December 2017 Archives

Make debt relief a priority in the New Year

There are many things that Massachusetts residents look forward to as they transition from one calendar year to the next. They may make big plans to acquire new skills and pursue new lines of work in more appealing industries. They may decide to expand their families or recommit to spending more time with the people that they love. One thing, though, that no one looks forward to is managing the bills and debts that they acquired over the holiday season.

Estate planning: a valuable New Year's resolution

The last days of 2017 are upon us. In just a few short weeks, Quincy residents will flip the calendar over to the New Year. As they do, many will embark upon New Year's resolutions. Getting into better physical shape, giving up bad habits and trying new things are all common and laudable resolutions. One less common, albeit of perhaps even greater importance than these, should be creating an estate plan.

How to protect your business now from a future divorce

Whether you are single, happily married or in a rocky relationship, the time is now to protect your business assets from a future divorce. Planning now can actually help your relationship, as you have already taken care of a major financial concern. You can put more focus on protecting your marriage knowing you have already protected your business.

Criminal defense FAQ: how serious is a misdemeanor charge?

As noted previously on our Quincy legal issues blog, Massachusetts could raise the limit for felony larceny from its current threshold of $250. While a felony is a very serious charge, readers should not get the wrong idea about misdemeanors: they are not something to be taken lightly. Just what is a misdemeanor, and how does it differ from other criminal charges?

Massachusetts considers raising felony larceny threshold

Massachusetts state law treats larceny differently depending on the amount or the value that a defendant has allegedly stolen. The current distinction, as well as proposed changes to the law, are important to understand for anyone facing charges associated with this type of crime.

More seniors are turning to bankruptcy for debt relief

It seems that, as we age, our bodies simply can't keep up the way they did in our younger years. Seniors in Massachusetts and across the nation may find that they are increasingly racking up medical bills all while living on a fixed income. This can put them in a very precarious financial situation. While some may find that they just need to "tighten their belts" for a little while, others may find that their medical expenses are more than they could ever afford.

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