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Melissa Anne Levine-Piro

Melissa Levine-Piro’s Answers

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  • Is there anything we can do legally?

    For the past year and a half Myself and my girlfriend have notified our landlord the problems within the apartment caused by the previous tenants. The problems include no smoke alarms, stains in the living ceiling from when the radiator was turn...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I would definitely urge you to call your local board of health and have them come out and do an inspection. If there are things int he apartment that are not up to code or law, the board of health will order the landlord to make the repairs in a designated time frame. Good Luck!

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  • What rights do I have as their grandmother as she is only a live in girlfriend?

    My daughter left her finance and they had 2 children together now 5 and 7. He pretty much is deadbeat, 6 jobs in that time. Kenosha a live_in girlfriend with 2 older daughter's. He doesn't work but she does and she has Tuesday's everything I can d...

    Melissa’s Answer

    As the prior answers indicated, this would be something that your daughter has the ultimate say. Unfortunately as a grandparent, you do not have any right to make such a decision. If your daughter denies you time with your grandchildren, and you have had a significant relationship with them, you can petition the court for grandparent visitation.

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  • How long must a spouse provide health ins for the ex after divorce in MA?

    My divorce agreement simply states I am to provide health insurance for my ex husband, but does not specify for how long. Is this a fiction of statite on when Zi can take him off my plan?

    Melissa’s Answer

    If there is end date in your agreement then you must keep your ex on indefinitely. If your ex becomes ineligible for insurance under you plan then you should immediately notify your ex and submit a complaint for modification to the court.

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  • DCF has custody of my son, will I ever get him back? If so, how long until I can reunite with my child?

    My son got taken into DCF custody because I had a mental breakdown and self harmed. We had court today and he is currently in the custody of dcf while living with my aunt. We are trying to get him placed with my mother and give her temporary custo...

    Melissa’s Answer

    DCF is not going to return custody to you until you can show DCF that there are no risks to the child if returned to you. To help expedite this process I would follow the recommendations of DCF and cooperate with the caseworker.

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  • Can someone living in a different country file for and get a divorce in Massachusetts, where his wife lives?

    A friend of mine lives in Chile. He wants to divorce his wife who lives in Massachusetts, but he has not intention of ever coming back to the U.S. They were only married for a few years and have no children. Can he hire an attorney from Massachus...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Absolutely. If your friend retains an attorney in MA, that attorney can initiate the process and waive his appearance at any court hearings. You can use AVVO to search for an attorney.

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  • Can I sue this builder for deceitful practices? At least for the amount of my deposit?

    Contacted builder to sub-divide my land & build 4 homes. Builder requests deposit on 1 home in order to get started. I paid dep. & builder provided Estimate of approx. $1,103,000 (3/19/14) for 4 homes & site work. I change floor plans & add option...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Potentially, but this is a very fact specific situation. You should have an attorney review all contracts and correspondences that exist and have him/her advise you of your options.
    Good luck.

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  • What are my options.

    Been married 20 years. I want to divorce husband. I want to sell house split the proceeds. He does not. He says he will never sell. Feeling trapped.

    Melissa’s Answer

    I'm sorry you're going through this and I'm sure you're very frustrated. The next step is probably for you to file for divorce. By doing this you will at least start the process. The standard divorce in MA can take 14 months, but this clock does not start ticking until you file. I highly recommend finding an attorney to represent you or at least scheduling a consultation with an attorney. You can use the Find a Lawyer feature on Avvo to find someone near you. Best of Luck.

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  • Can we sue them?

    at the end of october my fiance and i moved into a home that was for sale by owner. we discussed with the owners that as of right now our credit isnt good enough to qualify for a homeowners loan just yet, we would need about a year to be able to g...

    Melissa’s Answer

    Potentially. I would set up a consultation with a lawyer to go over the specific details. Landlords can take first, last and security upfront. The money has to be held in an escrow, interest bearing account. As landlords there are also minimum heat requirements for your dwelling, so being stuck without a furnace is unacceptable.

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  • Massachusetts/How do I get an Advertising Rider , will form an LLC sole prop

    Massachusetts- forming a LLC/sole prop. Business entails logo/my own brand, printing statements on apparel, mugs, stickers, etc. High possibility for trademark infringement. I was told by a trademark attorney that I should get an "advert...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answers. Talk to your insurance broker about that specific type of addition to your policy.

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  • Tax deduction

    I am fighting for my joint legal custody. My ex says I can have my legal back if I give her both children to claim. I am supposed to claim 1 child but her lawyer is telling the court that since I don't have physical custody I need to give up my...

    Melissa’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answer. As long as you are paying child support and are current on child support you should be allowed to claim a child for tax purposes (or alternate years with your ex if there is only one child to claim).

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