Burns & Levinson LLP

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Boston, MA 02110-162, United States
Phone: 617-345-3000
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100+ Attorneys

Military Pensions Could See Significant Changes

Pending Federal legislation could have a huge impact on how judges will divide military pensions during a divorce. In a previous post, I discussed at length how military pension plans currently could be divided in the context of…more

Divorce, Military Service Members, Pending Legislation, Pensions, Retirement Plan

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Spouse’s Trust Interest Shielded from Division in Divorce

Hi there, I continue to be amazed by the distinguished group of divorce and probate lawyers I have the privilege to work with at Burns & Levinson. Today’s decision on Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a case which will guide…more

Divorce, Estate Planning, Irrevocable Trusts, Marital Assets

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It’s STILL Not Too Late to Act!

Hi there, I usually take no position on pending legislation but the proposed changes to the alimony law will adversely affect thousands of pre-existing divorce agreements. If you can, please take the time to read this…more

Alimony, Amended Regulation, Divorce, Pending Legislation

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How We're Different: Partner-Level Attention

It is an unfortunate fact of life for those of us who represent lenders that our bills are paid by the people on the other side of the table — the borrowers. While this is the custom, it adds extra weight to the usual concern…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, General Motors, JPMorgan Chase, Law Firm Partners, Law Practice Management

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A Spring Thaw in the Availability of Patents for Software Inventions?

Patent lawyers, strategists, entrepreneurs and investors in software and Internet enterprises are acutely aware of “the Alice problem.” The Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International caused a chill in…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Microsoft, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Section 101, Software

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Important Ruling for Residents of Massachusetts Owning Assets in Other States and Countries

TAXES ON ASSETS IN JURISDICTIONS WITH NO ESTATE TAXES - Since 2001, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue ("DOR") has held that persons in Massachusetts who pass away owning real estate or valuable tangibles located in…more

Due Process, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Primary Residence

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Can You Undo Divorce Decrees Once They’re Final?

Tying the knot...again. Have you ever wondered if a divorce is always final or whether a divorce judgment can be “undone” or “modified?” The short answer: Like everything else, it depends…more

Divorce, Marriage

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Who Knows Best? When Parental Authority is Revoked

Can you imagine bringing your child to an esteemed children’s hospital for care and medical treatment, only to have your child taken away from you and placed into state custody? Well, that was and is the reality of Justina…more

Child Custody, Parental Rights

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What Charter Schools Need to Know About the 2016 Public Records Law Overhaul

Legislation overhauling the state's public records law was recently signed by Governor Baker. The provisions of the act take effect on January 1, 2017, and the Secretary of State's office is expected to release new regulations…more

Charter Schools, Governor Baker, Public Entities, Public Records Act, Public Schools

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Even a Clear Choice of Law Provision Can Be Vulnerable

When two parties reside and/or conduct business in different states, any agreement between them almost always has a choice of law provision. Typically, such a clause is as simple as: “The Parties agree that this Contract shall…more

Breach of Contract, Choice-of-Law, Contract Terms, Employment Contract, Non-Compete Agreements

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Potential Changes to Interstate Custody Dispute Law in Massachusetts

After a three month maternity leave, and a few months adjusting to being a full-time working mom, I’m excited to be back to contributing my thoughts to this blog! I’m also excited to be writing on a topic that I not only find…more

Child Custody, Child Support, Exclusive Jurisdiction, Jurisdiction

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What Charter Schools Need to Know About the 2016 Public Records Law Overhaul

Legislation overhauling the state's public records law was recently signed by Governor Baker. The provisions of the act take effect on January 1, 2017, and the Secretary of State's office is expected to release new regulations…more

Charter Schools, Governor Baker, Public Entities, Public Records Act, Public Schools

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Staffing Your Estate Plan

A good estate plan can significantly reduce taxes, streamline transfers of assets after your death, sidestep costly public probate proceedings and minimize family squabbles over inheritance. But if you don’t have the right…more

Accountants, Estate Planning, Executors, Financial Adviser, Trustees

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OSHA Is Ready for the February 1 Recordkeeping Deadline... Are You?

The deadline for OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement mandating that all covered employers post a summary (300A Summary) of its prior year’s work-related injuries and illnesses is February 1. Per the mandate, this summary must be…more

OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Massachusetts Department of Revenue Offering Amnesty

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (“MA DOR”) is offering a limited opportunity for taxpayers who have failed to register, failed to file a tax return, and/or failed to report the full amount of tax owed on a previously…more

Department of Revenue, Income Taxes, Tax Amnesty

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Securing Protected Health Information: FBI Warning

HIPAA and the HITECH are federal laws that require the protection and security of confidential, protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information that is not necessarily health related. The federal…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, FBI, File Transfer Protocols (FTP), Healthcare Facilities

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Why "Side Agreements" with your Customers are a Bad Idea

Your Sales and F&I teams are probably willing to go the “extra mile” to close a sale with a customer, but when that “extra mile” includes making a “side agreement” to lend the customer money to close the deal, it’s time to…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Salespersons

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MA Employers Beware: Employees Have a Right to Use Medical Marijuana

In a recent decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has made it clear that employers cannot take action against employees who lawfully uses medical marijuana, as doing so is tantamount to denying a request for a…more

Disability Discrimination, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Interactive Process

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Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease…more

Law Practice Management

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Why "Side Agreements" with your Customers are a Bad Idea

Your Sales and F&I teams are probably willing to go the “extra mile” to close a sale with a customer, but when that “extra mile” includes making a “side agreement” to lend the customer money to close the deal, it’s time to…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Salespersons

