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Author: Stephen McDonough

Mediation is often considered an excellent means of conflict resolution for personal or family disputes, but the benefits of mediation extend to more than just familial problems. In fact, mediation is oftentimes the best conflict resolution tool available for small and medium sized businesses. Unlike litigation, business mediation is a more affordable and faster problem […]

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If you get divorced in Massachusetts, there are different types of divorces that are available to you, with each following a different path as it goes through the courts. Some are quicker, simpler, and less expensive than others. It depends on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested and also on whether it is a […]

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The conciliation process can be an invaluable tool to reduce intractable conflict in cases where obstacles prevent out of court settlements and cost-effective resolutions. An experienced conciliator can serve as a conflict surgeon and help foster productive communications, curtail unreasonable behavior, and promote creative solutions—relieving the burden and costs created by unproductive negotiations and court […]

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In more than 20 US states, including Massachusetts, adultery is a crime. It may seem archaic, but these are still active laws on the books. In Massachusetts, adultery is considered a crime “against chastity, morality, decency, and good order.” The Massachusetts Adultery Law Under Massachusetts general laws Title I, Chapter 272, Section 14: A married […]

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When you think of custody battles between divorcing spouses, you might assume their fight is over the children. However, in some  situations, the disagreement between two separating people is not about a human child, but instead a fur baby. That’s right, their pets. Just as parents fight for time with their children, pet parents demand […]

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When it comes to legal help, not everyone wants the same amount of assistance. You may have the time and talent to do a lot of the work yourself, which of course could save some money in the short-term. It may also provide you with a new perspective on your case and better insight into […]

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We’re proud to introduce our civil alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice area and our experienced panel of neutrals. ADR can be extremely beneficial for all parties involved and is a sensible alternative to a court battle. ADR is much more about problem solving than the traditional litigation process.  ADR includes mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and conciliation. […]

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Challenging a will is meant to be a serious and in depth process, because when a person signs a will, they mean it to stand as the last instructions for the distribution of their assets. Contesting a will is done in the Probate Courts of Massachusetts, and the challenges will fall into three major categories. […]

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After a divorce, you may not want the whole world to know about it. So are your divorce records public? The majority of records in Massachusetts are considered public, unless they can be held under specifically stated exemptions. These exemptions are created by the legislature, and in such cases an attorney has to prove that […]

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Prenuptial agreements can be a source of contention between a couple before they tie the knot. In the event the couple splits up, who gets the house? The money? The gardener? Yes, as prenuptial agreements become more common, more and more eccentric assets and clauses are being added. Let’s take a look at seven unlikely additions […]

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