Issue July/August 2019

August 2019

Out-of-State Discovery and the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act

In today’s society of high mobility, chances are that the need to secure witness discovery in a state other than Massachusetts will arise. With party witnesses, this is not an issue because the party can be made to come to Massachusetts, or acceptable alternative arrangements can be made for scheduling and location. The real problem arises with non-party, out-of-state witnesses.

Fishing on FMLA Leave May or May Not Be Permissible Activity

In a recent decision, DaPrato v. Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided guidance to employers and employees on the type of conduct that is and is not permissible during a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. As is often the case, the particular circumstances are important.

Is Limited Liability Company Ownership a Sound Business Decision for Landlords in the Commonwealth?

Business planning can be tricky. One of the trickier parts is choice of entity, especially when advising entrepreneurs who may have unwarranted confidence in their knowledge of such subjects.

Five Practical Tips for New Practitioners

So, you have received your license to practice law and have been set free to zealously represent clients within the commonwealth. While there is endless advice that could be given, here are five basic tips to help new practitioners as they navigate the practice of law.