A Full-Service Law Firm You Can Always Count On
At Panaggio Law, we enjoy the relationships we build with our clients. Under the direction of our experienced paralegal Paula Audette, our team strives to provide the highest levels of client support. We make sure to attend to your legal and emotional needs while being responsive to any questions that are sent to us.
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When your family is at an important crossroad, you need a family law attorney you can rely on as a confidante with your best interests at heart. Panaggio Law provides a complete range of divorce and family law services to meet your family’s individual needs.
Your Family Law Firm for Life
Discover what caring, honest, and hardworking family law attorneys are really like when you work with us. We are always open to your concerns, responsive to your needs, and available to talk when you need your lawyer to listen. Our team can assist you with:
We promise that your divorce, child custody, or other family law matters will never be treated as just another case number in our inbox. Our goal is to become your family's most trusted law firm and continue to serve you as your family’s individual needs change over time.
Uncontested and Contested Divorce
Our lawyers understand that each divorce is unique, and they must comprehensively consider all the legal and human factors involved. After all, divorce can range from simple, uncontested, and amicable to complex, contested, and with child custody issues.
We listen attentively to what you want the future to look like for your family. By taking the time to understand your underlying concerns, our attorneys can shape a settlement proposal that will work best for everyone involved.
When you visit our office, expect honest discussions about all the interrelated factors involved in your divorce. Our team goes beyond simple divorce advice and representation. We can also help you with:
Financial concerns, such as dividing marital property fairly, spousal support, and child support calculations must be based on an honest appraisal of asset value, income, and net worth of the spouses.
We work with various professionals to help us determine the true value of your marital assets, income, and property. Trust us to develop fair proposals for settlement negotiations and advocate diligently for your best interests if a settlement cannot be reached out of court.
The main concern of any divorcing parent is to minimize the emotional and financial impact on their child. This kind of support is intended to provide monetary support to meet the needs of their dependents. At Panaggio Law, we work with parents to determine child support according to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.
Child Support Guidelines
In Massachusetts, child support is determined based on a number of set conditions. The courts consider the following when determining child support:
Clients come to us with many questions regarding child support, and we aim to answer these them as clearly as we can. Our team is an advocate for each person we represent by making every decision based on the needs of each dependent involved.
Nonpayment of Child Support
When one parent fails to make child support payments, the custodial parent and child suffer. Since we are familiar with the various techniques available in child support enforcement, our team can help you with:
There are state and federal laws that address the nonpayment of child support. If the location of the nonpaying parent is not known, it may be possible to locate him or her through the Parent Locator Service.
This service allows an individual to access information obtained by the federal government. The data is gathered through tax refunds, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Social Security Administration, and more.
Whether your estate includes complex property and business ownership or is as simple as a house in the suburbs and a retirement account, you can always count on us. Panaggio Law offers the confidential, professional legal services you need.
Rely on us to help you with:
Full Spectrum of Legal Services
As your family and individual circumstances change over time, your asset preservation and estate planning needs will change, as well. We will gladly assist you with estate planning, family business succession planning, and other probate administration services.
More Than a Will, Trust, and Estate Planning Firm
By working with our clients over a long-term period, including generations in some instances, we are able to fully understand the best way to help meet the family's probate and estate distribution objectives.
Our attorneys offer a great deal more than just simple probate services. We provide confidence that your family's needs are being met according to the exact desires of the estate holder.
Make informed decisions with the help of our constant updates. We provide experienced assistance throughout the process, including:
Working With Your Financial Planner and Accountant
We do not use a one-size-fits-all approach commonly employed by many financial planners. The strategies our attorneys use are unique to each client's estate preservation and distribution objectives.
Our team diligently seeks to know your immediate and complete financial situation and how you see your named beneficiaries getting the maximum benefit from your success. We work directly with your financial planner, accountant, and tax planner to draft a testamentary will, establish a trust, and address other estate preservation concerns.
Powers of Attorney
With a power of attorney, you can appoint a close friend or loved one to make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. We can help you create one as well as a custom estate plan.
Health Care and Durable Powers of Attorney in Massachusetts
There are two types of powers of attorney available: health care and durable. With a health care power of attorney, sometimes referred to as a health care proxy, you can choose a trusted individual to make medical decisions for you if you have become incapacitated. This is different from a living will or health care directive, which is a written document that guides your family and health care professionals.
On the other hand, a durable power of attorney allows you to choose an individual to make financial decisions in your place. This includes decisions regarding your finances, investments, and properties. It is helpful if you are unable to pay bills and manage your finances.
When an individual cannot make decisions due to incapacitation or disability, the court can appoint someone to make decisions on his or her behalf. For decisions involving health and welfare, a guardian is appointed, while a conservator is appointed for financial decisions.
