Meeting with Your Attorney for the First Time – Part I

  The initial meeting between an attorney and a new client is an important step in the attorney-client relationship. Although first contact may be through a brief telephone call or e-mail exchange, the initial in-person meeting provides both the attorney and the client with necessary information about the case and affords each an opportunity to......

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Dog Bites 101

Man’s best friend can also be his worst enemy. A dog bite is a frightening, painful experience that can require medical care, result in lost time from work and, in more serous instances, cause loss of bodily mobility and functionality. The law in Massachusetts imposes “strict liability” on dog owners, meaning that an owner is......

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Why use mediation and arbitration on your case?

Now that we have explored the two main forms of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), let’s examine why ADR may be more desirable than traditional litigation. Time One of the main benefits of ADR is the time it saves all parties. Let’s use a straight forward personal injury case where the injured party has completed treatment......

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What is Arbitration?

In addition to mediation, the second main form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) is arbitration. Arbitration is a less-formal trial, although many aspects of a traditional courtroom trial are utilized. An arbitrator is a neutral third-party selected to hear and decide the dispute. Similar to mediation, an arbitrator is often a retired judge or experienced......

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What is Mediation?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) can be a cost-saving, efficient way to settle disputes among parties. Virtually any type of case can be resolved through ADR. It takes a willingness by all sides to gather together, consider the strengths and weaknesses of each other’s case and, most importantly, compromise. The success of ADR is directly related......

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Paying your attorney: Workers’ compensation cases

Do you have a workers’ compensation case? Are you wondering how you pay for a lawyer to represent you in a workers’ compensation case? It’s a little complicated, but when you take it step by step, you can figure it out. In Massachusetts, workers’ compensation claims are addressed by state statute, regulations and the Rules......

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