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Residential v. Commercial Fall Protect - Case Examples

  September 25, 2017     By D.A. Doddridge & Associates, Inc.
Two serious construction accidents cause serious injury to construction workers. In one case, the worker was wearing a safety harness but was...
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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Why Would Someone Renounce a Will?

Renouncing a will means giving up your inheritance as provided in the will of a deceased. But why would anyone want to give up their...

How to Use the Gift Tax Exemption and Exclusion

Anyone who has a substantial estate knows that avoiding estate taxes is one of the primary goals of estate planning. The estate tax rate changes...

Do I Need to Worry about Estate Taxes?

In America, it seems as though we are always worrying about one tax obligation or another. Everything from our income to the food we purchase is...

The Federal Trade Commission and the Funeral Rule

Unfortunately, many complaints filed by consumers alleging deceptive trade practices or illegal contracts involve senior citizens.

What is an Insolvent Estate?

When you start considering estate planning issues, you do so with the intent to pass on as much of your wealth and property as possible.

Making a Personal Injury Claim after a Hit and Run

Many people think that if they are injured in a hit and run accident cannot make a claim for personal injury because the other driver is...

Dog Bites

People love their dogs and why not they give you affection and unconditional love. However, certain breeds and certain dogs can become...

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits

What are PIP benefits? People always ask me what PIP benefits are. In Massachusetts most policies have what is called personal injury protection...

What Steps Should You Take after a Car Accident?

The author discusses what steps you should take after a car accident to preserve your rights whether you are going to bring a personal injury...

Examinations under Oath Have Become the Wild Wild West

An examination under oath in Massachusetts is usually used by insurance companies as a tool to deny coverage of PIP benefits. In Massachusetts...

Sex Offenders Facing Increased Vigilantism

The stigma that comes with being charged with a sex crime can make it difficult for the accused in many aspects. Many of these crimes have...

Restraining Orders: A Twisted Divorce Tactic

Restraining orders exist to protect victims against an alleged abuser by keeping the abuser from engaging in activities in or near the victim's...

Massachusetts’ New Child Support Guidelines

In 2009, Massachusetts overhauled its 22-year-old child support guidelines. A 12-person task force designed the new rules, which have now been...

Ongoing Arbitration for Mobil Oil over Venezuelan Assets

Mobil Corporation's claims in international arbitration against Venezuela's national oil company raises issues common to all commercial...

The 'Same Wrongdoer' Defense in Check Fraud Litigation

An overview of the "same wrongdoer" rule, an important defense that is available to banks in such cases under the UCC as adopted in...

Recap of Massachusetts Rules Regarding Sexually Dangerous Persons

New rules proposed in Massachusetts would dramatically impact convicted sex offenders post-release. As the rules currently stand, once a sex...

Canadian Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Kidnapping and Murder-for-Hire Plot

Nicholas Djokich, after being convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder in federal court in Boston, was sentenced to 20 years in...

The Must Have on Your Legal Bucket List

  By Oreste Law
Those who pass away without a will, leave it up to the state to decide how to divide assets using a preset legal formula. Most people would...

Your Rights as a Tenant in an Eviction Case

  By Oreste Law
A common misconception when someone receives a notice to quit (either a 14-day or a 30-day depending on the reasons) is that if you don’t move...

New RESPA Regulations: What Lenders Should Know

The onus for ensuring compliance with the RESPA revisions falls squarely upon lenders.

The Legal Ramifications of Sexting

Many parents want to know what can be done if their child was a victim or offender of sexting. The author provides the details of possible...

Melendez-Diaz May Be Short-Lived Victory for Criminal Defendants

A recent Supreme Court case resulted in major changes to the legal requirements for using scientific evidence in trials, and clarified the...



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