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Monthly Archives: February 2014

New Legal Aid and Resource Finder Posted on Feb 27

MassLegal Services, the online resource for Massachusetts Poverty Law Advocates, has a new Find Legal Aid/Directory section on its website. A low income Massachusetts resident seeking help with a civil legal problem, fills in their geographical location, age, income and household size.  They are then led through questions   …Continue Reading New Legal Aid and Resource Finder

New Seal for the Commonwealth? Posted on Feb 26

A proposed bill going before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight today may lead to changes for the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth.    House Bill 2873 calls for the formation of an investigatory committee to examine “the features of   …Continue Reading New Seal for the Commonwealth?

Working K9 Hero: Nero Posted on Feb 25

Working K9 Hero:  Nero

    It is with deep sadness and regret that the Pittsfield Police Department announced the passing of K-9 Nero.  Nero passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014 after a long illness.  Nero had worked alongside his handler, Officer James Parise, since 2006. In his   …Continue Reading Working K9 Hero: Nero

Where’s SOMWBA? Posted on Feb 20

Are you looking for the State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Assistance (SOMWBA)?  In August of 1996, Governor Weld issued Executive Order No. 390, establishing an affirmative marketing program in public contracting to encourage the participation of minority business enterprises (MBE) and women business   …Continue Reading Where’s SOMWBA?

Alternating Dependent Deductions Posted on Feb 19

Many divorce agreements order divorcing parents to annually alternate who can claim a child as a dependent for tax purposes.  According to IRS Publication 504 (Divorced or Separated Individuals) , the form to file is Form 8332: Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by   …Continue Reading Alternating Dependent Deductions

Social Media and Legal Ethics Posted on Feb 17

As the use of social media increases, the legal profession has to be cautious about not violating ethical rules.  “10 Tips for Avoiding Ethical Lapses When Using Social Media” is an article written for legal professionals to help them avoid ethical problems when using social media.  “The authors cite primarily   …Continue Reading Social Media and Legal Ethics

Valentine Posted on Feb 14


From the Virtual Exhibit “Legal Ephemera in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room” Assembled by Karen S. Beck for the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room,  Boston College Law Library ” Illustrated postcards enjoyed widespread popularity in the United States and Europe from the   …Continue Reading Valentine

Consumer Complaints and Resources Posted on Feb 14

We have all experienced disappointment with a product or service, but how many of us actually follow through to write a letter expressing our dissatisfaction? has some resources that will help  write an effective letter to a company by providing a sample. They also   …Continue Reading Consumer Complaints and Resources

Superior Court Rule 9A road map Posted on Feb 13

Are you bringing a motion in a Superior Court Civil case? If so, in addition to the particular Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure governing your motion, you’ll want to be familiar with the requirements of the Superior Court Rules 9 Motions and Interlocutory Matters, 9A Civil Motions, 9B Certificates of   …Continue Reading Superior Court Rule 9A road map

Renew your own books using our online catalog Posted on Feb 7

Do you forget when your books are due? Do you forget to renew your books?  Do you want to avoid receiving email or mailed overdue notices, or worse, having your borrowing privileges suspended? If you are a person who forgets due dates, sign up to   …Continue Reading Renew your own books using our online catalog