Big Changes for Small Businesses

Earlier this year the Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision in the case of Rental Property Management Services, et. al. v. Hatcher, 479 Mass. 542 (2018).  The Hatcher case began as an eviction action filed in the Western Division of the Housing Court. ...

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Part III: Permissible Pay Disparities

On July 1, 2018,  An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Act”) goes into effect.   The Act prohibits discrimination in payment of wages on the basis of gender.  In our second article about the Act we examined the complicated definition of “comparable work”.  Below is...

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ALL SYSTEMS STOP

FLSA REGULATION CHANGES WILL NO LONGER TAKE EFFECT ON DECEMBER 1, 2016 Earlier this year, we posted several messages concerning upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) which were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  Most notably, the...

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Fair Labor Standards Act Seminar on November 16

On November 16, beginning at 8:00AM at Dean College in the Campanella Board Room in the Campus Center, Attorney Michael Doherty, of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, PC, will examine upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act regulation, which will go into...

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Family feud, Pfannenstiehl -style

By Attorney Steven D. Weil | as published in the Mass Bar Lawyers Journal Update: The MBA’s Lawyer’s Journal just published a sequel to the article Attorney Weil wrote about the division of trust interests in divorce actions. The article can be found in the September...

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Attorney Steven D. Weil Receives AV Preeminent Rating

We congratulate Steven D. Weil, Esq., on receiving a rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of civil litigation and family law. This rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer rating standard an attorney may achieve. It signifies that Attorney...

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We Welcome Attorney Melissa Treneer

February 2016 - Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. is pleased to announce that Melissa S. Treneer has joined our legal team and will concentrate her practice in the areas of real estate and business law. Prior to joining Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon,...

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Sick Time Law Requirement

We believe the Final Regulations from the Attorney General’s Office in connection with the new Sick Time Law will come out sometime later this week or next week. One requirement of the Sick Time Law is that each employer displays a poster beginning on July 1, 2015 to...

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2015 National Elder Law Month Seminar Series

In recognition of May as National Elder Law Month, Attorneys John Dugan, Jennifer Taddeo and Melissa Howitt are presenting a series of seminars at local Councils on Aging to educate people about elder law. National Elder Law Month is sponsored by the National Academy...

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Doherty Wins Supreme Judicial Court Decision

We congratulate attorney Michael Doherty for his victory in the Supreme Judicial Court case of  Rodman v. Rodman, where the court adopted Mr. Doherty’s position interpreting and clarifying the Alimony Reform Act. Read the entire SJC Rodman decision (opens...

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Attorney John Dugan Named 2014 Super Lawyer

Attorney John Dugan has been selected as a 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Based on Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer’s nomination process, review of John’s experience, achievements, and credentials, as well as the evaluation of colleagues, John has earned the recognition...

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15th Annual Elder & Disability Law Conference

On Wednesday, May 21st, Attorneys Jennifer D. Taddeo and Melissa Howitt participated in the 15th Annual Elder & Disability Law Conference sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (www.mcle.org).  Attorneys Taddeo and Howitt learned more about ways to help...

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Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Forum

Attorney Michelle M. Raymond attended the 2014 Advanced Training Interdisciplinary Forum hosted by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She looks forward to applying the information and tools she learned with present and future collaborative...

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Successful Permitting in Hopkinton, MA

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski successfully completed the permitting of a 127-unit congregate/independent living facility for seniors, with amenities including an on-site restaurant, theater, library and chapel, to be located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts as part of the...

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Michael Doherty Named Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers

Congratulations to Michael P. Doherty, one of our Firm’s founders, for being named one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in the “Legal Leaders” magazine  in the February 28, 2014 edition of the Boston Globe. Mr. Doherty earned this distinction by being voted by other...

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DCDC Names Attorney Michelle M. Raymond As Partner

Join us at DCDC in popping open the champagne to celebrate not only the New Year but also the naming of Attorney Michelle M. Raymond as partner and shareholder. Attorney Michelle Raymond, as the head of the firm’s Domestic Relations Practice Group, will continue to...

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Annual New England Estate Planning Conference

On Friday, January 10, 2014, Attorneys John Dugan, Jennifer Taddeo and Melissa Howitt will be participating in the 15th Annual New England Estate Planning Conference at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).  The conference features a keynote address from...

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We Welcome Attorney Paul Kolovos

Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. is pleased to announce that Paul Kolovos has joined our legal team and will concentrate his practice in the areas of business and real estate law. Prior to joining Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. Paul was a Tax...

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Divorce Basics Training Seminar

On June 10th and June 13th, Attorneys Steven Weil and Michelle Raymond will serve as panel members in a Divorce Basics training seminar sponsored by Metro West Legal Services. The program is a three-evening seminar designed to give attorneys the fundamental skills...

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Attorney Steven Weil completed conciliation program

On Friday, April 26, 2013, Attorney Steven Weil completed an 8-hour conciliation training program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association. The program certifies experienced family law practitioners as conciliators to be placed on the Probate and Family Courts’...

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Make Note: Hold onto the Note!

It seems logical enough.  A lender makes a loan and requires the borrower to execute a promissory note and secures the note with a lien on collateral.  The lender tucks the promissory note away in a file, and moves on to the next deal.  The borrower is not going to go...

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Give It Your All

By Attorney Jennifer Taddeo In my experiences working with clients to create and implement their estate plans, we often spend time discussing issues that can not be addressed in their basic legal estate planning documents – their will, trust, health care proxy,...

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DCDC Law Announces Winner of the iPad Drawing

October 21, 2011 Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon announced the winner of the Apple iPad drawing which was held at Christina’s on Route One in Foxboro, MA yesterday October 20th during the MegaBusiness Expo 2011. The winner is Jacqueline T. Lees of Enstrat...

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NLRB Postpones Effective Date

NLRB Postpones Effective Date of Rule Requiring Employers to Post Notice of Employee Rights On August 25, 2011, we posted an article regarding the new National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) rule requiring employers to post notice regarding employee’s rights.  The new...

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Compromise will hire more lawyers for the poor

By David Riley | Daily News Correspondent | August 28, 2011 Leaders of the state's public defender system will soon detail a plan to hire more staff attorneys to represent the poor and contract less of that work to about 3,000 private lawyers across Massachusetts. The...

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DCDC Law supports Elder Law Month

May 1, 2011 May is the Massachusetts Bar Association's Elder Law Month, and attorneys at Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon have answered the MBA's call for volunteers. This month, we will be speaking to seniors in surrounding communities, using the MBA's "Taking...

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Attorney Dugan has attained a Superb Avvo rating

April 15, 2011 Attorney John Dugan has attained a Superb Avvo rating of 9.0 in recognition of his background, history and conduct being consistent with the goals of maintaining an unmatched level of transparency and providing information and guidance to his...

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Snow Removal: Change in Law

November 1, 2010 | by Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. Recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling holds property owners have legal obligation to shovel and treat snow and ice on property With the end of summer and the record snowfalls of 2009 still a recent...

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Attorneys in Franklin Massachusetts and Medfield MA lawyers

The Massachusetts attorneys of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon provide legal services to Massachusetts businesses, families, and individuals in the practice areas of business law, criminal defense, divorce and family law, employment law, estate planning,...

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