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Can I legally smoke recreational marijuana in public in the state of Massachusetts?

While marijuana use is legal in Massachusetts for people 21 and older, that doesn’t mean you can use it anywhere you want. Only adults 21 or older can legally purchase and possess marijuana, except for those who are registered patients. Consuming even legally purchased cannabis in Massachusetts at a public place is illegal under state law. This covers smoking, vaping, and cannabis-infused foods. While your safest bet is smoking in your home, if you have

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Your Liability as a Social Host

In a recent case, resulting in a $300,000 settlement, the parents of a 17 year old high school student were found liable under social host law, for injuries that occurred at a party on their property. The aforementioned party was unsupervised, and alcohol was present. Two boys began wrestling during the party and as a result, one suffered a burst fracture. Although the parents were not present, nor directly responsible for the incident that transpired,

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Am I eligible to adopt in the state of Massachusetts as a single parent?

To be eligible to be an adoptive parent in the state of Massachusetts, the law states you must be at least 18 years old, and you or the child must be a resident of Massachusetts. In most cases, any married couple or single adult is eligible to adopt. If married, both spouses must be a part of the adoption. In nearly every adoption case, judges in adoption courts will consider the child’s best interests when

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Third-party claims on Worker’s Comp. cases

A worker’s compensation claim will cover the cost of any medical bills and lost wages incurred from any injuries that have occurred while in the course of employment. If you have a worker’s compensation claim, there is a strong possibility that you also have a claim against a 3rd party. This third party can be anyone who may have contracted your employer, such as a separate company or a private property owner. There are a

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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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