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Medicare Enrollment Deadline For Dentists and Physicians in MA

Have you made a decision on Medicare enrollment? June 1, 2016 is the deadline for all the providers to either enroll or opt out of Medicare. Traditionally, most physicians, including dentists, have been enrolling in Medicare in order to provide covered services to Medicare eligible beneficiaries through the Medicare Part D plan or Medicare Advantage […]

Massachusetts Appeals Court Says Child Support Law Requires Inclusion of All Parents’ Income

Navigating the divorce process is often like wading through a minefield:  Even when you think you’re on sure footing, your next step may prove treacherous.  In the author’s experience, when parents divorce, resolving finances and determining child support dominate throughout the negotiations.  A ruling from the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently resolved and expanded the scope […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Lawsuit Challenging DACA and DAPA Expansion-Immigration Law MA

      On January 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court accepted the Obama administration’s request to review the question as to the validity of the Immigration expansion program. Throughout President Obama’s campaigns, he made numerous promises to try to “fix” the United States immigration system. In November 2014, President Obama announced that he […]

Massachusetts Property Division Laws – Alimony Attorney

  Property Acquired During Divorce Proceedings Remain Subject to Division When a couple is going through a divorce and figuring out alimony, the amount of alimony is calculated based upon the “length of the marriage.” While this term seems arbitrary, Massachusetts General Law c. 208, § 48, inserted by St. 2011, c. 124, § 3, […]

Massachusetts Employee & Independent Contractor Laws

Employee or Independent Contractor? Are Your Employees Classified Correctly? On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation on the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) “suffer or permit to work” standard and the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. WHD Administrator, David […]

Changes the Way to File for Green Cards – Immigration Law Firm MA

  New Visa Bulletin for October Changes the Way to File for Green Cards! For years, the United States Department of State has controlled when people can file for permanent residence (green cards) based on family-based and employment-based petitions. For everyone other than a spouse, parent or minor child of a U.S. Citizen, they must […]

Green Card Lottery Begins Today 10-1-2015 – Massachusetts Immigration Law

Green Card Lottery Begins Today! The United States has long been known as a “melting pot” of nationalities, cultures, and ethnicities. In order to keep the United States diverse, Congress enacted a program called the “Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.” This program makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) each year to random applicants from […]

Immigration Enforcement Policies in Massachusetts

  If you or your relatives hope to live and work in the United States, you should be aware of US immigration laws pertaining to acquiring legal immigration status and employment. Immigration policies at the state level vary considerably in terms of access to public benefits and verification of legal status of immigrants. Some states […]

The Republic of Yemen Now Eligable For TPS – Immigration Law MA

The Republic of Yemen Designated for TPS through July 22, 2017 Immigration has announced that nationals of the Republic of Yemen are now eligible for temporary protected status starting September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017. Temporary Protected Status   Temporary Protected Status (also known as TPS) is a measure taken by the U.S. Department […]

Haiti Designated for TPS Extension through July 22, 2017 – MA Immigration Law

Haiti Designated for TPS Extension through July 22, 2017 Immigration has announced that current Haitian TPS beneficiaries may extend their TPS status through July 22, 2017. Applicants only have a 60-day period in which to file their extensions; from August 25, 2015 through October 26, 2015. If you feel you may be eligible for an […]

Eligibility for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver – Massachusetts Immigration

Immigration Documentary Requirements In the past year, living in the United States without immigration documentation has become increasingly more difficult. Immigration documents are required to get a driver’s license, enroll in some schools and colleges, work, sign some leases, and be approved for loans. More and more, people in the United States are trying to […]

Wealth Management for 2015 – Massachusetts Attorneys

Multi-Generational Planning The importance of legacy-driven infrastructure for families in the 21st century is of critical importance.  More than ever, families are experiencing rapid changes in structure, responsibility, and wealth. A carefully drafted estate plan will address the need to protect your family, provide for estate supervision, and ensure assets are safely protected and transferred […]

DACA Recipients Only Have 5 Days Left to Return 3-Year Work Permits!

