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MA. Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure, Supplemental Rule 410. Mandatory Self Disclosure.

By Karen M. Buckley, Esq. The following Probate and Family Court Rule is included for your reference in order to help you prepare to collect the documentation necessary to present to the Court. The requirements are quite extensive and careful attention must be paid to the collection of the appropriate documents. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- (a) Initial Disclosures. […]

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Preparing for Divorce

By Karen M. Buckley, Esq. Divorce is a major life change for everyone in the family. Thus, as with any important decision, a person considering divorce should be as prepared and informed as possible when making this decision. This article will highlight several factors and issues which should be considered by a person contemplating divorce. […]

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Distributing Marital Assets

By Karen M. Buckley, Esq. SUMMARY OF CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED IN DISTRIBUTING MARITAL ASSETS [Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208, §34] The following information is presented to assist you in understanding some of the issues considered by the Court regarding domestic relations cases in accordance with Massachusetts statutes, case law and Rules of […]

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Collaborative Family Law – FAQ’s

Q. Does each client use an attorney specially trained in Collaborative Law (“CL”) ? A. Yes. One spouse can give the other one articles and the names of attorneys specially trained in both collaborative theory and skills in the hope of educating him/her about the benefits of using this process. Collaborative Law is voluntary and, […]

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Questions to Ask Your Attorney

Reprinted with permission from Susan Klueppel and Mary Brown, Attorneys at Law Do you charge for an initial consultation? If so, how much and will that be credited toward fees if I hire you? What percentage of your practice is devoted to family law? What experience do you have in cases like mine? What, if […]

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What Does a Lawyer Do?

Reprinted from Public Service Information Provided by Mass. Bar Association What Are a Lawyer’s Duties? By their oath of admission to practice, lawyers are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws and to render the highest fidelity toward their clients. They are prohibited by law from disclosing any information communicated in confidence. More importantly, a […]

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Finding a GOOD Divorce Lawyer

Reprinted with permission from Susan Klueppel and Mary Brown, Attorneys at Law Finding a lawyer who will provide good legal representation requires a certain amount of homework and research. The following is a list of possible resources available to anyone seeking an attorney: Referrals: From friends and/or other professionals who are familiar with a particular […]

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New Alimony Laws Arrive in Massachusetts

By Dr. Lynne C. Halem, Director of The Centre for Mediation & Dispute Resolution, Wellesley, MA On March 1, 2012, a new era dawns in the history of alimony law. Responding to varied groups advocating, even demanding, change, long-awaited reform has made its way through years of legislative debate. The new law is being heralded by […]

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