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So You Want to Officiate at a Wedding: How to Get a One-Day Designation Certificate in Massachusetts

June 7, 2018 10:28 am Published by Comments Off on So You Want to Officiate at a Wedding: How to Get a One-Day Designation Certificate in Massachusetts

Ah, June, one of the most popular months for weddings. A couple of years ago, I attended a memorable wedding at a beautiful ocean-side setting in a neighboring state. To my surprise, the person officiating at the ceremony was the groom’s aunt. I asked if she had become a Justice of the Peace or a minister since I last saw her. No, she replied, she had obtained a temporary license to solemnize the marriage. It was quite touching that she knew the couple so well, and her presentation was heart-felt.

Massachusetts offers One-Day Designation Certificates to private individuals who want to officiate at a wedding ceremony in the Commonwealth. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 207, Section 39, “the governor ...


Protect Your Nest This Spring: File a Declaration of Homestead

May 4, 2017 2:20 pm Published by Comments Off on Protect Your Nest This Spring: File a Declaration of Homestead

One step that you can take to protect the equity in your primary residence is to file a Declaration of Homestead. A Homestead Declaration protects your home against certain creditors who might use attachment, seizure, execution on judgment, levy, or sale to collect various debts. The protection is not universal, however. Homestead will not shelter you from “exempted debts” such as mortgages, tax liens, “nursing home” liens, spousal and child support obligations, and certain other court-ordered liens.

There are two levels of protection under the Massachusetts Homestead Act. One, in the amount of $125,000, is automatic. The other, a “declared” homestead, in the amount of $500,000, requires a bit of effort.

Only One Primary Residence Allowed ...