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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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Driving with your JOL

In the state of Massachusetts, you are allowed to obtain a Junior Operator License at the age of 16 ½. A Junior Operator License or JOL is provided to any driver under the age of 18 allowing them to operate a vehicle under the following restrictions: A driver with a JOL license cannot have a passenger unless it’s an immediate family member or a licensed driver over the age of 21. Additionally, a driver with

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Driving under the influence of marijuana.

As most of you may know, two dispensaries in Massachusetts; Cultivate, in Leicester, and New England Treatment Access, in Northampton, have begun selling marijuana for recreational usage. Before patronizing your nearest dispensary, it is important that you are aware of Massachusetts’ state laws regarding Marijuana consumption. One of the largest issues related to the legalization of Marijuana, is how to measure an individual’s level of impairment while driving. It is illegal to operate a vehicle

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Our family is hoping the RMV doesn’t renew dad’s license.

My Dad turns 80 next month and his driver’s license is up for renewal. Our family is hoping the RMV doesn’t renew his license because we think his driving is dangerous, but he insists on driving. What can we do? In the United States, getting one’s driver’s license is a rite of passage. Access to a car or other vehicle allows great freedom and independence: to go where we wish, do what we wish, and

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What they don’t tell you at the Vape Shop

Vaping has become very popular among teenagers and young adults. Vape pens, also referred to as e-cigs and juuls, are the subject of today’s blog. The reality is that vaping can be quite dangerous and there are a rising number of incidents where the pens are quite literally exploding. This man was driving and his vape exploded in his pants pocket resulting in second degree burns. Post Link After an incident like this, people can’t

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Statute of Repose may prohibit you from suing a Contractor

In Massachusetts, you have 6 years to sue a contractor for their work. Let’s say that you have a contractor come and install flooring in your home.. Eight years goes by and there are no problems. Then one day you are walking through your family room and the floor collapses and you are seriously injured. You find out afterwards that the floor was improperly constructed. You cannot sue the contractor. They are protected by the

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Important Information about Renewing a Restraining Order

For those of you who have an active restraining order against someone. If you intend on renewing that restraining order, you must appear back in Court on the date that it expires. The Court will not send you a notice to appear. If the expiration date of the restraining order is on a weekend, you must appear on the Friday before the order expires. A full hearing will occur on the date of renewal and

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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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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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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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