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Civil Matter – Litigation regarding assets acquired in a relationship

Our client ended a relationship in which significant assets were purchased together, including a home.  Our client’s position was that her income alone had paid for the property in dispute. The defendant, her ex-partner, argued that these assets should be split evenly. The defendant claimed both parties contributed equally to the purchase of these items. Through discovery, we were able to uncover the money trail. At mediation, we presented the facts: all the funds had

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How to Protect Yourself if Falsely Accused of a Crime

Being wrongly accused of a crime is the last thing anyone wants to happen. Unfortunately, innocent people can be caught in the crossfire of circumstances, causing a witness or victim to misidentify suspects or lead police to think that an innocent suspect committed a crime. It’s important to know what steps to take if you are falsely accused or charged with a crime. First, you should retain an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as

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How To Protect Your Children During a Divorce

Children are more intuitive than we give them credit. Divorce takes a toll on every member of the family, but it’s essential to make sure the children understand that the end of your marriage is not the end of the parent-child relationship. Have an Open Discussion Before sitting down with your child to announce the divorce, make a plan with your ex. Let the kids know what is going on with an open discussion as

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Massachusetts Auto Accidents: An Overview

Wherever an auto accident happens, it is never convenient, often overwhelming, and at times life-altering. If you have recently been in an accident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this article will help you sort out what the process looks like from here, giving you a sense of what you have already done and what remains to be done to get your life back on track. For any Massachusetts driver, whether you have been in an

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What are the Legal Consequences of Setting off Fireworks in Massachusetts?

During a recent press conference Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that calls for fireworks have gone up by 2300%. Firework complaints typically increase in the week before fourth of July; however, this statistic is unprecedented. According to Massachusetts State Law, it is illegal for citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks, or to purchase them legally else ware and transport them into state. If you are found in possession of fireworks, an officer is mandated

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Am I Allowed to Date if My Divorce is Pending?

Divorce can be a lengthy process, and for many divorcing couples, the marriage is over emotionally long before a divorce is legally pursued. It’s not uncommon for a spouse to consider dating while their divorce is pending. The short answer to the question ‘to date or not to date’ is that there is no law in Massachusetts that prevents spouses from dating after separating or divorcing. So yes, you are allowed to date when your

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What Are Your Rights When You Get Pulled Over?

If you are pulled over by an officer under the suspicion of driving under the influence, it is important to be aware of your rights. The officer may ask you a series of questions, which if answered, will be part of his report. You do not have to answer any of these questions, as you are entitled to speak with an attorney first. Denying to respond does not contribute to reasonable suspicion, meaning that your

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Know Your Legal Rights When Protesting

Before heading out into the streets, it’s a good idea to have a firm grasp of your legal rights. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and right to petition. This means you have a legal and constitutional right to express your view through protest. Where to Engage in

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What is co-parenting, and how do we do it once we are divorced?

Co-parenting describes a parenting relationship in which the two parents of a child are not romantically involved but still assume joint responsibility for their child’s upbringing. The extent to which parents can effectively co-parent significantly impacts how children will adjust to the transitions associated with a separation or divorce. Parents are responsible for major-life decisions, like those concerning religion, discipline, finances, morality, recreation, physical health, education, and emergencies. Whether married or divorced, agreement on these

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Personal Injury – Motor vehicle Accident involving Pizza Delivery driver and a head on collision

Our client was working as a pizza delivery driver in Marlborough, Massachusetts. While delivering an order, another vehicle turned left ahead of him and struck his vehicle head-on.  He sustained serious injuries to his knee and ankle which required ORIF surgery to repair. The insurance company only offered $60,000.00 for our client’s injuries.  Prior to litigation, Attorney Briones suggested that the insurance company have her client examined by a third-party medical doctor of their choosing. 

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