Categories for Litigation

Mountain Dearborn Prevails in SJC Decision to Protect Spouses Who Are Left Out of Wills

January 11, 2019 12:19 pm Published by

A January 8th decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) supported the claim of a second wife, represented by Mountain Dearborn, who sought to receive her legal share of the real estate that her husband left to his four children. The case highlights the importance of understanding the legal consequences of marriage, especially when you have children from a prior relationship.

When you marry in Massachusetts, your spouse automatically becomes entitled to receive certain rights and benefits, unless both parties agree otherwise. For instance, your spouse automatically becomes the beneficiary of any qualified retirement plan which you then have, or to which you begin contributing, during the marriage, such as a 401k or 403b plan. You ...

Hosting a Summer Party? What You Should Know to Avoid a Personal Injury Lawsuit

July 18, 2018 8:00 am Published by

From the poolside to the fully stocked bar, here are five ways to minimize liability risks: 

Few people intend to invite trouble to their homes this summer when planning a party. But let’s face it—between the glimmering pool and the fully stocked bar, all it takes is one guest and an accident before you’re asking, “Are you okay?”—not to mention asking yourself, “Will I get sued?” Insurance doesn’t cover everything.

In general, under Massachusetts law, can a guest sue you if he or she is hurt at your house? In short, yes. Whether or not that guest who sues you (the plaintiff) will prevail involves a deeper discussion of the facts of what happened. But ...