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“Sham” marriages and Immigration

If you are considering entering into a “sham”marriage with a non-US citizen, you need to read this.. First, understand that it is illegal and if you are caught, you will be prosecuted like this man recently in Worcester, MA. Massachusetts man pleads guilty to 6 sham marriages There are many different things that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) evaluates when deciding whether a marriage is “real” or not. They will look at whether

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Flat Rate v. Hourly Rate in Divorce and Custody Matters.

For the last five years, we have offered a flat rate for divorce and custody matters. There were several reasons why we decided to do so. If any of you have ever been billed at an hourly rate for divorce, you already know how expensive a divorce can be if your attorney is charging you for every minute of time they spend on your case. The reason is that divorce and custody issues are highly

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What you need to know when you get injured at work.

Workers Compensation – A Short Explanation By Attorney Robert L. Noa Most people have heard the term ‘Worker’s Compensation’. Many, however, probably do not know exactly what it can do for you should you have an injury or accident while in the course of your employment. Workers comp is a system of wage replacement for people who have an injury or accident at work and are disabled for a period of time. It’s important to

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If you are or have been a victim of a violent crime, you may be entitled to compensation.

If you live in Massachusetts and you are the victim of a crime, you may be able to get compensation through the State. The following are examples of what types of things are compensable: – medical and dental expenses, – counseling expenses, – funeral/burial costs, – lost wages, – replacement bedding, – crime scene cleanup The maximum benefit is $25,000.00 per individual. If you are interested in applying for compensation, you must have reported the

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Ignorance of the law-A loving example

Guest Blogger: Samuel B. Goldberg, Esquire Hey, remember the old adage “What you don’t know cannot hurt you”? Well, if it ever was true, it isn’t anymore. At least not where the criminal justice system is concerned. I have been embedded in the system for over 30 years in the state of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am proud to have become “Of Counsel” to the Briones Law Group and you can

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The important things to know before your loved one dies.

No one likes to talk about death and dying. I get it, it’s a sucky topic. But last year when my dad died unexpectedly, there were so many things I wish I knew and I could have saved myself a lot of time and aggravation if he had been more prepared. Granted he did leave a Will and we had all of the appropriate estate documents that everyone should have. I’m a lawyer after all.

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No driving allowed for six months after seizure or loss of consciousness in MA.

Did you know that if you experience a seizure or any loss of consciousness as a licensed driver in Massachusetts, you must voluntarily surrender your license for six months? I didn’t. Here is the link: https://www.massrmv.com/Portals/30/docs/lossofco.pdf. At the conclusion of the six month period, you can apply for your learner’s permit and retake the license exam. That’s with a letter from your physicain stating that you are safe to drive. I wonder how many people

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Cash Bail Bill introduced by Bernie Sanders this week will help the poor.

This week, Bernie Sanders has introduced a Bill that will seek to end the requirement of cash bail in criminal matters. The effect of requiring cash bail in our criminal system is that people who can afford to pay remain out of jail while their case is ongoing. People who don’t have the money, stay in jail while their case is pending. Some of the alternatives would include the use of electronic bracelets with GPS

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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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