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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Family Vacation Home Can Ruin Your Vacation Posted on Jul 27

Many families have enjoyed decades of leisure time together at beloved holiday homes.  Serious financial and interpersonal family problems can arise when the adult children inherit a home upon the death of their parents.  The AARP cautions that estate planning for the disposition of this often   …Continue Reading Family Vacation Home Can Ruin Your Vacation

Tenant’s Right to Heat and Lights and ……..Air Conditioning??? Posted on Jul 22

The Massachusetts State Sanitary Code Chapter II sets forth the Minimum Standards of Fitness for Habitation.   All landlord’s are required to meet these standards or face severe penalties.  While heat, hot water and electricity are deemed necessary, air conditioning is not. For more on Landlord Tenant Law   …Continue Reading Tenant’s Right to Heat and Lights and ……..Air Conditioning???

Massachusetts Grown . . . and Fresher! Posted on Jul 22

An “Agri-Google” map, created by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in 2010, functions as a gateway to finding farm products, specialty foods and fun ag-tivities.  The “Massachusetts  Grown. . . and Fresher!” initiative promotes buying and eating local agricultural products when they are in   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Grown . . . and Fresher!

How much time do you have to pay bills? Posted on Jul 15

The Globe recently took this question, and we thank them for their input.  We have included a little more with links. Phone bills should be sent about 33 days before they are due, and the bill should reflect a 30 day period to pay the   …Continue Reading How much time do you have to pay bills?

July 14, 1921 Posted on Jul 14

July 14, 1921

A paymaster for a shoe company in South Braintree, Mass. and his guard were shot and killed on April 15, 1920.  The murderers, described as two Italian men, escaped with more than $15,000. Avowed anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested and charged with   …Continue Reading July 14, 1921

Considering an appeal to the United States Supreme Court? Posted on Jul 12

If you are considering taking your case all the way to the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., we have materials to assist you. Since 1950, the goal of the authors of numerous editions of  Supreme Court Practice has been “to set forth in a single   …Continue Reading Considering an appeal to the United States Supreme Court?

“Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” Posted on Jul 11

"Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem"

    “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.” Such were the words of the famous English patriot, Algernon Sydney in 1659.   His words live on today as they appear as the motto on The Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The seal has undergone   …Continue Reading “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem”

Fido’s Day at the Beach Posted on Jul 2

Fido's Day at the Beach

A day of family fun at the beach often includes Fido.   Fortunately, Massachusetts offers a number of dog friendly beaches for all to enjoy.   Just a reminder as we celebrate the 4th of July, summer heat presents certain challenges for our furry friends.  To ensure a day of carefree, frolicking fun   …Continue Reading Fido’s Day at the Beach

July 2, 1776 Posted on Jul 2

Resolved, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be,   …Continue Reading July 2, 1776