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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Assessment of real estate at full and fair cash value helps ensure equitable distribution of state funds Posted on Apr 30

The cherry sheet, known originally for the color of the paper it was printed on, is the official notification from the Mass. Department of Revenue of the upcoming fiscal year’s state aid and assessments to cities, towns, and regional school districts. For towns and cities   …Continue Reading Assessment of real estate at full and fair cash value helps ensure equitable distribution of state funds

Elvis has left the country Posted on Apr 24

Fifty five years ago today, Elvis Presley became Private Presley, joining the millions of American men conscripted into military service since colonial times. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, when conscription drafts were utilized by several state militias to maintain a strong force, the draft has been   …Continue Reading Elvis has left the country

Revocation of Naturalization (Denaturalization) Posted on Apr 23

The Immigration and Nationality Act INA §340(a),(e) Title 8 U.S.C § 1451(e)authorizes the Attorney General to institute administrative or judicial proceedings to correct, reopen, alter, modify, or vacate an order naturalizing a person. Section 340(a) provides two distinct legal bases for denaturalization or revocation of citizenship:   …Continue Reading Revocation of Naturalization (Denaturalization)

You think YOUR taxes are complicated…..? Posted on Apr 16

If you think your taxes are complicated, look at the computations which need to be made by professional athletes playing in multiple states and cities.  With few exceptions, players owe taxes in every state where they play, and additionally in some of the cities in   …Continue Reading You think YOUR taxes are complicated…..?

Judges Reflect on Life & the Law Posted on Apr 12

How do judges approach their work and the law? Judge William A. Young has penned Reflections of a Trial Judge, Justice Antonin Scalia co-authored Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges and among the many books, tapes and CDs of Irving Younger available in   …Continue Reading Judges Reflect on Life & the Law

What your deed says about survivorship Posted on Apr 12

Holding title to real estate as tenants by the entirety is a tool for married people to guaranty that ownership passes to a surviving spouse outside of any probate proceedings. Part of a lawyer’s job when representing a couple when they are purchasing their home   …Continue Reading What your deed says about survivorship

Catching the “Craigslist Killer” Posted on Apr 9

In April of 2009, there were not many “slow news days” in Boston.  Sex for hire in upscale hotels, one young woman murdered, another bound and robbed, possible patterns emerging:  headlines day by day unfolded the story of the hunt for the man who would become known as   …Continue Reading Catching the “Craigslist Killer”

ShotSpotter helps fight crime Posted on Apr 8

ShotSpotter helps fight crime

Several cities (such as Springfield, Boston, Dorchester and Brockton) in Massachusetts use ShotSpotter technology to help fight crime. ShotSpotter is a system of audio devices that monitor an area to listen for gun shots. Once a shot is heard the police are notified via a gps   …Continue Reading ShotSpotter helps fight crime

Town Meeting Time Posted on Apr 6

Town meeting is an example of  grass roots democracy, because it allows residents to participate in the running of local government.   Massachusetts town meetings must held between February and May unless otherwise provided by special law or town charter.  The items to be discussed are presented in a document called   …Continue Reading Town Meeting Time

Preventing & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect Posted on Apr 5

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a Child Welfare Information Gateway offering resources on preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.  Also, visit our Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries website for Massachusetts Law About Child Abuse and Neglect.