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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the state of Massachusetts.

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Can I legally “kick my kids out the door as soon as they are 18 years old”?

The threat my dad always used on me was, "get a job, or get out as soon as you're 18". I'm a dad now. I have one "child" who is 37 years old who doesn't work, and who I'd like to kick out, and ...
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Public Trespass

The Town Adminstrator of my town has issued a NO TRESPASS order on me personally. I'm a Private Citizen with no history criminal past. The No Trespass order is telling to stay off of Senior Center ...
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Can you record a public school official with or without their consent?

Some states such as Massachusetts have 2 party consent laws which restrict secret recordings by only one party, therefore, you have to ask public school officials if they consent to being recorded. ...
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Why is it illegal to annoy someone via electronic communication in Massachusetts?

According to Massachusetts State General Law, Chapter 269, Section 14A, it is illegal to send repeated communications to someone with the intent to annoy the person, punishable be 3 months in a ...
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Citation when trying to go to the mechanic to fix the flat tire

I was in Massachusetts and had flat tires and was going to the mechanic to fix them. The police gave me a citation for "negligent operation of vehicles". I would appreciate your advice whether it is ...
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Redacted emails from public records request

Recently I did a Massachusetts Public Records request on a public school district for an employees email to and from a domain (ex: all emails from example.com and to example.com). For convenience, I ...
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Is a security guard at an IRS office legally allowed to demand to see my cell phone?

This is sort of related to this other question but in this case it is about a cell phone and about entering a government (IRS) office. I visited an IRS field office in Worcester (Massachusetts, USA) ...
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Stopping never-ending emails from abusive ex?

Background There was an individual I was involved with approximately four years ago. The relationship was unwanted and abusive from the start. It was difficult getting out of and recovering from the ...
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How can I make sure that a house is clear of workmen's liens?

Is there a legal process I can undertake (like advertising in the paper) to clear any workmen's liens on a house that I am planning to buy? In other words, the situation I am trying to avoid is ...
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How to confer residency rights without tenancy?

I am buying a large house which has an existing owner who is a very old man and I would like to give him the right to continue to live in the house, but not have the same rights as a tenant (exclusive ...
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Is it criminal to take evasive actions to avoid paying a civil judgment?

If a lawsuit goes against the defendant and a judgment is rendered against the defendant, is it a criminal act for the defendant to then start hiding their assets or taking deliberate steps to evade ...
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Legal standards for seizing a house to satisfy a civil judgement

I know that for relatively small amounts of money a civil lien will just sit on a house and there is nothing else the lienholder can do. However, at some point of value, it must be possible to sieze ...
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What makes a document translation “court certified” in Massachusetts?

I have an agreement document which I need to translate into English, to be accepted as an exhibit in Massachusetts court. Looking around for certified translation services, there seem to be many that ...
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Do judges in Massachusetts always have original jurisdiction even in “trials by jury”?

How exactly does the law work with regards to the powers and privileges of juries. For example, in Massachusetts the law (General Laws Part III Title I Chapter 214) reads: The supreme judicial ...
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Is it legal to record a conversation in Massachusetts?

If you are physically present in a room where conversation takes place, is it legal to digitally record the conversation? Please refer to the following cases: When you are an active party When you ...
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What gives the right to public schools to confiscate your phone?

I've seen a few questions like this one on this site, however, I have not been able to find a credible source dictating what gives schools the power to confiscate a device? Let me give an example: ...
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Michelle Carter the person who urged a man to commit suicide sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Is this constitutional?

Earlier this year Michelle Carter was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter because she urged her a guy to commit suicide. The guy was already suicidal but actually told Michelle that he ...
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Is a profit à prendre identical to “mineral rights”, or is there some difference?

Is a profit à prendre identical to "mineral rights", or is there some difference? My impression is that "mineral rights" is just a slang term for what is called profit à prendre in formal law, but I ...
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Is there any way I could sue ezpass?

Is there any way I could sue ezpass? For no reason ez pass MA did not charge my credit card claiming it does not work and send me invoice plus late fees!
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Does a town have to have a justification for a zoning restriction?

In one town near me there is a town that has zoning restrictions like, if an addition is over so-and-so many square feet it must have planning board approval. This would seem to be capricious ...
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Requirement to carry driver's license and registration in Massachusetts

I was reading Chapter 90 in the Massachusetts General Laws and I could not find any provision requiring an operator to carry a driver's license and registration documents in the vehicle while ...
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Proper jurisdiction for injunctive relief not involving a monetary claim in Boston

I am trying to figure out the proper venue for petitioning a civil injunction, a complicated problem in Boston. The pleading is for a mandatory injunction against the directors of a corporation ...
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Identify court that issued a warrant?

If a person or business gets searched and the police do not provide the owner of the place with a copy of the warrant, then the searchee has the problem of determining what court or judge issued the ...
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Do you have to disclose you are recording a call that is already being recorded?

I'm calling my credit card to dispute being charged twice for something. When I start to hold for an operator I'm prompted that the call may be recorded for whatever reason. If I also want to record ...
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30-day notice to landlord in Massachusetts: can the rent responsibility end at the end of the month in which the 30-day notice falls?

