Massachusetts Law Updates

Official Blog of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Yearly Archives: 2016

Helpful Massachusetts Probate and Family Court information found on DOR website Posted on Oct 12

Sometimes useful information about Massachusetts courts can be found on other state agency websites.  For example, the Department of Revenue provides detailed information about each Probate and Family Court under their Child Support Services section.  By going to the sub-heading “Court Information,”, you will find   …Continue Reading Helpful Massachusetts Probate and Family Court information found on DOR website

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

The Electoral College and Massachusetts Law Posted on Sep 22

The Electoral College system was established in the U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 1, and further clarified by the 12th and 23rd Amendments. “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number   …Continue Reading The Electoral College and Massachusetts Law

Can You Move that Squirrel? Posted on Sep 12

Can You Move that Squirrel?

Many of us have pesky squirrels stealing bird seed from our bird feeders.   Sometimes it looks like a particularly smart squirrel has figured out a way to get to the feeder, while others haven’t figured it out yet.  We’d like to get rid of the   …Continue Reading Can You Move that Squirrel?

Endangered Species Day Posted on Sep 9

Endangered Species Day

Saturday, September 10, 2016 is “Endangered Species Day” in Massachusetts. American Bittern (Botaurus Lentiginosus) According to Massachusetts General Law chapter 6 section 15EE: “The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second Saturday in September as “Endangered Species Day” and recommending that said day shall   …Continue Reading Endangered Species Day

Early Voting in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 7

New regulations relating to early voting in Massachusetts became effective on August 26, 2016, in time for the 2016 fall elections. The regulations implement the requirements set forth in General Laws Chapter 54, Section 25B, “Early voting; application for early voting ballots; early voting period, sites and lists; counting of   …Continue Reading Early Voting in Massachusetts

Word(s) of the Month: adverse possession Posted on Sep 1

Word(s) of the Month: adverse possession

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 adverse possession. adverse possession (18c) 1. The enjoyment of real property with a claim of right when that enjoyment is opposed   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: adverse possession

Rescuing pets from hot cars Posted on Aug 26

Rescuing pets from hot cars

A new law for animal welfare gives pets more protections from extreme heat and weather. St. 2016, c. 248 An Act Preventing Animal Suffering And Death was signed in a ceremony by Governor Charlie Baker August 24 after Bill S.2369‘s enaction in mid-August. Massachusetts joins   …Continue Reading Rescuing pets from hot cars

No Right to Counsel Prior to Breathalyzer Test Posted on Aug 25

No Right to Counsel Prior to Breathalyzer Test

A recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court stated that a driver asked to take a breathalyzer test does not have right to counsel prior to their decision to take or refuse the test. In Commonwealth v. Neary-French, SJC-12057 the court stated that there is   …Continue Reading No Right to Counsel Prior to Breathalyzer Test

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