Laurie Israel

Mediator as Truthsayer

by Laurie Israel Mediation is not one monolithic technique. Mediators and mediation... 

Where Does Marital Mediation Fit In?

by Laurie Israel During the past quarter century, academics and others writing about... 

Is Mediating Prenups a Form of Marital Mediation?

by Laurie Israel, Esq. As published in Huffington Post, August 12, 2014.  My mediation... 

The Secret Language Lawyers Speak

“Your Divorce, Idiomatically Speaking”, published on March 15, 2012,... 

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Featured

Why Write A Will – Basic Estate Plan

by Laura E. Days, Esq. “In her first effort at being very, very good, she decided... 

New Standing Order about Parent Education Course from the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. On April 11, 2016, Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez signed... 

Reforming (alimony) reform – A Chance to Reconsider Applying Effective Dates Retroactively in the event of Retirement and Cohabitation

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. In 2011, the Massachusetts legislature passed the Alimony... 

MOLST: Honoring Patient’s Life-Sustaining Treatment Preferences

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. In 2012, Massachusetts introduced a new medical form called... 

New Massachusetts Case Questions Standard Trust Asset Protection in Divorces

New Massachusetts Case Questions Standard Trust Asset Protection in Divorces by Matthew... 

Are Self-Modifying Alimony Provisions Enforceable?

by Matthew Solomon, Esq. A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case, Hassey v Hassey,... 

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New Cases

New Massachusetts Case Questions Standard Trust Asset Protection in Divorces

New Massachusetts Case Questions Standard Trust Asset Protection in Divorces by Matthew Solomon, Esq. Pfannenstiehl v Pfannenstiehl, Mass. App. Ct. Nos. 13-P-906, 13-P-686 & 13-P-1385 (August 27, 2015) Pfannenstiel is a Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to Appeals Court case addressing if a husband’s interest in a discretionary trust established... [Read more of this review]

Hassey v. Hassey, 85 Mass. App. Ct. 518 (2014)

This was a divorce after an eleven year marriage. Upon divorce, the probate judge ordered husband to pay monthly alimony that was approximately forty-one percent of the difference in incomes, which exceeded the thirty to thirty-five percent range set forth in the Alimony Reform Act. The Appeals Court stated that although such a deviation is “reasonable... [Read more of this review]

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