Bowditch & Dewey

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311 Main Street
P.O. Box 15156
Worcester, MA 01615-0156, United States
Phone: (508) 791-3511
Areas of Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Elections & Politics
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: An Employees Balm; an Employers Bane

On July 17th, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts employers may not terminate an employee merely because of his or her off-site use of medical marijuana. According to the Court, the use of medically-prescribed…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Military Law

Charitable Giving Strategies

If you have been looking for ways to give back this summer, you might want to try something different. The majority of people donate to charitable organizations through gifts of cash, but this may not be the most tax-effective…more
 /  Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Brewing in the Zone: A Zoning Primer for Brewers

Imagine finding the perfect site for your new brewery and tap room—it’s spacious, inexpensive, and conveniently located—only to be told by your lawyer that breweries aren’t allowed in that particular location. This is the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Estate Planning Still Critical in Uncertain Times

The “plan” unveiled by the Trump administration in late April to repeal the federal estate tax was a broadly vague outline of tax reform goals. The proposed changes did not mention the federal gift tax or generation skipping tax…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

DOL Fiduciary Rule: Love It or Hate It, It’s Here

If you have an account in a retirement plan where you work or you own an Individual Retirement Account, you may get investment advice from an investment advisor. You might expect that advisor to give you advice that was in your…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Seventh Circuit’s En Banc Decision in Hively Opens Door For Transgender Protection Under Title VII

As we reported a few months ago in a previous article, “7th Circuit Rehears Hively Case”, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear the case of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, on the issue of whether Title VII…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruled Irrevocable Income-Only Trusts a Viable Tool in Long-term Care Planning

In Mary E. Daley v. Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Lionel C. Nadeau v. Director of the Office of Medicaid, which were consolidated in an appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the…more
 /  Health, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Drawing (Or, More Accurately, Pouring) a Blank?

In a guidance issued on May 24, 2017, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission announced a loosening of the Commonwealth’s stringent growler-filling requirements..…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Families Can Use a Tax-Advantaged ABLE Account to Save for Disability Expenses

Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the launch of a state sponsored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account program that has been long awaited by disabled individuals and their families. This program serves as a…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Hiding Behind Faith

A reasonable amount of uncertainty, speculation, and even fear is expected with any change. Recently, we have seen a change among states and laws governing child welfare agencies and same-sex adoption…more
 /  Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Family Law

The Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: A Recipe for Costlier Craft Beer?

The Beer Institute, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents brewers both big and small, as well as importers and suppliers to the beer industry, has recently published what it calls “The Brewer’s Voluntary…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Higher Education Associations Respond to USCIS Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017…more
 /  Education, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Ineffective Remedial Measures Expose Institutions to Liability Under Title IX

Institutions are shielded from liability under Title IX when they take timely and reasonable measures in response to claims of sexual harassment. However, institutions can be held liable for subsequent conduct if they fail to…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Education, Personal Injury

New Reporting Regime: Estates Who Have to File Federal Estate Tax Returns Need to be Aware of New Basis Consistency Law

On July 31, 2015, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 introduced new tax law that affects executors who are required to file a federal estate tax return and beneficiaries receiving…more
 /  Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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