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Commit to Being a Peacemaker - a Message from Howie Goldstein

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dear Members of the mediation/collaborative community:

As many of you know, I am in the end stages of what has been a fairly lengthy experience with Prostate Cancer. I had originally considered describing it as a battle, but that terminology is certainly not appropriate in this community and frankly I cringe when I hear that said about anyone who dies of Cancer. Because the implication is that if you succumb to that disease, you are a loser who did not have sufficient strength or toughness to prevail. Now where have we all encountered that kind of language in our professional lives?

We all will die. I am very sad that I will not live longer —-My family is so precious to me and every day with them is a gift. Also, after many years of ambivalence about whether to forsake litigation I finally walked...

3 Credits in the “American Rescue Plan” Mediators Must Know About

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

3 Credits in the “American Rescue Plan” Mediators Must Know About

by J. Anthony Licciardello

Congress has recently passed the “American Rescue Plan”, (aka the “stimulus bill”) which has provisions that can significantly increase the benefit of child related deductions and credits.
 
The law makes changes to the Child Tax Credit, Child Care Credit, and Earned Income Credit. that enhances their value to the person receiving them, especially for the 2021 tax year. 
 
I thank the folks at Family Law Software for getting these details laid out in a recent newsletter. Their divorce financial planning software is exceptional and has a robust tax module we use to help our...

Court 1A Backlog Update

Monday, March 8, 2021
Court 1A Backlog Update
 
 
On February 11, 2021, Judge John Casey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, spoke to the Greater Newburyport Bar Association.  Judge Casey noted as of that date:
  • 1,050 1A hearings for uncontested divorces were scheduled, some as late as August 2021,
  • 3,000 1A cases were processed by the court and waiting to be scheduled for hearings, and
  • Potentially, thousands more were received by the court and had yet to be processed by the court.
Attorneys, court staff, and mediators attending noted that the court has been understaffed long before...

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