Apr
19

Dad’s Law Part #4: Unmarked Police Cars

Recently, I saw this black unmarked car, with flashing headlights and an inside flashing light going speeding by on the highway. It was broad daylight, but it looked like a futuristic car. I have since come to learn it is a new form of the State Police Cruisers. Quite frankly, it was rather disconcerting. I started to think: Would… Continue reading »

Mar
18

Theatre of the Deal Revisited

Having recently attended the Exit Planning Exchange 2011 Summit at Babson College, I was delighted that several of the themes that I had espoused in my presentation of The Theatre of The Deal, during the inaugural Summit were emphasized. “The First thing that we must do is To Be or Not to Be—Prepared:” Be prepared,… Continue reading »

Mar
15

How “Fine” is Your Art?

17 USC section 106A is known as the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA). The statute provides as follows: (a) Rights of Attribution and Integrity.- Subject to section 107 [Ed. Note: the fair use section] and independent of the exclusive rights provided in section 106, the author of a work of visual art- (1)… Continue reading »

Feb
24

New Homestead Law is Welcome Change to Homeowners

On December 16, 2010, Senate Bill 2406, an Act Relative to the Estate of Homestead, was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. The new law which replaces the Commonwealth’s existing Homestead Law will take effect ninety days after it’s signing, March 16, 2011, and clarifies ambiguities present in the existing Homestead Law while taking… Continue reading »

Feb
24

Just Because You are a Guard, Does Not Mean You are a Point Guard!

Recently, I had a long-standing client call me to say that he did not need legal advice, but rather “counseling advice.” His call made me realize that a good attorney’s true value lies in not just knowing the law—all lawyers should know the law—but rather in being a listener and a mentor. How does an… Continue reading »

Feb
24

Mistaking Your Attorney for Your Hairdresser!

Please do not permit your attorney to cut your hair, and likewise, under no circumstances allow your hairdresser to be your attorney. In keeping with my theme of the many costs of divorce, not listening to your attorney can be extremely hazardous to your wallet and your case. Anticipated outcomes grounded in the experience of… Continue reading »

Feb
24

How to Know if You Have Been Constructively Terminated

Constructive Termination occurs when an employer renders an employee’s working conditions so difficult and intolerable that a reasonable person would feel forced to resign. An employee that has been constructively terminated may be entitled to recover lost wages and other damages suffered as a result of the termination. In determining whether an employee has been… Continue reading »

Feb
24

Check Twice Before You Send: New Discoveries Regarding the Perils of “Reply All”

The legal obligations placed on both businesses and individuals are constantly changing. These changes come from obvious sources such as new laws enacted by legislatures and decisions by courts modifying common law principles. A good example is the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision last year modifying the duties of land owners with respect to snow… Continue reading »