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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem Posted on Jul 29

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is “ guardian ad litem” Guardian ad litem  (ad Li-tem) (18c) A guardian, usu. a lawyer, appointed by the court to appear   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

Divorce and Financial Issues Posted on Jul 26

When married couples decide to divorce in Massachusetts, there are financial issues that have to be addressed.  These may include child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets, among others.  There is basic information about alimony and support on the Trial Court’s website under   …Continue Reading Divorce and Financial Issues

Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 26

The Supreme Judicial Court issued the following Notice on Monday: The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have endorsed the recommendation of the Committee to Examine the Uniform Bar Examination (Committee) to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), with an effective date of July 2018. The   …Continue Reading Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts

Non-party Candidates for President Posted on Jul 25

The Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office has prepared “How to Run for President in Massachusetts.” The process differs from state to state, and Secretary Galvin has laid out the process in Massachusetts. Non-party candidates can have their names placed on the   …Continue Reading Non-party Candidates for President

New MUPC Procedural Guide for Administration of Estates Posted on Jul 21

The Probate and Family Court has published the second edition of the MUPC Estate Administration Procedural Guide.  It reflects the development of procedures since the publication of the first edition four years ago.  It is an excellent source, and we recommend it for anyone involved   …Continue Reading New MUPC Procedural Guide for Administration of Estates

Nomination of Presidential Candidates at National Party Conventions – Massachusetts Law Posted on Jul 19

State law and national party rules play a part in prescribing the nominating process for President of the United States. Three of the four political parties registered with the Election Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth held primaries on March 1, 2016 and Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Nomination of Presidential Candidates at National Party Conventions – Massachusetts Law

Selection of Delegates to National Conventions – Massachusetts Law Posted on Jul 18

A word about Massachusetts law relating to the Presidential Election might be in order, particularly as it applies to the national party conventions taking place this summer. Presidential Primaries were held on the first Tuesday in March as required by M.G.L. c.  53, § 28.   …Continue Reading Selection of Delegates to National Conventions – Massachusetts Law

Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms Posted on Jul 18

On April 14, 2016 a Superior Court judge ruled in Federal Concrete, Inc. v. Executive Office of Administration & Finance et al. No. 1684CV00627 to grant an injunction to remove the minority classification for Portuguese-owned businesses in Massachusetts. According to the Operational Service Division (OSD)   …Continue Reading Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms

Transgender Anti-discrimination Law Posted on Jul 15

The Massachusetts Legislature passed Bill S. 2407, “An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination” on July 7, 2016. Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation on July 8. The law goes into effect on October 1, 2016. The law will “extend protections against discrimination for gender identity   …Continue Reading Transgender Anti-discrimination Law

Massachusetts Estate Recovery Unit Address Posted on Jul 14

When filing a formal or informal estate proceeding in Massachusetts, there is a requirement under MGL chapter 190B § 3-306(g) and § 3-403(g) for the petitioner to give written notice to the Estate Recovery Unit of the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance.   Although the address does appear on MPC Form   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Estate Recovery Unit Address