Civil Law

Massachusetts ATV Laws

Published in Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on September 30, 2019

Thousands of people use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the state of Massachusetts. ATVs are popular recreational vehicles at tracks and state forests, as well as for work-related uses on farms and plantations. Like all vehicle types, ATVs are subject to state laws. ATV owners and operators must obey certain rules and restrictions to stay on…

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Massachusetts Seat Belt Law

Published in car accidents, Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on September 23, 2019

A seat belt is a critical safety device that saves thousands of drivers’ and passengers’ lives each year. Seat belts keep passenger vehicle occupants securely in their seats and in the correct positions during car accidents. Without a seat belt, the forces of the collision could send the occupant flying into other people or objects…

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Massachusetts Texting Law

Published in car accidents, Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on September 9, 2019

Distracted driving is a deadly driver mistake. Driving while distracted makes it impossible for a driver to safely control his or her vehicle. It slows reflexes and reaction times, increasing the risk of causing a collision. Distracted driving leads to thousands of car accidents in the U.S. each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

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Massachusetts Moped Laws

Published in Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on August 30, 2019

Mopeds are good on gas, fun to ride and easier to park in busy downtown areas than traditional vehicles. Investing in a moped could save you money and improve your daily commute. You could end up in legal trouble, however, if you accidentally or intentionally breach any of Massachusetts’ moped laws. Refreshing your knowledge of…

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Title IX – Why is this law important to guarantee equality and freedom in the United States?

Published in Civil Law, Uncategorized on March 29, 2019

Today, most Americans think that Title IX is nothing but a law that requires schools to offer the same number of sports teams for girls as boys. However, Title IX is a fundamental law that goes well beyond providing equal access to athletics in colleges. Today, it is a landmark achievement in the long fight…

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What Does It Mean to Be Judgment Proof?

Published in Civil Law on December 29, 2017

Creditors can use various methods to seek payment on past due debts, including real estate liens, bank account levies, and wage garnishment. Once a creditor obtains a money judgment on an owed debt, the creditor will use whatever means it deems fit to secure payment. However, some individuals will qualify as “judgment proof” for various…

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Basic Pleadings and Motions

Published in Civil Law on October 18, 2017

Civil cases vary in nature, but they all have similar pleadings and motions. A pleading is the process of filing a document, while a motion is a request either party makes to a judge. The following are some of the most common pleadings and motions in any civil trial or case: The Complaint A civil…

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What is Pro Se Litigation?

Published in Civil Law on September 29, 2017

The Latin phrase pro se literally translates to, “on behalf of themselves.” Pro se litigation is another way to refer to self-representation during a legal claim. To appear pro se before the court means to appear without representation from an attorney. With a few limitations, anyone can appear before the court pro se. This is…

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What is Contempt of Court?

Published in Civil Law on May 30, 2017

You may have heard the phrase “contempt of court” during the public broadcasting of a trial or television show that depicts a dramatic courtroom scene. While you may grasp the idea that it is not a positive thing, you may not fully understand what it means. There are two types of contempt of court: civil…

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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Published in Civil Law on May 23, 2017

If you are involved in any kind of litigation in Massachusetts, you may come across the phrase “alternative dispute resolution,” or ADR. The Massachusetts Trial Court offers ADR as a substitute for traditional trial litigation. ADR describes any process in which two parties come to an agreeable resolution using an impartial third party judge or…

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