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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, …