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October 21, 2019

Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)

According to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers must provide up to 12 unpaid weeks of job-protected leave for employees with certain family or medical situations. Massachusetts’s has taken this a step forward...

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September 27, 2019

All About MA Lemon Law

Buying a car is an expensive and significant decision, and whether you are purchasing a new or used car, or even leasing a vehicle, it is important that you know your rights as a consumer...

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September 11, 2019

Back to School: Know Your Rights

With ‘Back-to-school” season upon us, here is an overview of your legal rights and protections when it comes to Bullying, School Discipline, and First Amendment Rights in public schools.

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August 26, 2019

Free Immigration Consultations with Volunteer Attorneys

When it comes to questions about immigration law it can be hard to know where to turn to find answers. The City of Boston is offering free immigration clinics where participants will receive one-on-one information about immigration law from volunteer attorneys.

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August 8, 2019

Estate Planning: Important Roles to Consider

When it comes to Estate Planning, there are many important roles that must be considered. Appointing these roles wisely can be the difference in a smooth transition and a messy legal battle for you and your loved ones. Key roles include: Executor, Guardians, Health Care Proxy, and Power of Attorney.

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August 1, 2019

Understanding Legal Fees

Cost and fee structure can be the deciding factor in working with an attorney. In order to make an informed decision, it is important to be mindful that different attorneys have varying fee structures, and that not all fee structures can apply to every case...

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July 22, 2019

Tenant Rights Workshop July 25

Being an informed tenant can make all the difference when it comes to ensuring your family’s safety and saving money. As part of their Housing Education Workshops, the City of Boston is holding a free Tenant Rights Workshop that will provide an overview of tenant rights and responsibilities before, during, and after a tenancy....

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July 2, 2019

Free Legal Workshop for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners - July 18th

The Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) is hosting a free groundbreaking event designed to connect aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with free legal and business support. BizGrow 2019 will feature a team of volunteer attorneys from Boston’s top law firms to...

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June 18, 2019

Boston Public Schools Student Rights and Education Law

School discipline laws in the Boston Public Schools have changed. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the following changes will take effect...

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May 13, 2019

Growing support for innovation protections in Massachusetts

According to a new report from research group and accelerator Startup Genome, Boston is the fifth best city in the world for technology startups. However, some fear that patent trolls are taking a toll on Boston’s innovation economy.

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April 19, 2019

Starting a New Business?

Starting a new business can be a complex process, requiring planning for every step of the way. Luckily, in Massachusetts, the state government has laid out the first steps for forming a business, and there are several organizations ready to help you with business development...

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April 10, 2019

New Massachusetts Law for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Massachusetts recently passed a new law making it easier for survivors of human trafficking to clear arrests, criminal charges, and convictions from their records. The law applies to convictions in Massachusetts if they occurred as a result of having been a survivor of human trafficking...

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March 26, 2019

Limited Assistance Representation (LAR)

If you unsure whether you need an attorney to represent you for a whole case, you may want to consider Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). LAR lets you get legal help for part of a case, while you are still responsible for the other parts of the case...

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March 13, 2019

Preventing Elder Fraud: How to Spot Scams

Stories of elderly men and women who have been solicited or scammed are unfortunately quite common: an estimated $37 billion is lost annually to elder fraud...

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March 5, 2019

CORI Sealing Clinic Wednesday, 3/6

In January, the Boston Bar Association announced the launch of a free monthly CORI Sealing Clinic. The clinic assists low-income clients in asking courts to seal their criminal records with help from volunteer attorneys...

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February 28, 2019

Massachusetts State Tax Tips

Tax season is officially here! The deadline to file your personal income tax is April 17th, 2019. Here’s some information on filing taxes in the state of Massachusetts...

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February 20, 2019

Upcoming City of Boston Tenant Rights Workshop

For many renting in the Boston area, especially short-term renters, spring marks the start of lease renewals, securing summer sublets, and new apartment searches. For tenants, it is important to know both your rights and responsibilities throughout the entire rental process.

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February 14, 2019

Social Security Disability & Benefits in MA

Disability can happen to anyone at any age. It is estimated that more than one-in-four 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement age. Luckily, there are programs in place to help. Although Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) are both income supplement programs for disabled people and have similar names, they are different programs...

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February 8, 2019

New Short-Term Rental Regulations In MA

Legislation was recently signed into law aimed at regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnb and HomeAway. The bill’s regulations go into effect this year, and will require certain hosts to register with the state, obtain insurance, and pay the same 5.7 percent state tax as hotels for rental contracts entered on or after January 1, 2019...

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January 30, 2019

Boston Bar Association Launches CORI Sealing Clinic

The Boston Bar Association is excited to launch a monthly CORI Sealing Clinic that will assist low-income clients in asking courts to seal their criminal records with help from volunteer attorneys....

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January 22, 2019

MA Criminal Justice Reform in 2019

In April of last year, Governor Baker signed a sweeping and historic criminal justice reform bill (S.2371) designed to reduce incarceration and improve public safety. This year, many of the reforms outlined in the bill are taking effect. Highlighted below are several key elements of the bill...

