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When invoking the right to silence, be clear about it

Few things are as scary as the first time you are arrested by the police. The average Massachusetts resident has never dealt with this situation. When it does happen, it's often unexpected – maybe stemming from a police stop for some suspected traffic violation. That only serves to disorient you more.

Police have a legal obligation to inform you of your Miranda rights when they take you into custody. If you've ever watched a cop show on television, you know the line. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. You have a right to an attorney before any questioning. If you can't afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you." You can waive your rights. Indeed, if you aren't careful, you could find them waived without you knowing.

Elderly woman injured in Quincy Avenue crash

An elderly woman driving on Quincy Avenue was hit and sent to the Boston Medical Center on May 12. This local accident reported on by the Patriot Ledger is an example of how dangerous accidents can be for elderly drivers. If you are an elderly driver yourself, it is important for you to stay safe on the road to avoid auto collisions like this.

As you age, you may gradually go through physical and mental changes that directly affect your driving. Here are some tips for staying safe as an elderly driver.

What's the best bankruptcy filing for me?

Most would likely agree that the economy is generally on the upswing. Recent news about the real estate market in Norfolk County, however, suggests there is room for further improvement. The good news is that residential and commercial properties are selling at higher prices. The bad news is that fewer property transactions are taking place. Also, the mortgage lending rate was down last month, compared to the same month a year ago.

What this suggests to some observers is that foundational elements of the local economy are rather spongy. Thus, it should come as no surprise if you are among those struggling financially and feeling a need for debt relief. To find the right solution for your situation, explore your options with an experienced debt relief attorney.

Is it time to reclassify my business structure?

One of the most important things a Quincy entrepreneur has to decide is what structure to employ. The choices are many. The implications of making a mistake right out of the gate are significant. Working with an experienced business law attorney is a wise way to avoid missteps.

Right now is a particularly difficult moment in time to be confronting this kind of question. The Trump administration has pledged tax reform and recently issued a few bullet-point notions of what that might look like. What that outline presents and what might result from the deliberations of Congress is impossible to know. In the midst of that void, some experts speculate.

What does 'quiet enjoyment' mean in commercial real estate?

In the movie "The Princess Bride," a character repeatedly declares events "inconceivable" that are really, "unbelievable." It takes awhile, but eventually another character states the obvious, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Legal parlance has a way of eliciting the same kind of reaction. Unless you are steeped in the language of Massachusetts law, it is very easy to come up against words and phrases that mean something completely different in everyday conversation. Each area of legal practice has unique terms. Avoiding mistakes and overcoming issues depends on knowing the right glossary. That comes with experience.

Possible disclosure issues in Massachusetts home selling

For many in Massachusetts, buying a home is a major life dream. Building your dream castle from the ground up is not something everyone can or wants to do. Purchasing an existing home is more common. How do buyers and sellers find protection against potential risks?

The answer to the question might be best summed up with two words, defect disclosure. Laws vary from state to state, but generally speaking, one thing holds true across the country. Sellers have an obligation to disclose known material defects in a home. Failing to do so ahead of closing can scrub a transaction. Discovery after a closure can create a situation where litigation is needed, costing both buyers and sellers time and money.

3 common late-appearing injuries after a car accident

Perhaps you endured a car accident and thought you got off scot-free. At first, there were no noticeable injuries. Now, days or weeks later, you are noticing pain. This could be one of many injuries with delayed symptoms that are common after collisions.

It is crucial to closely monitor your injuries and get a medical evaluation if you are experiencing pain. Here are some examples of late-appearing car accident injuries.

What's the difference between revocable and irrevocable trusts?

When people are considering adding a trust to their estate plans, a common question is whether to make it revocable or irrevocable. Both types of trusts have advantages and disadvantages, and a lot depends on individual circumstances.

If you are considering drafting a trust, it is vital to understand the differences between revocable and irrevocable trusts. That way you can make an informed decision that is right for your particular needs.

How do criminal convictions affect immigration status?

Criminal convictions carry serious consequences for everyone, including potential fines and jail time. But consequences for all types of crimes, especially felonies, can put immigrants at serious risk for deportation.

Those with criminal convictions are much more likely to be arrested by immigration officials. In fact, in the 680 arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year, approximately 75 percent of those individuals had prior criminal convictions.

Distracted Driver Awareness Month highlights a growing epidemic

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), thousands of people die every year from distracted driving accidents. Fatal car crashes increased by six percent in 2016 compared to 2015 and 14 percent since 2014.

Although there is no way to accurately measure, researchers believe driver distraction, particularly smartphone use, is a major factor in fatal accidents. To shed light on this epidemic, the NSC has named April as Distracted Driver Awareness Month. They encourage drivers to put safety first and "Just Drive."

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