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What if I am having trouble meeting my child support obligations?

In a Massachusetts divorce, a variety of issues will come to the forefront and could be the foundation for dispute. Even after the case has been decided upon and the orders have been made and agreed to, people can still face challenges.

That might include a non-custodial parent having trouble meeting the child support obligations. There could be reasons for this. Understanding how the inability to pay child support will impact the supporting parent is important. Having legal advice on what steps to take can be key.

4 common problems with employee handbooks

Running a small business can be both challenging and thrilling. Because you likely have an innovative product or service that your customers want, you need to retain top talent. Drafting an employee handbook is often an effective way both to set reasonable expectations and to protect your organization from legal liability. 

From communicating important policies to outlining disciplinary protocols, a comprehensive employee handbook accomplishes a variety of goals. Still, you do not want your handbook to do more harm than good. Here are four common problems with employee handbooks: 

Even college students should have an estate plan

Massachusetts is one of the most popular states in the U.S. for higher education. There are many schools and universities that attract people from inside and outside the state. With that, there will be various considerations that these students should think about for the present and future.

One that is frequently perceived as a topic to worry about later is an estate plan. While this is generally viewed as imperative when a person has a family, owns a business, has significant assets or is older, there are important reasons for a college student to move forward with estate planning with help from an experienced law firm.

Plans for South Quincy condo building causing neighborhood uproar

Neighbors in one South Quincy neighborhood are none too pleased with a new proposed residential real estate development and say they won't go down without a fight. They intend to make calls, send letters, and voice their disdain at every scheduled city council meeting.

The development, a six story, 48-unit condominium building, is being proposed for construction at 73 Liberty Street. This location is also where the Southside Bar and Tavern is located.

Planning for Retirement, Social Security and Medicare

When families are gathered around the living room spending time with an elderly loved one, the topic of estate planning may sometimes arise. However, it is most often discussed involving the distribution of assets and family heirlooms. Many families fail to consider estate planning when it pertains to matters such as retirement, Social Security, and Medicare. These issues matter greatly, often having much more impact than expected on an estate once a loved one passes away.

All of the above mentioned matters should be explained and incorporated into an estate plan by an attorney who thoroughly understands the possible repercussions of a wrong move. A widowed spouse will want to draw Social Security income from a deceased spouse's benefits, when available. The same goes for retirement. Making sure a proper beneficiary is named on such accounts is of utmost importance to ensure that person is able to collect after the account owner's death.

Questions to ask before signing a commercial lease

You have a solid idea for a new business, and now, you need to find a place from which to run it. Commercial leases are often considerably different than residential ones. In many cases, commercial tenants have far more responsibilities than residential tenants. Thus, it is always a good idea to make sure you thoroughly understand the terms of a commercial lease agreement before signing it. Failing to do so can potentially land you in considerable trouble somewhere down the line.

Asking for clarification on anything open to interpretation is always smart before signing a commercial lease. It may also benefit you in the long run to ask the following questions.

How does a Chapter 13 bankruptcy work?

The main purpose of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy is to consolidate debt and stop foreclosure or repossession. It extends payments over a longer length of time to allow a debtor to pay an amount he or she can afford monthly. Creditors may not pursue collection actions or asset seizure while a debt is in an active bankruptcy. Payments are calculated on either a three or five year plan. The goal is for all accounts to be current and in good standing at the completion of the Chapter 13 plan.

Once a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition is completed and filed, a bankruptcy trustee will be assigned to the case. It is the Trustee's job to analyze all listed debts to determine status, type of debt, and validity. The debts will be separated by type. First in line for payment are priority debts. These include items such as tax debt or child support. Next in line are the secured creditors. These will include items such as mortgages or car notes. In other words, a secured creditor is one who holds a debt that is secured by some form of collateral. Debtors may also choose to surrender collateral, such as a vehicle, in satisfaction of a secured debt. If that creditor then chooses to file a claim for a deficiency balance, it becomes an unsecured debt.

Guidance for first time home buyers

Purchasing a home for the first time can be an extremely overwhelming and stressful experience if you do not have the right team on your side. The process should be exciting, not scary. We always remember our first home, and we should be able to look back at the buying experience as a fond memory rather than a chaotic mess.

To begin, determine what you can reasonably afford. Take the time to sit down with a reputable mortgage lender and discuss the many different types of available financing. Allow them full disclosure to your income so they can accurately advise you of what may be an affordable monthly payment.

Divorce and the division of artistic works created by one spouse

Many couples in Massachusetts will have to contend with divorce one day. It is especially pertinent in the town of North Adams, which has the highest divorce rate in the state where 1,973 divorcees live in a total population of 13,211. 

The couple will need to figure out how to equitably divide assets, but this becomes complicated when one or both spouses work as an artist. Many painters and singers live in Massachusetts, and although a spouse may have created a certain work years ago, it may still generate revenue. It is important to consider all items, material and immaterial, when going through a divorce to ensure you leave nothing on the table. 

Drunk driver crashes into Weymouth ambulance

A 41-year-old North Weymouth woman was arraigned while lying in a hospital bed after a Thursday evening drunk driving accident occurred recently. A judge has set her bail at $7,500 cash on charges of drunk driving, negligent driving, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury, obstructing an emergency vehicle, driving an unregistered car and a marked lanes violation.

The woman, who was driving a Subaru Forester while under the influence, first crashed into a car at the corner of Bridge Street and Birchbrow Avenue. The parties in the vehicle that was struck were injured, complaining of neck and back pain, and emergency personnel were called to the scene. Before they arrived, the at-fault party backed up and proceeded to leave the scene. Witnesses say she never even attempted to stop or get out of her vehicle. At that point, she crossed the yellow line on the road she was fleeing on and struck a South Shore Ambulance head-on. Ironically, it was the ambulance that was en route to her first accident.

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