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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

Suffolk District Attorney’s Office Introduces Indy, a Golden Retriever and Labrador Mix posted on Sep 27

District Attorney Daniel Conley recently introduced Indy, a facility dog trained to offer stress relief to people in emotional turmoil.  Indy plans to work at least four years in Suffolk County.  Unlike service animals trained to aid one person with the activities of daily living, Indy   …Continue Reading Suffolk District Attorney’s Office Introduces Indy, a Golden Retriever and Labrador Mix

Massachusetts State Undergraduate and Law School Degree in 6 Years posted on Sep 18

Fitchburg State University and the University of Massachusetts Law School have signed an agreement making it possible for motivated students, set on a career in law, to complete both degrees after three years spent studying at each institution.  Qualified students are guaranteed admission to UMASS Law   …Continue Reading Massachusetts State Undergraduate and Law School Degree in 6 Years