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Providence, Rhode Island 02903–7104, United States

Contact: Laura Pedrick

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Supreme Court Rules Inherited IRAs Available to Creditors in Bankruptcy

On June 12, 2014 the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Clark v. Rameker, 13-299, ruling that inherited IRA accounts are available to creditors in bankruptcy. At issue was a Bankruptcy Code provision that exempts…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

When it Comes to Volunteers and Unpaid Interns There is No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

It is summertime and the schools are out. You get a call from an eager college student offering to intern at your company for free. It seems like a win-win situation, right? Your company wins by having someone finally get to…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Rhode Island 2015 FY Budget - CorporateTax Rate Reduced to 7% Effective 1/1/15: Corporate Rate will be the Lowest in the Region; Funded by Combined Reporting

Early this morning, the House adopted a budget that made significant changes to Rhode Island corporate income taxes. In order to make Rhode Island more competitive to attract and retain businesses, the corporate tax rate…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

New Standard for Environmental Assessments Gaining Traction

The American Society for Testing and Materials ("ASTM") standard for Environmental Assessments was revised in 2013 for the first time since 2005. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has now adopted the updated…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

The War on Charity: Nonprofits Should Take a Page from the For-Profit Handbook to Survive & Thrive

Nonprofit organizations do good, improve lives, strengthen communities, and lighten the burdens of government and society as a whole. Unfortunately charities are, more than ever before, facing exponentially growing needs, but…more
| Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Nonprofit Law

Snooping e-Mail Case

Tempted to snoop on someone’s emails; perhaps to gain advantage in a dispute? DON’T DO IT. The Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) prohibits unauthorized access to web-based email accounts. …more
| Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Privacy

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Failure To Strictly Comply With The Statutory Notice of Right To Cure Does Not Automatically Void A Foreclosure Sale

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently issued a landmark decision, U.S. Bank, Nat. Ass’n v. Schumacher, on an issue the Massachusetts Superior and Housing Courts have been grappling with for the past four…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Usury Savings Clauses No Longer Save Lenders

Commercial lenders in Rhode Island may no longer rely upon a Usury Savings Clause in loan documents. Most commercial loan documents contain such a clause, which usually states that any payments made by a borrower in excess of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Does Your Company Have An Information Security Program? Is it Up To Date?

The data breaches that Target, Michael’s, Nieman Marcus and other large companies have suffered recently have gained a great deal of attention in the media. These public and costly embarrassments serve as reminders that all…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Rhode Island Regulator to Seek Legislation Imposing Licensing for Mortgage Loan Servicers

At the January 28, 2014 meeting of the Rhode Island Governor’s Insurance Council, Joseph Torti III, Deputy Director and Superintendent of Banking for the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (the “DBR”), stated that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

President’s New “MyRA” Initiative: the Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

In the State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he has directed the IRS, through executive action, to create a new savings vehicle called “MyRA” (pronounced like “IRA”). While details are scarce, it appears to…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation

New [Neon Pink!] Rhode Island Form of Advance Directive

A Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (“MOLST”) is a direction by a terminally ill patient to require or refuse resuscitative and life-sustaining measures. It is entirely voluntary and only comes into effect in the…more
| Health, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Review Your Estate Plan in 2014

Each year, at this time, we remind our clients of the importance of keeping their estate plan up to date. Estate planning goals change over time for many reasons. Personal reasons can include the birth, marriage, death or…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

RI Increased Employee Absences (and Headaches) due to the 2014 Temporary Caregiver Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2014, all Rhode Island employers must allow their employees four (4) weeks of time off per year under the Temporary Caregiver Insurance (“TCI”) Law. Like Temporary Disability Insurance ("TDI"), the program…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Bi-Weekly Pay in RI - Finally!!

We alerted you a few weeks ago that while we were all excited about the prospect of bi-weekly pay, we were still waiting for the required application to appear on the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training ("DLT")…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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