Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

As we all know, the Defense of Marriage Act disqualifies same-sex married couples from the innumerable federal benefits of marriage, including social security benefits.  At least two federal lawsuits are challenging the legality of DOMA, one of which is presently before the United States Supreme Court. Boston-based GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has … Continue reading Social Security Benefits and DOMA: Know Your Rights, Protect Your Benefits

Vaughn-Martel Law’s Attorney Jessica M. Walsh Named to Massachusetts Domestic and Sexual Violence Council

Earlier this month, Attorney Jessica M. Walsh was voted into membership of the Massachusetts Domestic and Sexual Violence Council ("DSVC").  The DSVC is a Boston-based organization comprised of experienced lawyers and advocates, hailing from various law firms, legal service organizations, and community support centers in Massachusetts. The DSVC works to promote awareness of domestic and … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law’s Attorney Jessica M. Walsh Named to Massachusetts Domestic and Sexual Violence Council

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

Negotiating Health Insurance In Divorce: What You Need To Know

Health insurance has been a hotly debated and discussed topic in the media this year.  One aspect of the health insurance discussion that is rarely addressed is the cost of health insurance in the context of divorce proceedings.  In fact, as health care expenditures increase, health insurance has a growing role in child support determinations.  … Continue reading Negotiating Health Insurance In Divorce: What You Need To Know

Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

On November 6, 2012, voters in four states - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington - were asked to weigh in directly on the issue of same-sex marriages. For up to the minute updates on the results of these ballot measures, visit the Huffington Post's excellent maps and data. Voters throughout the nation on Tuesday voted … Continue reading Election 2012: Voters Weigh In On Marriage Equality; Maine, Maryland, and Washigton State endorse Same-Sex Marriage

Until Debt Do Us Part: Who Inherits Credit Card Debt?

It is safe to say that America is experiencing a debt crisis.  Most of us have at least one credit card balance that just doesn't seem to be going down!  So what happens to our credit card balances when we die? The good news is that, with some exceptions, surviving spouses and family members are … Continue reading Until Debt Do Us Part: Who Inherits Credit Card Debt?

Manhattan Businessman Disinherits his Gay Son’s Children; Legal Challenge Filed

As reported over the weekend by the New York Post, the son of a well-known Manhattan businessman has challenged a provision in his father's will that disinherits his grandchildren unless they are born to a heterosexual married couple.  According to the New York Post: The edict surfaced in the will of Manhattan businessman Frank Mandelbaum, … Continue reading Manhattan Businessman Disinherits his Gay Son’s Children; Legal Challenge Filed

Vaughn-Martel Law Welcomes 2012 Summer Law Clerk Luke V. Bradley

We are pleased to announce the addition of Luke V. Bradley, who joins Vaughn-Martel as a 2012 summer law clerk.  Luke has completed his first year of law school at New England Law | Boston, where he made the Dean’s List.  Luke participates in the New England Law | Boston’s Student Ambassador Program assisting prospective … Continue reading Vaughn-Martel Law Welcomes 2012 Summer Law Clerk Luke V. Bradley

Should Smoking Be A Factor In Determining Child Custody?

Smoking often makes headlines for its negative impact on health, but there is a growing trend whereby probate and family court judges are considering a parent’s smoking habit when making child custody arrangements. When any married or non-married couple with children separates, the probate and family court has jurisdiction to determine which parent will have … Continue reading Should Smoking Be A Factor In Determining Child Custody?

The Family Trust: Protecting Your Children’s Inheritance

One of the most common phrases we hear from younger families who are beginning the estate planning process for the first time is, “We don’t have a lot of money. We just need a simple will to name guardians for our children."  With new expenses like diapers, car seats, and daycare to consider, a family … Continue reading The Family Trust: Protecting Your Children’s Inheritance