Immigration has sent out final letters warning anyone who still has a employment authorization card (work permit) with a validity of three years that they must return it immediately. All 3-year work permits must be received by Immigration by July 17, 2015. In addition, any DACA approval notice with a period of longer than two […]

Have a Great Idea For a New Invention & Need Help Patenting Your Idea?

How to Patent Your Invention Creating a new invention can be an exciting and invigorating time. Once you have created an invention you believe the world needs to see and use, the legal process of patenting your invention should be the next step. Before you file for a regular or provisional patent application, your idea […]

What To Look For in a Family Law Attorney in Massachusetts

Facing Divorce in Massachusetts? Individuals who are considering divorce or may need the services of a family lawyer have many options. An experienced family law attorney will be experienced in child custody, divorce, and other areas. You can find a local attorney in many ways. However, what to look for in a family law attorney […]

Should I File a Restraining Order? How Do I File? – RO Laws in Massachusetts

Restraining orders, or 209A protection orders, are taken very seriously in Massachusetts. Filing a restraining order impacts the daily life of all involved, including any children the parties may share or live with. The decision to file for one is not to be taken lightly, however the decision to put off filing a restraining order […]

Is Divorce Mediation Right For Me?

The dissolution of a marriage can be a challenging time for any couple. There are a wide-range of decisions to be made by all parties involved. The process can be complicated, contentious, and emotionally charged. However, the divorce process doesn’t always have to be divisive if a skilled and experienced divorce mediator is involved. While […]

Massachusetts Child Support Laws Over Age 18

  When most people think about child support issues, they may naturally assume the issues relate only to minor children. Most child support judgments and obligations do revolve around the needs of minor children. However, Massachusetts is one of only two states where child support can be ordered after the age of 18.   Support […]

Challenging Already Issued Patents under the America Invents Act (AIA)

For a number of years, the patent system was composed of four main proceedings to challenge patent validity – reexamination, reissue, interference and litigation in federal court. Understanding how patent proceedings occur in the patent office will help you understand what you might be in for when patenting your invention. Current Proceedings – Reexamination and […]

Impact of the America Invents Act – Massachusetts

An overhaul of the US patent law began with the America Invents Act (“AIA”) back on September 16, 2011. Thanks to the changes in key provisions, the US is moving to a first-to-file system, significantly expanding upon the traditional definition of prior art and changing the process for contesting a patent.    Being the First-to-File […]

Massachusetts May Lead the Way to an Overhaul of New Child Custody Laws

President Obama recently noted, “No matter how advanced we get, there will never be a substitute for the love and support and, most importantly, the presence of a parent in a child’s life.” Massachusetts once again has the opportunity to lead the country with progressive social legislation that advances Mr. Obama’s vision. The stars have […]

Best Practices After the America Invents Act – Massachusetts Patent Law

Back in 2011, the America Invents act was brought into play. It was the most comprehensive and significant of all patent law reforms in decades. Some of those changes of the act went into effect right away, while others didn’t take place until September 2012. The most significant of all changes took place in March […]

When is St. Patrick’s Day? – St. Paddy’s Day Do’s and Don’ts 2014

Along with March comes the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This year it falls on a Monday, March 17th 2014. Every year on this day people gather together to hit the local pubs and drink up some of the delicious ale. They drink, eat, dance and have a great time. However, there are certain things […]

5 Tips That Give You an Edge In Your Worker’s Compensation Suit

According to the State law of Massachusetts, every employee should avail the insurance for worker’s compensation from their employers. This compensation is your right in Massachusetts in order to help you move forward if you are injured while moving forward in your duties. Massachusetts worker’s compensation law protects the rights of both the employer and […]

Who Gets the Dog? Property Division Laws MA

How Property is Divided in a Divorce Battle Each family and couple is unique, therefore when it comes to deciding who will get the dog, the juicer, or even the couch, there simply can’t be a set formula for a judge to follow. Judges in Massachusetts have a lot of discretion in the area of […]

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in MA – Do I Have a Case?

