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Monthly Archives: July 2013

New lawyers required to attend course on professionalism Posted on Jul 31

Beginning September 1, 2013, SJC Rule 3:16 will require all newly-admitted lawyers to complete a day-long program on professionalism.  The Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism has released the list of providers approved to administer the course.  The course will include topics such as law office management, professional   …Continue Reading New lawyers required to attend course on professionalism

Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals Posted on Jul 30

Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

  Can you keep a pet in your rental apartment, even if there is a “no-pets” policy, by calling it an “emotional support animal”?  People with disabilities are allowed to keep “service animals”, such as dogs that help the blind, deaf, mobility impaired, or even   …Continue Reading Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

New taxes on computer & software services effective 7/31/2013 Posted on Jul 29

Tucked neatly into the new Transportation Finance Act (St. 2013, c.46, enacted July 24, 2013, see below) and followed by the Dept. of Revenue’s Technical Information Release (TIR 13-10, published July 25, 2013), are new taxes on computer & software services which will be effective   …Continue Reading New taxes on computer & software services effective 7/31/2013

Family Vacation Home Can Ruin Your Vacation Posted on Jul 27

Many families have enjoyed decades of leisure time together at beloved holiday homes.  Serious financial and interpersonal family problems can arise when the adult children inherit a home upon the death of their parents.  The AARP cautions that estate planning for the disposition of this often   …Continue Reading Family Vacation Home Can Ruin Your Vacation

Independent Contractor? or Employee? Posted on Jul 26

Recently, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled in Schwann vs. FedEx that a group of former pick-up and delivery drivers were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees under the Massachusetts Wage Laws. Under Massachusetts law, an individual is considered an employee, rather   …Continue Reading Independent Contractor? or Employee?

Social media, the good, the bad, and the ugly Posted on Jul 25

The number of people using  social media has blossomed over the years. To help sort out the multitude of issues, a number of books have been written, many of which are available at the Trial Court Law Libraries. One can borrow the ABA’s  Social media as evidence, Suffolk   …Continue Reading Social media, the good, the bad, and the ugly

Need a lawyer? Posted on Jul 24

Not sure how to find the best lawyer for your case?  Try our FIND A LAWYER PAGE. We link to a guide to help you choose the lawyer who is best the for you; a legal aid directory of free and low-cost legal aid programs across the state, searchable   …Continue Reading Need a lawyer?

Tenant’s Right to Heat and Lights and ……..Air Conditioning??? Posted on Jul 22

The Massachusetts State Sanitary Code Chapter II sets forth the Minimum Standards of Fitness for Habitation.   All landlord’s are required to meet these standards or face severe penalties.  While heat, hot water and electricity are deemed necessary, air conditioning is not. For more on Landlord Tenant Law   …Continue Reading Tenant’s Right to Heat and Lights and ……..Air Conditioning???

Massachusetts Grown . . . and Fresher! Posted on Jul 22

An “Agri-Google” map, created by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in 2010, functions as a gateway to finding farm products, specialty foods and fun ag-tivities.  The “Massachusetts  Grown. . . and Fresher!” initiative promotes buying and eating local agricultural products when they are in   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Grown . . . and Fresher!

Who speaks for “Peppermint”? Posted on Jul 20

On February 17, 2007, Peppermint, a Bishon Frise, was viciously attacked by an unleashed German Sheppard.  Marcia and John Irwin, Peppermint’s owners, sued the owners of the Sheppard under the Massachusetts “dog bite” law, Chapter 140, Section 155.  The Trial Court found the defendants liable under   …Continue Reading Who speaks for “Peppermint”?