US Supreme Court Holds Discrimination of LGBTQ Employees Violates Federal Law

The United States Supreme Court today held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ workers. In Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia, Judge Neil ...
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Posted on Jun | 2020

CONTRACTS AND COVID-19

PAUL ROBERTSON AND KEN DEMOURA OFFER PRAGMATIC INSIGHT ON CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO CLIENTS, TO BOSTON BAR ASSOCIATION AND TO BOSTON GLOBE SMALL BUSINESS INITIATIVE. The ...
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Posted on May | 2020

Mass Courts To Remain Closed Through June 1 Except for Emergency Matters

On April 27, 2020, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a new order limiting access to all state courts until June 1, 2020 to address continued concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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Posted on Apr | 2020

Mass Courts To Remain Closed Through June 1 Except for Emergency Matters

On April 27, 2020, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a new order limiting access to all state courts until June 1, 2020 to address continued concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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Posted on Apr | 2020

DS Offering Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Essential Service Employees Complimentary HealthCare Proxy and Power of Attorney Documents During Covid-19 Crisis

At DeMoura|Smith we consider our Trusts & Estates practice as Heart-Centered law because we help our clients with matters closest to the heart. Our families, our own health and our wishes for the ...
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Posted on Apr | 2020

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL ALLOWING REMOTE NOTARY DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY

To address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency, on April 23, 2020, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a Virtual Notarization Act that goes into effect immediately and will ...
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Posted on Apr | 2020

ALL TRIALS IN MASSACHUSETTS STATE COURTS POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER MAY 4 DUE TO COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS.

ALL TRIALS IN MASSACHUSETTS STATE COURTS POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER MAY 4 DUE TO COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS. COURTS TO REMAIN OPEN FOR EMERGENCY MATTERS AND MATTERS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE IN-PERSON APPEARANCES. All ...
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Posted on Apr | 2020

US District Court for Mass Delays Jury Trials Until May 29 and Issues New Covid19/Coronavirus Orders

US District Court for Mass Delays Jury Trials Until May 29 and Issues New Covid19/Coronavirus Orders The United States District Court for Massachusetts has postponed all jury trials until after May 29 ...
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Posted on Mar | 2020

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Authorizes Email Service Under Rule 5 During Covid-19 Pandemic

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Authorizes Email Service Under Rule 5 During Covid-19 Pandemic Citing the public health emergency created by the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts ...
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Posted on Mar | 2020

DEMOURA|SMITH OBTAINS $5.36 MILLION VERDICT FOR FORMER PLANET FITNESS CFO

D|S FRAUDULENT INDUCEMENT VERDICT AMONG LARGEST IN MASSACHUSETTS OVER LAST YEAR $5.36 MILLION JURY VERDICT FOR FORMER CFO After a four-week trial, a Lawrence Superior Court jury awarded $5.36 million ...
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Posted on Jul | 2019

Admissions Scandal Involving Fake Scholar-Athletes Rocks Higher Education

by Bob Smith “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 - 1832) It reads like ...
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Posted on Mar | 2019

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER SOMEONE DIES?

Losing a loved one can be overwhelming, further complicated by a seemingly endless list of tasks. Often, those grieving do not even know where to begin. From closing bank accounts to canceling a gym ...
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Posted on Feb | 2019

Ken DeMoura Selected to Lead National Trial Lawyers Organization

Boston, MA. January 31, 2019. Boston trial lawyer Ken DeMoura has been selected to lead the Litigation Counsel of America as its 2019 President. The LCA is an invitation-only trial lawyer society ...
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Posted on Jan | 2019

3 Essential Steps of Starting a New Business

If you have that entrepreneurial spirit and you decide to start a business, congratulations! This is an exciting decision. I am sure you have thought all about the products or services you want to ...
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Posted on Jan | 2019

Estate Planning in the New Year

Most of you have put some thought into your goals for 2019. I am confident that “drafting an estate plan” did not make the list. People put off planning for many reasons. For instance, ...
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Posted on Jan | 2019

Condominium Development and Conversion in Massachusetts

Whether you are interested in converting your two or three family home, developing condominiums from a pre-existing structure, or building from the ground up, creating a condominium involves various ...
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Posted on Dec | 2018

D|S Partner Ken DeMoura Speaks On Challenging Eyewitness Testimony at NYC Symposium

Advances in science have called eyewitness testimony, once considered the gold-standard of evidence, into question in recent years. Courts have shown a greater willingness to permit expert testimony ...
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Posted on Dec | 2018

RECENT MASS APPEALS COURT CASE REMINDS EMPLOYERS NOT TO RETALIATE AGAINST EMPLOYEES FOR EXERCISING WORKERS COMP RIGHTS

Massachusetts employers cannot retaliate against their employees for exercising their workers compensation rights. The law, found here, provides, in part: "No employer or duly authorized agent of ...
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Posted on Dec | 2018

The Cost of Creating a Will

Many people ask about the cost of creating a Will. Prospective clients often expect costs to be minimal and ask why they cannot just purchase a Will from the internet. But, the real question is ...
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Posted on Nov | 2018

MASS EMPLOYER ALERT - Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure Form Due on 11/30

MASSACHUSETTS EMPLOYER ALERT : All Massachusetts businesses with six or more employees are required to file a Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) by November 30 through the Mass DOR ...
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Posted on Nov | 2018

US Dept of Education Proposes New Title IX Sexual Harassment Regs

Colleges and universities face significant changes in how they handle sexual harassment complaints under Title IX under new regulations proposed by the US Department of Education. DeMoura|Smith ...
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Posted on Nov | 2018

Why Burt Reynolds had a Trust and why you should too.

Burt Reynolds may have played some silly characters on the silver screen, but appreciated the value of creating an estate plan designed to maximize the legacy he left his family and avoid the bright ...
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Posted on Oct | 2018

Why Burt Reynolds had a Trust and why you should too.

Burt Reynolds may have played some silly characters on the silver screen, but appreciated the value of creating an estate plan designed to maximize the legacy he left his family and avoid the bright ...
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Posted on Oct | 2018

MASSACHUSETTS HAS A NEW NON-COMPETE LAW. IS YOUR COMPANY READY TO COMPLY?

Massachusetts companies cannot rely on “business as usual” as their approach to non-compete agreements. Old agreements cannot become the templates for new agreements. Ignoring the changes ...
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Posted on Oct | 2018

D|S ELECTS NEW PARTNER-SHARNA FAVUZZA

Sharna Favuzza of Woburn, Massachusetts has been elected a partner at DeMoura|Smith LLP. Since joining the firm as Counsel in March 2013, Sharna has developed a “heart-centered” and ...
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Posted on Jan | 2018
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