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I was married and last lived in Massachusetts with my spouse but do not live in Massachusetts now, can I get divorced in Massachusetts?

While marriage laws are based on where the parties are at the time of marriage, divorce is based on where the parties live at the time of divorce. The answer to this question depends on how long you’ve resided outside of Massachusetts. While most states require you to be a resident before you may file divorce papers, the required length of residency varies per state. In most cases, it’s at least a minimum of six

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Another reason to get along with your ex…

Most Probate Judges award parents shared legal custody of their un-emancipated children.  Legal custody is the decision making power with respect to medical, educational and religious decisions. The one exception to this standard would be when there is a restraining order in place that prohibits effective communication between the parents. However, the tide seems to be changing and the Courts are looking at the parent’s relationship as to whether they are able to share legal

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Is Rental Car Insurance Necessary?

If you are planning on renting a car during your travels this summer, you are certainly familiar with the multitude of extra costs that can be tacked on. You may be asking yourself the particular question: do I need insurance for this rental car? While a rental company may tell you that their insurance is necessary, this is not always the case. First, let’s talk about what happens when you get in an accident in

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How long do I have to pursue a car accident claim?

In Massachusetts, you have three years from the date of the accident to bring a claim for your injuries.  This is called the Statute of Limitations (SOL).  The public policy reason behind a SOL is it would be inherently unfair to have a lawsuit come out of thin air years after an accident when all of the evidence and documentation is lost.  In order to preserve your rights to bring a claim, you must file

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A Criminal Defense Attorney’s Take on Divorce and Co-Parenting

As a long-time criminal defense attorney, I meet many people who have made big mistakes. These mistakes have led to difficulties in the criminal justice system. At the very least, they have to pay for (and put up with) me to help them. Often, these problems stem from a toxic romantic relationship or dissolving marriage. Having to deal with the criminal justice system is an obvious bad result if such problems either are alleged to

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Bicyclists Beware- follow the rules of the road!

If you are hit by a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, you may not be able to recover for your personal injuries if you are not following the “rules of the road”.  Bicyclists are required to ride with the traffic; that means in the same direction.  If you are struck by a motor vehicle while riding against traffic, you are likely to be found more than 50% at fault for the accident.  I always

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The Rising Issue of Imposter Uber Drivers

Uber went public earlier this week, amidst recent controversy surrounding imposter Uber drivers. A little over a month ago, Samantha Josephson was murdered after getting into a car that she perceived to be her Uber. Samantha’s parents have started the campaign #WhatsMyName, to implore passengers to check both the license plate of the vehicle, and the face of the driver. Uber is also currently under suit in relation to a series of rapes occurring in

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Mother’s Day Drive

Briones Law Group has teamed up with B Styled Personal Styling and Consulting for a unique opportunity to do something nice for mothers who are living in local shelters on Mother’s Day! We are asking for donations of gently used handbags filled with personal items and toiletries that can be delivered to these mothers for Mother’s Day! If you wish to participate, please fill your gently used handbag with personal items, put it all in

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Women in Business Help Women in Need

Briones Law Group has teamed up with B Styled Personal Styling and Consulting for a unique opportunity to do something nice for mothers who are living in local shelters on Mother’s Day! We are asking for donations of gently used handbags filled with personal items and toiletries that can be delivered to these mothers for Mother’s Day! If you wish to participate, please fill your gently used handbag with personal items, put it all in

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Personal Injury FAQ

When bringing about a personal injury claim, it is difficult to navigate the process on your own. If you believe that you have a claim, it is always a good idea to set up a consultation with a lawyer. Some common personal injury cases include: motor vehicle accidents, work place injuries, slip and falls, and medical malpractice.   Once you hire an Attorney, a typical personal injury case takes anywhere from six months to three

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