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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tabby Cat is the official cat of Massachusetts Posted on Oct 30

This may be news to some people. The tabby cat was named the official cat of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1988, in response to the wishes of school children. Massachusetts General Law chapter 2, section 30  simply states the cat’s offficial status. It does not   …Continue Reading Tabby Cat is the official cat of Massachusetts

“Sugarloaf Street: A Memoir” Posted on Oct 21

Thomas W. Merrigan (1927-2013) chronicles his childhood years in South Deerfield in his memoir “Sugarloaf Street.”  He became a lawyer at age 55, and practiced in Franklin and Hampshire Counties from 1982 until 2011 – in private practice, as an Assistant Clerk of the Superior   …Continue Reading “Sugarloaf Street: A Memoir”

How Can I Get A Copy of a Massachusetts Brief? Posted on Oct 19

Go to the source: in the last six years, many SJC briefs have been made available on the State court website, shortly before they are argued. Links to briefs are found on a case’s docket page, just above docket entries. The Trial Court Law Libraries are working to set up links to briefs directly from individual   …Continue Reading How Can I Get A Copy of a Massachusetts Brief?

“I’ve been served with a complaint, what do I do?” Posted on Oct 12

If you need to respond to a summons and complaint that has been served on you, our Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have materials that can help.  If I get served with a complaint, what do I do? Read the summons and the complaint or   …Continue Reading “I’ve been served with a complaint, what do I do?”

Real Estate Atlases Available On-line Posted on Oct 11

The State Library has completed the digitization of the majority of its Massachusetts real estate atlas collection.   The collection, most of which dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, provides information about property boundaries, plot sizes, ownership, building shapes, and materials.  The altases   …Continue Reading Real Estate Atlases Available On-line

Our most frequently asked question….. Posted on Oct 10

“Are you open to the public?”  Yes, we most certainly are!  You do not need to be an attorney to make use of our services.  We are committed to providing access to anyone in need of legal information. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, access to justice   …Continue Reading Our most frequently asked question…..

What is a Vaughan Affidavit? Posted on Oct 2

Divorcing couples may want to know if their soon to be ex-spouse will be the beneficiary of an inheritance post divorce.  In Massachusetts, unlike almost any other state, the Judge, when determining the division of the estates of two divorcing parties, must take into consideration   …Continue Reading What is a Vaughan Affidavit?