Bicycle Accidents, Car and bicycle Accidents in Massachusetts

In Auto Accidents, Other Injuries, Pedestrian Accidents by John Tramontozzi

Bicycle accidents are not as common as vehicle accidents; however when they do occur the injuries incurred are usually quite serious. With the increase in bicycle use and allocated bike paths in Melrose MA and beyond, there has been a significant increase in related injuries. If you are a loved one is involved in an accident of this nature it …

MA Law on Rental Security Deposits

In Real Estate by Tramontozzi Law

If you are a landlord or renter in Massachusetts, it is important to know the law when it comes to security deposits. Massachusetts law requires deposits to be handled in a specific manner. Here is an overview of the MA law on rental security deposits. What Are Rental Security Deposits Security deposits are usually required by landlords in Massachusetts. Deposits are …

Avoiding Identity Theft in MA

In Identity Theft by Tramontozzi Law

It’s been in the news again,… the discovery of skimming devices at ATM machines. Between this and continual reports of security breaches at major retailers, it is becoming clear that we live in a world where identity left is a constant and real concern. How can you protect yourself? Here are a few tips on avoiding identity theft in Massachusetts. …

MA Bill to Clear Title on Foreclosed Properties

In Real Estate by Tramontozzi Law

On December 31, 2015, a MA bill to clear title on foreclosed properties was signed into law. This is great news for anyone who may have purchased a property that was previously foreclosed. Below, we provide some helpful information to understand the details of this law, its impact, and why it’s needed. The Foreclosure Title Issue It is common for mortgages to …

Responsibilities of Closing Attorneys in Massachusetts

In Real Estate by Tramontozzi Law

In the real estate industry, a lot of terms are used under the assumption that everyone already knows what it is. “Closing attorney” is one such term. If you’re unsure what the responsibilities of closing attorneys in Massachusetts are, this information might help. Responsibilities of Closing Attorneys in Massachusetts As the title implies, a closing attorney performs the actual closing for …

Sealing Criminal Records in Massachusetts

In Criminal Law by Tramontozzi Law

If you have a criminal history, you may experience challenges when applying for a job, looking to rent an apartment, or attempting to volunteer. Having your criminal record sealed would prevent certain information from appearing in your CORI report. Here is some important information on sealing criminal records in Massachusetts. Situations Where Background Checks Are Performed Background checks may be performed in …

What Happens If You Die Without a Will in MA

In Estate Planning by Tramontozzi Law

Most people generally know that it’s a good idea to have a will. However, most people d not actually prepare one. Understanding what happens if you die without a will in MA is important and may change what you decide to do. Benefits of a Will In general, wills allow you to dictate who shall receive your assets and in what …

Overview of CORI Reports in MA

In Criminal Law by Tramontozzi Law

CORI stands for Criminal Offender Record Information. It is a record of arrests, criminal convictions, and open criminal cases. CORI reports in MA are available online and may be accessed for a fee. Certain parties, such as landlords and employers, have a right to access these reports in order to screen prospective tenants, employees, or volunteers. If you have been …

Types of Signatures on Legal Documents

In Uncategorized by Tramontozzi Law

In this day and age, documents are often shared electronically. Original signatures on physical documents has become rare in many cases. When it comes to signatures on legal documents, electronic copies are often acceptable but there are a few cases where real signatures are required. Fax or Scanned Signatures General contracts, including real estate documents, are commonly shared via fax …

Closing Delays from TIL-RESPA Integrated Disclosure

In Real Estate by Tramontozzi Law

The new integrated disclosure forms to be used by mortgage lenders is set to begin next week (October 3, 2015).  The new forms are designed to simplify the information provided by lenders and to make fees and other costs easier for consumers to understand. Massachusetts home buyers and sellers should be aware that there may be closing delays from TIL-RESPA integrated disclosure. …