Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Season's Greetings!

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.

Amaral & Associates, P.C. and Luciano


Recent Press!

I was recently interviewed on BNN by Lucy Rivera, and talked about some the benefits of divorce mediation. In "Know Your Rights About Divorce Mediation" we talked about the process of mediation, cost, time and who should use divorce mediation as an alternative to divorce litigation.

Be sure to check out "Know Your Rights About Divorce Mediation"!


Divorce Vouchers

Here's an interesting article from Digital Journal about a British law firm offering divorce vouchers to arguing couples for Christmas.
With the United Kingdom having one of the highest divorce rates in the world, it was only a matter of time before lawyers started looking at ways to lure in unhappy couples. The London law firm, Lloyd Platt & Company is now offering vouchers to couples for half-hour or hour-long advice sessions with a lawyer.

According to Reuters, the law firm normally charges about $530 per hour long session with a lawyer but the vouchers run at approximately $200 for a half-hour session.

The company has reportedly sold 60 of the vouchers since the start of the offer three weeks ago.In an interview with the Telegraph, senior partner Vanessa Lloyd Platt said, “Christmas can be a very stressful time for families as we have always seen by the huge increase of people seeking advice in January. The vouchers seem to appeal to an enormously wide spread spectrum of people looking for that ‘must have’ gift for Christmas.” Continue reading»

What do you think about divorce vouchers?


Should All Divorcing Couples get an Objective Market Evaluation of their Real Estate?

Here's a discussion from LinkedIn's Collaborative Family Law Group about getting an objective evaluation from a realtor during your divorce.
We suggest a market analyis be done and updated (every 45 days or as needed) for every divorcing couple. Foreclosures and short sales can erode the equity that the sellers imagined or wanted so much to believe. Honesty is the best policy and getting an objective evaluation from a realtor...not an appraiser or someone looking to "buy a listing" for whatever price the seller wants to set, is paramount to the financial well being and future of both spouses.

Let me know what you think about the situation! here»


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

American Divorce Lawyers Discussion

Here's a discussion from LinkedIn's American Divorce Lawyers Group about a mother snatching a child from his grandmother.
Parents joint custody. Mother snatched child from paternal grama. I represent dad. Prior joint custody order. Two fight and split last week. Dad had son. Dad had paternal grama watch son during day. Mom comes and snatches son from paternal grama and injures grama and child in process. Police will not file a/b..Any advice. Opposing counsel will not return child. Father filing po tomorrow. Believe mother very unstable.

Let me know what you think about the situation, and if your a member of the group, you can also leave your own comments here»


Virtual Visitation

Read the latest Newsletter from Amaral & Associates, P.C.! Included in this issue are:
  • Visitation Over the Internet
  • Making Gifts or Loans to Children? Mention this in your Will
  • Cities and States can be Sued for Dangerous Roads
  • Supreme Court Limits Age Discrimination Lawsuits
  • Check the Zoning Rules Before you Buy a Property
  • Trademark a Sound
 You can read our winter newsletter here»


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Children of Divorce

Here's an interesting blog post from Divorce, it's just the beginning, about the effects of divorce on children. "Stereotyping Children of Divorce" examines research that found children of divorce are at a disadvantage.
Numerous articles have been written about divorce, the effects of divorce, and how children of divorce are at a disadvantage. The problem with some of the research that has been conducted on divorced children was that extraneous variables weren’t always considered.

For example, in research citing that children of divorce are less likely to perform as well academically as their peers who are from intact families, no consideration was given to whether or not the child was performing poorly due to the divorce, or due to arguing and fighting that was still occurring between the parents.

It would also be beneficial to see if these were children who had a history of poor academic performance prior to the divorce. Continue reading» 

What to do think about these findings?


Some New York Times Articles

(via) Collaborative Divorce Professionals Group

I thought I'd pass along some interesting New York Times articles people have posted in LinkedIn's Collaborative Divorce Professionals Group

"Postpartum Depression Strikes Fathers, Too" is about a first-time father who become "anxious, sad and withdrawn" after the birth of his child.
The pregnancy was easy, the delivery a breeze. This was the couple’s first baby, and they were thrilled. But within two months, the bliss of new parenthood was shattered by postpartum depression.

