After a Car Accident: Three Facts About Massachusetts Law

If you have been injured in a car accident, there are several things you should know. First, if you suffer personal injuries or damaged property caused by a car accident, you have three years from the date of the accident to go to court for damages. After this time, known as the statute of limitations, a court is likely to refuse to hear a suit. Second, Massachusetts law stipulates that car accidents are adjudicated under modified comparative fault. This means Continue Reading

Auto Accidents Back Injuries

After you’ve been involved in an auto accident, don’t ignore the minor aches and pains. You may think you’re not seriously injured or it may seem like too much trouble or that you’ll gain very little by taking action. If you are having back pain after a car accident it may take weeks and even months for the true injury to surface. Here are a few examples of serious back injuries. Herniated and bulging discs. The 23 discs in your Continue Reading

Auto Accidents Insurance Claim Process: Dealing with Filing, Settlement and Massachusetts Laws

The auto accidents insurance claim process in Massachusetts has some state laws that can add certain protections to accident claims with injuries. Nevertheless, standard procedures are still there in how an insurance company generally deals with your accident, including during the investigation phase. Investigation After Filing Once you’ve filed an injury claim (which can be done online), your insurance company will first look to see if your accident is coverable based on your policy. They’ll also ask you for a Continue Reading

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

Attorney Leone represented a juvenile at a Clerk- Magistrate’s “show cause hearing” in the West Roxbury District Court. The juvenile in this particular case had been accused of having committed the crime of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. At the hearing to determine whether there was probable cause, Attorney Leone was able to successfully cross examine witnesses and argue the matter to the Clerk-Magistrate in defense of the client, and the Clerk-Magistrate agreed not to issue the criminal Continue Reading

Charged with Inhalation of a Toxic Substance and Possession of Class B Drugs

Attorney Leone defended a client that was charged with Inhalation of a Toxic Substance, Possession of Class B Drugs, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. Attorney Leone was able to get the OUI charge dismissed after an evidentiary hearing before the Clerk Magistrate, and subsequently argued the merits of the defense of the Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle Charge, the Inhalation of a Toxic Substance Charge, and the Continue Reading

OUI charge dismissed at Clerk-Magistrate Hearing, Dedham District Court

Our client was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI) Attorney Leone defended a client at a Clerk-Magistrate hearing at the Dedham District Court. A Clerk-Magistrate hearing is a hearing whereby the Clerk-Magistrate determines whether the Complainant (often a local police department) has proved that there is probable cause that a crime was committed. If the Clerk Magistrate decides that there is probable cause to believe that a crime was committed, then most often Continue Reading

Ways to Discover Hidden Assets During a Divorce

Despite complications to the marriage, most people enter the divorce process believing their soon to be ex-spouse is an honest person. Unfortunately, this is not always the situation. The fact is, dishonesty is a common reason for seeking a divorce. Even if you have no reason to suspect your former partner is dishonest, there is still good cause to be curious and concerned about their finances heading into a divorce. Once a divorce begins, many people will do whatever it Continue Reading

Can the terms of my Separation/Divorce Agreement/Order be modified?

Whether or not the terms or provisions of a separation/divorce agreement may be modified and how to go about getting those terms or provisions modified will depend on a number of things including the language in the agreement, the actual terms or provisions that one is seeking to modify and the circumstances bringing about the request for a modification. In light of the very particular and specific rules relative to the modification of a separation/divorce agreement, it would be most Continue Reading

Divorce 101: A Quick Intro To Filing For Divorce In Massachusetts

Many couples start out in marriage with great hopes and expectations, only to end up in a relationship that unfortunately does not work. There are many steps in the divorce process in Massachusetts and just as many avenues to take depending on your situation. Here is a brief introduction to filing for divorce in Massachusetts and some of what you may encounter. A divorce can be categorized as “no-fault” or “fault.” Definitions of “fault” include adultery, desertion, cruel and abusive Continue Reading

Extremely Helpful, Knowledgeable, and Professional

I worked with Joseph during a free 30-minute consultation provided by my insurance on a landlord-tenant issue. Joseph was extremely helpful during the call – he asked questions to clarify the case and gave me an informed legal perspective. He did not have to look anything up or otherwise waste time. He acted professionally and candidly. I would highly recommend Joseph to prospective clients. by A. Petralia, Landlord Tenant Client Continue Reading