Join the Discussion – Estate and Wealth Planning for Women

Please join estate planning attorney Emily McNeil for an informative workshop on the topic of wealth and estate planning for women. Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 Time: 7:45 - 9:00 AM Location:  Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton The event is organized by the wealth management firm of GW & Wade LLC. The program is designed for anyone … Continue reading Join the Discussion – Estate and Wealth Planning for Women

Introducing Charles River Law Partners LLC. Vaughn-Martel Law to Merge with Charles River Closings LLC.

An open letter to clients, colleagues, and friends of Vaughn-Martel Law: I have the great pleasure of announcing that Vaughn-Martel Law will merge with the Boston real estate law firm Charles River Closings LLC on January 1, 2016. The new firm will be named Charles River Law Partners LLC.  Over the past year, Charles River … Continue reading Introducing Charles River Law Partners LLC. Vaughn-Martel Law to Merge with Charles River Closings LLC.

Vaughn-Martel Law Welcomes Law Clerk Michael J. O’Brien

Michael J. O’Brien joins Vaughn-Martel Law as a law clerk and will be assisting the Firm's attorneys and its clients. Michael is a Juris Doctor Candidate at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to his studies, Michael is also a staff member of the Journal of High Technology, a Lexis Associate, and … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law Welcomes Law Clerk Michael J. O’Brien

Worth a Listen: Three-Part Audio Series About a Transgender Teen and His Family

National Public Radio's Martha Bebinger presents her intimate interview with a transgender teen and his family.  The three-part audio series explores the challenges facing transgender teenagers through the story of Nate, a 16-year-old transgender male in Massachusetts.Nate’s parents have an endless stream of questions: Is Nate rejecting life as girl after being bullied by a … Continue reading Worth a Listen: Three-Part Audio Series About a Transgender Teen and His Family

The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

There are sure to be many financial ramifications for married same-sex couples across the United States after the Supreme Court’s decision this summer in the case of United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage federally as being between one man and one … Continue reading The Financial Effects of the Downfall of DOMA on Married Same-Sex Couples

New Massachusetts Law Provides Increased Protections to Renters who Experience Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence

On January 3, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill designed to give survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault the legal ability to break a lease agreement or tenancy when a survivor’s living situation is no longer safe.  Under the new law, a tenant or co-tenant (a person who has entered into an … Continue reading New Massachusetts Law Provides Increased Protections to Renters who Experience Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence

Vaughn-Martel Law’s Emily Towne McNeil Joins Framingham State University Faculty as Adjunct Professor

Emily Towne McNeil, estate planning and probate attorney at Vaughn-Martel Law, has been invited to sit on the faculty of Framingham State University as an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics and Business Administration.  Attorney McNeil will begin teaching The Legal Environment of Business to students at the University beginning in the Spring of … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law’s Emily Towne McNeil Joins Framingham State University Faculty as Adjunct Professor

District of Columbia Considers “Same-Sex Divorce” Bill

As reported by the Washington Post, District of Columbia council member Phil Mendelson has introduced a bill with the support of 13 other council members that would allow same-sex couples who were married in the District and later moved away to obtain a divorce without meeting the District's six-month residency requirement.  The "Civil Marriage Dissolution … Continue reading District of Columbia Considers “Same-Sex Divorce” Bill

Downloadable Brochure: Co-Parent Adoption, A Guide for Same-Sex Parents in Massachusetts

Vaughn-Martel Law has released a brief downloadable brochure entitled:  Co-Parent Adoption, A Guide for Same-Sex Parents in Massachusetts. Generally, Adoption refers to the legal process of creating a legal parent-child relationship where previously one did not exist.  Co-Parent Adoption (also called "Second-Parent Adoptions and similar to Step-Parent Adoption) refers to the joint adoption of a … Continue reading Downloadable Brochure: Co-Parent Adoption, A Guide for Same-Sex Parents in Massachusetts