges after reviewing your paperwork, I would strongly suggest contacting an attorney to assist you in getting the charges dismissed. Good luck..

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  • My ex husband borrowed money I have a signed paper and proof I lent the money he's in bankruptcy and owns property

    His reputation not as good as it use to be and it's been three years what can I do or what kind of lawyer do I need

    Catherine’s Answer

    Based on the facts that you outline, you would be listed as a creditor in your ex-husband's bankruptcy petition. As a creditor, you can file a proof of claim in the bankruptcy case. If the Trustee determines that there are any assets to be divided among the creditors, you would be entitled to receive a portion of those assets since you had filed a proof of claim. You may not, however, recover all that is owed to you. The signed paper will prove helpful as back-up in your proof of claim. Keep in mind, however, that there is a filing fee associated with filing a proof of claim so you will want to assess your likelihood of recovering money. I strongly suggest that you consult with a bankruptcy creditor's counsel to assist you. You may want to contact the Massachusetts Bar Association or the Boston Bar Association. Both associations have lawyer referral services. Good luck!

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  • I just got a ticket for underage consumption , im 18 and I have count on 1-30-13 , what do you think will happen to me?

    I'm scared, it's my first time getting a ticket and I don't have a lawyer and I'm going to court by myself.. What's going to happen?

    Catherine’s Answer

    I strongly you request court appointed counsel if you cannot afford to hire an attorney privately. It is important to protect your record. An attorney can best advise you on how to proceed.

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  • Is there a way I can pay off my community service hours?

    I was put on probation in August of 2012, and it ends this month (Jan. 2013) I was only able to complete 8 out of 48 hours due to schooling, and emotional problems that kept me from sleeping, or even being able to get out of bed. Do I need my ther...

    Catherine’s Answer

    Ultimately, it's up to the judge. In general, I would suggest that the more documentation you have to show the court the reason for your inability to perform the community service the better. That is, a letter from your therapist would be helpful. That being said, usually community service is an alternative to paying fees and court costs. In that case, the court will accept the monetary equivalent in lieu of community service. The exception to this exists where community service was imposed as your "punishment" (i.e. not as an alternative to payment), in which case you would have to complete the required community service hours.
    Even though you don't have a specific probation officer assigned to you at the moment, it is probably a good idea to reach out to the probation department ahead of time to explain your situation. That way it will not appear as if you are completely ignoring your conditions of probation when your case is up for review.

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