“Lawyer of the Year” for Collaborative Family Law in the Boston Area

So I woke up this morning to find the Best Lawyers insert in the Globe. I am”Lawyer of the Year” for Collaborative Family Law in the Boston Area. Better than being left out of the publication altogether (which happened several times because I ignored their emails). If anyone besides my family and co-workers notices this award, or notices this post, please let me know.

I am cynical about these publications, because I question a methodology that purports to evaluate so many lawyers free of charge. I think we all know this is just an opportunity to hit lawyers for advertising fees. It is nice to be recognized because my family always scours the publication. Best Lawyers is one of the most reputable and sober of these services and they do claim that the results are based upon peer review. So better to “Win” than not. I don’t think this is the first time for me, and I assume I have won, because others have “voted” for me. Grateful for your vote.

I would like to congratulate all the dedicated Collaborative lawyers and Collaborative professionals who have caused this movement to grow and thrive. The essence of Collaborative Law is that none of us can accomplish anything without each other. the members of the collaborative community around the world are my favorite people.

2018 will be the last year alimony will be tax deductible. What’s to be done?

After months of uncertainty and differences between the House and Senate versions we now have a final decision on how the new tax law will deal with alimony. The tax deduction for alimony is unchanged until January 1, 2019. After that alimony will no longer be tax deductible. An agreement or judgment providing for alimony… Continue Reading

Divorcing parents and children still may see one another every day

“The children didn’t ask for this divorce” shared the premier plasterer who scheduled his day around meeting the children at their buses after school, doing homework with them at their Mother’s home, until she returned from her corporate job. A CFO of his company delivered the two children to school and picked them up five… Continue Reading

No more alimony deduction? How can that be.

Just finished reading the morning paper about all the lobbying to change the new tax proposal. There was no talk about saving the deductibility of alimony. I was unaware until the draft bill came out that eliminating the alimony deduction was being proposed. This will be catastrophic for families dependent on receiving alimony or unallocated… Continue Reading

Proposed Bill to Allow Pre 2012 Alimony Orders to Terminate at Retirement

Massachusetts Representative John Fernandes recently (February 19, 2016) filed House Bill HD4546 which if enacted would now allow alimony orders which were entered into prior to 2012 to terminate upon the Federal Age of Retirement per Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208 Section 49. This proposed bill is in direct response to what many believed to be a… Continue Reading

Thinking outside the box about mediation

Clients and family law attorneys are by now very familiar with using mediation as a technique to settle divorce cases. What is less well understood is that there are a myriad of ways to use mediators to make litigation of divorce cases more efficient and streamlined without giving up the right to have their trial… Continue Reading

BBA Talk on Income from Pass-Through Entities

On Tuesday November 3, 2015 at 5:30pm (at the Boston Bar Association on Beacon Street in Boston) I will be giving a talk with financial expert Robert Stankus from CBIZ Tofias about the implications of income from a pass-through entity. This is a challenging but interesting topic that can cause fits to practitioners and the Court as they… Continue Reading