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What decides whether someone is authorized to order a person off of a commercial or municipal property?

We often hear of people ordered to leave stores or banning them from the store for one reason or another, for example, suspected shop lifting. How is it decided who can order such a ban. If the lease ...
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Can my landlord ask for a fee for a non-executed lease?

In my lease, my landlord stipulated that on or before March 1st, he was going to email us a new lease (presumably for the next year), and we had to respond within 5 days whether or not we accepted ...
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What's the penalty for selling stolen digital files?

Is there a penalty for selling stolen digital files? Is it the same as selling other illegal goods? Is there no specific provision about it? If applicable, is there a Massachusetts-specific provision ...
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Does anyone know if there's an equivalent to the New South Wales Property and Contract act in Massachusetts?

I'm looking to see if there's an equivalent to the (Property and Contracts) Act 1970 of New South Wales in the US, specifically the part pertaining to minors.
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Can a minor act as an officer or director of a corporation?

I have two questions: I was wondering if a minor could act as an officer of a corporation; and if a minor can act as a director on a board of directors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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Is it legal for public schools to require video for remote classes?

Is it legal for public schools to require a student to run a webcam-video for remote classes in Massachusetts?
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Can a minor serve as a company's registered agent?

Can a minor serve as a registered agent for a company in Massachusetts?
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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?

Is it okay for a bank to turn away minors solely based on age even if they have a parent/guardian to sign/co-sign on the minor's behalf? Would it be considered age discrimination?
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Is it unlawful for a minor to own shares of a company?

I was wondering if it was unlawful for a minor to own shares of a company in Massachusetts if the company bylaws allow for it.
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Large vehicle reversing at midnight, waking people up

Right next to where I live in the Boston area; every few days there is someone that parks and reverses their large van just outside my apartment at around midnight; with a very loud reversing sound. ...
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Liability for felony theft in Massachusetts [closed]

I recently discovered that my recent ex-girlfriend had been stealing money from me. She had stolen my credit card information and used it to purchase Visa Gift Cards on Amazon. This occurred during ...
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What is the difference between the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County?

It is my understanding that the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is the highest state court in the state of Massachusetts. However, I have also heard reference to the Supreme Judicial Court for ...
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Adverse possession in MA, USA

X bought property recently in MA. X does land survey for the purpose of building fence. Survey reveals: (1) row of small plants of neighbor Y is inside X property. (2) old fence between neighbor Y and ...
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I owe rent for a month and my landord is threatening me to move my stuff out of the house

(Note: I know a similar question has been asked but this is slightly different in terms of the agreement and I also have specific location information which might help come up to a better conclusion.) ...
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Massachusetts unemployment with job offer a few months away

My current job is not allowing me to continue working, and my last day will be next week. I have a job offer that starts late in the summer though. Am I eligible for unemployment in Massachusetts? I ...
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What is the most effective way to contest poorly enforced speed restrictions?

I live in a fairly desirable area with one drawback: my apartment overlooks a multi-lane restricted access parkway. I'd prefer not to say more for privacy reasons. Until recently, it's been only a ...
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Do You Have to Identify Yourself to Police if Suspected of Underage Drinking? [MA, U.S.]

I was doing some reading on the laws relating to this, and I can't seem to get a clear answer. According to this source https://www.mattmlaw.com/blog/2013/04/underage-drinking-convictions-can-be-...
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Circumstances where Eminent Domain cannot condemn intellectual property?

Would it be possible to effectively prevent Eminent Domain from being used on intellectual property?
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Is There a Legal Distance to Slow Down After Passing a Speed Limit Sign of a Lower Speed? [MA]

I recently moved to Western Massachusetts from New Hampshire, where speed limit changes of 10+ MPH are always marked with "reduced speed ahead" signs. According to the Massachusetts government website:...
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paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back [closed]

TLDR: terminated lease after continued upstairs noise, landlord sent debt collector, trying to decide if should pay debt collector and sue landlord for money back. We had been renting an apartment in ...
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Increased speed limit and decreased speed limit signs located ~1/3 mile apart on opposite side of road. When is it legal to increase speed?

Sorry for the confusing title, this is kind of hard to describe. I just moved to western MA. In my new town, there is this road where on one side, the speed limit goes from 40 to 30, but on the other ...
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Should I be worried about an illegal statement from my landlord?

In a letter I received when moving into a new apartment (which mostly covered standard move-in logistics) my landlord wrote that there would be a late fee imposed if rent was received more than 5 ...
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How does the prohibition on late rent fees work in MA?

In Massachusetts, USA, a landlord cannot charge interest or a penalty on late rent until 30 days after the due date. However, the landlord can begin the eviction process immediately, even if ...
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Does this lease clause provide a one sided exit for the landlord?

In the Greater Boston Real Estate Board Standard Lease Form, Section 8, it says In the event the Lessor is not able through no fault of his own to deliver the leased premises to the Lessee at the ...
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Does a property owner with beach frontage need to post the beach for it to be considered trespassing to walk across the property?

