Cars Not Properly Cleaned Off After Snow Storms

Posted in Blog, Personal Injury by on February 5th, 2015

Winter has officially arrived here in Massachusetts and with all New England winters come perilous road conditions. Most drivers in Massachusetts have had the unfortunate experience of driving behind a vehicle that was not properly cleaned off after a storm. Oftentimes, a driver, who is either lazy or in a hurry, clears just enough snow off their windshield to see through a small hole. However, as… Read More

Injuries from Defective Toys in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Product Liability by on December 20th, 2014

The holiday season is a time for family gatherings and friendly merriment but it can also expose children to the dangers and the potential of injuries from unsafe or defective toys. Millions of toys are sold each year and some of those toys will lead to injuries. Most Massachusetts parents assume that the toys they purchased have been thoroughly tested and are safe for children. Unfortunately, not… Read More

New Developments in Employment Law

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on November 25th, 2014

By: Janice E. Robbins | Partner Act Relative to Domestic Violence Chapter 260 of the Acts and Resolves of 2014, an Act Relative to Domestic Violence, was recently enacted in Massachusetts. Section 10 of this Act amends Chapter 149 of the Massachusetts General Laws and creates a new Section 52E. This section mandates that an employer allow its employees to take up to 15 days of leave from work an… Read More

“Strip-Offs” In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Cases

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on November 14th, 2014

By: Raymond C. Pelote ∣Partner I recently argued a Motion for Summary Judgment in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case in Massachusetts on an issue of first impression within the First Circuit. Although many other jurisdictions have decided this issue, the First Circuit has yet to entertain it. The issue is whether a Chapter 7 debtor can “strip-off” an unsecured mortgage lien in a Chapter 7 bankrupt… Read More

Car Accidents: How to Protect Teenagers

Posted in Blog, Personal Injury by on October 23rd, 2014

According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teenage injuries and deaths in the United States. Sadly, thirty-nine traffic fatalities in the State of Massachusetts in 2012 involved a teenager. Teenage drivers are inexperienced and as a result are four times more likely to be injured in an automobile accident and are twice as likely to i… Read More

What to do if Injured at Work in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation by on October 3rd, 2014

Have you or a loved one sustained an injury at work in Massachusetts? If you were injured at your workplace it can be a very confusing time. Workplace injuries can cause the employee to lose a time from work which in many cases can lead to severe financial difficulty. Workers Compensation pays only a percentage of lost wages to an injured Massachusetts worker. Pain and suffering are not paid as… Read More

Mechanic’s Lien: Protecting the Services You Have Provided

Posted in Blog, Business Law, Real Estate by on September 8th, 2014

Under Massachusetts law, a contractor, sub-contractor, and/or supplier who has provided services and/or materials for the improvement of materials may secure their right to payment by recording a Mechanic's Lien. Unfortunately, due to the strict procedural requirements of the Massachusetts Mechanic's Lien statutes many contractors don't take advantage of its benefits. The Massachusetts law gove… Read More

Using Social Media for your Massachusetts Business

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on August 27th, 2014

Social media is an essential part of any Massachusetts business. The use of social Media in Massachusetts businesses has grown significantly in recent years. The PEW Internet and American Life Project published a recent report showing that 61% of American adults have used social networking websites such as Facebook as of November 2010, the same report shows only 46% had used social networking as o… Read More

WARNING: YOUR E-MAILS MIGHT BIND YOU TO A CONTRACT

Posted in Blog by on July 31st, 2014

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By: Marissa Louro | Law Clerk In a world where many rely on technology to expedite personal and business communications, it is no surprise that recent decisions in Massachusetts state and federal courts are deeming email conversations contractually binding. Thus, we caution you when pressing “send” based on first glance—for various rulings consider this as a binding action in an agreement.… Read More

PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING PAYMENT OF A DEBT AFTER DEBTOR’S DEATH

Posted in Blog, Business Law by on July 31st, 2014

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By: Dianna M. Gallagher, Esq. Under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, effective March 31, 2012, a creditor of a deceased debtor must bring an action against the debtor’s estate within one year of the debtor’s date of death or else the creditor’s claim is barred. See Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 190B, Section 3-803(a). The creditor must also, within that one-year period, serve process on… Read More