Massachusetts government officials in several towns closed a number of large deals that mean occupied real estate buildings in the future, but other buildings still sit empty, some of them for years. While leaders report that the commercial real estate market is improving, some of the properties can be hard to match with possible owners.
Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is one of many issues that must be addressed when a couple decides to divorce. The payment of spousal support may be outlined in a marital agreement, such as a prenuptial agreement. In other cases, spousal support may be court ordered. The determination as to whether spousal support will be awarded in a Massachusetts divorce depends on several factors.
All across Massachusetts, prospective home buyers are eagerly waiting for new houses to become available for purchase. With the current market unable to support the number of people interested in purchasing homes, sellers are taking note of rising real estate sale prices and buyer competition and throwing their houses into the market.
Massachusetts residents who are considering selling their businesses may want to look into ways to increase the sale price of their organization. If they have spent years building and growing their businesses, they want to ensure that they receive as much money as possible for their efforts. Even if someone has a successful business, there are ways to make his or her organization more attractive to buyers. Ways to improve a business sale price include making sure finances are in order, having multiple streams of revenue and taking advantage of legal assistance to guide the process.
School nurses in a Massachusetts school district have asked state mediators to intervene in a contract dispute with school administrators that goes back to October 2011. Medford school nurses claim that they are paid 20 percent less than other school personnel even though the nurses are required to meet the same educational standards. The group includes 11 school nurses who serve more than 5,000 students in nine schools.
A New Jersey father has once again been denied custody after petitioning the court for visitation rights to his youngest son. Not the average child custody case, the father came to a hearing on the matter last month dressed in a Nazi uniform. In keeping with his attire, the 40-year-old father had also given all his children Nazi-inspired names.
Many people in Massachusetts choose to rent houses, condos and apartments instead of buying for a variety of reasons. Some people like the freedom of monthly rental contracts, while others may not be able to afford all of the costs associated with buying a home. While renting is a viable option to keep a roof over one's head, it may also be a good way to get into the residential real estate market.
In the last few weeks this blog has discussed several reports that the residential housing market is in the midst of a strong recovery. In and around Worcester home prices are rising and with few houses for sale and many people looking to buy, sellers have been able to price their properties high and get favorable returns.
As previously discussed on this Worcester family law blog, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements offer a wide range of benefits. Massachusetts family law attorneys routinely help clients draft these marital agreements both before and after a marriage. While many couples may hesitate to engage in talks regarding marital agreements, these can actually help foster communication and full disclosure when it comes to a marriage.
Whether an individual plans to start a business or has just started one, it's important to know the federal tax responsibilities he or she has. There are some basic tips the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants new business owners to know. For instance, it's important to know the type of business the company does early on. This may sound simple, but not many people decide if the business is an S corporation, sole proprietorship, limited liability company or partnership. Each type of business reports its activities differently on a federal tax form.
Massachusetts residents and business owners may be interested in learning about patent assertion companies and how they relate to business litigation in Worcester and other areas of the state. Patent assertion companies, known in the vernacular as "patent trolls," buy patents from small inventors and then use them to sue businesses they feel are infringing upon those patents.
For several years people in Massachusetts have been waiting for some serious support in battling the foreclosure crisis that has plagued the state since the country fell into a recession. As legislators have debated and proposed various housing recovery bills, homeowners in Worcester and around the state have been forced into the painful process of home foreclosure.
The United States Supreme Court recently issued two major decisions regarding gay marriage. Worcester family law will certainly face big changes when it comes to domestic partnership issues in the wake of one of these decisions. It involved the Defense of Marriage Act, also referred to as DOMA. DOMA is a law banning the federal government from recognizing domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages legalized in individual states. In the 5-4 majority vote, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA is unconstitutional.