If you are not able to resolve your complaint through contacting the seller and requesting a refund, you may use the Massachusetts Small Claims Court. Small Claims Court is designed to help people settle disputes of $7,000 or less without the aid of an attorney.
Whenever a party files a civil complaint, the other party may respond by filing a counterclaim. Although the counterclaim might not be either of the causes you listed, it would be prudent to discuss your counterclaim options with the attorney hired to respond to the complaint.
If a judge finds that paternity has been established and orders that the father’s name be included on the child’s birth certificate, then the father's name should be added to the birth certificate. Go to the town or city hall where the child resides and get a copy of the birth certificate to check if your name is on it.
Here is a link to information regarding emancipation of minors in Massachusetts: http://www.masslegalhelp.org/children-and-families/emancipation Most judges will not grant a minor emancipated status. Also, if a judge is not convinced that emancipation is in a minor's best interests and their story sounds like there may be abuse, neglect, or abandonment, the judge may ask the the Department of Children and Families or probation to investigate.
Check out the link to this document and read section 5-202 (Parental or guardian appointment of guardian for minor) for information regarding the appointment of a guardian for the children. Also, judge's are inclined to award children to stable caretakers as opposed to awarding custody to abusive, absent and unstable parents. It may be a good idea to keep a journal noting the mother's inconsistencies, absences from visits and unusual behavior. (Note that the children should never be allowed...
The Massachusetts Used Vehicle Warranty Law protects consumers who buy used vehicles from a dealer (or private party) in Massachusetts. Remember to maintain complete records from the day you buy your vehicle, keep a diary of problems and repair attempts including the dates of service, the problem you reported and mileage at the time of repairs. See this site for more information: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/business/autos-transportation/lemon-law-used.html (The link is also provided below.)
According to the below link the Office of the Public Defender in Arkansas provides representation to those who cannot afford private counsel and, as you experienced, and according to the web site, a judge determines eligibility for a public defender based on a person's current financial situation. Below are some links to legal aid services in Arkansas that may be able to point you in the right direction.
Most claims for money damages against the Commonwealth, a state agency or authority, or a city or town that are based on the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of a public official or employee must be brought under the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act. (See G.L. c. 258) Such an action would be a pretty expensive proposition. A person may bring a small claim in the District Court generally based on a government contract, a claim against a housing authority, or a claim authorized by some other statute.