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New Superior Court Guidelines for Probation Violation Proceedings posted on Jan 11

Effective February 1, 2016, the Massachusetts Superior Court has new Guidelines for Probation Violation Proceedings.  The new procedures are to be followed : …upon the allegation of a violation of an order or condition of probation imposed in a criminal case after a finding of   …Continue Reading New Superior Court Guidelines for Probation Violation Proceedings

Copies of Massachusetts Divorce Decrees posted on Oct 30

We are often asked how to get a copy of a divorce decree. This simple sounding question is a little more complicated than it seems depending on the reason the copy is needed.  Persons requesting copies of their divorce should be specific when ordering copies   …Continue Reading Copies of Massachusetts Divorce Decrees

Anatomical Gift or Organ Donation? posted on Sep 30

“Donating a body to science” is a familiar phrase to almost everyone and many residents of Massachusetts have already designated themselves organ and tissue donors on their driver’s licenses through the Registry of Motor Vehicles. There are technical differences between registration methods for these generous   …Continue Reading Anatomical Gift or Organ Donation?

Cell Phones Must Now Be Unlocked at Owner’s Request posted on Feb 19

If you complete a contract and now own your cell phone outright, your U.S. wireless carrier must ­unlock the phone from their network at your request as of February 11, 2015.  The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (P.L. 113-144) repeals and replaces Library of Congress rules made   …Continue Reading Cell Phones Must Now Be Unlocked at Owner’s Request

Massachusetts Benefit Corporations: Doing Well by Doing Good posted on Jan 18

Chapter 156E of the Massachusetts General Laws became effective on December 1, 2012.  It provides for “benefit corporations,” a unique business or professional corporation whose purpose is not only to serve the interests of the shareholders, but also to “create a material, positive impact on   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Benefit Corporations: Doing Well by Doing Good

Hold-Open Gas Clips are Legal in Massachusetts on January 1, 2015 posted on Dec 31

As part of the new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, which goes into effect on January 1, 2015, self service users of gas pumps in Massachusetts may have the opportunity to click on a clip that will make it unnecessary to continuously hold the lever of   …Continue Reading Hold-Open Gas Clips are Legal in Massachusetts on January 1, 2015

Massachusetts Shopping Laws, a Timely Seasonal Topic posted on Dec 18

As busy  shoppers fill the malls and spend their evenings ordering online during this holiday season, they should keep in mind that there are laws and regulations that govern their purchases and ensuing returns and exchanges.  The Massachusetts Attorney General website has a wealth of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Shopping Laws, a Timely Seasonal Topic

How Much Time is Allowed for this Civil Action? posted on Nov 28

Massachusetts Pleading and Practice: Forms and Commentary just added a Timetable section by Raymond P. Austrotas to volume 1. It includes practice commentary and cross references to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure and the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure. The Timetable has columns for   …Continue Reading How Much Time is Allowed for this Civil Action?

Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th edition posted on Oct 27

The three-inch thick 10th edition of Black’s has added 7500 new entries, among them legaldygook  and the “affluenza defense.” Most new entries, however, are for mainstream words like reason and requisition which were never previously included. Dates in the definitions indicate the first known use of the word in English   …Continue Reading Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th edition