A Pilot Program Suspending Certain Requirements of Joint Standing Order No. 1-04 is effective April 1, 2011 at the Springfield District Court for certain civil money damage actions. In actions where all parties are represented by counsel, “parties and their counsel may avoid appearance in court for the …Continue Reading Pilot Program at Springfield District Court Starts Friday
“The 8th edition residential code (for one and two family dwellings and townhouses three stories and less) became effective with the February 4, 2011 Massachusetts Register. The 7th edition residential code will remain in effect concurrently with the new 8th edition until August 4, 2011. …Continue Reading 8th Edition MA Residential Code, effective February 4, 2011
While our library card holders have access to full text of all Nolo titles from home, now Nolo is offering free access for everybody to a select group of books “in their entirety for free.” Wow! Here’s the list: 8 Ways to Avoid Probate Beat …Continue Reading Full-Text Nolo Books Online for Free
New operator rules have gone into effect for drivers of off highway vehicles. Chapter 202 of the acts of 2010 adds age limits and other restrictions, and stiffens fines for alcoholic beverage use. Operators under the age of 18 are required to take a safety …Continue Reading Recreation vehicle laws stiffened for operators
Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct has been significantly amended. The rule governs what attorneys can charge and collect for contingent fees, and took effect March 15. The rule includes two sample fee agreements. While attorneys are not required to use either form, …Continue Reading Contingent fee rule changed by SJC
The new law, St.2010, c.395, provides some very significant changes to past homestead law, including: Automatically protects up to $125,000 in home equity without filing Protects up to $500,000 for those who file for homestead protection Allows both spouses to file Clarifies that there is …Continue Reading New Homestead Law Effective Today
After the recent issuance of two new executive orders on protection for gender identity, we’ve had more questions about transgender issues and rights, so we’ve created a new page: Massachusetts Law About Gender Identity and Expression, which includes state laws, cases, local ordinances, websites and …Continue Reading New: Law About Gender Identity and Expression
The state’s Records Retention Board issued a new edition of the Statewide Records Retention Schedule in January. We’ve added it to our page on Freedom of Information, and created a new section, Record Retention Schedules, which brings together requirements for municipal and state governments.
We’ve had some questions about a pending bill to change the legal relationship between craft brewers and wholesalers. The current law is MGL c.138, s.25E. The bill to amend it, H1897, seeks to define “small brewer relationships” and to carve out different requirements for small …Continue Reading Pending Legislation Re: Craft Brewers
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