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October 2017 Archives

Domestic violence and divorce

Domestic violence in Massachusetts is a serious problem, and women who experience abuse in their marriage need to make an escape plan. Preparing for safety is priority number one, especially if there are children involved. However, women also need to plan in other ways, such as financially, as going through a divorce can be challenging even in the best circumstances.

Potential causes of dispute in workers' compensation claims

The filing of workers' compensation claims has the potential to sour even a perfectly cordial professional relationship. Many of the disputes in Massachusetts regarding such claims arise when trust breaks down between the two parties. These suspicions are often compounded as medical costs rise, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration begins an investigation or when the following factors come into the discussion:

Estate planning is something to handle early in life

Far too many people think that estate planning is something for you to worry about when you retire. Doing that can prove to be a major mistake. While everyone hopes to live a long and healthy life, you never know when an accident or sudden medical event could leave you incapacitated or even dead. Estate planning now can protect the people you love, as well as your assets and medical preferences, if your life takes an unexpected turn.

What is separate support?

Married individuals in Massachusetts who feel their spouse is not supporting them appropriately may want to file for separate support. While legal separation is not an option in the state, separate support is one way to decide on similar issues as one would in a divorce without terminating the marriage.

New laws let you refuse the use of opioid medication

Imagine you suffer from a severe stroke, and you can't make medical decisions for yourself. Your designated health care proxy, or your spouse, will have the right to step in and advise your doctor how to care for you. But what if your doctor prescribed an opioid and your proxy wasn't there to approve it? The doctor would administer the prescription anyway.

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