BAIL NOT JAIL

CAN’T IMPRISON POOR WITHOUT CAUSE As early as 1641, the colonists recognized that a free society is premised upon the belief that its citizens should be afforded due process of law before they are jailed for a crime for which they have yet to be convicted and sentenced.   The concept of bail was created to … Read more

Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain occurs when a government entity takes private property rights for the benefit of the public. Examples of this are when a governmental body takes privately held property to extend a municipal airport’s runway; or build a highway over what was private property but is now taken into public ownership. When the government takes … Read more

New domestic violence legislation

On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts adopted new legislation relating to domestic violence, inspired in part by the murder of Jennifer Martel by her boyfriend, Jared Remy.  These laws have far-reaching implications in areas of criminal, employment, and domestic relations law. The provisions of the new laws include: –        employment leave for victims of domestic violence … Read more

Estate Planning Review

Has it been some time since you reviewed your estate plan? An estate plan review is suggested every 3-5 years or upon a change to your wishes or circumstances; but with the recent changes to our laws, if you haven’t reviewed your estate plan recently, you may want to consider doing so. Massachusetts instituted various … Read more

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Agreeing on a divorce or any type of legal settlement can be emotionally and financially draining. The traditional path of courtroom litigation may work for some, but it’s not necessarily the best option for everyone. Each situation is unique, and more people are looking toward different methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution. What Is Alternative Dispute Read more

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