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What to do after you’ve been pulled over for drinking and driving.

Seeing those blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror can be one of the most stressful things you have to deal with, and it’s considerably more stressful if you believe your being pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol or operating under the...
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Welcome to the Botelho Law Group Veterans Benefit Blog!!!!!!

Welcome to the Botelho Law Group Veterans Benefit Blog!!!!!! BOTELHO LAW GROUP is based in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island, to serve the needs Of US Military Veterans seeking to claim their veteran’s disability benefits. In this blog...
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Welcome to the BOTELHO LAW GROUP Mortgage and Real Estate Closing Blog!!!!!

Welcome to the Botelho Law Group Mortgage and Real Estate Closing Blog. In this blog we will be explaining our mortgage closing services, the mortgage closing process, purchasing a home, and all the documentation that goes along with it. In this blog you can have an...
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Welcome to the BOTELHO LAW GROUP Edler Abuse Blog!!!!!!

Welcome to the Botelho Law Group the elder abuse blog. In this blog we will be tackling the subject of both financial elder abuse and physical elder abuse. Financial elder abuse is usually when an elderly person is swindled by a family member, caregiver, financial...
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How does a Restraining Order affect Child Visitation in Massachusetts?

What happens if there is a child visitation schedule established by the Family Courts and one of the parents gets a Restraining Order against the other parents? A restraining order does not automatically trigger a parent to lose their child visitation rights, but it...
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I want to divorce and custody of my child from my alcoholic abusive wife, what are my options?

Please help me, in need of advice, I would like to get a Divorce from my wife and obtain full custody of our son. My wife is an abusive alcoholic and is drunk every single night. She frequently gets violent and aggressive if I ever raise the question of her drinking...
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What can you do when the other parent isn’t following the child custody visitation guidelines or court orders?

My husband is having a very difficult time with his ex-wife cooperating with the visitation schedule established by the Massachusetts Family Court. He is a pilot and we live in Norfork County, and he works out of Logan Airport. She has moved to New Hampshire, almost...
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Can I get a divorce in Massachusetts even though my spouse will not sign the divorce papers?

I have wanted to get a Divorce for a couple years now, but my spouse will not sign the paperwork. If my spouse refuses to sign the court documents for filing for Divorce in Massachusetts, can I still get a Divorce without his signature? I feel like I’m trapped...
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Can a landlord refused to return my security deposit?

Answer: usually the answer would be no, but there are some factors which would make the answer yes. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island if the landlord did not properly set up your safety deposit in a separate account, they will be in trouble just for failing to do...
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I was told by my doctor that I have an STD, it almost destroyed my marriage, and it was a misdiagnosis; is this medical malpractice?

A client of ours was misdiagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which she did not test positive for on the preceding year.  The fact of the matter is, that the patient/client with not infected with a sexually transmitted...
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My ex is taking me to Family Court for child custody, he is Pro Se, do I need a lawyer?

This is a question I get asked all the time, do I need a lawyer. The simple answer is always yes, if you want to have a chance of success. In the case were one person is not represented by a lawyer or represents themselves pro se, many people in this situation feel...
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Do I have a medical malpractice case or medical negligence case against my doctor, pharmacist, or nurse?

I have a question pertaining to Medical Malpractice, cancer and looking for a knowledgeable Medical Malpractice lawyer I have a child who is six years old with the rear blood disease that is cancerous who has been receiving chemotherapy. The chemotherapy has been...
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Hit from behind on INT 93, what do I do now?

This morning’s commute the traffic flow going into Boston Massachusetts was approximately 45 mph on Interstate 95. As happens very often in Boston traffic, all the cars in front of me came to a complete stop, except the car behind me. The car behind me hit me...
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Can I move out of state with my child, even though custody and visitation has been set by the court?

I got divorced in Fall River, Massachusetts, which was finalized two years ago. The court has giving me physical custody, but legal custody has been granted to me and my ex. My ex has visitation on the weekends and one night a week, which we both agreed to. I’m...
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What are my parental rights before first court date or divorce is finalized?

My husband and I have decided to file for Divorce after eight years of marriage and we have three children together. I live in Fall River Massachusetts with the children and he takes them to his home in Somerset Massachusetts until they begin school. They are enrolled...
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I am being evicted in retaliation for asking for needed repairs on my apartment, what can I do?

I live in Fall River Massachusetts and my landlord, a real estate management company, has sent me a 30 day notice to quit. In the last few years I had made several complaints for a leaky roof, ceiling, faulty radiator with no heat for three months and several other...
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How does the eviction process work in Massachusetts?

How does the Eviction process work in Massachusetts? How do I evict a tenant that is not paying rent in Massachusetts? What are my rights as a landlord to evict the tenant in Massachusetts? ANSWER: In Massachusetts the Eviction process is called Summary Process...
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How long does the eviction process take in Massachusetts?

I rent several apartments in Fall River Massachusetts and have a tenant who has not paid rent in three months. How long does the Eviction process take in Massachusetts? The tenant is now three months behind on rent, but she continually tells me that she has fallen on...
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What is the difference between a Corporation (INC) and a Limited Liability Company (LLC)?

What is the difference between a corporation and a limited liability company? They both are separate legal entities that will take liability away from the business owner and place it on the new legal entity in the event of litigation. That being said, the choice of...
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Fall River Foreclosure Lawyer: How to STOP Foreclosure?

  Joseph F. Botelho, Esq. BOTELHO LAW GROUP Attorneys At Law 901 Eastern Ave. Unit 2 Fall River, MA 02723 Office:  888-269-0688 Email: jbotelho@botelholawgroup.com...
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Proudly Introducing Our New Cape Cod Office!

BOTELHO LAW GROUP announces the Grand Opening of our new Cape Cod office. Next office we will be opening will be in Plymouth County. BOTELHO LAW GROUP 3010 Main St Barnstable, MA 02630 Office:  888-269-0688 Email: jbotelho@botelholawgroup.com...
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How long does the eviction process take in Massachusetts?

I rent several apartments in Fall River Massachusetts and have a tenant who has not paid rent in three months. How long does the Eviction process take in Massachusetts? The tenant is now three months behind on rent, but she continually tells me that she has fallen on...
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How does the eviction process work in Massachusetts?

How does the Eviction process work in Massachusetts? How do I evict a tenant that is not paying rent in Massachusetts? What are my rights as a landlord to evict the tenant in Massachusetts? ANSWER: In Massachusetts the Eviction process is called Summary Process...
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How can I eliminate tax debt from the IRS or the DOR with bankruptcy?

Many people these days are facing serious tax debt either from the IRS or the Massachusetts Department of Revenue or DOR. These people really have nowhere to turn, because as they say you “can’t fight city hall”. These government agencies have the...
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