Monthly Archives: January 2012

Common Questions – Fighting with a Condo Association

Unexpected things happen all the time and life can get complicated pretty quickly.  Luckily, we’re here to answer questions about common legal and financial situations you may find yourself in.

Q. I want to put up a new fence and my condo association will not let me.  What are my options?

A.  Assuming they gave you a reason and assuming you feel they are wrong, without hiring an attorney, first comb through the condo association rules to find items that prove they are wrong or unreasonable and make an appointment to sit down and ask them if their objection is the fence or the type of fence you seek to install.    Sometimes, the Boards on the condo associations are wrong but they don’t care so you need to get an attorney if you can’t budge them with niceness and reasonableness.  Sometimes all it takes is a letter from an attorney;  Sometimes the Association still won’t budge and you have to bring suit.   But sometimes also, just because you are legally correct, it might be cost inefficient to go forward.

So your options are try the practical rather than the legal approach.  When all else fails and you really want the fence, consult an attorney but let them know you want a guestimate and do not want to go over a certain dollar amount.  Most attorneys will want a retainer.

 

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Common Questions – What Happens if My Neighbor’s Tree Falls onto My Property?

Unexpected things happen all the time and life can get complicated pretty quickly.  Luckily, we’re here to answer questions about common legal and financial situations you may find yourself in.

Q. If my neighbor’s tree falls on my property, does my insurance cover the damage or does theirs?

A.  Believe it or not, this happens a lot.  It just happened to us.   Your insurance would cover it if you have coverage for it.   Ask your Agent.  If your Agent doesn’t get you this info right away, get a new Agent.

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The Art of Glass Blowing on Sharon Community Television

Do you have a dream of doing something creative, but haven’t pursued it?  Perhaps you have a “day job” that prevents you from investing time or money into anything else that is not income-producing.  Whatever the reason, it does not have to be so.  One man shares how he has successfully pursued a life-long passion without it interfering with his career.  In the next series of “The Law, Your Money and You”, John Eric Waterman, a Massachusetts native, tells viewers how he developed a creative talent into the art of glass blowing, without giving up his primary business consulting job.

Roberta, John Waterman, and Camille

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Common Questions – What Happens if Someone Gets Hurt on My Property?

Unexpected things happen all the time and life can get complicated pretty quickly.  Luckily, we’re here to answer questions about common legal and financial situations you may find yourself in.

Q. If someone gets hurt on my property am I personally responsible for them?

A. This depends upon a number of things.  Did you invite them?  Were they trespassers?   Were they someone else’s guest (in other words you invited their friend and the friend brought them along).   This may be one of the situations where your homeowners insurance covers you.

Now someone can get hurt in many ways.   They can fall down.  Your kid or you punches them in an eye.  Your dog bites them.  They cut themselves helping prepare dinner or chopping wood for you.  How many of you have had these things happen to you ?  Write us about it.

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