When it comes to estate planning and getting one’s affairs in order, many may wonder, “What is a probate lawyer, and why would I need one?” In order to answer those questions, we must first look at and identify exactly what probate is. When someone dies, there is a legal process which is mandated by the courts to try and distribute their assets and property as fairly as possible, in accordance with the will of the deceased. The entire process of probate has several goals, one of which is to verify that the will of the deceased is indeed valid. Another goal of probate is to identify the property which the deceased has left behind and to inventory all of it to make sure that it is accounted for. Read more
In 2010, in a case known as Papadopoulos v Target Corporation, the high court of Massachusetts overruled one hundred and twenty-five years of snow removal laws. The ruling made citizens liable for any injuries sustained when someone slips and falls in the snow or ice on their property. Read more
When most people hear of a hit from behind car accident, they may not realize the severity of these types of catastrophes. In many hit from behind accidents, the victims are left with neck and back injuries, other injuries, or even death. In 2010, for example, twenty-six year old Derek Gallien caused the death of a twenty-three year old resident of Edward, Massachusetts after crashing into the back of her car. Gallien was later found guilty of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation when a jury of three men and five women found him responsible for speeding, failure to stop, and distracted driving. Read more
As most New Englanders know, all drivers are banned from texting while driving in the state of Massachusetts. Not only is answering a simple text illegal in the state, but writing and/or reading emails, searching the internet, and all other non-call activities are strictly prohibited. This law includes activities performed on a cell phone, laptop, tablet, or any other electronic device. It is a law that is believed to have saved thousands of lives. Unfortunately, there are thousands more who do not heed the warnings nor obey these laws. For them, just a momentary lack in judgment can lead to serious injuries and death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in which texting and driving was a factor, contact Car Accident Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander.
Distracted Driving and Deaths
Each year in the United States, there are almost 3500 deaths caused by distracted driving. Not all of these are from drivers who were texting, but many of them were cell phone (or other electronic device) related. In a frightening new trend, drivers are not only texting, but taking photos of themselves known as “selfies,” and then posting them to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. As CNN explains, hashtags such as #drivingselfie can bring over 4000 matches in a search. The hashtag #drivingtowork can bring over ten thousand results, and then there is the #hopeidontcrash hashtag…which speaks for itself.
Advocates Against Distracted Driving
Car Accident Lawyers such as Deborah Gold-Alexander understand the dangers that distracted driving such as driving and texting and/or taking pictures while driving can bring. As Jackie Gillan from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety explains, “Taking a photo of yourself while you’re driving a 2,000-pound vehicle down the road at 50 or 60 miles per hour? That is putting your life in danger and putting the lives of those around you in danger.” But it isn’t just the drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs who are participating in this dangerous new trend. Drivers have posted images of themselves behind the wheel on boats, motorcycles, and even airplanes. Law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and other safety advocates have recently gone to work to discourage drivers from driving while texting, taking selfies while driving, or being a part of other forms of distracted driving.
Toyota Launches New Campaign Against Texting and Driving
In a recent ad designed by Marketway Advertising, Toyota has joined those who are advocating for safety behind the wheel. The ad features nine images of a wrecked automobile with various Instagram filters applied to them. Underneath the images is the simple, yet effective message “Don’t Shoot and Drive.” The ad is meant to remind drivers of just what can go wrong in a matter of seconds when a driver becomes distracted. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a driver’s negligence behind the wheel, give Car Accident Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander a call today.
Residents of Revere, Massachusetts are beginning to wonder whether there will ever be a casino in their area. The last vote from the five member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was delayed for at least another week, leaving many wondering whether the proposed casino, with Suffolk Downs as landlord and Mohegan Sun as the holder of the license, would go forward in Revere. The announcement of the Mohegan Sun becoming the license holder for the Revere Casino started a domino effect that came to a climax with the delayed vote. Business owners who wish to understand the proposed casino plans and the recent casino voting may wish to consult a Casino lawyer, such as Deborah Gold-Alexander.
Residents Alarmed at Change in Wording of Casino Agreement
The proposal for the Mohegan Sun casino met with a great deal of scrutiny from the members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission due to the fact that there were serious changes in the wording of its application. In the original application named Suffolk Downs as the applicant for a casino on its property, not Caesars Entertainment. Suffolk Downs had planned to bring in Caesars at a later date. In the new agreement application, Suffolk Downs will be the landlord, and the Mohegan Sun will become the tenant with both working alone as their own business. In the first proposal the project would be a joint one and would be located in East Boston. In the second proposal, the project would be located in Revere. The Mohegan Sun will be the only applicant for a resort casino license, according to Mass Live. One of the commissioners shared his disapproval of the “dramatic change in the content of the agreement,” although he strongly approves of a casino in Revere. If you have issues with casino agreements, or changes in wording on existing agreements, Casino Attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander can help. Give her a call today.
Suffolk Downs Owner Enthusiastic About Proposal
According to the Revere Live Journal, the owner of Suffolk Downs spoke very enthusiastically during the announcement that the Mohegan Sun would become the licensee for the casino in Revere. In his quote, he stated, “This is a historic day for the City of Revere, Suffolk Downs and all of New England. By choosing Mohegan Sun as our resort casino developer and operator, we bring new energy and excitement to our pursuit of a gaming license , and a leader and premier brand in resort casino gaming that has been hugely successful in New England for 17 years.” The new proposal will shift the casino from the East Boston side of the racetrack to the Revere side which is scheduled to occur in February of 2014. Voters rejected the proposal to build in East Boston in a previous vote, but accepted the proposal to build in Revere.