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“Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act”
September 2010

On July 21, 2010, the President signed the federal Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law.

“SEC Set to Propose New Fiduciary Standards for Brokers and Investment Advisers”
September 2010

Kimberly I. McCarthy

Investment advisers have long advocated that broker-dealers be subject to the same fiduciary rules as they are.

“Impending Massachusetts Foreclosure Law Changes”
August 2010

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is expected to sign into law “House Bill 4934, an Act to Stabilize Neighborhoods” tomorrow, August 7, 2010.

“New Massachusetts Law Affecting Foreclosures, Evictions, Reverse Mortgage Lending and Mortgage Fraud”
August 2010

On August 7, 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed new legislation affecting mortgages, Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2010

“RI 45-Day Pre-foreclosure Notice Requirements Amended”
August 2010

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation has amended Banking Regulation 5 that promulgates the requirements and form of the pre-foreclosure notice to individual consumer mortgagors of residential real estate.

“New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Asking about Criminal Convictions on Job Applications”
August 2010

Michael A. Gamboli
Alicia J. Samolis

Governor Patrick recently signed new legislation that will change the way Massachusetts employers can use criminal background information in making employment decisions.

“Massachusetts Court Ruling May Have Immediate Effect on Employee Benefits”
July 2010

Kimberly I. McCarthy

On July 8, 2010, a Massachusetts District Court held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, specifically in its application to health benefits.

“Massachusetts Homestead Now Available to Trust Beneficiary”
June 2010

Michael A. Kehoe

The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts recently issued an interesting decision for those using trusts to hold title to real estate.

“Health Care Reform: What Should I Do Right Now?”
May 2010

Kimberly I. McCarthy

The 2,700-page bill. Unanswered questions on individual mandates and insurance exchanges. Thousands of summaries, seminars, and workshops.

“Estate Tax Legislation Activity at the State Level”
May 2010

A plethora of activity has erupted within many State legislatures since January due to the expiration of the federal estate tax on December 31, 2009.

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