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Yearly Archives: 2012

Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Celebrated Posted on Dec 31

Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Celebrated

Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 as a precursor to the abolishment of slavery upon the ratification of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The first Watch Night services were held on New Year’s Eve, 1862, in anticipation of the   …Continue Reading Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Celebrated

Premarital agreement law in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 17

A forthcoming research paper entitled Drafting Prenuptial Agreements will contain a chapter on premarital agreement law in Massachusetts  authored by Suffolk University School of Law Professor Charles Kindregan.  The chapter reviews court decisions regarding the unconscionability standard,  two peeks policy and enforceability, and waivers.

First animal in the state to win 209a protection Posted on Nov 29

According to the Patriot Ledger, Panzer, a six year old labrador mix is the first animal in the state to win protection from a new state law that allows pets in danger to be included in domestic violence restraining orders. For more information about 209A   …Continue Reading First animal in the state to win 209a protection

Consent of All Adult Children for Cremation Posted on Jul 10

In Burney v. Childrens Hospital, 169 Mass. 57 (1897), the court recognized that next of kin have a right to possession of a decedent’s body.  “a right of possession is recognized, which is vested in the husband or wife or next of kin, and not in the executors.”  In O’Dea   …Continue Reading Consent of All Adult Children for Cremation

Profanity in Massachusetts Posted on Jun 13

Middleborough did not recently outlaw profane speech. The bylaw prohibiting profanity has been on their books since 1968. It says: “Whoever having arrived at the age of discretion accosts or addresses another person with profane or obscene language in a street or other public place,   …Continue Reading Profanity in Massachusetts