How do I get my ex-wife removed from my house deed?

Additional Information: I have been divorced for 9 years and as part of the separation agreement, I got the house. How do I get my ex-wife removed from my house deed? One of our lawyers was supposed to take care of this but it never happened. I have contacted my lawyer numerous times over the years to no avail. What do I need to do to get this taken care of? ATTORNEY ANSWER: A new deed needs to be drafted tranferring your and your wife’s interest into your name alone.  Most attorneys are capable of drafting a Quitclaim Deed and it is relatively inexpensive.  The new deed will need to be signed by you and your ex-wife and both signatures will need to be Notarized.  This new deed will then need to be recorded at the appropriate registry of deeds for a fee of $125.00.  It is really that simple.
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Do I need a Leominster defense attorney?

Additional Information: I work at a group home in Leominster. I gave a shower to one of the clients who was in a wheel chair. One week later she made a false sexual allegation. Attorney Answer: If you end up being charged criminally then absolutely you will need a criminal defense attorney. This is a very serious allegation with very serious consequences if you are tried and convicted. Do not provide a statement to anyone about this incident. If the police contact you or try to speak with you tell them you want a lawyer and do not speak to them.
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My wife was served with an application for criminal complaint for assault and battery in Leominster

Additional Information: This incident occurred nine months ago. The individual in question entered the shop in which my wife and I worked, twice – refused to leave, then stood in the doorway barring her from closing the door. She placed her hands on his chest and pushed, demanding that he leave. This appears a reasonable response to me – he did not fall down, and continued to poke his head in the windows goading us. We called the police, and an officer advised the “undesirable” to stay away from my wife and our shop, and advised us to report further incidents. We are unsure if we can find a witness (we were across the street from a restaurant). Please – any advice for the magistrate hearing? The complaint provides no details of his complaint. ATTORNEY ANSWER: You should hire a lawyer to represent your wife at the Magistrate’s hearing. The
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I was charged with an OUI for being under the influence of Marijuana in Leominster, MA.

Additional Information: The  police did not have me  conduct a field sobriety test or anything.  I was driving with my lights off (my dash lights in my car had been out for a while, and my front headlights come on automatically when the car is turned on) when I was pulled over by the police.  I had not been smoking for over 12 hours, and the cop arrested me with no sobriety test, or anything, but he did find a lot of pot. 
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Can you explain the law regarding hit and run accidents and liability in Massachusetts?

Additional Information: My 22-year old daughter was involved in a minor accident and doesn’t know if she caused damage to the parked car she hit.  She left the parking area without leaving her contact information and now she’s wondering what she should do.  Can you please explain the law regarding this situation and her legal responsibilities? Thanks. ATTORNEY ANSWER: In order for the Commonwealth to prove that your daughter left the scene of an accident the Commonwealth must prove the following 5 things beyond a reasonable doubt. First, that the defendant operated a motor vehicle; Second, that she operated it on a way or in a place where the public has a right of access, or in a place where members of the public have access as invitees or licensees;
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What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Massachusetts?

Additional Information: Does it have to do with whether you can go to jail or not if you get convicted or not or is it some other factor? Thanks. ATTORNEY ANSWER: The definition of a felony in MA is any crime that carries the potential penalty of at least 1 year in state prison.  Every other offense is a misdemeanor.  A misdemeanor can only carry the potential for a house of correction sentence.  The maximum sentence under a misdemeanor is 2.5 years in the house of correction.  The maximum penalty under a felony is life imprisonment.  So to determine whether something is a felony or a misdemeanor you need to look at the potential penalty for the crime under the statute.
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I am getting a divorce. My wife makes more money than I do, will I be entitled to alimony and how is it determined in Massachusetts?

ATTORNEY ANSWER: Alimony is generally based in MA on two principals: need and ability to pay.  If there is a need by one spouse for alimony or spousal support from the other spouse and their is an ability to pay by the payor spouse, then you may be eligible for alimony in MA.  The Court will consider all of the statutory factors set out in M.G.L. c. 208 s. 34. There are no guidelines for alimony (such as there are for child support) in MA and the case law is not very helpful, however a committee has been formed to make findings and report on those findings to the judiciary and the legislature relative to establishing a model for determining how alimony should function in MA. 
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How do I get an annulment?

Additional Information: I was just married and now realize it was a mistake. What are the requirements for getting an annulment in Massachusetts? ATTORNEY ANSWER: An annulment is distinguished from a divorce.  An annulment is not a dissolution of the marriage but is a judicial declaration that no marriage exists between the parties.  Because of the imporance to society in insuring stability and regularity in what appears to be a valid marriage the American courts have recognized a presumption that marriages of record are valid until shown otherwise. 
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My daughter was recently arrested for shoplifting. She has never been in trouble before, can you please advise on how to handle this?

Additional Information: My 19 year old daughter was caught shoplifting a few weeks ago at a local drug store ($15 make up kit). I guess I was hoping the whole thing would go away but we got a summons to appear for something like a magistrate hearing. Any thoughts on how to handle this? She has never been in any trouble before but she just made a stupid mistake. ATTORNEY ANSWER: It really depends on the Court and the particular magistrate to know what may happen at the hearing.  These are closed hearings not open to the public.  A representative of the local police department will read a summary of the facts to the clerk magistrate.  You have an opportunity to bring an attorney or represent yourself.  Although your daughter is an adult you would likely be allowed to participate in the hearing with your daughter.  Your daughter could present
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Can I refuse to press charges?

Additional Information: I was involved in a fight with a former friend. Now we’re both charged with assault but neither one of us wants to press charges. So can we just refuse to press charges so the case goes away? We don’t get along any more (duh) but neither one of us wants to press charges.  Can I refuse to press charges? ATTORNEY ANSWER: The answer is: it depends.  It depends on which stage of the proceedings the matters are in.  If the matters are scheduled for clerk magistrate hearings that have been filed by the police, then typically you and your friend could attend the hearings and indicate to the police prosecutor and the clerk magistrate that you do not wish to proceed with the matters and the Court would honor that request.
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