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Yearly Archives: 2015

State and Local Regulation of Leaf Blowers Posted on Nov 17

State and Local Regulation of Leaf Blowers

Residents of towns and cities across Massachusetts have had concerns about the adverse effects of gas-powered leaf blowers. In the search for quiet, healthier alternatives to the noise, dust, and pollution caused by leaf blowers, advocates have sought to regulate their use by drafting, and in   …Continue Reading State and Local Regulation of Leaf Blowers

Massachusetts Law About Eyewitness Identification Posted on Nov 13

We’ve created a new page on Eyewitness Identification, which brings together a variety of resources on this evolving topic. The page includes links to relevant sections of the Guide to Evidence and Model Jury Instructions, as well as links to cases, websites and books. Because   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Law About Eyewitness Identification

Student Loans and Bankruptcy in Boston Federal Court Posted on Nov 10

“Most consumer debt goes away in bankruptcy, which was designed to give Americans and companies a fresh start. But in the 1970s, Congress added new rules to the law that excluded most student debt from that relief. Anyone aiming to discharge student debt in bankruptcy   …Continue Reading Student Loans and Bankruptcy in Boston Federal Court

What is Zombie Debt? Posted on Nov 4

The Federal Trade Commission described zombie debt as “a debt that you think is dead, gone, and forgotten, but has somehow come back to life”. The debt is obtained by collectors who purchase old debt from the original creditors and/or debt collection agencies for a minimal expense   …Continue Reading What is Zombie Debt?

History of Name Change Procedure in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 2

“It is well settled that at common law a person may change his name at will, without resort to legal proceedings, by merely adopting another name, provided that this is done for an honest purpose.” from Merolevitz, Petitioner, 320 Mass. 448 (1946). Today, the law that gives   …Continue Reading History of Name Change Procedure in Massachusetts

Legal Service Clinics in Massachusetts Law Schools Posted on Oct 29

Legal service clinics in Massachusetts law schools train law students to be prepared for practicing law upon graduation by offering instruction in the context of real world problems. Students have the opportunity to engage in community service by providing essential legal services to those in need.   …Continue Reading Legal Service Clinics in Massachusetts Law Schools

Standards for Access to Inmates Posted on Oct 28

Standards for access to inmates at correctional facilities afforded to attorneys, law students, paralegals, private investigators and interpreters have been recently updated. New amendments to 103 CMR 486.00 include reducing the time from one week to three business days to supply documentation of a law student’s or   …Continue Reading Standards for Access to Inmates

The Salem Witchcraft Trials Posted on Oct 27

The Salem Witchcraft Trials

It has been 323 years since the Salem Witchcraft Trials. People are still trying to determine why a court of law would have indicted, tried, found guilty, sentenced to death, and executed nineteen men and women in Salem village in 1692 for the alleged crime   …Continue Reading The Salem Witchcraft Trials

Domestic Violence and SAFEPLAN Program Posted on Oct 22

The Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) provides funding for government and community programs to help victims of domestic violence.  One program called SAFEPLAN was recently recognized for 20 years of service to those individuals who have been affected by this type of violence. Certified SAFEPLAN   …Continue Reading Domestic Violence and SAFEPLAN Program

Looking for Legal Information? Posted on Oct 21

Looking for Legal Information?

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries offer six ways to get information to help you answer your legal questions. One of our favorites, online chat, is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays). During a chat session, we will ask   …Continue Reading Looking for Legal Information?