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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

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

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

American Bar Association adds diversity portal to website Posted on Aug 15

“ABA President Paulette Brown (2015-16) led the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission in its one-year inquiry into how to develop sustainable action plans that would advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA itself.”  The Commission’s work resulted in policies, online   …Continue Reading American Bar Association adds diversity portal to website

Non-party Candidates for President Posted on Jul 25

The Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office has prepared “How to Run for President in Massachusetts.” The process differs from state to state, and Secretary Galvin has laid out the process in Massachusetts. Non-party candidates can have their names placed on the   …Continue Reading Non-party Candidates for President

New MUPC Procedural Guide for Administration of Estates Posted on Jul 21

The Probate and Family Court has published the second edition of the MUPC Estate Administration Procedural Guide.  It reflects the development of procedures since the publication of the first edition four years ago.  It is an excellent source, and we recommend it for anyone involved   …Continue Reading New MUPC Procedural Guide for Administration of Estates