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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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Parenting Course required for all Mass divorces involving children.

Every once in a while, I have a divorce that involves children and when we are nearing the end of the process, it sometimes comes as a surprise to people that they have to complete a parenting course and turn in a certificate of completion to the Court before their divorce will be allowed. Yes, completion of a 5 hour parent education course is required. It’s usually spread out over two consecutive nights and are

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Personal Injury Claims in Massachusetts – What You Need To Know

Personal injury is described as an injury to your body, mind, or emotions and can cover all types of injuries involving head injuries, slip and fall accidents, car or construction accidents, as well as medical malpractice. In Massachusetts, if you have suffered an injury that you believe was due to someone else’s negligence, then you can seek compensation, even if you were partly responsible for the accident. Before deciding to file a lawsuit, or pursue

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What Is Child Support and how is it determined by the court?

Both parents are legally obligated to provide for their children. If the parents separate, this expectation is continued through the process of child support. At the dissolution of their relationship, typically one parent will retain primary custody of the child while the other receives parenting time. The understanding is that the child with custody, otherwise known as the custodial parent, will provide support through paying for the child’s daily care, while the other parent, the

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Briones & Morte

It is with great pleasure we announce that The Law Office of Stephen G. Morte has merged with the Briones Law Group, also of Marlborough, Massachusetts. The new firm will be a true combination of equals – a joining of two extraordinary firms very similar in size and culture, with practice strengths that are highly complementary and will enable us to provide a new and broader set of services to our clients. Stephen Morte will

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