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

Your Rights to Cancel a Gym Membership

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on December 14th, 2015

By: Patricia E. Alexandre | Associate With the New Year fast approaching, people start to join gyms or health clubs as part of their New Year’s resolution to exercise more and get in shape. But what if you ever decide to cancel your membership? Here’s what you should know about your gym or health club membership rights. Before you decide to join a gym or a health club and sign the membersh… Read More

The Basics of Incorporating your Business in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on November 30th, 2015

By: Corey Pontes | Associate Incorporating a small business is a great idea for individuals who want to limit their personal liability for debts of a business. In incorporating your business, you create a new structure where your business can be recognized as its own entity. Most importantly, your business can be treated separately from its creators and shareholders, potentially reducing liabilit… Read More

Important Information you need to know when charged with Operating Under the Influence (OUI) in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Criminal Law by on November 16th, 2015

By: Kate A. Messinger | Associate Facing a charge of Operating under the Influence can be frightening and confusing and it is important to understand that you have rights and options. Each case is unique and it is important to speak to a lawyer who will help to analyze the facts of your case and defend your rights. “OUI” stands for Operating under the Influence. You can be charged with OUI… Read More

Has your child suffered injuries from lead paint?

Posted in Blog, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate by on November 2nd, 2015

Patricia Alexandre, Esq.| Law Clerk Families moving into an older home with children under the age of six should be extremely cautious of lead paint. Hundreds of young children are poisoned by lead paint in Massachusetts each year. Children exposed to lead may suffer from permanent brain damage, kidney failure, as well as behavioral and learning disorders. If your child has been injured as a resu… Read More

Opened-End Mortgages in Rhode Island

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on October 26th, 2015

By: Raymond C. Pelote | Partner Open-end mortgages in Rhode Island are a useful security tool for creditors in an effort to secure any and all outstanding obligations a creditor may have with a commercial debtor.  Many times, creditors enter into commercial transactions with commercial debtors that are secured only by all-business-asset-liens.  Typically, an all-business-asset-lien loses valu… Read More

Massachusetts Mechanic’s Lien: Security interest for those who have supplied labor or materials that improve a property

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on October 13th, 2015

By: Ryan E. Prophett | Associate Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 254, Sections 1-24, sets forth a statutory mechanism to provide security to contractors, subcontractors, laborers and suppliers for the value of their services and goods provided for the improving of an owner’s real estate. In order to perfect a Mechanic’s Lien, the contractor, subcontractor, laborer and/or supplier must f… Read More


Posted in Blog, Personal Injury by on September 21st, 2015

By: Dina M. Swanson | Partner You or a loved one may have recently undergone surgery or visited a doctor and unfortunately, did not receive the results you expected. You may be wondering if there is a claim for medical malpractice or just an unfortunate medical result. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers damage while under the treatment of a medical professional. But what constit… Read More

The Importance of Uninsured and Underinsured Automobile Insurance Coverage

Posted in Blog, Insurance by on September 7th, 2015

Patricia Alexandre, Esq. | Law Clerk In Massachusetts, drivers choose to take risks every day by operating motor vehicles without insurance. What drivers don’t know is that they are still taking risks by choosing to have the minimum automobile insurance coverage required by law. Car insurance can be expensive and many feel they may be saving money by carrying the minimum amount of insurance… Read More