Can Massachusetts Become a “Right-To-Die” State?

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   In 1999, two years after Oregon passed their “Death with Dignity Act”, Jack Kevorkian was charged and convicted of second-degre e murder in Michigan after administering a lethal injection to Thomas Youk, who was suffering in the final stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease.  His conviction sparked a nationwide debate, [...]

By |2016-09-06T00:28:04+00:00November 5th, 2014|Legal Blog|Comments Off on Can Massachusetts Become a “Right-To-Die” State?

Trusting a Trust Could Lead to a Disqualifier Under MassHealth’s Long-Term Health Care Plans

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   One of the many unfortunate realities of being a human being is the very realistic possibility that you or someone you care about may end up needing long-term care in a nursing home facility.  Sometimes you expect it, and sometimes it happens without warning.  Unfortunately, many people neglect this [...]

By |2016-09-04T21:31:30+00:00October 21st, 2014|Legal Blog|0 Comments

Finders Keepers, Acquitted Weepers: Civil forfeiture laws in Massachusetts and how they affect the innocent.

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   *Queue the long unnecessary narrative….   Meet Bob. Bob works across town at a paper mill and takes the bus to work.  For the last three months, Bob has been saving up his money to buy his wife a new pair earrings for their 10-year anniversary.  He decides that [...]

By |2016-09-04T21:29:48+00:00September 25th, 2014|Legal Blog|0 Comments

When life hands you lemons…: A brief synopsis of the Massachusetts lemon law.

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   So there you are, driving along in your new car, when all of a sudden the engine stalls and you roll to a disheartening stop. You turn the key, but nothing happens, so you call a tow truck, and have the car towed back to the friendly neighborhood car [...]

By |2016-09-04T20:33:15+00:00August 11th, 2014|Legal Blog|0 Comments

What getting “CIPP’ed” really means

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   If you have ever been involved in the sport of Rugby in America, you are probably familiar with the term “Getting CIPP’ed”.  That is because USA Rugby, the governing body for the sport of rugby in the United States, requires anyone involved in the sport, such as coaches, admin, [...]

By |2016-09-04T20:29:24+00:00July 28th, 2014|Legal Blog|Comments Off on What getting “CIPP’ed” really means

Fostering a Father’s Rights: Preserving your rights as an expectant father if mother is seeking adoption

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   There are countless reasons why some parents choose to seek adoption services for their children.  Whether those children have been born or are expected to be born in the near future, parents have the option of choosing a different future for their child by placing him/her with a foster [...]

By |2016-09-04T22:13:02+00:00June 11th, 2014|Legal Blog|0 Comments

So Real You Can Tax It: IRS finds Bitcoin is property, not currency

By Robert Linch   Recently the IRS addressed taxpayers who trade or accept payment in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies that they not currency for tax purposes, but property and subject to taxation as such. While this may not seem like a large distinction to some people, this could have a large effect on individual [...]

By |2016-09-05T17:05:37+00:00May 13th, 2014|Legal Blog|Comments Off on So Real You Can Tax It: IRS finds Bitcoin is property, not currency

Curse of the CORI: Charges that haunt you don’t always have to.

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   How can you represent a person like that? How do you sleep at night, knowing you kept a criminal out of jail, and put him or her back on the streets? These are the types of questions criminal defense attorneys get all the time. But if you ask a [...]

By |2016-09-06T00:29:10+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Legal Blog|0 Comments

Marriage: Fifty percent of the time, it works every time.

By Adam D. Schmaelzle, Esq.   What if your marriage came with the same security as your new car, with its 10-year/100,000 mile warranty?   Marriage is defined as the legal union of a couple as spouses. There are three basic elements: (1) the parties legal ability to marry each other, (2) mutual consent of [...]

By |2016-09-06T00:30:14+00:00April 18th, 2014|Legal Blog|0 Comments

New School Rules for Old School Wage Wars

By Christopher Ray   From the American employee's perspective, the state of our wage and hour laws is grim and getting worse all the time. Earlier this week, Martha Neil, of the American Bar Association Journal, joined a growing outcry over seemingly pandemic levels of wage and hour violations by American businesses. (See link below). [...]

By |2016-09-05T17:03:13+00:00April 11th, 2014|Legal Blog|Comments Off on New School Rules for Old School Wage Wars
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