In MA, is it legal to cross someone's property on the ocean beach if the beach is not developed and is not posted?
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Force neighbor to resolve property line encroachment before selling house

My neighbor built a fence that crosses our property line. I had a surveyor come mark the boundary to be sure. (It has only been a few years so no adverse possession possibilities.) This neighbor is ...
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What to do about neighbor's dangerous retaining wall

Several years ago, a neighbor built a retaining wall on the property line. It is a really cheap retaining wall and made from wood. The wood is now rotten and the wall is falling apart. Worse, cars ...
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Are police reports public records?

Are police reports public records? For example, if I know about a crime, either through first hand knowledge or a news article, and I request in writing the police report on the crime, do I have a ...
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Plausibility of US Suit over Ownership of Photos of Slaves

Background As reported in this Washington Post news article and many similar articles in other major news organs, a lawsuit has very recently been filed against Harvard University and various ...
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If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider/business, do they have to disclose any financial interest they may have?

If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider or medical business (e.g., an imaging lab), do they have to disclose to the patient any financial interest they may have in the ...
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Is it legal to record audio using a phone if the phone has been stolen?

I am thinking of creating a business wherein I use specialized software on a client's phone that can be leveraged in the event that the phone in question gets stolen or the owner kidnapped. The ...
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In Massachusetts, does my church need a permit in order to sacrifice animals?

I know a while back ago, the Supreme court decided that it is unconstitutional for states to make animal sacrifice illegal. Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. Hialeah, 508 U.S. 520 (1993), ...
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Can a minor file for a Business Certificate in Massachusetts?

I am a minor living in the state of Massachusetts and I am interested in getting a "doing business as" / Business certificate. I am already doing business in my town (online sales), however, I wanted ...
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In Massachusetts Can I Record Calls to and From Business?

I live in Rhode Island, we are a one party state. I have a small service business. For both of our security i like to record the call in case of further issue in the future. Rhode Island is a one ...
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Is it required by law to have a prescription to get an MRI scan in the United States?

Is it required by law to have a prescription to get an MRI scan in the United States? If state specific, I'm interested in California and Massachusetts. I'm reading conflicting, unsupported ...
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Provisions on lease contract not fulfilled [closed]

I just wanted to get a second opinion on a part of my lease since I'd rather it not come back to bite me. Basically, I moved in May (set next renew date to September this year). When I looked at the ...
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Is there statutory interest on an unpaid debt, or can I only recover the principal?

I made a no-interest short term loan to a family member and have documentation of the debt, and he did not pay me back in the stipulated time frame. If I take legal means to recover the money owed, ...
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Is it a violation of due process for a public committee to have no regular rules of order?

Many committees operate by Robert's Rules of Order, but there are others that have no fixed rules and I have observed public committees in some cases acting arbitrarily. Is it a violation of due ...
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How do I authenticate that a warrant and its bearers are authentic?

Questions... How can I tell if the warrant is authentic and authorized by an authentic court? How can I identify that the persons approaching me with the warrant are indeed authorized law enforcement ...
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Can I claim unemployment benefits if I already have a new job lined up?

Imagine that I live and work in Massachusetts. I am being laid off by the end of the year. I already have a new job but it won't start until a few months after the end of my current employment. I know ...
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Where does the money from speeding tickets go in Massachusetts?

I have noticed a significant drop in both local speed traps and predatory cruising by state police in Massachusetts. At a number of well-known speed trap locations I have not seen a car in many years. ...
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What states allow victims to a writ of mandmanus when the DA adopts a position of nolle prosequi?

In the case of felonies which a DA has, for one reason or another, refused to prosecute, what states allow the victim to petition a judge for a writ of mandamus to force the prosecution? I know West ...
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No law against false imprisonment in Massachusetts?

A couple of weeks ago a cab driver refused to let me out of his cab. In the aftermath of that incident, I went to look up the laws in Massachusetts on false imprisonment and could not find any law ...
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Legal definition of “enclosed”

What exactly does “enclosed” land means under the Massachusetts trespassing law? Does it mean land with defined boundarys such as old New England rock walls.
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Under what conditions can a cop arrest someone?

I know in the old days, a person could only be arrested if they were actually observed in the commission of a crime. If someone accused someone else of a crime, they could not be arrested, but only ...
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How do I “prove” I am not a Massachusetts resident for state tax purposes?

I am in the process of moving out of Massachusetts. According to my reading of the Massachusetts's DOR's "guidance," I have to "prove" I am not domiciled in Massachusetts if I want to not be taxed by ...
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Can I prevent co-owners of my house from making modifications without my consent?

I live in the US (Massachusetts) and I jointly own a house, along with my wife and her parents (who live with us). I have noticed a frustrating trend recently with the other co-owners making repairs/...
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Are plain clothes police officers allowed to use force to make an arrest?

Disclaimer: I'm not related to this case in any way shape or form, I'm just a citizen trying to look at this without bias. Recently there was an issue in Massachusettes where a group of skaters were ...
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How can a person get copies of search warrants?

How are search warrants filed in Massachusetts? I assume they are public records. Are they filed at the county level? So, a person wanting to see who was getting searched in his neighborhood would go ...
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Can I legally “kick my kids out the door as soon as they are 18 years old”?

The threat my dad always used on me was, "get a job, or get out as soon as you're 18". I'm a dad now. I have one "child" who is 37 years old who doesn't work, and who I'd like to kick out, and ...