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Immediate Eviction Is Virtually Impossible under Massachusetts Law

Tenants may picture themselves as suddenly homeless when subjected to the eviction process. In Massachusetts, the law includes many complex...
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Should Bankruptcy Stop You from Getting a Personal Loan?

Bankruptcy is not the end of the road in getting a loan. It’s neither a financial slaughter house. The old golden days when one would lose hope...

Prom Season and Underage Drinking

Prom season is here. It is an exciting time for many teenagers. High school students throughout Boston will be attending this special event over...

Social Media and Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

It is second nature in this age of technology to post up-to-the-minute details of almost every facet of our personal lives. We share photos,...

Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Massachusetts

Drivers in Massachusetts are required by law to have auto insurance. But it’s not enough to insure oneself. Motorists also need to insure...

Don't Represent Yourself in a Personal Injury Case

In any legal action, individuals have the right to represent themselves in court. But just because they can doesn’t mean they should. The notion...

The Digital Death Knell of Court Reporting

Technology has changed the world for the general populace, and now it has threatened to change the landscape of legal practice.

Codes and Standards Related to Safe Stairway Design

According to the National Safety Council statistics, falls are the second leading cause of accidents in the U.S., second only to motor vehicle...

Unmarried and in a Relationship: Protecting Your Rights with a Cohabitation Agreement in Massachusetts

Massachusetts does not recognize any rights for a couple that cohabit. This means that if your in an unmarried relationship and it fails, you do...

Crime Lab Mistakes Raise Concern over Convictions in Massachusetts

The arrests of two chemists at two separate Massachusetts crime labs earlier this year have raised a lot of questions over the validity of...

Warrantless Blood Test Case Waits for U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision

A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court could have a large impact on state laws relating to drunk driving. Many states, including...

What Exactly Is Federal Tax Fraud?

In most tax cases, the IRS only wants to get the money it is owed, along with some interest and penalties. In some cases, the IRS can impose a...

Understanding Parental Alienation Syndrome in Connecticut Family Courts

Children may develop Parental Alienation Syndrome when their battling parents put them in the middle of adult disagreements. It is sad but...

Short Sales Increase

A short sale allows the lender to avoid the work involved in foreclosing and then trying to sell a property. It allows the homeowner to avoid...

Gumshoes Still Dig Out the Dirt During Divorces

People hire private detectives for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is to uncover hidden assets. Private investigators don't...

Parental Alienation: Does it Really Exist?

Parental alienation is an increasingly used tool in the war between divorced or divorcing parents. Depending on the expert, parental alienation...

Taking the Mystery out of Bankruptcy Auctions

Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as "debt liquidation," allows people to wipe out most kinds of debt and achieve a financial fresh start.

Feds Investigate Unsafe Honda Motorcycles & ATVs

Federal agencies are investigating allegations that the largest Honda dealer in the country intentionally and knowingly sold unsafe motorcycles,...

How to Deal with Foorne Illness and Infection

Listeria, salmonella, vibrio, and campylobacter are some of the main pathogens that cause foorne infections and illnesses in our country. The...

Stay Safe This Summer

Accident risks will remain disproportionately high over the next few weeks, as thousands of Bostonians take to the highways for summer trips and...

Massachusetts Extends Protection to Transgendered Employees

  By Kurker Law
On November 23, 2011, Governor Patrick signed a bill that protects transgendered individuals from discrimination in employment. “An Act Relative...

Massachusetts High Court Rules Whether Employee that Accepted Lay-Off Package Gets Unemployment

  By Kurker Law
On June 16, 2011, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) considered whether the plaintiff, a former employee of Verizon, was entitled...

How Employers Can Host A Summer Party Without Getting Burned

  By Kurker Law
From Memorial Day barbeques, Fourth of July fireworks, Labor Day soirees and many pub-crawls and Friday afternoon happy hours in between, the...

Massachusetts High Court Extends Retaliation Protection to Former Employees

  By Kurker Law
On May 12, 2011, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) upheld a trial court ruling that an employer who filed a baseless lawsuit...

