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I Should Have Known Better

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

“I Should Have Known Better” isn’t the Beatles’ most popular song – it was the “B Side” to their single “A Hard Day’s Night.” And although it certainly wasn’t the idea behind the song (it’s a love song, after all), the concept of “should have known better” runs directly into the center of our legal system, particularly in the legal world of personal injury lawsuits – the concept of “foreseeability.”

Beatles Album Cover

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Twitter for Lawyers, Part 3: Develop Your Following

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

In the final part of this series, I am going to discuss how to develop your following within the confines of a twitter feed and also provide some handy do’s and don’t’s.

Initially, the challenge of twitter is finding interesting accounts to follow in the huge sea of twitter users. Do not be tempted to take the bait and immediately follow hundreds of users before vetting their accounts. Take the time to find interesting, humorous or particularly informative accounts. There is ...

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“Continuing treatment” exception to statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases decided in Parr v. Rosenthal by Massachusetts Appeals Court

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

Massachusetts has just recognized a new exception to the statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases, based upon “continuing treatment” with a medical provider or his/her group.  In Parr v. Rosenthal, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held:

“The statute of limitations shall be tolled on a medical malpractice claim so long as the plaintiff receives continuing treatment for the same injury or illness allegedly caused by the original treating physician, even if the plaintiff knew of should have known of the injury ...

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Twitter for Lawyers, Part 2: Content Development And Privacy

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

In my first blog on this topic, we discussed setting up goals for your twitter account and learning about what tools you can use for pushing your content out in an efficient manner. Once you’ve mastered those and have a clear idea of what you want your twitter feed to accomplish, it’s time to put some effort into content development. Basically, what are you going to tweet?

This can be a complicated question to answer as the internet is so full ...

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Six Key Ingredients Of A Successful Small Firm

Posted by: Michael Bogdanow

When did Peter Gabriel become a trusted advisor to small law firms? Well, he may not have realized it, but when he sang, “Don’t give up, ’cause you have friends, don’t give up, you’re not the only one,” he was providing sage advice to small law firms, the first of the six ingredients of successful small firms.

(1) Tenacity. In long, hard fought cases, small firms need to employ a variety of methods to help them succeed, and perseverance is one of ...

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Twitter For Lawyers, Part 1: Goal-Setting and Timing

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Twitter is the ultimate in worlds colliding for attorneys. Our job is to keep things confidential, maintain the attorney-client privilege, and make sure we don’t accidentally disclose something that shouldn’t be disclosed. But Twitter is all about constant, persistent sharing of thoughts, impressions, news items, current affairs, opinions, and politics. The list goes on and on. In a 24-hour world, lawyers using twitter have to keep a very sensitive balance in mind between being a part of the social media ...

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND THE DIGNITY GRANTED TO INDIVIDUALS BY OUR COURTS

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality is so historic that it would be hard to write about any other topic this week.   One of the most beautiful, and most quoted, passages from the majority opinion written by Justice Kennedy is as follows:

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some ...

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Writing Tips For Large Projects

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Practicing law comes with many writing projects. Emails, internal memos, motions, oppositions and the like. And then there are “briefs.” One of the more ridiculous ways to describe the writing projects of the longest and most complex type, the word “brief” belies the undertaking it requires to create one. Briefs require, in fact, the most rigorous attention and devotion if they are to turn out right. But, to make the process more palatable, there are a number of things you ...

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Modern Family Configurations and Loss of Consortium Claims in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by: Valerie Yarashus

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of cohabiting unmarried partners increased tenfold between 1960 and 2000.  Many of these relationships are long-term, stable and committed relationships.  Currently, approximately 40% of children are expected to live in a cohabiting household at some point in their lives. In addition, the number of children being raised at least partly by a step-parent has risen dramatically; 1300 new step-families are being formed every day. Taking all groups of non-traditional families into account, ...

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Five Keys To Maintaining A Healthy Work Environment In A Small Law Firm

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Most law firms are managed by attorneys who were educated to practice law but were never trained in management. We pick it up piecemeal, reading books and articles about it, learning from our predecessors, sharing thoughts and questions with other managing partners, etc. Having managed Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow for over ten years, I would like to share some of what I’ve learned about how to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

1) Communication: The ...

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