I am renting a dorm room on a campus in a university located in Massachusetts, United States. I notified my landlord (= the university's housing services) that I will move out on March 8 (i.e., in 30 ...
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Creation Date of Massachusetts Law

In what year was Massachusetts Chapter 186 Section 23 General Law put into effect?
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Year of passage of Massachusetts age of consent law

Massachusetts has an idiosyncratic age of consent law, which states that it is illegal to have sex with "any person under 18 years of age of chaste life": https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/...
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Paying with coins in the Massachusetts, California, or New York [duplicate]

Can a private entity in the states of Massachusetts, California, or New York refuse a payment made with coins (e.g., on the ground that they only accept a maximum of X coins)? https://en.wikipedia....
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Do running lights satisfy laws requiring headlights be on when wipers are on?

Some cars have running lights (which are on whenever the engine is running). Some states have laws the require headlights be on when wipers are being used. Do running lights meet that requirement?
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Do pharmacies have the legal obligation to keep the prescription for 10 years in the United States?

Do pharmacies have the legal obligation to keep the prescription for 10 years in the United States? I am mostly interested for in the states of California, and Massachusetts. I am asking as this was ...
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Can a medical practitioner legally charge health insurances a different amount from what it would charge a non-insured patient?

In the United States, can a medical practitioner legally charge health insurances a different amount from what it would charge a non-insured patient? I am mostly interested for in the states of ...
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Can I legally wear a facekini in US beaches?

Can I legally wear a facekini on beaches in the United States? I am asking as there are sometimes regulations that prevent individuals from wearing some types of clothes (e.g., anti-mask laws). I ...
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Can I pick off the fruit from a plant that another resident of my building has placed and maintained in our building's common courtyard?

A resident in a building has placed and maintained a plant in our building's common courtyard. Can another resident of the same building legally pick off the fruit from this plant? I am mostly ...
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What is the legal grounds for the MA approved gun roster?

In Massachusetts, the attorney general's office ruled, many years ago, that only guns that they approve of, which have certain features, are legal to sell in the state. This regulation claimed to ...
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How to find case law for a particular subject

How can I find case law for a particular subject in my state (Massachusetts)? I have access to Lexis/Nexis, but my experience is that subject searches rarely work. For example, one topic I need to ...
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How to calculate Alimony and Child Support in Massachusetts?

For a couple residing in Massachusetts, the Man makes $100,000 /yr before taxes. The wife in last 13 years had mostly stayed at home, or brought in a very small fraction of the family income from non-...
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Security Deposit term (whether it is legal) in Rental Agreement in US

I just read my rental agreement carefully and I found some bad terms. The security deposit term in my rental agreement said: "No interest will be paid on this money (security deposit) and in no case ...
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What does it mean to 'enter' property in the Massachusetts trespass statute?

The Massachusetts trespass statute reads (emphasis mine) part IV, Title I, Chapter 266, Section 120 Section 120. Whoever, without right enters or remains in or upon the dwelling house, ...
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Massachusetts wiretapping law when the other party informs of possibly being recorded?

The State of Massachusetts has a wiretapping law that is describe by DMPL.com as follows: Massachusetts's wiretapping law often referred to is a "two-party consent" law. More accurately, ...
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What law determines when you have been ordered to pull over for a traffic stop?

What laws in the U.S. (specifically, Massachusetts) govern when you need to pull over for a traffic stop? I understand that if a police vehicle comes up behind you with lights flashing it's clear ...
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Do I have to legally change my address, car registration, license info, etc. if I am renting in MA but working in RI?

I have been unable to find a definitive answer online and was hoping someone on here could help. I currently live in RI with my parents and fiance. All of my documentation and hers have our RI ...
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Can doctor's offices withhold test results for some length of time?

Massachusetts/USA here. I had a EMG a few days ago and scheduled a followup with my doctor for later in the month (about 3 weeks from now). I am very anxious to hear the results. I just called and ...
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Must a health insurance in the United States provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered upon request?

I wonder whether a health insurance in the United States must provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered, if requested by a policyholder? In my opinion, the listing of ...
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Do doctors have the legal responsibility to inform the patient of services not covered by the insurance in the USA?

I wonder whether doctors have the legal responsibility to inform the patient of services not covered by the insurance in the USA. https://craighospital.org/resources/you-and-your-doctor-rights-and-...
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Who gets the traffic ticket in a self-driving car?

I read in this Bloomberg article Ten days later, a Mountain View motorcycle cop noticed traffic stacking up behind a Google car going 24 miles an hour in a busy 35 mph zone. He zoomed over and ...
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Do Sunday working hours count towards overtime?

Apologies if this should be in Workforce Exchange... I live and work in Massachusetts, US as a full-time, paid hourly, retail worker. I work Wednesday though Sunday. In Massachusetts, I am entitled ...
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Can I require all communications with police to be written?

Suppose I was being spoken to by an officer during a traffic stop. Can I choose to respond to him only in writing? (To be clear, I am able to speak.) My question is: If you are able to respond ...
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Is it legal to let sister-in-law drive my vehicle in another state and have her on my insurance?

This is about my wife's sister who is a single parent mom and lives in a different state. Not sure if it matters but I live in Massachusetts and she lives in Georgia. Because of her life situation ...
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Can a physician refuse to see patients that are not referred by their primary care physician?

In Massachusetts, USA, can a physician refuse to see patients that are not referred by their primary care physician? (Even patients whose health insurance does not require a referral for the ...
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Can a lab make patients pay to access test results?

Can a lab make patients pay to access their test results (e.g. blood test results)? The results are sent to the physicians, but the patients need to pay to access the results from the lab, even though ...