LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. is a general practice law firm located in Watertown and providing legal services to clients in the Boston metro area and beyond. Our lawyers are experienced in a wide variety of practice areas. Our experienced attorneys utilize collective, but never duplicative efforts to maximize efficiency in a practical, cost effective manner. Our lawyers also promote excellent client relationships and respond to client communications in a timely manner. Our experienced attorneys always advocate for the best outcome in every matter.


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Recent Announcements

Alimony Law Changes

posted Sep 10, 2015, 8:07 AM by Michael Vosilla [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 8:08 AM ]

The alimony reform act has been the subject of numerous complaints for modification in the Probate and Family Courts, and appeals thereof, in the past couple years. These appellate decisions have been providing divorce and family law attorneys with guidance on the practical effects of the recent alimony changes.
Of note, the Probate and Family Courts are allowed to modify separation agreements that MERGED with the divorce judgments, if they predate the alimony reform statues and include a spousal support order, solely on the basis that the alimony orders have exceeded the new alimony durational limits. But, if the spousal support order in the separation agreement survived the judgment of divorce as an independent contract, then termination solely on the basis of the new durational limits will not be allowed. Further, in either case of merger or survival, the courts will deny modification to a “pre-alimony reform statutes” order for spousal support, on the basis of the payer reaching full retirement age, unless the judgment, of which modification is sought, provided for reaching retirement age being a situation entitling the payer to modify the alimony payments.

Recent Announcements

October 2015 Visa Bulletin Bring Changes

posted Sep 10, 2015, 6:53 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 6:55 AM ]

The Department of State has released the October 2015 Visa Bulletin. With this visa bulletin comes changes to the immigrant visa availability system. Specifically, visa bulletins will now include two different charts per visa preference category. The two charts are:

  • Application Final Action Dates (this is the old chart which indicates the dates when visas may be issued)
  • Dates for Filing Applications (this is a new chart which indicates the dates when applicants may apply for an immigrant visa or file an application for adjustment of status.
USCIS has indicated that it will begin accepting applications for adjustment of status based upon the Dates of Filing Applications Chart. This new system will allow applicants to obtain work and travel authorization early than they could previously under the old visa availability system.
If you have any questions, or think that your priority date is now, or may be, current in the near future, please contact one of the immigration lawyers at LaFountain and Wollman, P.C.

Recent Announcements

Visa Bulletin Changes Expected

posted Sep 9, 2015, 6:43 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 7:26 AM ]

The Department of State (“DOS”) is expected to announce changes to the current immigrant visa availability system that will allow for those potential immigrant visa applicants waiting for their priority dates to become current to be able to file their adjustment applications beforehand and enjoy the benefits associates with a pending application for adjustment of status, mainly work and travel authorization. However, while these applications would be accepted, they could not be adjudicated until the visa bulletin indicates that the applicant’s priority date actually becomes current.
Click here for a detailed explanation of the current system of the visa bulletin, priority dates, and the numerical limitations of immigration visas.
This change is expected to provide some relief to those who are caught in the current immigrant visa processing backlog. Our Watertown immigration attorneys are closely monitoring these developments and will provide additional information when it becomes available.

Recent Announcements

Divorce Decision: Trust Spendthrift Provisions

posted Aug 31, 2015, 12:47 PM by Michael Vosilla  

In a recently published decision, the Massachusetts Appeal’s Court reminded couples going though divorce that a spendthrift clause in a family trust does not guarantee that the trust assets are shielded from division during a beneficiary’s divorce. In the case at issue, the Appeal’s Court found ample justification for the Probate and Family Court judge’s decision to divide the husband’s share in the trust, including that the divorcing couple paid for marital expenses with trust distributions, and that the trustees ceased all distributions to the husband right before divorce proceedings began. The Appeal’s Court did not rule entirely in the wife’s favor however, because it concluded that although the trial judge was justified in dividing the trust assets, it was error to find the husband in contempt of court for not making the required payments, due to the absence of evidence that the husband could force the trustees to give him the money to make the payments.
If you are in divorce or contempt of court proceedings, or contemplating divorce or contempt proceedings, and wish to discuss the same, call us to set up a free consultation today.

Recent Announcements

SJC issues decision declaring new Premises Liability tendency

posted Jun 25, 2015, 7:54 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Jun 25, 2015, 7:56 AM ]

In the recent SJC case of Angela Sarkisian vs. Concept Restaurants, Inc., SJC-11786, the Court expanded the application of mode of operation doctrine. According to the mode of operation doctrine, a Plaintiff does not need to prove that the Defendant was on actual or constructive notice of a defective condition that gave rise to Plaintiff’s injury, rather the Plaintiff has to prove that the injuries arose from a reasonably foreseeable unsafe condition related to Defendant’s chosen mode of operation.

The Plaintiff, Angela Sarkisian, broke her leg after slipping and falling on a wet dance floor at a nightclub owned by the Defendant, Concept Restaurants. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the Defendant, concluding that the Plaintiff failed as a matter of law to carry her burden under the “traditional” approach to premises liability because she did not show that Defendant had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition.
Plaintiff appealed, arguing that the “mode of operation” approach to premises liability, which alleviates the plaintiff’s burden of proving notice, provided the proper legal standard. The Supreme Judicial Court reversed, holding (1) on the facts presented by the case, the mode of operation approach applied; and (2) summary judgment was improperly granted because Defendant had notice of the inherent risks associated with its chosen mode of operating its dance floor.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, please contact us at 617-926-8944 to set up a free half-hour consultation with our Watertown personal injury lawyers.