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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Happy Birthday Library of Congress! Posted on Apr 24

One hundred and fourteen years ago today, President John Adams signed a bill transferring the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new U.S. capitol in Washington, D.C.  The bill included a  $5,000 appropriation for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for   …Continue Reading Happy Birthday Library of Congress!

Real estate financing Posted on Apr 20

There has been a lot of discussion regarding foreclosure, but what about the mortgage itself? What are the laws and regulations that govern the origination and the terms of mortgage loans? The treatise Mortgage Lending is one place to turn for the answers. Published by   …Continue Reading Real estate financing

SJC Extends Warrantless Search to Include Emergency Aid to Animals Posted on Apr 18

In Commonwealth v. Duncan, 467 Mass. 746 (2014), The SJC ruled on a question of first impression from Lynn District Court, which asked whether police can enter private property without a search warrant, extending the emergency aid exception of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S.   …Continue Reading SJC Extends Warrantless Search to Include Emergency Aid to Animals

Pre -trial security for judgments Posted on Apr 12

Concerned whether you’ll be able to recover on your judgment after your trial is over and judgment issues? Here are some pre-trial security steps to consider: Massachusetts Rule of Civil Procedure 4.1A ttachment (a)Availability of Attachment. Subsequent to the commencement of any action under these   …Continue Reading Pre -trial security for judgments

SJC Addresses Impact of Temporary Alimony on General Term Alimony Posted on Apr 11

In Holmes v. Holmes, 467 Mass. 653 (2014), the Court held that: “temporary alimony [under G.L. c. 208, sec 17] is separate and distinct from general term alimony [under G.L. c. 208, sec. 49], and that the duration of temporary alimony is not included in calculating   …Continue Reading SJC Addresses Impact of Temporary Alimony on General Term Alimony

An Act Relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity, and Resources – updated Posted on Apr 9

On April 3, 2014 Governor Patrick signed into law, the Valor Act II which builds on the Valor Act previously passed. This new legislation increases the benefits for veterans and their families, and creates new opportunities as well. Some of the highlights of the bill include:  a   …Continue Reading An Act Relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity, and Resources – updated

Dementia-specific training for employees in long-term care facilities Posted on Apr 7

On July 8, 2012 Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 142 of the Acts of 2012, “An act providing for dementia-specific training for certain employees of long-term care facilities.” The Department of Public Health regulations are at 105 CMR 150.022  through 150.029. These regulations set forth the   …Continue Reading Dementia-specific training for employees in long-term care facilities

An Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in Disasters Posted on Apr 3

On March 24, 2014, Chapter 54 of the Acts of 2014 was signed into law.  This law protects both humans and animals from severe storms and natural disasters.  It requires cities and towns to have a plan in place to address the evacuation and sheltering   …Continue Reading An Act Ensuring the Safety of People with Pets in Disasters