A sad, familiar story. But this one had a twist: The patient who came to me for treatment was not the mother but her husband.

A few weeks after the baby arrived, he had become uncharacteristically anxious, sad and withdrawn. He had trouble sleeping, even though his wife was the one up at night breast-feeding their new son. What scared her enough to bring him to my office was that he had become suicidal. Continue reading»

Someone also posted this NYT report about the increasing rate of divorces in the military.
The divorce rate in the armed forces rose again in the past year, the Pentagon said, and is now is a full percentage point higher than around the time of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

There were an estimated 27,312 divorces among roughly 765,000 married members of the active-duty Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps in the budget year that ended Sept. 30. That is a divorce rate of about 3.6 percent for the fiscal year 2009, compared with 3.4 percent a year earlier, according to figures from the Defense Manpower Data Center. In late 2001 the reported rate was 2.6 percent.

As in previous years, women in uniform had much higher divorce rates than their male counterparts — 7.7 percent in 2009, compared with 3 percent for men. There is no comparable annual system for tracking the civilian divorce rate, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in 2005 that 43 percent of all first marriages ended in divorce within 10 years. Continue reading "Divorces Rising in Military"»


Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I've posted a few blogs on the benefits of divorce mediation (see: Divorce Mediation), but I recently saw an article in the ABA Journal about a new nonprofit company that will start rating arbitrators and mediators.

International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution is the first of its kind to "connect practitioners to the best practices in dispute resolution," and will begin providing online ratings early next year. Here's an excert from the ABA's article, Rate-a-Neutral: Group to Offer Evaluations of Arbitrators, Mediators:
With Fortune 500 companies demanding more transparency in the dispute resolution process, a New York City-based nonprofit has decided to start rating arbitrators and mediators.

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution hopes its online ratings will be available early next year. Its members will be able to use their passwords to access the information on the organization’s website.

The service is believed to be the first of its kind for alternative dispute resolution. It was developed after institute members—largely Fortune 500 companies and their lawyers—complained there wasn’t enough information available on mediators and arbitrators, called neutrals, according to Kathleen Bryan, the organization’s president and chief executive officer. Continue reading»


Paternity Fraud

I came across Sam Hasler's Indiana Divorce & Family Law Blog and found an interesting post about the problems concerning paternity suits. Hasler has some interesting information about this "very large problem" that isn't talked about too often.

He also includes some good articles from the New York Times and Men's News Daily. Check out "More on Paternity Fraud" and let me know what you think about the issue!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Saturday Night Blues

Here is a good article from The Globe Magazine. "Saturday Night Blues" is about a 50-something year old divorcee, who is adjusting to being "suddenly single." Here's an excert:

But when I found myself suddenly single in my 50s, Saturday night was a black hole that seemed to epitomize everything that was hard about my new life. It highlighted all that was missing on that special night of the weekend when I was now a floater at dinner parties. Activities that felt great during the day -- like going to the gym -- felt sad on a Saturday night. (Why is the sight of an empty locker room so depressing on date night?) I knew full well what my couple friends were up to most of their Saturday nights, and it wasn’t all that electrifying: They were home watching sports on TV, Skype-ing their kids, figuring out their latest iPhone apps. Still, that was little consolation, and I was certain they were having more fun than I was, because they were two, not one.

I’d sink by sundown on Saturday if I found myself with no plans. I’d overcompensate for several Saturday nights to come so that would never happen again -- frantically filling up my calendar with dinners and dates, even overbooking sometimes, so I wouldn’t have to spend a Saturday night alone. I’d go out with men who were all wrong for me, like the one who told me over coffee that he was born again or the one who boasted first thing over appetizers that he’d been married three times. It was Saturday night -- the black hole -- and I had to fill it. Continue reading »


Using a Collaborative Approach

There is an interesting discussion going on in LinkedIn's Collaborative Family Law Group about using a collaborative approach with clients. The question is, "How do we help clients decide if the Collaborative approach is the best for them?" The inquring lawyer works in England, where the approach has become a new alternative, and is writing a guide about it for clients.
How do we help clients decide if the Collaborative approach is the best for them?

