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Remembering Charles Kindregan

Remembering Charles Kindregan posted on Apr 19

We are all familiar with his name, but few of us know some of the quirky, amusing details of his personality.  Elissa Ely and the Remembrance Project on WBUR.org has a wonderful tribute to a man that was so influential for fifty years.  Listen to the   …Continue Reading Remembering Charles Kindregan

Going back to school law

Going back to school law posted on Aug 16

It’s nearly that time of year, so we thought we would highlight some of our pages that relate to schools and education.  We get questions about access to student records in divorce, CORI checks for people who work with children, internet bullying, and rights of   …Continue Reading Going back to school law

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Recently the President signed a number of commutations for federal prisoners; most had been sentenced under now outdated standards for nonviolent drug crimes.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

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

WestlawNext and LexisAdvance now available posted on Jan 20

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have made WestlawNext available at 15 law library locations* statewide at no charge for the user.  The new service includes databases on Massachusetts and Federal law and specialized content on bankruptcy, immigration, municipal law and social security.  Over 130 general treatise   …Continue Reading WestlawNext and LexisAdvance now available

Consumer Protection Against Robocalls Strengthened by FCC Declaratory Ruling posted on Oct 20

We reported earlier that the FCC had implemented rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. They have recently issued a declaratory ruling (FCC 15-72) that tightens the rules for companies.  Consumers can revoke their consent “in any reasonable way” and companies have a single chance to   …Continue Reading Consumer Protection Against Robocalls Strengthened by FCC Declaratory Ruling

Juvenile Attorney Resources, Adolescent Brains

Juvenile Attorney Resources, Adolescent Brains posted on Oct 19

We have pulled together a few resources for attorneys working with children in the juvenile justice system on how to stay aware of current developments. Mass General, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior : Their mission reads: “The speed of technology in neuroscience as it   …Continue Reading Juvenile Attorney Resources, Adolescent Brains

Time to Turn on the Heat?

Time to Turn on the Heat? posted on Oct 8

This time of year, we get questions about heat.  Workers, tenants and homeowners all have questions. When does the landlord have to provide heat?  Answers are in the State Sanitary Code, 105 CMR 410.201, which reads in part : “The owner shall provide heat in   …Continue Reading Time to Turn on the Heat?

Student Records posted on Sep 29

We often get questions regarding student records, and who has access to them.  Can non-custodial parents get access?  What about privacy concerns?  The area is covered by both state and federal laws.  On the Federal level, FERPA or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act governs.   …Continue Reading Student Records

Free Books for Your Mobile Device

Free Books for Your Mobile Device posted on Sep 28

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries began posting the court rules on the web as eBooks in 2012.  We believe we were the first state in the nation to do so. The rules are formatted for any mobile device so that the text flows on   …Continue Reading Free Books for Your Mobile Device