Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Legal Blog

Don’t like something about your divorce agreement?

Once a divorce is over and the dust settles, people often realize that they shouldn’t have agreed to certain terms in their agreement. I have been told by clients that they agreed to certain things because they just “wanted to get it over with”. Clarity comes later and people want to alter the agreement because they believe that something was not “fair”. In order to file for a modification of the divorce agreement, there must

Read More »

When Fido bites

Dog Owners in Massachusetts are strictly liable when their dog bites. The only defense to this is that the dog was being teased, tormented or abused by the bitee. Dog bite claims are generally covered under homeowner policies. If your dog bites someone, you should report it to your insurance company immediately. You will also have to produce vaccination records for your dog to prove that he or she has been vaccinated for rabies. If

Read More »

What should you expect from your lawyer?

There are a number of areas in which attorneys and their clients can come to disagreements. After all, in most cases, being the party in a probate, criminal or civil law suit is a high stress endeavor. Lack of communication, doubt about the attorney’s abilities, or simply the fact that he/she is a pompous ass are only a few reasons why clients and attorneys have relationship issues. In turn, some folks have a different view

Read More »

Is there any way to prevent a divorce once your spouse has filed?

People often ask me if there is any way to prevent a divorce if their spouse files against them. The answer is no. The basis of divorce in Mass is irretrievable breakdown. If one party believes that the marriage is irretrievably broken and wants to get a divorce, it will happen. Once a divorce is filed in Massachusetts, the Court will set a Pre trial date for six months away because contested divorces in MA

Read More »

Guardianship and College

I was talking with a lawyer friend the other day who also happens to be the guardian of two little boys. She raised an interesting question that neither of us knew the answer to as it relates to income numbers used for college. A guardianship ends at age 18 and that’s when a child typically goes off to College. The financial aid form (FAFSA) and the income reported on it become an important part of

Read More »

Is there a warrant out for your arrest?

I just read an online news story about a NH woman who goes to apply for a job with the police and ends up arrested because of an outstanding warrant from Maine. That must have been a shocker for her! More and more lately, we get calls for people who find out that they have a warrant for their arrest and need to turn themselves in. Or, even worse, they get pulled over for a

Read More »

Parking lot Accidents

You may have heard the song, “Parking Lot Party”? Well getting in a car accident in a parking lot is no party. It is one of the most common locations for a car accident and one of the most difficult to obtain a recovery from. The insurance companies have all but thrown their hands up in the air and generally make the dertmination that both parties are equally at fault unless you can convince your

Read More »

The Reality of Assault and Battery in Massachusetts.

Harry Hands sees Sally Shoulder. Harry likes Sally. He calls to her and she does not answer. Perhaps she is ignoring him. Perturbed, he walks up to her and taps her on the shoulder. Did Harry break the law? The answer is probably yes. Under Massachusetts law, an assault is when you place someone in fear that they are about to be touched. The battery is when they are actually and intentionally touched and that

Read More »

Consent to search of vehicle does not extend to engine compartment.

A recent Supreme Judicial Court decision has limited the scope of what constitutes a permissable search of a vehicle when consented to by the Operator of that vehicle. In a 4-3 decision in the Hampden County case Commonwealth v. Anthony C. Ortiz, Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote: “In this case we must decide whether a driver’s consent to allow the police to search for narcotics or firearms ‘in the vehicle’ authorizes a police officer to

Read More »

Should an abuser get unsupervised parenting time with their children?

Over and over again, I come face to face with a huge inadequacy of our Probate Court system and I want/need to vent about it today. I have several clients whose soon to be ex spouses have either been convicted of domestic abuse or are in the process of facing criminal charges for it. All of my clients happen to be women but there are many cases where the abuser is a woman and the

Read More »

Get A Case Evaluation

We are happy to provide a consultation to all first time clients.

Please complete the form below and we will contact you.

Email us
close slider

Get A Case Evaluation

We are happy to provide a consultation to all first time clients.

Please complete the form below and we will contact you.

Call Now
Directions