Massachusetts Law Updates

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Yearly Archives: 2016

American Bar Association adds diversity portal to website Posted on Aug 15

“ABA President Paulette Brown (2015-16) led the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission in its one-year inquiry into how to develop sustainable action plans that would advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA itself.”  The Commission’s work resulted in policies, online   …Continue Reading American Bar Association adds diversity portal to website

Massachusetts Enacts Pay Equity Act Posted on Aug 15

Massachusetts Enacts Pay Equity Act

Massachusetts’ pay equity act was signed by Governor Charlie Baker earlier this month on August 1 after the legislation unanimously passed both the House and Senate. Statute 2016, c. 177 An Act to Establish Pay Equity includes several components to strengthen fairness in hiring and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Enacts Pay Equity Act

Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records Posted on Aug 11

The SJC has approved new Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records, and a new Rule 1:24 on Protection of Personal Identifying Information, both effective November 1, 2016. Below is the Statement of the Justices: The Supreme Judicial Court has approved Trial Court Rule   …Continue Reading Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records

Clemency, pardons, commutations Posted on Aug 9

Recently the President signed a number of commutations for federal prisoners; most had been sentenced under now outdated standards for nonviolent drug crimes. Under Article II Section 2 of the Constitution, he has the power to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United   …Continue Reading Clemency, pardons, commutations

Every Woman Her Own Lawyer Posted on Aug 2

Every Woman Her Own Lawyer

Representing yourself in court without a lawyer is not a new idea. Books designed to help self-represented litigants were published as early as the second quarter of the eighteenth century. “Some earlier books were aimed partly at a non-legal audience, particularly readers dealing with the   …Continue Reading Every Woman Her Own Lawyer

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