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    Massachusetts Alimony Reform Law

    On September 26, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Alimony Reform into law. Following the trend of other states, this new Massachusetts law clearly sets out different kinds of alimony, including setting alimony term limits, where the ex-spouse is expected to become self-sufficient within a certain time period. 1. Alimony Term Limits  Long-term marriages (more than 20 years): Alimony will end at retirement age as defined by the Social Security Act. 5 years or less: Maximum Alimony term is 50% of the number of months of marriage. 10 years or less but greater than 5 years: Maximum Alimony term is […]

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    To Plea or Not to Plea – Drunk Driving Charges

    To Plea or not to Plea on a first offense OUI One of the first things you should think about is your goal and your lifestyle. If you need to protect your criminal history and driving record then you need to focus on fighting the case, if you have a case. If you don’t have a strong case then you need to decide if you should plea. If you have taken the breath test and failed then you will only lose your license for a short period of time, however if you have not taken the test you will lose […]

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    Everything you say WILL be used against you

    Be careful what you say From the moment the police ask you a question whether it is while you are stopped for a driving offense or in your home or other place, the officer is assessing your credibility and looking for information about you and what is going on. If you are guilty of anything do not speak more than you have to without an attorney. Watch your words Everything you say to the police, your family, your friends during an investigation can be used against you. There are ways to keep this evidence out, the best way is the […]

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    Domestic Fights

    More than likely someone is going to be arrested If the police are called to a domestic someone is leaving the house, either in the patrol car or if everyone is calm on their own. Do not make any statements to the police, like” he/she hit me first so i then…just relax, leave if you have to and move on. The more you say the worse it gets. The police and the courts are concerned that if they don’t do something and someone is hurt later they will be faulted. Don’t stop someone from calling or using their phone stopping […]

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    What to do when stopped by the police

    First thing… Be polite and cooperate. If you are intoxicated… If you refuse the breath test you will lose your license, if you are refusing the breath test then you may consider not taking any other sobriety tests you cannot be forced to submit to any tests. Do not agree to a search of your motor vehicle if you have drugs or illegal material in your vehicle. Schedule a consultation Contact us if you require powerful criminal defense representation. Our attorneys serve the entire Greater Boston Massachusetts region and have law offices in downtown Boston, as well as in the […]

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    One Half is Not Always One Half

    New Math If your spouse makes X per year and you are going through a divorce in Massachusetts make sure you discuss this concern with your lawyer because no matter who you hire, the math stays the same, dividing one income is still dividing one income. A strong divorce attorney will persuade the court that you are entitled to more than one half that way you can live the lifestyle you were accustomed to during the marriage. Paying Spouse The court is going to try and be fair. However if your divorce attorney does not argue that you should not […]

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    Divorce Thoughts – Choosing your divorce attorney

    Don’t listen to everyone Each divorce case is different and each divorce is unique. Spend some time with a few different divorce attorneys before you make a decision and find the one whom you feel most comfortable. A long term marriage with children usually results in child support and/or alimony however that is not always the case. There is not an always in Probate Court, if you are a working spouse or a homemaker, find the right attorney for you. Many times with enough work the amount of alimony can increase, decrease or not be awarded. Many times the child […]

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