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Category Archives: real estate
Recent revisions to the existing Homestead Act, which were signed into law by Governor Patrick, will provide every Massachusetts homeowner with up to $125,000.00 in creditor protection automatically, beginning in March 2011. Because this is not a federal law or protection, same-sex married couples have the same rights and protections afforded all “married spouses” under the Homestead Act. Continue reading
I am contacted increasingly often by couples from states like Florida who were married in Massachusetts and who now want to obtain a same-sex divorce. In many cases, both spouses are in complete agreement and ready to cooperate in order to obtain a divorce. Their question to me: Can we obtain a divorce in Massachusetts? The answer: No. Follow-up question: Well, then can we get divorced in Florida? The answer: No. Continue reading
A transgender couple has settled their housing discrimination lawsuit against landlords and the real estate agent for a rental property in Oxford, Massachusetts. Continue reading
Both same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Massachusetts who choose marry are essentially entering into a binding contract with each other and the state. The state sets the terms of this marital contract, which dictates property ownership, inheritance, separation, property and … Continue reading
Congress has recently updated legislation as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act that gives qualifying first-time homebuyers a tax credit worth up to $8,000. The legislation adds Section 36 to the Internal Revenue Code. With real estate … Continue reading