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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid! Posted on Jul 30

Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid!

”July 30th marks the 49th anniversary of the establishment of the Social Security Act Amendments. In 1965, on this date, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law what is better known as the Medicare law. This established both Medicare, the health insurance program for Americans   …Continue Reading Happy Birthday, Medicare and Medicaid!

Sales of Alcohol on Sunday Mornings Posted on Jul 29

On July 23, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law House Bill 228, “An Act Permitting Sales of Alcohol on Sunday Mornings.”  Chapter 182 of the Acts of 2014, amends Chapter 136, Section 6, Paragraph 52 by striking out the words “12:00 noon” and inserting the   …Continue Reading Sales of Alcohol on Sunday Mornings

Probate Court Issues Revised Procedures and Forms for Health Care Proxy Disputes Posted on Jul 17

The Probate and Family Court has released new procedures and forms for health care proxy disputes.  Under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 201D, section 17, an action can be filed to remove a health care agent, to determine the validity of a health care proxy, or to override a health care agent’s decision   …Continue Reading Probate Court Issues Revised Procedures and Forms for Health Care Proxy Disputes

Filling out the Superior Court Civil Action Cover Sheet Posted on Jul 12

A Civil Action Cover Sheet must be filed in each civil case entered into Superior Court. Its purpose is to assist the Clerk’s office by providing basic contact information for the parties, as well as: (1) the category of case (e.g., contract/business cases, equitable remedies,   …Continue Reading Filling out the Superior Court Civil Action Cover Sheet

Stretch Energy Code Increases Energy Efficiency Posted on Jul 8

Massachusetts municipalities looking for a more rigorous energy efficiency standard than the Commonwealth requires have an alternative.  Appendix 115.AA of the Massachusetts Building Code, known as the Stretch Energy Code is an option for towns and cities interested in more energy efficient building standards than   …Continue Reading Stretch Energy Code Increases Energy Efficiency

Will Your Pets Be Left Behind in the Storm? Posted on Jul 6

Will Your Pets Be Left Behind in the Storm?

Hurricane Arthur is making it’s way up the east coast. If disaster strikes or evacuations occur, what happens to the furry members of the family? Massachusetts has passed a new law that protects pets in case of weather disasters. Not only are cities and towns   …Continue Reading Will Your Pets Be Left Behind in the Storm?

Independence Day Posted on Jul 4

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers   …Continue Reading Independence Day

Prompt Evidentiary Hearings Ordered for G.L.c. 209A Cases Posted on Jul 3

A plaintiff who requested an abuse prevention order was entitled to a prompt evidentiary hearing under G.L.c. 209A despite the fact that the defendant was facing possible consequences in his criminal proceedings if he were to testify in the Chapter 209A proceeding. “Barring an agreement   …Continue Reading Prompt Evidentiary Hearings Ordered for G.L.c. 209A Cases