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Establishing Legal Rights to Children of Non-Biological, Same-Sex Parents

In honor of National Adoption Day, which is always the Saturday before the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re pleased to share with you an equally important case involving a same-sex, non-marital relationship, where the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a non-biological, same-sex parent can be presumed to be a child’s parent under Mass. Gen. Laws c. […]

How & When to File A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

In the recent case of Arsenault v. Bhattacharya, Mass. App. Ct. No. 15-P-197, August 3, 2016, a woman who began receiving cortisone injections in her wrist in 2008, and continued receiving them in 2009 and 2010, later having multiple surgeries on that same wrist in 2010 and 2011, filed a medical malpractice action in 2013 […]

Stop Bothering Me! How to Get and Renew a Harassment Order

Harassment Prevention Orders (“HPO”) are similar to Restraining Orders (“RO”) in the sense that both orders require an offending individual to stay away and not contact the complaining victim. Generally both orders are issued for one year at a time, and then require that the complaining victim return to court and request that the order […]

Can I Call My Attorney Before I Take A Breathalyzer?

Prior to 2003, Massachusetts drunk driving laws held that a driver suspected of drunk driving did not have a right to consult with an attorney prior to taking a breathalyzer test. In 2003, the legislature amended Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 90, section 24 to include a “.08 or greater” theory, where a breath test reading […]

When Does A Parent Become An Unfit Parent?

At what point does a parent become unfit to parent and maintain custody of their child(ren)? A recent decision by the Massachusetts Appeals Court highlighted some of the trouble spots that a judge considers when determining whether to adjudicate a parent unfit.

You Can Be Excused For Breaking the Law IF…

When the Winter winds blow, and the ground is covered in snow, those of us fortunate enough to have adequate, and even luxurious shelter, often forget the plight of those homeless, still out on the street, fighting the cold. A recent SJC decision brought the issue of homelessness center stage when it ruled on the […]

Prenuptial Agreements

In a previous BLOG from the same case, we discussed some extraordinary and seemingly one-sided separation agreement language dealing with the issue of removal. Schechter v. Schechter, Mass. App. Ct. No. 13-P-1035. September 9, 2015, is the case that keeps on giving. Because in the same decision from the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the case also […]

Jonathan – Shrewsbury, MA

  Attorney Hutchins was very professional yet personable when helping me with my estate planning needs. He explained everything clearly and made sure I had no unanswered questions (and I had many questions). My family had also used his services in the past, and we won’t hesitate to use them again if the need arises.

Your Separation Agreement Says What?!

Last year, the Massachusetts Appeals Court rendered a decision which, among other, reiterated longstanding legal precedent regarding a custodial parent’s ability to remove a minor child from the Commonwealth. See Schechter v. Schechter, Mass. App. Ct. No. 13-P-1035. September 9, 2015. What sets Schechter apart from other cases dealing with removal isn’t the fact that […]

Marta – Leominster, MA

My family is extremely grateful to Attorney Hutchins for handling a custody case on behalf of our granddaughter. His knowledge, empathy and sense of urgency eliminated all the stress and heartache we anticipated. He took care of everything in a matter of a few short weeks. We highly recommend him…and will seek him out for […]