Posts Categorized: Recent Announcements

A Note on Subcontractors’ Liens

A Note on Subcontractors’ Liens posted Apr 12, 2012, 12:18 PM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Apr 12, 2012, 12:19 PM ] In this economy, it is not uncommon for general contractors to fail to pay their subcontractors, whether the general project was completed or not.   Pursuant to our general laws, subcontractors have… Read more »

Small Victory for 2nd Amendment Advocates in Massachusetts

Small Victory for 2nd Amendment Advocates in Massachusetts posted Apr 11, 2012, 9:04 AM by Michael Vosilla In recent months and during the last week in particular, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has denied several constitutional challenges to the Commonwealth’s licensing requirements for guns and ammunition. These challenges have increased following recent decisions by the… Read more »

The SJC resolves bizarre paternity dispute, and signals that it may eventually broaden the rights of non-biological parents once again.

The SJC resolves bizarre paternity dispute, and signals that it may eventually broaden the rights of non-biological parents once again. posted Mar 29, 2012, 10:28 AM by Michael Vosilla Earlier this week, the Supreme Judicial Court tackled a case that seems just as suitable for daytime television as it is for a courtroom, and signaled… Read more »

TPS Status for Syrians

TPS Status for Syrians posted Mar 23, 2012, 12:18 PM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 12:21 PM ] Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced that Syrians, currently living in the United States, will soon be eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Further guidance on qualifications and registration procedures… Read more »

IMMIGRATION LAW ADVISORY: Provisional Waiver Not in Effect

IMMIGRATION LAW ADVISORY: Provisional Waiver Not in Effect posted Mar 6, 2012, 3:03 PM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 3:10 PM ] In January of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed changes which would allow for a stateside processing of… Read more »

WARNING: TPS Extension for El Salvador Nationals

WARNING: TPS Extension for El Salvador Nationals posted Mar 5, 2012, 2:56 PM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Mar 5, 2012, 2:58 PM ] Current Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries must file their re-registration applications with U.S.C.I.S. no later than March 12, 2012 in order to extend their TPS status until September 9, 2013.  To discuss this matter with… Read more »

Promissory Notes vs. Mortgages

Promissory Notes vs. Mortgages posted Feb 28, 2012, 10:56 AM by Michael Vosilla It is important to remember the distinctions between mortgages and promissory notes. Although they are often signed simultaneously and appear to go “hand in hand” with each other, there are important differences. Most notably, is that a promissory note is a promise… Read more »

SJC Narrows Social Host Liability

SJC Narrows Social Host Liability posted Feb 21, 2012, 10:35 AM by Andrew Kenney Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled that teens who host underage drinking parties in Massachusetts, but do not actually provide the alcohol, cannot be held civilly liable for the injuries of a partygoer.    The SJC was asked to… Read more »

Homestead Law Update

Homestead Law Update posted Feb 16, 2012, 10:23 AM by Michael Vosilla From time to time, federal or state courts will face important questions regarding the state / impact of Massachusetts’ law, for which there is little or no precedent to allow them to formulate a principled and proper answer.  When faced with such a… Read more »

Legal Update: Decriminalization of Marijuana Possession

Legal Update: Decriminalization of Marijuana Possession posted Feb 13, 2012, 10:20 AM by Michael Vosilla On February 13, 2012, the Supreme Judicial Court provided some clarity on the impact of the decriminalization of marijuana possession in Massachusetts (Commonwealth v. Keefner). Simple possession, of less than one ounce, is only a civil offense and not a… Read more »