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Please Don't Feed the Seals

Please Don’t Feed the Seals posted on Nov 20

  Even though Summer is just a memory, hardy beach goers may still have the opportunity to see ocean wildlife.  Just be certain to keep a safe distance from any animals you might encounter.   That cute little harbor seal on the beach is protected.    …Continue Reading Please Don’t Feed the Seals

Looking for Legal Information?

Looking for Legal Information? posted on Oct 21

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?

What’s all the hoopla about Hoopla? posted on Aug 24

As a resident of Massachusetts, you can access the Boston Public Library’s catalog of streaming movies, television episodes, music, and audio books through Hoopla.  To start streaming today, you need to get your FREE eCard, be using a supported web browser or mobile device, and sign up for   …Continue Reading What’s all the hoopla about Hoopla?

Happy Birthday Library of Congress! posted on Apr 24

One hundred and fourteen years ago today, President John Adams signed a bill transferring the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new U.S. capitol in Washington, D.C.  The bill included a  $5,000 appropriation for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for   …Continue Reading Happy Birthday Library of Congress!

Alternating Dependent Deductions posted on Feb 19

Many divorce agreements order divorcing parents to annually alternate who can claim a child as a dependent for tax purposes.  According to IRS Publication 504 (Divorced or Separated Individuals) , the form to file is Form 8332: Release/Revocation of Release of Claim to Exemption for Child by   …Continue Reading Alternating Dependent Deductions

Turkey time posted on Nov 19

In his argument to make the wild turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo) the national bird, Ben Franklin argued that the turkey is “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”  Although the wild turkey did not prevail over the bald eagle as our national bird,   …Continue Reading Turkey time

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

Congratulations Law School Graduates!

Congratulations Law School Graduates! posted on Mar 24

Shortly after the mortarboards are tossed in the air, graduates will begin paying off those school loans. The March issue of ABA’s Student Lawyer suggests that students should start preparing before graduation. In part three of a four part series, Heather Jarvis sets out a   …Continue Reading Congratulations Law School Graduates!

Alimony Reform Law signed posted on Sep 27

New Mass. Alimony Reform Law (H3617) signed by Governor Patrick yesterday sets limits on alimony and eliminates lifetime alimony. Limits include: (1) If the duration of marriage is 5 years or less, general term alimony shall be no greater than one-half the number of months of the   …Continue Reading Alimony Reform Law signed