By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. The highest state court in Massachusetts (Supreme Judicial Court, or “SJC”) decided this week that an employee who has lawfully used marijuana for medical purposes cannot be subject to any adverse action against her by...read more
By Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. In reinforcement of our image as lawyers to self-adulate and cock-a-doodle-doo our talents and prowesses, lawyers have the benefit of an annual glitzy magazine called Super Lawyers. Yes, once a year, we self-designate ourselves (for our...read more
By Attorney Michael Franco I’ve been hit by another car. The other driver caused the accident. What do I do? This is a question that is frequently asked too late. My first rule of thumb – don’t freak out. Accidents happen every day. Most accidents don’t result...read more
By Michael Franco, Esq. The voters in Massachusetts have passed a new law which allows the possession and recreational use of marijuana. The statute takes effect on December 15, 2016. With that said, the possession of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law....read more
by Richard E. Burke, Jr. Everyone should have a Last Will and Testament. Most importantly, having a Will lets you determine who will be in charge of your estate and who will receive your assets when you die. If you die without a Will, assets in your name alone when...read more
by Michael Franco, Esq. (pictured on a favorite beach in St. John, USVI) It’s the summer vacation season, so the following scenario may sound familiar to you… You’re standing at a car rental counter in the airport. You’ve just touched down after hours of flying to...read more
By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. Try to tuck this away in your memory bank with a trigger on it to leap back to the top of your dome the next time you enter into an agreement. Whether it is a lease, a purchase agreement, a loan, an employment...read more
By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.
I love having things in writing. I love pictures of text messages, even if they are damaging to my clients’ cases, because it arms me with knowledge of what was actually said between two people and therefore a chance to submit evidence to put it into a context that makes it less damning or even helpful when the jury hears it. And you can bet your tush that I’m looking through the history of my clients’ text and other interwebby messages with any interested party.
By Michael Franco, Esq. The law of defamation is of growing importance in the area of employment law. Suits brought by employees against employers now account for one third of all defamation actions. For decades, the courts have tried to balance employees’ need for...read more
By Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. One area of law that has a lot of catching up to do is that of the employee’s rights when the employer terminates her for wholly unfair reasons. Such employer actions are often devastating to the well qualified, hardworking and productive...read more
By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. Republican Presidential candidate frontrunner (maybe not here in Southcoast Massachusetts) Donald Trump recently proposed to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Typically one’s gut instinct to immediately...read more
by Philip N. Beauregard, Esq. In re Female Marines Lawyers savvy on the subject of illegal discrimination in the form of “profiling” should be curious about a recent Marine Corps study comparing all male combat units to those that are mixed, i.e. “integrated” with...read more
By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.
I think it’s important to begin with a reminder of what makes a contract. See, generally, a contract is going to govern any business/consumer relationships, including your use of Facebook.read more
By Michael Franco, Esq.
I have noticed a disturbing increase in the number of unsolicited letters and telephone calls being made by law firms to accident victims. These law firms review police blotters to look for auto accidents, and then reach out to accident victims who are identified in the police reports.read more
By Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq.,
You don’t need a signed document to have a binding settlement agreement. This was always a concern that needed to be considered with oral negotiations, which can amount to enforceable, oral contracts.read more
by Richard E. Burke, Esq.
Massachusetts has enacted a new sick time law and regulations effective July 1, 2015. The new law, Mass.G.L. c. 149, §148C, allows all employees in Massachusetts to earn sick time. Significantly, the law includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employeesread more
Attorney Philip Beauregard: The same sex marriage decision “moves (us) one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.” These are the last words in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent, Scalia -father of nine children (God forbid that one be gay). Joining Scalia in...read more
A FRIENDLY PSA REGARDING VIDEO/AUDIO RECORDINGS by Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume It seems as though every other day the media is inundated with coverage of a new instance of a civilian exposing police misconduct via recording taken by the civilian. In most...read more
Attorneys Philip N. Beauregard and George J. Leontire sent the following to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on March 27, 2015: Dear Mr. Chairman and Commissioners: The purpose of this letter is to address the discussion by Commission members at the March 19,...read more
"Don't take the law into your own hands: you take 'em to court." We have all heard that familiar catch-phrase from the TV show People’s Court. But, People’s Court was not actually a “court” - it was a binding arbitration between the parties. (By the way, in cases...read more
We often receive calls from employees who feel they have been discriminated against or harassed at work. In many cases, they believe they have been the victim of unfair treatment by a manager. Sometimes, they assert that they have been treated...read more
Spend a few minutes some time in a courtroom when lawyers are arguing to a judge or jury. You will hear, all too frequently, common threads of lawyer speak, words that aren’t generally heard in your living room or when you are talking with friends and at work. When...read more
Mulligans, the practice of allowing a player to “redo” their prior shot, are the rule rather than the exception when I (try to) play golf. My golf game has never been very good and without a few (dozen) mulligans I simply cannot finish a...read more
The Trial Attorney: Why You Shouldn’t Settle for One Who Will Only Settle by Adrienne Catherine H. Beauregard-Rheaume
When someone asks me what kind of law that I practice, I answer “civil litigation.” The response is usually a puzzled-then-accepting-without-questioning look or the question: “What is that?” The civil legal arena covers a broad area that does not include criminal or...read more
Fighting Back Against Big Bad Lenders: Besting Credit Card Companies on Their Own Terms by Jason Parent, Esq.
With respect to customer service, credit card companies are right up there with insurance companies (when you actually need them), the DMV, and certain coffee shops that insist you speak Italian while placing your order. When that statement comes in, and you see that...read more
Everyone should have their own estate plan documents. These include a Last Will and Testament, Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will and HIPAA Authorization. In a Will you nominate the Personal Representative who will manage your estate. The...read more
When is the last time that you reviewed your car insurance policy? If you are like most people, the answer is when you first obtained the policy or perhaps never. This can mean big headaches if you are ever in a car accident, even a car accident that is someone...read more
Forty years of civil litigation – jury trials in major personal injury and death cases, court challenges to government officials who abuse their powers over public employees, taking business and commercial disputes to trial, and dealing with the wide variety of...read more