Help Appointing a Conservator
When a person is unable to make decisions on his or her own and no power of attorney is in place, the court can appoint a conservator to make financial decisions. This includes paying bills, handling investments, or buying and selling real estate.
Conservatorships become necessary when an elderly individual becomes ill or disabled. Without an estate plan in place, you will need to work through the courts in order to pay bills and sell assets to pay for medical costs.
Our attorneys can assist you throughout the process of becoming a conservator and advise you about your rights and responsibilities. We will provide you with the information you need, so you can make informed decisions regarding your loved one's finances.
Probate and Estate Administration
No matter how well executed a testamentary will or trust may be, there are often legal issues that cause disputes among beneficiaries. Most of the time, these arguments are about the distribution of assets and final details of closing out a decedent's estate.
As part of our complete range of family law services, our firm provides experienced and knowledgeable probate court representation and estate administration services.
Out-of-State Probate Administration Services
If you are living outside of Massachusetts or Rhode Island, we can help you. We offer the convenience of helping you close out the final affairs of the estate of a resident of either of these states.
If you are traveling to any of the two states mentions, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
People's lives and financial circumstances constantly change. All it takes is the loss of a job, a poor investment, or a serious illness to erode your family's financial stability overnight.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
As part of the federal bankruptcy law enacted by Congress, Chapter 7 bankruptcy aims to give individuals, married couples, and businesses a fresh start. It is a straight debt liquidation bankruptcy that allows individual debtors to discharge (not pay) unsecured debts. Please take note that unsecured debts may include purchases made on credit cards.
Through Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor's assets are sold off to pay creditors. Once assets are paid off, all remaining debts are discharged. Additionally, any wages earned after the date of bankruptcy filing can be kept by the debtor.
Who Can File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
The courts consider many factors in deciding who can be granted Chapter 7 bankruptcy:
There is no minimum debt required to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Individuals who are granted this type of bankruptcy will be discharged of their debt no matter what the amount.
Our attorneys may be able to help you stop creditor harassment, mortgage foreclosures, and IRS wage garnishments. It is never easy to file for bankruptcy knowing that it may not be your best option. We will give you an honest assessment of your situation and provide you with steps on how to achieve debt relief.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Being a wage-earner repayment plan, Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a federal law designed to help individuals, married people, and single-owned businesses repay a portion of their debts. Individuals are set up on a 3- or 5-year repayment plan where a portion of their debts is repaid. Through this, individuals can stop home foreclosure, gain protection from creditor collections, and avoid wage garnishment.
Who Can File for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a viable debt relief option for individuals who have a regular income and are able to repay their debts over an extended amount of time. Through this type of bankruptcy, debts are reorganized, and debtors have a set amount of time to repay them.
Unlike Chapter 7, where individuals can only file once every six years, people can file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy as many times as needed. Another one of its benefits is that individuals can keep most of their assets and not sell them to repay creditors.
We understand the concerns of those facing bankruptcy. Whether or not it is the right option for you, we will give you an honest assessment of your situation and provide you with information on how to acquire debt relief.
Whether you are opening a business or have been operating one for years, one of your most important assets is your business lawyer. Our firm is recognized throughout southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island for providing sound business advice and legal services that have helped with various contract dispute resolutions.
Understanding Your Personal and Business Objectives
We are committed to providing the highest levels of services for the people and families we advise and represent. Our team takes the time to understand your personal objectives and how your business goals fit into your current and future plans.
Trust our team to help you with all of your business law and dispute resolution needs. We offer reasonable fees and quick turn-around times on transactional matters such as:
As lives change, a real estate purchase, lease, or sale of a house or commercial property often becomes an important part of a family's or an individual's fortune. At Panaggio Law, our team is ready to help you with all your real estate transactions.
We represent clients in all residential and commercial real estate matters that deal with real property, including purchasing and selling, land development, construction, mortgages and foreclosures, leases, land use and zoning, title examinations, quiet title actions, tax-deferred exchanges, closings, and management.
Handling Real Estate Transaction and Litigation Matters
In addition to the litigation of real estate disputes, our team has represented various clients in all aspects of real estate transactions and ownership issues. We have worked with developers, contractors, landlords, tenants, homeowners' associations, and purchasers and sellers of real property.
Some examples of the services we provide include:
We Stand by You and All Your Needs
Our team does more than provide simple services based only on your immediate needs. By getting to know your complete estate planning, asset preservation, and long-term financial and retirement objectives, we meet your family's homeownership or commercial property needs.
Stopping Home Foreclosures
When you are facing a foreclosure, it may feel that there is nothing you can do to escape the situation. Fortunately, our team can present you with the different options you can take.