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Monthly Archives: August 2013

State and Federal Criminal History Checks Required For Some Local Businesses Posted on Aug 31

   Massachusetts General Law chapter 6 section 172B 1/2 allows municipalities to enact bylaws (ordinances) that would require applicants for licenses in specified occupations to undergo a State and Federal Criminal History records check as part of the application process.  The Federal records check requires a   …Continue Reading State and Federal Criminal History Checks Required For Some Local Businesses

Snake not allowed as Emotional Support Animal Posted on Aug 30

The New Bedford Housing Authority recently denied a woman the right to keep a four and a half foot long python in her apartment as an emotional support animal.  While disabled people are often allowed to keep emotional support animals as part of what is called “reasonable accommodation”   …Continue Reading Snake not allowed as Emotional Support Animal

Where were you 50 years ago today? Posted on Aug 28

Where were you 50 years ago today?

If you were too young to remember, where were your parents or caregivers? Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln   …Continue Reading Where were you 50 years ago today?

Who is the best lawyer for my case? Posted on Aug 26

Every day our libraries get asked this question .  We always say, of course, that we cannot ethically recommend specific lawyers.  We often add that we really don’t know who the “best” attorney is anyway.  People asking us for recommendations often seem to think we really do know   …Continue Reading Who is the best lawyer for my case?

Now where did I put those keys?!? Posted on Aug 25

  Forgetting where one puts their keys is a common occurrence, especially when juggling the demands of a busy life.  But what if it is more? Alzheimer’s or dementia affects more than 5 million people today, and that number is expected to rise as the   …Continue Reading Now where did I put those keys?!?

Lost your car’s registration? Posted on Aug 24

Learn how you can get a replacement at http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/regs/reg8.htm  Remember, too, that the Registry of Motor Vehicles provides many services through their website.  You can say “goodbye” to standing in line! For some general information on automobiles, take a look at our Massachusetts Law About Automobiles page.

RMV – Upcoming Changes Posted on Aug 22

On Sept. 9, 2013 six branches of the Massachusetts RMV return to a 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. schedule four days a week; and a 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. schedule on Thursdays.The six locations are:  Brockton, Lawrence, Milford, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester. The RMV also notes   …Continue Reading RMV – Upcoming Changes

Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 22

  The Digital Media Law Project (DLMP) has created a great resource for Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in Massachusetts.  The DLMP is one of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society’s many projects. DLMP’s Massachusetts Summary Pagehas links to other helpful legal guides. For a   …Continue Reading Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in Massachusetts

Warning to file child support modifications before changing payments Posted on Aug 21

In a recent decision, the Appeals court held that a father could not unilaterally stop child support and educational expenses for a child over 18 without filing a modification with the court. In a case decided on August 16th called Barnes v. Devlin the court held   …Continue Reading Warning to file child support modifications before changing payments

SJC rules on search warrants for cellular telephone calls and text messages Posted on Aug 19

On Friday, August 9, 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the state’s wiretap law authorizes Superior Court judges to issue search warrants permitting the interception of cellular telephone calls and text messages. The decision was covered in an iBerkshires.com staff report on August 12th.   …Continue Reading SJC rules on search warrants for cellular telephone calls and text messages