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E. Alexandra Golden

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  • Who would take care of my son if I die

    I am currently married to my five year old sons father, that he is also married to someone else. I am engaged to a man I have two other kids with. If I die who would take custody of my five year old?

    E.’s Answer

    The legal presumption is that the biological father would take custody of the child in the absence of evidence that he is unfit. If you believe that bio dad is not fit, then you need to sit down with an estate planning attorney to draft a will and other documents, plus a memorandum discussing why the father should not have custody that would be kept with the estate planning documents

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  • How come me I can't JUST SEE my kids for just smoking weed when other people use heroin and abuse kids and STILL HAVE them.

    I am 25 have two children. A daughter who is 6 a son who is 3. My son with his dad my girl with my dad because I became homeless and was unable to provide for them at time. Temp guardian ship and custody became permanent because my situation was...

    E.’s Answer

    Let me be very, very blunt -- I've had this talk with clients before.

    I understand that you're feeling a lot of stress and pain -- that's only natural. However, playing the victim isn't going to get you a whole lot of sympathy around here. Whatever other people may or may not do, YOU made the choice to light up. The fact that you admit that you failed random screens tells me that what these "vindictive" people said about you in and outside of court is, in fact, true. You're using and so not putting your kids first.

    At this point, the ball is in your court. If you're serious about wanting to see your kids, then the first steps are to take a hard look at yourself and your choices, stop blaming people who told the truth and stop complaining about the fact that other people aren't getting caught. Nothing in your life is going to change until you actually OWN the fact that the choices YOU made cost you your kids. YOU have to decide if your children are important enough to you to get straight. If they are, the Probation Department at the court will be happy to refer you to counseling and services. Once you get the referrals, it will be up to you to consistently show up and work with the people who are trying to give you help. You need to work hard to figure out why you are smoking and do what you need to do to get and stay clean, If you do that and if you are truthful with Probation and with yourself, you will have a better chance of showing that you are capable of putting your kids' needs about what you want. That's what will get you your best shot at visitation and perhaps regaining custody further down the road.

    Good luck.

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  • What happens when a contract has a spelling mistake?

    If a contract states that one of the parties has to "compensat" the other (instead of "compensate"), is that part of the contract still valid?

    E.’s Answer

    A typo like this doesn't affect the validity of the contract. Typos become more important when they directly affect the meaning of the document -- like the difference between "you will" and "you will not."

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  • What is the proper (& simplest) way for my brother to refuse part of his inheritance and have it distributed to myself, in MA?

    My brother and I will share in equal parts the residue of my parent's estate (after taxes etc.). I am the PR and not going to charge a fee due to tax reasons. However my brother wishes to reimburse me for all the expenses of taking care of an out ...

    E.’s Answer

    You need to work with your attorney to make sure that the paperwork is properly prepared and filed and the deed is correctly drafted.

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  • Do I owe them the remaining balance of 5k? I already paid them 10k.

    I signed a contract with a roofer to have my roof stripped down to the plywood and reroofed for 10k. The contract stated that if the plywood underneath was rotted that I would have to replace it at $3.50 per sqft. My roof is 1500sqft, worst case s...

    E.’s Answer

    I suggest you consult with a lawyer who works for homeowners in construciton cases. Bring a copy of the contract with you as well as all bills, e-mails, etc.

    Here's some information from the state to help you. http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/home-improvement-contract/

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  • What should i expect if i was caught shoplifting from a kohls

    i am 23 years old and I was caught shoplifting at Kohls in Massachusetts. The man working for LP confronted me and i returned the merchandise. It was a $17 item. I was taken into the back where i filled out some paperwork for no trespassing and ga...

    E.’s Answer

    I suggest you take this as a wake-up call and stop shoplifting.

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  • What should I do to protect my home

    I own a home with someone that abandoned it 4 yrs ago I have made all mortgage payments,home taxes by my self. He had a drinking problem is retired and is now in a nursing home insurance was exhausted 12/28/16 . Need to know how to or if I have to...

    E.’s Answer

    The answer to your question really depends on the facts of your situation. Call a local elder law attorney -- you can find one at www.naela.org Bring a copy of the deed and your financial records showing the mortgages, taxes and repairs that you paid and bring everything to an elder law attorney. Your rights are going to depend on how the deed is titled (tenant in common or joint owner), the type of relationship you have with the other co-owner (spouse? sibling? child?), and so on. The attorney will evaluate the paperwork and advise you about your rights.

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  • What can I do?

    My father passed away 5 months ago, my brothers, mother and I haven't found out COD. Valuable things were missing from his home. My brother mother and I haven't received a death certificate. I have many questions about my fathers situation. I beli...

    E.’s Answer

    You can get a death certificate from the clerk's office for the town in which your father died. Depending on the community, the cost will be between $10 to $25 or so. Once you get the death certificate, bring it to a probate attorney along with any financial records you may have for your father and discuss how to open your father's estate. If the cause of death is not listed on the death certificate, it can still be filed with an affidavit provided by the Probate Court that says, essentially, that you didn't cause your father's death.

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  • I Purchase this business for 30K and started my bookkeeping. How to I enter the purchase of the business on Quickbooks?

    I Purchase this business for 30K and started my bookkeeping. How to I enter the purchase of the business on Quickbooks? Thank you

    E.’s Answer

    I STRONGLY suggest that you work with a CPA. Many CPAs will be happy to help you set up Quickbooks on your computer and show you how to use it so that your entries are made under the correct tax categories. This will save you a lot of time at tax season and reduce the amount of work that will be needed to prepare your taxes.

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