Choose Your Words Wisely: First Circuit Provides Employment Application Guidance

  By Kurker Law
On July 17, 2012, the First Circuit provided employers with useful guidance regarding the enforceability of an arbitration provision contained...

Round 2 of CORI Reform

  By Kurker Law
On Friday, May 4, 2012, the second round of the Criminal Offender Record Information (“CORI”) provisions become effective. The initial CORI...

Massachusetts Extends Protection to Transgendered Employees

  By Kurker Law
On November 23, 2011, Governor Patrick signed a bill that protects transgendered individuals from discrimination in employment. “An Act Relative...

Are You at Risk of Drowsy Driving?

Drowsy driving is a very dangerous activity. It can be just as dangerous as drunk driving or driving while texting. There are certain risks that...

The Hurdles Faced by America

If you are one of America’s farmers or ranchers, estate planning includes some significant hurdles for you that it does not include for other...

Estate Planning for the GLBT Community

Marriage in the United States is much more than an emotional commitment between two people--it is an official status that comes with numerous...

Something is Not Right about My Parent

If you have recently lost a parent, you are undoubtedly going through the grieving process that follows such a deep loss. The loss of a parent...

The Future of Social Security

If you have worked hard all of your life, and are at the point where you are starting to think about your golden years you are probably counting...

What Happens When You Fail to Plan for the Possibility of Your Own Death

Death is not a popular topic for obvious reasons. Most of us prefer not to spend much time thinking about the possibility of dying, at least not...

An Example of Why Estate Planning is So Important

Although you may not know the name, you have probably read the novel or seen the movie based on the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which...

More Steps Needed to Prevent Worker Fatalities in Massachusetts

A total of 58 workers died in accidents on the job in Massachusetts in 2011. That translates into approximately 1.1 worker fatalities every...

Estate Planning Uncertainty in an Election Year

Creating a comprehensive estate plan is a complicated undertaking and requires a thorough understanding of all the myriad tax laws that will...

Feeling Conflicted about Seeking Guardianship of a Parent? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

For any adult child who is facing the decision whether or not to petition to become his parent’s legal guardian, feelings of conflict are...

Protecting Your Elderly Family Members -- Signs of Elder Abuse

The vast majority of us will need to entrust an elderly family member’s care to a stranger at some point in time. This may be for anything from...

What Do I Need to Do After the Death of a Family Member?

We all hope never to need to know the answer to that question; however, if you do find yourself in the position of trying to figure out what...

How to Handle an Unexpected Inheritance

If you recently received a letter or a telephone call telling you that you just inherited a small fortune from a long lost relative you probably...

Are Estate Planning Documents Public Record?

In recent years, the rate at which technology has developed is mind boggling. Just a generation ago, the internet was virtually non-existent....

Estate Planning for Parents

When it comes to making sure young children are taken care of in the context of estate planning, parents have two main areas to address the...

Should Motorcycle Riders be Required to Wear Helmets by Law?

The governor of Michigan just signed a law that overturned the state’s long-standing helmet requirement for motorcyclists. Senate Bill 291...

Estate Planning and Tax Consequences for Leominster Residents

As a Leominster resident, you have probably given considerable thought and consideration to how you wish to structure your estate plan in order...

Passing on a Worcester Family Business

As the owner of a Worcester family owned small business, you have likely devoted your lifetime to growing the business from the ground up. As a...

The Landscape of Broker-Dealer Compliance and Exception Reporting Systems

The landscape of compliance and exception reporting has changed significantly since 2002. Many brokerage firms were resistant to advancing their...

Fitchburg Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Grantor Retained Annuity Trust

If you have spent a lifetime building up your estate, then you likely don’t want to lose half of it to estate taxes upon your death....

How to Create an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

Estate planning can be complicated, even for a relatively small estate. If you are fortunate enough to have a sizable estate, estate planning...

Hollywood Highlights the Need for Estate Planning

Hollywood is never short on sensational accounts of legal disputes over money. Often, these disputes are over million dollar deals for recording...

Updating Your Grafton Will -- There May Be More Reasons to Do So Than You Realize

Your Last Will and Testament is the a starting point for your entire Grafton estate plan. For this reason, your Will should be well thought out...



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