Trying to “catch’em all” is not a valid defense to trespass and the other risks of Pokemon Go!

Posted in Blog, Criminal Law, Personal Injury by on July 25th, 2016

By: Attorney Dina M. Swanson| Partner It’s all the rage right now. You see people walking around staring at their smart phones or posting on social media their latest capture and wonder to yourself. . . what are they doing? It seems everyone is joining in on the newest craze, Pokemon Go, a free to play reality mobile game which was released in July of 2016 for IOS and android devices. Pokemon G… Read More

Know Your Rights: Tenancy Law in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on July 5th, 2016

By: Attorney Corey T. Pontes| Associate When entering into a residential lease agreement with a landlord, it is important that a tenant knows their rights. While a majority of landlords are responsive to the needs of their tenants, there are times when a landlord may not fulfill his or her legal duties under Massachusetts law. Types of Tenancies Tenancy for Years The tenancy for years is th… Read More

THE DISADVANTAGES OF LEASING SOLAR PANELS

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on June 13th, 2016

By: Attorney Patricia E. Alexandre| Associate If you are considering signing a lease agreement for the installation of solar panels from a solar company, BEWARE of the financial risks attached when it comes to selling or borrowing against your home once you sign the agreement. Consumers who have entered into long-term lease agreements for solar panels attached to their home are finding the… Read More

Lien Creditors Ability to Oppose or Object to a Debtor’s Motion to Avoid Judicial Lien Despite Not Previously Objecting to a Debtor’s Claim Exemption

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on May 31st, 2016

By: Attorney Raymond C. Pelote | Partner When debtors file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions, many lien creditors don’t pay attention to the filing, despite receiving notice, until such time as the creditor’s liens are in jeopardy. Debtors, in filing their bankruptcy petitions, designate certain property they seek to exempt. Typically, debtors seek to exempt their largest asset whi… Read More

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Dog Bite Laws & Owner Liability

Posted in Blog by on May 2nd, 2016

By: Attorney Kate A. Messinger | Associate Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs. More than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island hundreds of children and adults suffer injuries and even wrongful death after dog a… Read More

PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Posted in Blog, Criminal Law by on April 18th, 2016

By: Attorney Kevin J. O’Malley | Partner In a widely publicized case brought by the Department of Justice against Apple, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division, the Justice Department sought to compel Apple to comply with a February 16, 2016 Court Order requiring Apple to assist in unlocking the cell phone of one of the terrorist sh… Read More

MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD MISTAKES TO AVOID

Posted in Blog, Business Law, Real Estate by on April 4th, 2016

By: Attorney Ryan Prophett | Associate   Many individuals in Massachusetts view buying rental property as a good investment and an alternative to putting their money in the stock market where they have no control.  However, most new landlords do not hire an attorney to advise them and create the necessary lease documents to protect their interests.  The two biggest mistakes that we… Read More

Massachusetts Comprehensive No-Fault Act in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Posted in Blog, Personal Injury by on March 7th, 2016

By: Charles D. Mulcahy | Partner On January 1, 1970, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed the Comprehensive No-Fault Act dealing with motor vehicle accidents. This act included a subsection described as Personal Injury Protection. Through this subsection, you are entitled to make a claim for your Personal Injury Protection benefits after you are in an accident, regardless of whether or not yo… Read More

ASSET PROTECTION: Homestead v Trust

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on February 22nd, 2016

By: William Rosa | Partner I had previously blogged relative to the Massachusetts Homestead Exemption and the importance of having one in place in order to protect the equity which you may have in your primary residence.  The alternative to the Homestead could be the use of a Trust. In its simplest terms, a Trust separates the legal title holder of real estate (the “Trustee”) from the tru… Read More

Planning for Incapacity and End-of-Life Care

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on January 11th, 2016

By: Dianna M. Williams | Associate When a person gets older, or when a person sustains a serious illness or injury, difficult health care decisions may need to be made. While you have the right to make decisions about your own medical care, an unforeseen accident or ailment could prevent you from being able to make those decisions or communicate them to others.  Therefore, it is important to con… Read More