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Contract by email posted on Sep 7

In a recent Superior Court case, Clean Properties, Inc. v Riselli (2014 WL 4082266), the judge ruled that a mechanic’s lien could be enforced against a property owner who emailed her acceptance of the company’s written offer. Judge Salinger wrote: “Nothing in the mechanic’s lien   …Continue Reading Contract by email

Mass. has adopted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJ) posted on Aug 14

Governor Patrick signed Senate Bill 2249 on Aug. 6. It is Chapter 225 of the Acts of 2014. The law clarifies adult guardianships and conservatorships when multiple jurisdictions are involved. Massachusetts is the 39th state to adopt the UAGPPJ. For additional resources from the Uniform   …Continue Reading Mass. has adopted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJ)

Movie lessons for lawyers posted on Aug 7

Although real-life courtrooms aren’t run like movie courtrooms, an impressive group of contributors came up with 12 movie scenes that provide useful lessons for lawyers. ABAjournal.com has created a gallery of these selected scenes that provide entertainment AND education.  Check out the list and gallery   …Continue Reading Movie lessons for lawyers

New Pro Bono “Marketplace” posted on Jun 14

The Massachusetts Bar Association has announced a new website – massprobono.org – a “marketplace” for volunteer lawyers.  “The centerpiece of the site is a Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, developed in partnership with the MBA, which has built an extensive statewide listing of pro bono opportunities.”   …Continue Reading New Pro Bono “Marketplace”

Moving? Things you should know posted on Jun 7

School will be out soon and many people will move to new locations this summer.  If you are hiring a mover, please read on. In-state moves If you are moving household goods from one point in Massachusetts to another, the agency that oversees your mover   …Continue Reading Moving? Things you should know

The Law about Proper Display of the American Flag posted on May 22

There can be confusion and questions about how to properly wear and display the American flag, especially around the summer holidays of Memorial Day and July 4th when many people want to display a flag. Here is what the law (4 US Code) says about   …Continue Reading The Law about Proper Display of the American Flag

Six Eastern Division Towns moved to Bankruptcy Court Central Division posted on May 7

In order to balance caseloads among divisions, the following cities and towns will be shifted to the Central Division (Worcester) for all cases and all chapters filed on or after May 1, 2014. Ashland Bellingham Framingham Franklin Holliston Medway The 341 Meetings of Creditors will   …Continue Reading Six Eastern Division Towns moved to Bankruptcy Court Central Division

Dementia-specific training for employees in long-term care facilities posted on Apr 7

On July 8, 2012 Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 142 of the Acts of 2012, “An act providing for dementia-specific training for certain employees of long-term care facilities.” The Department of Public Health regulations are at 105 CMR 150.022  through 150.029. These regulations set forth the   …Continue Reading Dementia-specific training for employees in long-term care facilities

Discharge of a Deliberating Juror posted on Mar 7

“The discharge of a deliberating juror is a sensitive undertaking and is fraught with potential for error.  It is to be done only in special circumstances, and with special precautions.” Commonwealth v. Connor, 392 Mass 838 (1984). Two statutes describe the special circumstances for the   …Continue Reading Discharge of a Deliberating Juror

Consumer Complaints and Resources posted on Feb 14

We have all experienced disappointment with a product or service, but how many of us actually follow through to write a letter expressing our dissatisfaction? USA.gov has some resources that will help  write an effective letter to a company by providing a sample. They also   …Continue Reading Consumer Complaints and Resources