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. […]

“What?! Grandma Left Everything to Cousin Joe?!”

The death of a parent is difficult enough. But the pain of that loss is often magnified when suspicions arise or are confirmed that someone (often another family member) unduly influenced[1] the dying parent, and caused them to execute or alter estate planning documents in such a way as to generously benefit one person, potentially […]

The Terminator: No More Parental Rights

Occasionally we’re asked what the law requires in order to terminate a parent’s rights to their child. Here’s the answer: “[A] judge must find, by clear and convincing evidence, that the natural parent is unfit to further the welfare and best interests of the child.” See Adoption of Peggy, 436 Mass. 690, 701 (2002). Beyond […]