Where I work in England the Collaborative approach is still relatively new. Most lawyers offer this as one option from a basket of dispute resolution processes. How do we help clients genuinely make the choice to work collaboratively? I am writing a guide for clients on this topic and would be interested to hear what people think clients really need to know (in practical terms) and understand before they decide if the Collaborative approach is the best for them. Continue reading » 
Don't forget to leave your own comments here »


Parental Alienation & Divorce Mediation Webcast

Here is a recent online radio discussion on parental alienation and divorce. Give it a listen and tell me what you think. Listen here »


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Divorce Myths

When talking about divorce, people might mention everything from horror stories, to the latest celebrity divorces, or even your own experiences. But reality is often very different, with each divorce having its own unique set of circumstances.

To read some of the facts and myths about divorce, check out Divorce Myths.

You can also post your comments about divorce myths in the LinkedIn's Collaborative Family Law Group


Facebook and Divorce

The LinkedIn Group for American Divorce Lawyers recently posted a Time magazine article about divorcees who are airing their dirty laundry on Facebook.

"Facebook and Divorce" describes Tammie, who is posting comments about her pending divorce on her "wall." Needless to say, the situation becomes embarrassing, as the former couple's colleagues, clients, friends and family are all able to see the comments.

Here's an excert from the article:
"Not long after Patrick told his wife Tammie he wanted a divorce, she posted an angry, hurt note on "the wall," or public-comments section, of his Facebook page. Embarrassed that his colleagues, clients, church friends and family could see evidence of his marital woes, he deleted it and blocked his wife from seeing his page.

A couple of days later, the IT worker in Florida--who asked that his last name not be used in this story — found alarmed messages from two Facebook friends in his inbox. Tammie had used a mutual friend's account to view Patrick's wall and e-mailed several women he had had exchanges with. He says her e-mails were borderline defamatory. She says they merely noted that he was married with children, a fact he had left off his Facebook profile. Either way: Ouch." Continue reading »


Online Service Helps Divorced Parents Keep Children's Schedules Straight

I recently read an article about Our Family Wizard, that was recommended in LinkedIn's American Divorce Group. The Indy Star's recent article describes a family going through divorce that uses the website to keep track of each parent's visitation days and schedules. Here's an excert from "Online Service Helps Divorced Parents Keep Children's Schedules Straight":
"Our Family allows parents to input their schedules, coordinate days and swap visitation days.

The Web site is court-ordered in 35 states, because the records on the site are time- and date- stamped, and communications are backed up by an electronic breadcrumb trail. Expenses can be logged, and there's even a journal on the site." Continue reading »


eNewsletter Alert Recap

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Have you missed recent eNewsletter Alerts? Check out our recap to see all of Amaral & Associates, P.C.'s past Alerts on:
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Mortgage Workouts
  • Child Support Guidelines
  • Homesteads
  • Trusts for Children
  • Compensation for Personal Injuries
  • Auto Accidents
  • Estate Planning With a "Living Trust"
  • Doing Business as a "Limited Liability Company (LLC)"
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies and Living Wills
  • Buying/Selling a Home
  • What You Should Know if You are Arrested

Read our past eNewsletter Alerts»


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

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Tip of the Week: Marketing Using Twitter

This week's tip from the Masachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer's e-Journal features some of the benefits of using Twitter:
Twitter was the "it" kid on the block when it got started and up until this year. Then statistics came out that pointed to the fact that most Twitter accounts registered were NOT being used on a regular basis and a majority of the "tweets" come from a minority of tweeters (Twitter lingo). Add to that, many legal business and marketing gurus didn't know exactly how Twitter could help market a law firm and if they did make a claim that it was beneficial, they didn't have hard numbers to prove it.

Then last month, Google and Bing revitalized Twitter as a marketing tool. In their usual epic battle of Microsoft vs. Google, Microsoft's new Bing search engine struck a deal with Twitter to start indexing their site. In the same day, Google made the same announcement that it will now start to index Twitter.

What does that all mean for legal marketing?

It means that individual tweets can now show up as searches in Google or Bing. So if you tweet something about your particular substantive area of law, there is a possibility that it will get picked up by Google and Bing and if relevant enough to a user's search terms, it will show in the search results.

