James Haroutunian

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Seniors win again with MassHealth
A conversation with my 16-year-old son, Jack. “Dad, can we buy some fireworks this Fourth of July? We never get to have fun!” “Well, Jack (my 16-year-old), according to the website, it is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks in Massachusetts. “Sadly, it is also illegal to buy fireworks legally […]
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 […]