§ 1 Assessment of cost of public improvements
§ 2 Assessment order; plan and estimate; recordation
§ 3 Surrender of land assessed
§ 4 Collection
§ 5 Petition for abatement; filing, etc.
§ 6 Filing petition; time limitation; extension
§ 7 Appeal to superior court
§ 8 Death of person entitled to petition for abatement
§ 9 Trial procedure
§ 10 Appeal to county commissioners
§ 10A Petition for abatement; procedure on failure of board to act
§ 11 Contribution by lessee; rights and remedies of lessee
§ 12 Lien status of assessment; duration of lien
§ 13 Apportionment and reapportionment
§ 13A Land devoid of structures; extension of time for payment of assessments
§ 13B Deferral and recovery agreements; application; recordation; lien
§ 15 Division of assessed land
§ 16 Reassessment
§ 17 Application of chapter

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 80 - Betterments

  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.