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Monthly Archives: August 2013

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?!?

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

Paying for Online Legal Forms? Posted on Aug 19

Don’t! Contact one of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries to get the forms you need. You can also go through our Ask A Librarian. For links to FREE forms, visit the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries.

If you like eBooks, have we got a deal for you! Posted on Aug 15

If you like eBooks, have we got a deal for you!

It may seem like we keep pushing our eBooks, but a LOT of people still don’t know that you can get most of the rules of court as free eBooks to install on your phones and tablets.  Once they are on your device, you don’t   …Continue Reading If you like eBooks, have we got a deal for you!

Considering an Appeal to the Massachusetts Appellate Division? Posted on Aug 12

  If you are considering an appeal to the Appellate Division, our 17 Trial Court Law Libraries have resources which can help. The Appellate Division is not a separate court; rather, it sits as an “extension” of the district court whose rulings it reviews….[It] has   …Continue Reading Considering an Appeal to the Massachusetts Appellate Division?

The Hanging Judge explores capital punishment from Your Honor’s perspective Posted on Aug 12

U.S. District Judge Micheal A. Ponsor sat on the bench in 2000 to hear the first capital case in Massachusetts history after a lapse of more than 50 years. In his newly published novel, The Hanging Judge, he offers up a view from a judge’s   …Continue Reading The Hanging Judge explores capital punishment from Your Honor’s perspective

Grapes of Wrath Posted on Aug 7

Grapes of Wrath

Your raisins or your life? Raisin Grower Marvin Horne has been breaking the law for 11 years now.  He owes the U.S. government $650,000 in unpaid fines and 1.2 million pounds of raisins – equal to four years of harvest.Marvin didn’t like the obscure  Agricultural   …Continue Reading Grapes of Wrath

Vaping law in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 2

Electronic cigarettes have made an appearance in Massachusetts. E-cigarettes are battery operated nicotine delivery products which vaporize a liquid solution into a mist. The devices are used to simulate smoking. Vaping, short for vaporizing, is the colloquial term for using these devices. Originally, e-cigarettes were marketed as   …Continue Reading Vaping law in Massachusetts