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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween! Posted on Oct 31

It is that time of year again when our little witches and goblins dress up and go trick or treating. This year it falls in the middle of the week, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. The Massachusetts Office of Travel &   …Continue Reading Happy Halloween!

6.25% sales tax to be charged on Amazon purchases, beginning Nov 1 Posted on Oct 30

Beginning Friday, Nov. 1, a 6.25% sales tax will be applied to purchases made on Amazon (except purchases from third-party vendors selling on Amazon’s website).  Retailers in Massachusetts hope that this tax will help to level the playing field and increase retailers’ holiday sales since   …Continue Reading 6.25% sales tax to be charged on Amazon purchases, beginning Nov 1

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

An Option to Settle Tax Disputes Faster with the Mass. Dept. of Revenue (DOR) Posted on Oct 29

Massachusetts Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter announced that the Department of Revenue (DOR) will give taxpayers an option for settling tax disputes faster than traditional appeal methods or litigation following the success of a year-long early mediation pilot program. According to the DOR’s news release, “Three   …Continue Reading An Option to Settle Tax Disputes Faster with the Mass. Dept. of Revenue (DOR)

What was the Massachusetts General Court thinking? Posted on Oct 27

Researching Massachusetts legislative history and intent is a complicated process, but it has gotten easier in recent years using online resources.  The State Library is still the most complete resource for legislative research, but it now also provides online information including a video about the legislative history research process,   …Continue Reading What was the Massachusetts General Court thinking?

Proper Notice Needed to Cancel Auto Insurance Posted on Oct 26

According to the an assurance of discontinuance, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, AICCO Inc., a subsidiary of American International Group Inc. (AIG), was found to have issued cancellation requests to insurance companies with an effective date that was just three days after the date   …Continue Reading Proper Notice Needed to Cancel Auto Insurance

Early Voting In Massachusetts Posted on Oct 25

The Massachusetts Legislature met on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in a combined session of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in a Constitutional Convention. They met to vote on a proposed change to the Massachusetts State Constitution that would allow early voting in   …Continue Reading Early Voting In Massachusetts

Stop and Frisk Posted on Oct 23

When can a police officer stop you in the street and search you? In other words, what constitutes a legal stop (seizure), and search or pat-frisk, according to Massachusetts law?  This may be confusing for many people.  Citizens have an expectation of privacy and want   …Continue Reading Stop and Frisk

“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?