In any area of medicine, from the most advanced and risky surgery to a prescription written for a headache, there is a reasonable expectation of safety and acceptable standard of care. However, there are certain aspects of the medical field that make it conducive to mistakes, such as: fast paced nature of emergency care, overworked […]

The Facebook Post That Got Me Divorced – Evidence Used in Social Media

You can build relationships on social media but you can also destroy them. The use of social media, Facebook in particular, has grown exponentially over the last few years. It has literally permeated every aspect of our lives. Posting feelings, pictures, celebrations, and even life changing events (both good and bad) has become like second […]

Personal Injury Laws in Massachusetts – What’s My Case Worth?

What’s My Injury Case Really Worth? Every lawyer who specializes in personal injury law hears the question “What’s my case worth?” While it is only natural to want to know the answer, it isn’t as simple as a standard formula or percentage like child support or alimony might be. Each case is different and each […]

Is Your Spouses New Year’s Resolution To File For Divorce?

Divorce on New Year’s The traditional New Year’s Auld Lang Syne song may just sum it up. “Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon; The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone.” Are you ringing in the New Year’s without your spouse this year? Many people think of the New Year […]

Not Home for the Holidays? How Divorced Parents Plan For Holiday Visitation

Are You a Parent Out of State Trying to Plan for the Holidays? Living in another state without your child can make parenting more of a challenge, simply from a logistics point of view. Dealing with parenting plans during the holiday season can be particularly difficult when one parent lives out of state. The sooner […]

Child Custody and Visitation Rights During The Holiday Season

Who Gets Custody Around The Holidays? The holiday season can be stressful and hectic for anyone. Whenever co-parents need to deal with child visitation issues during the holidays, the stress can be heightened if they don’t prepare or agree ahead of time. Parenting plans generally outline how visits and holidays will be split between co-parents. […]

Divorce During The Holidays | Divorce Rate in Massachusetts

Surviving Divorce Through The Holidays Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone, regardless of the time of year or the circumstances. While the divorce rate has declined across the country in the last two years; it consistently remains higher for couples who are on their second or third marriages. For those on their second […]

Bullying in Today’s Society & Schools | Laws in Massachusetts | Cyber Bullying

Bullying in Today’s Society All you have to do is turn on the news to see how prevalent bullying is in today’s society. Massachusetts enacted strict anti-bullying legislation in 2010, setting a precedent for how other states handle bullying in schools. However, despite the strict legislation, bullying does still occur and it has very serious […]

Gun Laws & Storage in Massachusetts | Gun Crimes & Penalties

Gun Laws in Massachusetts Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Acquiring a license and permit for handguns, rifles, or shotguns can be a complicated process. However, if someone tries to circumvent the proper channels, the consequences can be severe. Ownership of rifles or shotguns that hold ten rounds of ammunition […]

Massachusetts Social Security and Disability Laws

Social Security and Disability Laws in Massachusetts Any social security and disability benefits in Massachusetts are based on how much someone has paid into the system during the time they were wage earners. The more you have worked and contributed, the more benefits you may receive when you need them. While most people start out […]

Massachusetts Local Zoning Laws FAQ’s

Zoning Laws in Massachusetts Zoning laws in Massachusetts can vary greatly from community to community. These local and regional laws are specifically designed so the community members can maintain a certain level of control over how structures and land are used in their community. Aside from specific Massachusetts city and town Zoning laws, communities may […]

Massachusetts Probate & Estate Planning Laws

Probate Laws in Massachusetts Probate law in Massachusetts refers to the legal process that takes place after someone has passed away. This legal process takes place whether or not a legal will is in place. The process is essentially the necessary legal filings that must occur in order to give the family of the deceased […]

Massachusetts Bankruptcy Rate and Statistics 3rd Quarter 2013

Bankruptcy Rate and Statistics 3rd Quarter in Massachusetts There are a great number of positive economic factors and indicators that point to a steady recovery from the onset of the recession, especially the economy in Massachusetts. However, despite the slight climb towards improvements and pre-recession levels of unemployment and Bankruptcy filings, any Bankruptcy filing by […]

