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Arlene L. Kasarjian

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Name: Arlene L. Kasarjian
Date registered: October 25, 2010

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Arlene Kasarjian graduated cum laude from Colby College and received her law degree in 1991 from Boston College Law School. She began her legal career at the Department of Social Services in Boston, litigating contested child custody and termination of parental rights cases in the juvenile and probate courts, and has successfully argued before the single justice session of the Supreme Judicial Court. Read more...

Latest posts

  1. Adult Adoption: Choosing a New Family — June 2, 2017
  2. Do You Know What’s In Your Will? — January 31, 2017
  3. Volunteer Without Fear — November 28, 2016
  4. Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors — September 27, 2016
  5. A takeaway from Prince’s death: Do not die without a will — May 24, 2016

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Jun
02

Adult Adoption: Choosing a New Family

Adult adoption is legal in most states and is more common than you think. Why would one adult wish to adopt another adult? The most common reasons for an adult adoption are formalizing an existing parent-child relationship between a former foster child and a foster parent, formalizing an existing relationship between a step child and… Continue reading »

Jan
31

Do You Know What’s In Your Will?

Before you signed your Last Will and Testament, did you read it carefully? Do you know and understand the contents of your will? Does your will reflect your wishes today for the disposition of your assets? The language in a will is not always easy to follow or comprehend, but there is a reasonable expectation… Continue reading »

Nov
28

Volunteer Without Fear

With the arrival of the holiday season, many of us plan to volunteer to give back to the community. There is no shortage of those in need, and countless opportunities to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate. As valuable and admirable as your volunteer efforts may be, you could be subject to liability… Continue reading »

Sep
27

Misclassifying Workers as Independent Contractors

Massachusetts has one of the most employee-friendly independent contractor laws in the United States. Under the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, which is also stricter than federal law, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Section 148B, a worker will be considered an employee unless the employer can show that all three prongs of the independent contractor test… Continue reading »

May
24

A takeaway from Prince’s death: Do not die without a will

Prince is the latest celebrity to die without a will. To many of us it was shocking that this music legend did not leave instructions on how to administer his vast fortune. When celebrities die without a will it makes headline news. Despite the fact that about 50% of Americans die every year without a… Continue reading »

Apr
19

Avoiding Family Feuds Over Inheritance

When it comes to inheritance, family feuds are real. Regardless of the amount of inheritance at stake, it is a far too common occurrence for family disputes to arise over an inheritance after a parent dies. Otherwise rational people can quickly act like children fighting in the school yard over a perceived slight or unfair… Continue reading »

Jan
26

Much Ado About Digital Assets

Recently, a widow in Canada made news when Apple told her she needed to obtain a court order to access her late husband’s Apple account in order to continue playing a card game on their iPad. How can that be? Well, terms of service agreements and privacy policies govern access to social media and email… Continue reading »

Dec
11

Substituted Judgment: Limits to a Guardian’s Powers

Every day judges in the Probate and Family Courts appoint guardians of minor children if their parents are deemed unfit, unavailable or deceased. Once appointed, a guardian has almost the same powers and responsibilities of a parent regarding a child’s support, care, education, health and welfare. The guardian can make many routine decisions about the… Continue reading »

Aug
05

Don’t miss out on a 529 College Savings Plan

With Fall college tuition bills due right about now, it is difficult to ignore just how expensive a college education is. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the average cost of tuition, room and board at a public four year college increased about 3% to $18,943, and about 3.6% to $42,419 for a four year private… Continue reading »

Apr
07

Be Prepared: Protect Your Estate from the High Cost of Nursing Home Care

Odds are high that someone in your family will need a nursing home at some point. A majority of people over age 65 will require some type of long term care services during their lifetime, and for many, nursing home care is unavoidable. With the cost of private nursing home care now exceeding $100,000 per… Continue reading »

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