James Haroutunian

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Question: My mother’s will names me as the personal representative of her estate and says I can serve “without the need for a bond.” When I filed with Probate Court, they are making me complete a bond. Why is a bond needed? Answer: The role of personal representative is a court-appointed authority, which causes judges […]
Question: I am selling my home and the closing attorney charges $225 to draft a deed. I have my original recorded deed. Do I need to pay the closing attorney for a new one? If so, can I draft one myself? Answer: Don’t confuse the deed for your property with a certificate of title to […]
Q: I have to testify in a deposition for an ongoing civil lawsuit. I have never done this before. Do you have any tips? A : A deposition is a strange, and sometimes unpleasant, experience formally defined as obtaining recorded testimony for use in court at a later date. Many lawyers will use a deposition […]
Question: My mother is 90 years old, and we are considering a nursing home. She has about $20,000 in assets. Can we save some of this money before applying for her nursing-home services? Answer: If your mom needs a nursing home and you expect to ask Masshealth to pay for her care, you can’t save […]
Did you know that Massachusetts residents over the age of 70 can opt out of jury duty? A 75-year-old client recently got a summons in the mail for jury duty. He was overwhelmed about trying to balance serving on a jury while caring for his elderly wife. Amazingly, the mailed summons offered no phone number […]
Question: The deed to my house that my girlfriend and I own says “JTWROS.” What the heck does this mean? Answer: It means you really liked your girlfriend when you bought the house. A house owned by more than one person can either be linked together or held in two separate shares. You (or your […]
Real-estate closing attorneys are being advised to watch out for signs of elder financial abuse through real-estate transactions. Massachusetts law does not require mandatory reporting; however, because title insurance policies cover losses relating to elder financial-abuse issues, closing lawyers are asked to be the first line of defense. What are the title risks? “Most states […]