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Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel

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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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  • Property improvements and maintenance on joint owner property

    I own a piece of property jointly with another person. We own the property 50/50. The other owner is consistently hiring folks to make improvements and perform maintenance on theproperty without my consent. Is there anything I can do to preven...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you are going to continue to own the property together, my advice would be to sit down and come up with a property ownership agreement. You wouldn't own a business without setting out some basic rules, and this is no different.

    You can:

    1. Negotiate some rules around ownership and improvements;
    2. Buy your other owner out;
    3. Sell your interest to the other owner;
    4. Initiate a partition action to force a buyout or sale.

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  • How much of an abatement of rent is no hot water worth?

    Obviously there are mitigating factors but I'm going before the judge next week to request an abatement of rent . we were withoujt hot water for 10 days AND had to deal with significant flooding that whole time. the landlord replaced the water hea...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The judge will make a determination. Just be ready to describe the scope of the problem and the way that it interfered with your use and enjoyment of the property.

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  • My devorse will be absolute on 6-25-15.i want a dna .test done for my daughter because of rumors of affairs

    The x wife got sole legal custody.im not denying my daughter i just want proof.im a trucker so i missed the last hearing and was not able to get the parenting classes done . because the classes are only held the first two tuesdays of the month....

    Christopher’s Answer

    You need a lawyer. The little one is probably legally yours whether you have a DNA test or not.

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  • What can I do about my paycheck/employer?

    My job sent me someone else's check on the 24th of April. I received the wrong check on the 27th. I contacted the girl who runs the office and she asked me to mail the check back. I asked if the person who's check I had had mine. She said I don't ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with the others. Any of the attorneys answering this question probably can assist you or you can use the Find A Lawyer function in AVVO. Because of the way the law is written, you may find it easy to retain an attorney, even on a contingency fee basis.

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