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Supreme Court Substantially Lowers Standard for Proving Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the Supreme Court issued a longawaited opinion dramatically altering the standard Federal Courts use for determining whether to increase patent infringement damages under 35…more

Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Preponderance of the Evidence, SCOTUS

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Focus - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - IRS Audits: Understanding Criminal Rights and Risks - Amazing Clients®: Ravago: A Big Company with a Low Profile - When is a Mom not a Mom?: De Facto Parenting in Massachusetts - Can the Private…more

Audits, Funding, Infrastructure, Investigations, IRS

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One Year After Alice

It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. Pty, Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). Although a number of software patents have been invalidated for reciting…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, DDR Holdings v Hotels.com, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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6 Ways for Car Dealers to Avoid a $540,000 Sexual Harassment Jury Verdict

Many dealers took notice of the recent sexual harassment jury verdict against a Massachusetts Lexus dealer, in which a jury awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against the dealership although it awarded only $40,000 in…more

Automotive Industry, Best Management Practices, Car Dealerships, Emotional Distress Damages, Employer Liability Issues

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United States v. Windsor: Tax Issues

Although the decision of the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor invalidating much of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affects at most approximately 20% of the population of the United States, it has…more

DOMA, Due Process, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection, Estate Tax

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New SEC Rules Facilitate Regional and Intrastate Private Placements

New Sec Rules Facilitate Regional And Intrastate Private Placements - On October 26, 2016 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules in order to modernize certain capital-raising options that are…more

Private Placements, Regulation D, Rule 147, Rule 147A, SEC

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Tax Extenders for the 2014 Tax Year: A Holiday Tax Gift from D.C.

Just days before the 2014 tax season draws to a close, new legislation was enacted in D.C. to provide a one-year retroactive extension for over 50 tax benefits and incentives which had expired in 2014. The one-year extension is…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Tax Extenders

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Retroactive Application of Durational Limits is Constitutional – Practical · helpful · thoughtful

In the highly awaited decision of Van Arsdale v. Van Arsdale, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that application of the durational limits contained within the Alimony Reform Act to alimony agreements predating the Act is not…more

Alimony, Constitutional Challenges, Divorce, State Constitutions

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Focus - Fall 2013

In this issue: - Creating an Effective Corporate Strategic Venture Capital Program - "Amazing Clients: Victor Del Regno, Producer and Director of "Till Then - A Journey Through WWII Love Letters" -…more

Beneficiaries, Divorce, Estate Planning, Venture Capital

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Networking With the Horde at INTA

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has just launched its annual ginormous conference here in America’s Finest City. My colleagues back at the office feign jealousy that we are in San Diego on a ‘junket.’ But the…more

Professional Conferences, Professional Networking, Trademarks

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Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease…more

Law Practice Management

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Amicus Brief Imaging Supplies Coalition

STATEMENT OF INTEREST OF AMICUS CURIAE - Imaging Supplies Coalition submits this brief in support of Lexmark International, Inc. to urge the Court to uphold the rulings of the en banc Court of Appeals for the Federal…more

Foreign Sales, Impression Products v Lexmark International, Patent Exhaustion, Patent Litigation

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Focus Newsletter - December 2014

In this issue: - ABC's of a Product Recall - Amazing Clients® Lumenpulse Inc. - A Bright Future for a Company That Is Lighting Up the World - Delaware Corporate Law Becomes More User-Friendly -…more

FDA, Food Recalls, Product Recalls

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Focus Newsletter - Winter 2014

In this issue: - On Being “Mid-Sized” and the Future of Law Practice - 2014 Message from the Managing Partner - Amazing Clients: Broadview Ventures, Inc. - "Pumping Up Promising Treatments for Heart Disease…more

Law Practice Management

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Focus Newsletter - December 2014

In this issue: - ABC's of a Product Recall - Amazing Clients® Lumenpulse Inc. - A Bright Future for a Company That Is Lighting Up the World - Delaware Corporate Law Becomes More User-Friendly -…more

FDA, Food Recalls, Product Recalls

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Supreme Court Substantially Lowers Standard for Proving Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the Supreme Court issued a longawaited opinion dramatically altering the standard Federal Courts use for determining whether to increase patent infringement damages under 35…more

Abuse of Discretion, Enhanced Damages, Halo v Pulse, Preponderance of the Evidence, SCOTUS

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Children’s Privacy and the Internet - Changes in COPPA Take Effect July 1st: Do You Comply?

What is COPPA? The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), and the COPPA Rule, 16 C.F.R. Part 312, promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under that Act, require that website operations and…more

Compliance, COPPA, Data Collection, Data Protection, Deadlines

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Why You Should Care About Federal Computer Privacy

An often-stated truth is that you shouldn’t access the email of others. Here, “others” means the person you have divorced, are now divorcing, or plan to divorce in the not too distant future. No matter how often this is said,…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Data Collection, Divorce, Facebook, Wiretapping

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Top 10 Tips for Social Media Use When Divorcing

Hi there, Social media can become very problematic in a divorce case. Divorce lawyers, myself included, consider it a treasure trove of potentially useful information.We can obtain your online credentials and passwords in a…more

Divorce, Social Networks

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What you need to know about the New SEC Rules on Crowdfunding

On Oct. 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules that will enable some private companies to use the Internet for crowdfunding campaigns seeking up to $1 million per 12-month period. Please…more

Crowdfunding, Filing Requirements, FINRA, Funding Portal, JOBS Act

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