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Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel

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  • If two friends buy a house and years later decide to sell the house, how are the proceeds divided when the deed is joint tenant?

    one thinks he should get more because he paid slightly more for house bills but the other also contributed a fair share and maintained the house inside and out.

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you don't yet have a property ownership agreement, this is a great example of how spending a couple thousand dollars can save much more later. The reality is that you will have to agree to a fair division with your co-owner before funds can be distributed. My recommendation would be to sit down and mediate your dispute with an attorney who can assist the parties in coming to an agreement for disbursal. Once you agree (50/50 or 55/45, etc) you will have a much easier time working together to sell the property.

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  • How can I get my name off a boat loan?

    My spouse filed for divorce in 2007, we owned a boat, he ask the judge if he could keep it the judge said yes. He never showed up to pass in his financials, and he took off with the boat. I saw the loan is on my credt report as debt. I called t...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Are you still married?

    One option is to pay off the debt yourself and then seek contribution from your spouse. That stops the harm to your credit. Depending on your spouse's level of cooperation, you can sell the boat and payoff the loan, refinance the boat loan into his sole name, etc. If you file for divorce, you can sort out your financial obligations through that process. I recommend having a lawyer, because something you did the last time around didn't work.

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  • Need help understanding employee agreement with previous employer and how it prohibits my duties in present employment position.

    As part of my employee agreement with my previous employer, I have agreed to and signed the following: "I will disclose to the President of the Company all things that would be Inventions, which includes all improvement, inventions, works...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Make an appointment with an attorney and bring your paperwork. Our office charges a reasonable fee for this type of consultation and question/answer session. This forum is for general legal information, not for legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a person's individual case. Good luck!

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  • I in MA and I'm being evicted made agreement in Apr fell behind laid off but made payment 7days b4 he filed eviction proceedings

    So as I was saying had agreement wrote up in court in Apr but prior to that I had made a payment of 1100 towards what landlord was evicting me for so not knowing this at original court date that this payment stops eviction and continues lease we m...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Since I haven't reviewed the paperwork, my guess is that you entered into an agreement for judgment that called for payments to be made by you, and that waived any right of stay or appeal. The landlord obtained an execution on the basis that you missed your payments. The last part of your question is confusing and you may want to try posting again with more detail or speak with a lawyer.

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  • If we were approved for a home loan and now the condo association doesn't accept our type of loan do we get our deposit back?

    We put an offer in 2 months ago on a foreclosure and we were supposed to close on may 28th and now they told us yesterday that the condo association does not accept fha loans. so the realtor has almost 6 thousand of our money so don't we get that ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague who indicated that you need to take your purchase and sale agreement to an attorney immediately to see if you can exercise your rights under any contingencies agreed to between you and the seller. Don't wait even a second, because your rights are time specific.

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  • Hello Does the executor of an estate have the final say in selling price of a house?

    The executor of the estate set a selling price on a price of a property. 2 of the 4 siblings do not agree to the selling price. The executor says its his final decision like it or not. What other options do the 2 not in favor of the selling price ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I'm curious whether the personal representative is contemplating an arm's length transaction with a bona fide buyer or if he is trying to sell the property to himself or someone he knows at a reduced rate. If that is the case, you should absolutely object. If the contemplated price is simply what the market is offering, you will probably need to come up with an alternate plan to selling, like a buyout, etc. Either way, if you plan to organize as beneficiaries or challenge the sale or take some decisive action, you will need an attorney. Best of luck and don't delay.

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  • What'll happen w my unpaid 9k debt?

    What'll happen w my unpaid delinquent 9k debt to citizens bank mastercard

    Christopher’s Answer

    Our office routinely works with clients to defend and settle unsecured consumer debt accounts on behalf of our clients throughout Massachusetts. Assuming this is an unsecured debt, and not a line of credit tied to your home, etc., they will pursue you with collection letters for some time. The letters may escalate in tone, be accompanied by aggressive telephone campaigns, and will likely come from several different collection firms over time. Eventually, they will retain a collection law firm here in Massachusetts and they will file suit against you. Your debt will continue to accrue interest during this time. Once sued, and if the creditor is successful, they will obtain a judgment against you for the amount of the debt, plus their costs and any additional interest that has accrued. Retain counsel to assist you in putting together an effective settlement plan that deals with the debt once and for all and saves you money. It is always a good idea to consult with a bankruptcy attorney, but whether that makes sense depends on your overall financial situation. $9,000 is manageable if you have the right help.

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  • A lawyer for the mortgage bank called me and said he is sending me a package with docs for me to sign he said this not a threat

    my initials are on some pages but one page the most important one does not have my signature I called him last week and said no I am not signing it. Then this week he sent me two letters and it says that they are offering me $1K to sign it, ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Do not do anything without consulting with your own attorney - period.

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  • My daughter is 6 months old her father is not in the picture at all. My boyfriend wants to adopt her. Is this possible?

    Her biological father is not in the picture and I named her after My boyfriend because he has been there since I was three months pregnant. So she has his last name. The nurses at the hospital wouldn't let him sign her birth certificate and they s...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Thank you for your question. No, that is not true!

    I think what the nurse was trying to say is that the boyfriend's name can not be on the birth certificate unless he is either the biological father or married to you within 300 days of birth.

    But that is okay! You have the right to file an co-parent adoption petition in the probate and family court. Many of the cumbersome and expensive requirements of traditional adoption can be waived in your case. That is probably the best way to go about this because an adoption will permanently terminate the biological father's parental rights. You will need to provide notice to the biological father and he will either need to surrender the child for adoption or you will have to have his parental rights terminated by the court, either by his failure to appear or over his objection.

    Having an attorney can make this process go much more smoothly, make sure you get it right, and also help in dealing the biological father if things are not entirely friendly. Best of luck!

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  • Ball park price to condo a three decker house into three separate condos.

    Mother died and three brothers get house in a trust ( Quitclaim Deed).

    Christopher’s Answer

    Anybody taking the time to answer this question would probably be happy to assist you, and you can also use the Find a Lawyer function to locate a real estate attorney. There are going to be legal fees, recording fees, fees for architect's plans, etc. I think you should be able to get this done for under $10,000, but that does not include any structural changes or improvements that need to be made. Not a bad way to go, and probably better than trying to co-own together with your brothers. I am sorry that you all lost your mother.

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