2003 Articles

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Outlook 2004: Law - Area's Law Firms Remain Strong Through Slow Economy

  • Stephen N. Krevalin • 2003-12-29
  • The stunted economy in Western Massachusetts has frozen the size of local law firms for several years. While nearby Hartford and Boston firms had ballooned to lawyers in the hundreds, ...

A New World of Marriage - Life Planning Is Crucial for Non-Traditional Couples

  • Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq. • 2003-12-29
  • On November 18, 2003 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples have the right to civil marriage in Massachusetts. The ruling in Goodridge v. Department of ...

Show Me the Money

  • Gary G. Breton , Esq. • 2003-11-15
  • Business funding has become more challenging lately as rates appear to be on the rise and venture capital seems to have dried up. What were yesterday's obvious funding solutions may ...

Deed With Life Estate

  • Hyman G. Darling, Esq. • 2003-10-30
  • Very often, a person's home is one of the single largest assets they may own. As a means of attempting to protect the home from long term care expenses, an ...

End of the Year Tax Strategy - Charitable Planning

  • Hyman G. Darling, Esq. • 2003-10-30
  • Tax season is looming, and the right time to be thinking about reducing your tax burden is NOW. Grumbling about your tax situation when you meet with your accountant in ...

Intimate Partner Violence - A Dangerous Little Secret

  • Adam J. Basch, Esq. • 2003-10-28
  • According to the statistics provided by Womanshelter/Compañeras in Holyoke, intimate partner violence (IPV) costs business between $3-5 billion annually in diminished productivity and increased health cost, absenteeism and employee turnover. ...

The Family Leave Medical Act Rights and Responsibilities

  • Paul H. Rothschild, Esq. • 2003-10-28
  • The Family Leave Medical Act (FLMA) of 1993 was designed to provide an avenue for certain employees to balance their professional and family lives in a means that would be ...

Western MA Economic Outlook - Boom, Bust or Draw?

  • Paul R. Salvage, Esq. • 2003-09-15
  • Since there is no crystal ball capable of predicting the future, the concept of composing an article about the financial outlook for Western MA presented an interesting challenge. Upon considering ...

Light at the End of the Tunnel - Often, Bankruptcy Isn't the End, but the Beginning - of a Turnaround

  • Justin H. Dion, Esquire • 2003-08-25
  • Bankruptcy is a term that carries many negative connotations. Indeed, society often reacts to both personal and corporate bankruptcy as a sign of failure or ineptitude. That's why companies and ...

Brewing Elder Abuse - A Recipe For Disaster

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq. • 2003-08-18
  • All people, regardless of age, deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and in a fashion that keeps them safe from physical, emotional and financial harm. This is particularly relevant ...

Liquor License Lessons

  • Kenneth J. Albano, Esquire • 2003-06-16
  • For any restauranteur or related establishment within the alcoholic beverages industry, a primary asset of the business is the alcoholic beverage liquor license itself. A common misnomer among restaurateurs and ...

A Fiscal Checkup For Your Parents

  • Michael B. Katz, Esquire • 2003-06-15
  • We all recognize the necessity of planning throughout our lifetimes for a comfortable retirement. It is likely that most of us have IRAs, 401Ks, pensions, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or ...

Business Real Estate Acquisition - A Deal That You Can Grow With

  • Francis R. Mirkin, Esq., Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq. • 2003-06-05
  • Buying commercial real estate and protecting your investment are important matters that require careful consideration on a variety of levels. The purpose of the acquisition, either as investment property or ...

No Room For Error - Employers' Obligations To Called-Up Reservists

  • Paul H. Rothschild, Esq. • 2003-04-14
  • In 1994, in the wake of Desert Storm, Congress passed The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, (USERRA.) Its purpose is to encourage participation in the United States armed ...

Telemarketing Law Loopholes May Disappoint Consumers

  • Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq. • 2003-04-14
  • Telemarketing is a telephone solicitation, which functions as a verbal advertisement for a product or service that the vendor wants you to purchase. Until January of 2003, in the Commonwealth ...

How To Avoid Guardianship

  • Gina M. Barry, Esq. • 2003-04-05
  • When an individual becomes incapacitated to the point that he or she is incapable of making his or her own decisions, someone needs to take responsibility. Ideally, this has been ...

Tourism Is A Two Way Street

  • Kenneth J. Albano, Esquire • 2003-03-25
  • Governor Romney's sobering State of the State address in January painted a clear picture of the poor economic condition of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In a nutshell, Massachusetts must reduce ...

A Woman's Plan For Independence

  • Gina M. Barry, Esquire • 2003-03-15
  • According to the most recent social security statistics available, from 1996, the median income of unmarried women aged 65 and older is a mere $10,483 per year, and the average ...

Mold - A Hidden Home Toxin

  • Donna L. Wexler, Esq. • 2003-03-15
  • There are more than a million species of the microscopic fungi that we call mold. They perform a basic biological function of breaking down organic materials and are necessary for ...

When You Aren't Really You - Protecting Yourself from Identity Thieves

  • Gina M. Barry, Esquire • 2003-02-27
  • You may feel that no one could be like you. You may feel, rightfully so, that your identity is unique. Nonetheless, an identity thief may be masquerading as you and ...

Bankruptcy Preferences - Hooray -- You Got Paid; Now Give It Back!

  • Michael B. Katz, Esquire • 2003-02-20
  • In the seemingly strange world of bankruptcy proceedings, being deemed a preferential creditor is not a good thing. Because of the unsettled nature of our troubled economy, your company may ...

Cohabitation - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • Michelle M. Begley, Esquire • 2003-02-20
  • There is no common law marriage statute in Massachusetts, so unmarried couples who live together enjoy none of the rights and protections that their married counterparts do. Unless their partnership ...

Smart College Planning With Section 529 Plans

  • Hyman G. Darling, Esq. • 2003-02-20
  • Considering the current substantial expense of a college education, the projections for rising educational costs for over the next fifteen to twenty years are almost unbelievable. Relief can be found ...

Deed With Life Estate

  • Hyman G. Darling, Esq. • 2003-02-03
  • Very often, a person's home is one of the single largest assets they may own. As a means of attempting to protect the home from long term care expenses, an ...

Financing - It's Not All About Interest

  • Gary G. Breton , Esq. • 2003-01-20
  • Obtaining a commercial loan from a financial institution can be complicated, and it requires substantial consideration. A bank traditionally proposes terms that are necessarily protective of its own best interests, ...