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January 15, 2019

Unemployment Compensation Benefits for Federal Employees in Massachusetts

Federal employees who are not working due to the shutdown furlough may be eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Massachusetts (also called UI benefits). However, it is important to note that federal employees will be responsible to repay the UI benefits if Congress approves retroactive pay for the furlough period...

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January 3, 2019

Guidance for Federal Employees Facing Financial Insecurity

The Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service will be closely monitoring the government shutdown, how it will affect federal government employees, particularly those in Massachusetts, and will continue to post relevant resources and guidance. If you have any questions at all, please connect with one of our intake staff at 617-742-0625, and we will connect you to resources and referrals for legal assistance....

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December 28, 2018

Slip & Fall Accidents on Snow & Ice: When To Call a Lawyer

Slip and fall accidents could result in various types of injuries, including abrasions, fractures, and concussions, and in rare instances very serious injuries. If you have had a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property in Massachusetts, you could be eligible to obtain compensation...

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December 17, 2018

Staying Warm this Winter

As the temperature continues to drop, it is important to know your rights surrounding home heating. If you are a tenant, your landlord must provide you with basic standards to remain comfortable during the cold season. The landlord must...

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December 10, 2018

Greater Boston Legal Services Settlement with Boston Public Schools Will Reduce School Exclusion

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) announced that it has settled a complaint on behalf of three clients against Boston Public Schools (BPS) with regards to unlawful suspensions. As a result, Boston Public Schools has agreed to amend its school discipline policies to...

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November 27, 2018

Consumer Protection Tips for Successful Holiday Shopping:

As the holiday season approaches, many shoppers are anxious about getting the best deals on gifts while remaining safe and protected against deceptive business practices. Below are some tips to help guarantee a successful holiday shopping trip this winter...

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November 15, 2018

Understanding Marijuana Laws in MA:

On the horizon of recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, it is important to acknowledge that limitations still exist to the use of marijuana and cannabis products. Here are some basics about the law...

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November 5, 2018

Buying a used car?

Buying a car can be a significant decision, and especially if you are purchasing a used car, you should know your rights as a consumer. If there are defects that may impair safety and the ability to properly drive, you may be eligible for different types of recourse under Massachusetts Lemon Laws...

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October 25, 2018

New: Electronic Filing of Small Claims Cases

Do you need to file a small claim? Good news- you may be able to save a trip to the courthouse! The Massachusetts Trial Court recently introduced an online interview process, known as “Guide & File,” to allow anyone with a small claim to complete the process from a computer and electronically submit documentation to the court...

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October 12, 2018

Pregnant at work?

Being pregnant while at work isn’t always easy, and it’s best to know your rights under the law. If you are pregnant, or are planning on becoming pregnant soon, here is some information to make yourself aware of your civil rights and how you can best exercise them in the workplace...

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October 5, 2018

Know Your Rights: Back to School & Free Speech

As students are settling back into the Fall school routine, it’s important to be aware of what constitutional rights exist on school property. Whether or not your public school can punish you for speaking out depends entirely on when, where, and how you choose to express yourself...

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September 19, 2018

BBA Releases Multilingual Principles Concerning Immigration Policy

The Boston Bar Association (BBA) has established a set of four principles that define its core values on immigration policy. To express its respect for and solidarity with immigrant communities in Massachusetts and to guide...

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September 11, 2018

Hurt on the job?

Employees who are injured at work or during the course of employment, including work-related mental or emotional disabilities, are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts...

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August 28, 2018

Attorney General’s Office vs. American Military University

In the latest action against online, for-profit schools targeting veterans, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office recently announced a $270,000 settlement with the American Military University....

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August 15, 2018

First Time Home-Buyer?

Buying a home can be an intimidating task for many, often leaving first-time homebuyers feeling lost in the process of navigating mortgages, education, and assistance. If you are looking for guidance...

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July 30, 2018

What vacation benefits do Massachusetts employees have?

In the midst of this recent summer heat wave, many employees are itching to take their vacation time and soak up the sun with friends and family. However, the laws surrounding vacation benefits in Massachusetts can be confusing...

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July 20, 2018

What Public Benefits are Available to Immigrants?

Today, it can be difficult to understand what public assistance is available to immigrants entering and living in the United States. Here is some guidance on benefits and resources available to immigrants that aim to promote economic...

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July 9, 2018

Knowing which Chapter of Bankruptcy to file

Filing for bankruptcy can be a stressful and confusing time. You might be facing seemingly insurmountable debt, receiving threatening calls...

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June 18, 2018

Get the wages that are rightfully yours!

Unfortunately, there are some employers out there who try to take advantage of their employees. Some bosses assume that their workers don’t know their rights...

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June 8, 2018

Beat the Heat

It’s about to get hot here in Boston, and it’s important that everyone watches out for their own health and the health of those around us...

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May 22, 2018

Celebrating Melnea Cass

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed today to be Melnea Cass Day in a tribute to a stalwart of civil rights activism in the city....

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May 4, 2018

Summer Jobs for Teens

As we finally enter the summertime, many Boston-area teens are looking for jobs to make some money and help pass the time off of school. Unfortunately, some employers might try and take advantage...

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April 27, 2018

Governor Baker signs major Criminal Justice Reform bill into law

There’s a big national effort to reform the criminal justice system across the country, and Massachusetts...

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