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Durable Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Right about the time I first started practicing law about 38 years ago, the Massachusetts legislature passed a statute allowing Powers of Attorney to be 'Durable', that is, they remained in effect even after the person executing it became legally incompetent. Prior to that, if a person became legally incompetent, or unable to communicate their wishes, the only option... read more >>

Alimony Law in Massachusetts - Part I: The Reform of General Term Alimony

Sunday, February 26, 2017
When I first started practicing family law in Massachusetts, it seemed as if alimony was becoming an endangered species: other than traditional-role, long-term marriages, you rarely saw it. This was because under Massachusetts law at the time, the Court could not order alimony for a definite period of time after a trial. The Court was... read more >>

Temporary Orders in Massachusetts Family Law Cases

Friday, November 11, 2016
Many cases in the Massachusetts Family Law Courts start with a motion hearing requesting temporary orders. If you have just been served with papers initiating an action and scheduling such a hearing, do not wait until after the hearing to hire a lawyer, even if you only have a few days' notice. The Orders issued by the Court will usually... read more >>

 

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6 Things You Should Never Say to Your Soon-To-Be Ex-Spouse

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Over the past 38 years, I have seen a lot of family law litigants say and do things which are against their own best interests. While divorce is an emotional time, and people understandable say things they do not really mean, there are some things that you really should NEVER say. For instance... read more >>

What Do Judges Want?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
It was Dr. Sigmund Freud who once rhetorically asked: "What do women want?". Litigants and lawyers preparing for trial should likewise ask: "What do Judges want"? Based on my observations, judges today, especially in Massachusetts, are swamped with cases, with new ones filed every day. They have no personal interest in... read more >>

Children Born Outside of Marriage: Child Custody v. Child Support

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Many times, when a child is born outside of a marriage, it is just a matter of time before the couple end up in Family Court (Probate & Family Court in Massachusetts) to decide issues such as custody, visitation, and child support. More often than not... read more >>

Get that Surety Bond!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), you can administer your Probate Estate one of four (4) different ways. 1. Voluntary Administration, if your Probate Estate consists of less than $25,000.00 and a car (any value); 2... read more >>

Why do you charge for Divorce Consults?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Some people call our office with "a quick question about divorce", or looking for a free consult. They do not realize this, but they are doing a disservice to both themselves and the attorney. I do not give divorce advice to strangers over the telephone, and I do not give free 30-minute consults. The reason is that I find it imperative in the area of family law to give the best advice I can, and that means getting all of the facts from the client, and analyzing their position fully. I also... read more >>

Should I Ever Lie to My Lawyer?

Monday, January 25, 2016
I am going to limit my answer to this topical question to civil matters, especially those in my areas of Family Law and Probate Litigation, although the answers apply to all areas of civil law. In all civil matters, a party is subject to testifying, and in many cases must testify to prove their case. In criminal matters... read more >>

Restraining Orders

Thursday, March 21, 2013
I was a relatively new attorney when Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 209A was passed, creating the right to apply for restraining orders against spouses, family members, former lovers and dating partners, and other household members. Never was a statute so necessary: most violent crimes and murders occur among people who know each other, and despite... read more >>

Does the Adversary System Work in Divorce?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
American courts follow their British counterparts by presenting legal issues in an adversary system. While this may work with criminal cases and certain civil cases, is it the best way to deal with divorce and other family law cases? In a word: NO. My personal experience is that... read more >>

 

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We bring over 35 years of proven experience in helping clients with legal problems in those areas that are most challenging in life:

Family Law, which consists of Divorce, Child Custody and Visitation, Support, Paternity, Contempt, and Modification.

Probate Law, which consists of Probate of Estates, Estate Planning, Probate Litigation, and Guardianships & Conservatorships.

While we no longer accept new Bankruptcy clients, we do represent debtors who need to negotiate or litigate the amount or payment terms of debts. We are also fully capable to handle most General Practice issues associated with our cases.