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Ignorance of the law-A loving example

Guest Blogger: Samuel B. Goldberg, Esquire Hey, remember the old adage “What you don’t know cannot hurt you”? Well, if it ever was true, it isn’t anymore. At least not where the criminal justice system is concerned. I have been embedded in the system for over 30 years in the state of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am proud to have become “Of Counsel” to the Briones Law Group and you can

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The important things to know before your loved one dies.

No one likes to talk about death and dying. I get it, it’s a sucky topic. But last year when my dad died unexpectedly, there were so many things I wish I knew and I could have saved myself a lot of time and aggravation if he had been more prepared. Granted he did leave a Will and we had all of the appropriate estate documents that everyone should have. I’m a lawyer after all.

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No driving allowed for six months after seizure or loss of consciousness in MA.

Did you know that if you experience a seizure or any loss of consciousness as a licensed driver in Massachusetts, you must voluntarily surrender your license for six months? I didn’t. Here is the link: https://www.massrmv.com/Portals/30/docs/lossofco.pdf. At the conclusion of the six month period, you can apply for your learner’s permit and retake the license exam. That’s with a letter from your physicain stating that you are safe to drive. I wonder how many people

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Cash Bail Bill introduced by Bernie Sanders this week will help the poor.

This week, Bernie Sanders has introduced a Bill that will seek to end the requirement of cash bail in criminal matters. The effect of requiring cash bail in our criminal system is that people who can afford to pay remain out of jail while their case is ongoing. People who don’t have the money, stay in jail while their case is pending. Some of the alternatives would include the use of electronic bracelets with GPS

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Liens and personal injury cases

Most people are not aware that liens can be placed on their personal injury case. Health insurance is one type of lien. When it comes time for a settlement disbursement, clients are often very confused as to why they have to pay back their health insurance for any bills that the health insurance paid on their personal injury case. After all, clients pay a lot for that health insurance for just such a circumstance so

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Opioid addiction called major health crisis by Senator Eldridge, leads to legislation to address it.

I agree with Senator Eldridge that opioid addiction is a major health crisis in our State. From a legal standpoint, our Courts are clogged with people being prosecuted for crimes that arise out of their addiction. Larceny, home invasion, car jacking, and fraud are only a fraction of the charges I have seen. All due to the addicts trying to get their hands on money to support their addiction. Senator Eldridge votes for major legislation

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Diminished value auto claims.

Since the invention of Carfax, car buyers everywhere are able to check whether the vehicle they are purchasing has ever been involved in an accident. This is both a good and a bad thing. Because of this, every vehicle involved in an accident may suffer from diminished value and Massachusetts is one of 21 states that does not allow for reimbursment for this. The truth of the matter is that in this day and age,

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MA Senate passes ban on hand held phones and electronic devices while driving.

The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill this week to ban the use of all handheld cell phones and electronic devices while driving. Now it’s onto the House of Representatives. If it passes the House, it will be signed into law in this legislative session. There is an exception built in to allow for use in emergencies only. Pretty soon if you want to use your phone to text or check an email, or to program

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Gap Insurance, do you need it?

With the rising cost of automobiles, getting into an accident can be a financial nightmare. It gets worse when you find out that the brand new car you bought is worth significantly less than what you paid for it and you end up owing the lienholder money. Even if the accident is not your fault. Enter gap insurance. You can purchase gap insurance when you purchase your vehicle and it covers any “gap” in the

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Rule 410 documents and divorce

One of the reasons that divorce is a cumbersome process are the mandatory 410 self disclosures that are required in every contested divorce in Massachusetts. These documents are required to be exchanged between parties within 45 days of the service of the divorce complaint. The rationale behind these disclosures is the Court’s interest that both parties in a divorce have a clear picture of the financial situation of their spouse and of the marriage itself.

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