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Travis J. Jacobs

Boston Business Attorney.

Contributor Level 12
  1. Should I set up separate entities to own my rental properties?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Stefano Vincenzo D'Agostino
    3. Bryant Keith Martin
    3 lawyer answers

    Surely you've seen how development entities tend to have separate registered entities such as 123 Main LLC or 456 Circle St Development LLC. There are several reasons for this, mostly separating liability and tax issues for one property/project from others. In your situation this may be overkill, but if you own multiple large properties and can manage the independence of EACH entity (bank accounts, taxes, expenses, expense accounts, etc.) then it could be beneficial and shield your other...

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  2. Do I need to pay for oil that was delivered without my permission?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Michael J. Szklasz
    3. Daniel Lee O'Neil
    3 lawyer answers

    Your first 2 steps should be to check your lease agreement - does it say anything about how excess oil in the tank will be dealt with? Next, check your service contract with the oil company - does it allow you to cancel delivery by email (or by any type of communication), is there a notice period (like '30 days prior to the desired cancellation date'). If neither of those contracts give you an help, I would demand that the landlord pay for the oil remaining in the tank. First, you could argue...

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  3. How can i submit voice mails to court when applying for a Harassment Protection Order (HPO)..?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Alan J Pransky
    3. Emma A. Kremer
    4. Paul A Epstein
    5. Valerie J. Semensi
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    The double standard here is appalling. If she had gone to the PD with harassing texts and voicemails, you'd like be in jail right now or have already been served with a restraining order. If the threats are serious, I suggest going back to the PD and demand you be given an Application for Criminal Complaint against this person. Then you could apply for a 209A restraining order. If you had no girlfriend-boyfriend relationship and are not family members, then the Harassment Prevention Order is...

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  4. In small claims court can a defendant vacate a default judgement by claiming that they never received notices?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Estela Matta
    3. Shaye Larkin
    3 lawyer answers

    You can certainly argue that the Defendant received it, but small claims courts OFTEN allow motions to vacate default judgments made within 1 year of the default. The rules allow it for good cause if the motion is made within the 1 year deadline. For this reason, some plaintiffs will hang onto their judgment for 1 year before trying to obtain payment on it. It earns interest from the date of filing at 12% (hard to get that rate at a bank these days!). Nonetheless, if you can show the notice was...

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  5. If my company releases my idea from their intellectual property rules, do I have to agree to their terms?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Sean Patrick Lewis
    3. Jeffrey S. Marlink
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. Alan T Harrison
    5 lawyer answers

    This really depends on your employment contract. Many companies will put language in an employment contract that makes anything and everything you invest, design, etc. owned by the company. This may be limited to designs / inventions created while in the course of your employment or using company resources, etc, but can be extremely broad to include anything you design or invent during the period of your employment or even for a period following your employment. You should have an attorney...

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  6. I was a passenger of a car accident that was 100% the other drivers fault can i sue both insurance

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Bret A. Schnitzer
    4. Michael Ryan Juarez
    5. Devon Willard Grierson
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    Assuming no wild and crazy facts....yes. you could sue both. Your best chance of success however is against the at fault driver. You do not get double the recovery / settlement by suing both though...if that was your underlying question. If you were the passenger in the not-at-fault driver's car...AND you were injured, call a lawyer to take on your case.

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  7. Under Mass law can a 93A action be brought in small claims court ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Melissa Anne Levine-Piro
    3. Stefano Vincenzo D'Agostino
    4. Henry Lebensbaum
    5. Daniel Dufresne
    5 lawyer answers

    You most certainly can bring a MGL 93A claim in Small Claims Court. My law partner (the previous responding attorney) is correct, the underlying claim must be for less than the maximum of $7,000.00. HOWEVER, since MGL c.93A allows you the possibility to obtain double or triple damages (i.e. 2x or 3x that base or 'single' damages amount) PLUS attorney's fees, you CAN get a judgement under MGL c.93A for GREATER than $7,000.00 despite the max. Since you can get attorney's fees though, you should...

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  8. Does a university's Inventions & Proprietary Information Agreements affect commercialization of non-novel ideas?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Steven Kelsey Hemingway
    3. Maurice N Ross
    4. Pearlette Vivian Toussant
    5. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    It really depends on the particular language of the Agreement you signed. It certainly could be covered by that type of Agreement. The fact that it may not be 'novel' helps in the sense that you could argue you did not create the idea or invent the software - it's been out there in the public as a concept - but if you wrote code for the school you would not be able to use that code or a substantially similar derivation of it. But also, you should check the agreement to ensure you're not STILL...

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  9. Why an LLC for "limited" protection if incorporating anyway?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Travis J. Jacobs
    2. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3. Christopher Michael Larson
    4. John L Koenig
    4 lawyer answers

    You can only form 1 type at a time. Its either an LLC or an INC. Each type has different advantages and disadvantages, depending on your business and personal needs / desires.

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  10. If I am a shareholder in S corporation, can I become a sole proprietor for another company structure?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert John Murillo
    2. Travis J. Jacobs
    3. John P Corrigan
    3 lawyer answers

    Just based on the substance of your question I can tell this set of circumsrances has a lot of moving parts and really requires you to speak directly with an attorney. Without knowing all of the details it would be impossible to give you any good suggestions.

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