Residential Real Estate Laws in Massachusetts – Buying and Selling

Residential Real Estate Lawyer in MA Residential real estate entails the buying or selling of a home. It may very well be the largest financial and personal decision that people ever make. For most everyone, their home is perhaps their most valuable asset. Whether it is the first time home buyer or someone looking to […]

Massachusetts Commercial Real Estate Laws – FAQ’s

Commercial Real Estate Laws in Massachusetts Commercial real estate can encompass any number of transactions, complete with their own unique set of circumstances, complications and legal processes that all require expert navigation. Overall, a commercial real estate transaction involves the sale, acquisition or management of a commercial property. This can entail retail space and development, […]

What is the Mortgage Modification Process in MA

Mortgage Modification Laws in Massachusetts It can be a difficult and confusing time when you want to avoid foreclosure and stay in your home; yet you are struggling and feeling certain that meeting your mortgage obligation will continue to be a hardship. Some people may feel hopeless, overwhelmed and desperate for help. For those in […]

Immigration Laws Attorneys in Massachusetts

Immigration Laws in Massachusetts Immigration law can encompass a vast number of areas and issues in the legal system of the United States. Each situation may be unique and require individual attention and counsel. It is imperative that you secure a knowledgeable and experienced immigration lawyer to represent you. From basic advice and answers, to […]

Guardianship & Conservatorship Laws in Massachusetts

Guardianship and Conservatorship FAQ’s – Massachusetts Guardianship and conservatorship issues can affect virtually anyone in Massachusetts. While some may only think these situations pertain to the elderly, anyone of any age can find themselves in the middle of a guardianship or conservatorship case. The situations that can crop up may involve aging parents, children who […]

Family Law and Divorce FAQ’s – Woburn MA

yeFamily Law and Divorce  When seeking a divorce in Massachusetts, it is imperative that potential clients understand the laws that affect individual proceedings. It can be very difficult for some to think about legal matters, their future or even their own rights when they are in the midst of a divorce or any other family […]

How To File a Personal Injury Claim In Massachusetts

Personal Injury Claims In Massachusetts There is no way to know ahead of time if you may find yourself embroiled in a personal injury case or even a situation where it may be an option. No one wants to ever be in the position where they have to deal with insurance companies, prove liability, prove […]

OUI Penalties and Criminal Punishment Laws in Massachusetts

Criminal Defense and OUI Laws in Massachusetts Whenever someone is arrested for OUI in Massachusetts, they may wrongfully assume there simply isn’t much they can do aside from show up for a hearing and take whatever punishment or penalties the criminal court system hands down. However, when you invest in skilled, experienced and compassionate representation, […]

How To Get Out Of Credit Card Debt – Debt Negotiation Lawyer in MA

Creditor Negotiation Law Firm in Massachusetts If the state of the economy has meant you have resorted to taking on too much credit card debt, loans you are not able to pay back on time, or your small business loans have fallen behind due to the recession, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are […]

Consumer Rights and Protection Laws in Massachusetts

Consumer Rights and Protection It is natural for all of us to assume we can trust whoever we do business with. In fact, it wasn’t all too long ago when a simple handshake was all it took to seal a deal, ensure a job was done right and guarantee customer satisfaction. However, those times are […]

What is Civil Litigation? The Litigation Process and Laws in Massachusetts

  Civil Litigation Simplified There are situations where people may have been overtly wronged or hurt; yet there is no criminal recourse or action to be taken against that individual or business. Just because a situation is not a criminal matter doesn’t mean you don’t have any means of redemption or a way to secure […]

How The New Same Sex Marriage Laws Affect Massachusetts

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United Status struck down The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, also known as “DOMA”. Chiefly, DOMA barred same-sex couples whose marriages are recognized in their home state from receiving Federal Benefits. These federal benefits would otherwise be available to heterosexual couples. This recent decision […]

Same Sex Divorce Laws in Massachusetts

      Same Sex Couples Face Special Challenges When Divorcing in Massachusetts While it may seem more and more states are legalizing same sex marriage each year; the actual process and legalities associated with same sex marriage are still in their infancy. As the legal issues surrounding same sex marriage have been brought to […]