Massachusetts Law Updates

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How well do you know the boating laws? Posted on Jul 25

How well do you know the boating laws?

During the warm summer months, boating is a favorite activity for many people.   There are several laws and rules that must be observed when watercraft are in use.  The Trial Court law libraries have produced a new law about page on recreational boating where you   …Continue Reading How well do you know the boating laws?

Freedom of Information Day Posted on Mar 16

Freedom of Information Day

National Freedom of Information Day is observed on March 16, 2018 to recognize the public’s right to information held by government agencies. Freedom of Information Day is an annual event held on the birthday of James Madison, one of our founding fathers. The Freedom of Information   …Continue Reading Freedom of Information Day

Hate Speech Law in Massachusetts Posted on May 23

Hate crime and hate speech are related, but not identical topics.  A hate crime is a crime that is motivated by bigotry.   See our earlier blog post about hate crime in Massachusetts. Hate speech is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed., 2014) as: “Speech   …Continue Reading Hate Speech Law in Massachusetts

Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 20

“Hate crimes” and “hate speech” are hot topics in the realms of education, the courts, the media, and in our daily lives.  These are two separate but related issues.  “Hate speech” will be a subsequent post. According to Black’s Law Dictionary (10th edition), a “hate   …Continue Reading Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts

Massachusetts legal forms and information – for free Posted on Sep 27

Many companies aggregate public information generated by government entities and repackage it for a profit.  Sometimes this is done by posting public data, forms, or other information on a website that has been optimized with common search phrases so it will appear at the top   …Continue Reading Massachusetts legal forms and information – for free

Going back to school law Posted on Aug 16

Going back to school law

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

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