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 crime. M.G.L. c. 94C, § 32L. Possession of any amount, with the intent to… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Recent Announcements
“Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”
On February 7, 2012, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled that the presence of a damaged EBT card, by itself, is insufficient to prove the card’s owner was present at the scene of a burglary. LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. believes this decision should serve as a reminder to all that criminal convictions require proof, “beyond a… Read more »
Child Custody Laws Apply to Same-Sex Couples
On February 2, 2012, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has reiterated that child custody and related laws apply equally to both opposite and same-sex couples in the Commonwealth. In Della Corte v. Ramirez, the court held that the word “husband”, as appearing in the Massachusetts artificial insemination statute, must be interpreted in a gender neutral manner…. Read more »
El Salvador TPS Extension
U.S.C.I.S. has announced that Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Salvadoran beneficiaries has been extended until September 9, 2013. Please contact one of the experienced immigration attorneys at LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. if you think you could benefit from this change in United States Immigration Policy.
Happy New Year!!!
The attorneys at LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!
Personal Injury – Snow and Ice
With the winter months approaching, it is important for individuals and property owners to remember that the Massachusetts law with regard to personal injuries suffered due to snow and ice accumulation on private property has evolved in recent years. Gone are the days when a Plaintiff had to prove that their injuries were the result… Read more »
ICE Review of Immigration Court Cases to Begin
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has released a memorandum outlining the process by which deportation/removal cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) will be reviewed in order to conform with ICE Director John Morton’s memorandum of this summer calling for the same. The purpose of this review… Read more »
National Estate Planning Awareness Week: Oct. 17-23
National Estate Planning Awareness Week: Oct. 17-23 posted Oct 20, 2011, 6:04 AM by Michael Vosilla Congress has designated October 17th through the 23rd as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Now is the time to review your own estate plan to determine if it properly reflects your wishes in the event of a sickness, accident… Read more »
Newton Landlord Liable for Racial Discrimination
On September 6, 2011, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) held a Newton landlord liable for race discrimination against an African-American real estate broker after informing her that he would not rent to “blacks” or “Africans” and that “they were not welcome in the neighborhood.” The landlord also informed the broker that in the event he did… Read more »
Nicholas LaFountain admitted to the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. is please to announce that founding partner Nicholas LaFoutain has recently been admitted to the Massachusetts District of the United States District Court.