If you haven't started using twitter yet, now is as good a time as any to start and I predict that many more firms will start to see direct results from their twittering over time. Tweet about your practice or the law. Tweet your blog posts. Retweet other interesting posts. Just start tweeting.
Don't forget to follow me, @Ed_Amaral!


Massachusetts Alimony Reform

I recently started reading local attorney, Steven Ballard's Massachusetts Divorce & Family Law Blog and found an interesting post on alimony reform from about a month ago.

In "Alimony Reform and the Business of Divorce", Steven questions the alimony reform and gives a good description about the current controversy over the competing Massachusetts alimony bills, and a potential conflict of interest involving Senator Cynthia Creem.

It's a little long, but a worthwhile read for those interested.


Child Custody, Joint Custody & Shared Custody

I thought I would share this website I found through LinkedIn's American Divorce Group.

Child Custody, Joint Custody and Shared Custody has a lot of useful information and resources regarding custory related issues. The website also has some videos on preparing for your child custody case.

Don't forget to check out their blog on joint custody, shared custody and co-parenting!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

(via) Lawyer's e-Journal
Tip of the Week: Remotely Access the Superior Court’s electronic docket

I thought I'd pass along this week's tip from the Masachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer's e-Journal about accessing the Superior Court's docket online:
Get the most up-to-the-minute information about your state litigation cases by using the Superior Court's electronic docket. All lawyers in the commonwealth can sign up for free access to the Superior Court Docket. This Web site is invaluable for checking the docket for your cases, including filing deadlines, hearing dates, a list of docketed pleadings, and for doing research on parties, including other cases in which they may be involved. In some cases, you can also read the court order on motions.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Parenting After Divorce

I've blogged a few times on collaborative divorce and the effect of the economy on divorce (see my posts on Amaral & Associates, P.C. in The Boston Herald and Recession Keeps Divorce On Ice), but I recently came across a few different family law related blogs that covered some interesting divorce stories.

The Modern Woman's Divorce Guide, The Georgia Father's Rights and Children & Divorce all feature a different perspective on life after divorce, and offer some worthwhile advice when it comes to the divorce process.

One of The Modern Woman's Divorce Guide's recent posts had some encouraging tips for women coping with divorce. Check out "A Silver Lining for Divorce" for their top 5 tips that you can do during your divorce!

And for the father's version of divorce tips, check out The Georgia Father's Rights Blog post on "The Top 10 Things Divorce Dads Need to Realize". The Georgia Father's Rights Blog also has another blog, Children & Divorce that features several newspaper articles about single parent homes and child custody. Be sure to read their post on "Single Parents Create Happy New Homes" for tips on making your house a home for children after divorce!

What are some of your favorite family law blogs?


What You Should Know About Getting Arrested

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For people who have never before faced criminal charges, an arrest can be a frightening experience. The stress of the arrest may cause you, your family members, or friends to overlook important matters, such as the right to remain silent and the right to advice from a lawyer. Read more about what you can do to protect yourself after getting arrested in this week's eNewsletter Alert:
The criminal justice system protects us by arresting and jailing criminals. Yet not everyone who is arrested is the bad guy. Someday, you, a family member, or a close personal friend may be accused of committing a crime and be arrested. This eNewsletter Alert provides an overview of the rights of those who have been arrested and explains how Amaral & Associates, P.C. can help protect your rights. Continue reading»

Don't forget, you can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

(via) Lawyer's e-Journal
Tip of the Week: Remotely Erasing Your Smartphone in the Event of Loss or Theft--

It seems like everyone has a mobile phone, iPhone or Blackberry these days, so here is a good tip from this week's Masachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer's e-Journal about keeping your phone info secure:
The smartphones that we use contain so much confidential personal and client data that their loss or theft is a real security and ethical problem.

To deal with this, there are remote wipe programs for Windows Mobile, IPhone and for Blackberry. If you lose or have your phone stolen, you can use the software to reset the device and/or wipe the device clean of your data. There is usually a nominal charge for the software.

Check with your phone provider to find out how to activate this service on your phone, and always keep your phone safe and secure.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Buying a New Home

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In this week's eNewsletter Alert, learn about what you can do when buying or selling your home!
Home ownership can provide you with many benefits: secure shelter, a long-term investment and tax advantages. However, a home is also a major financial commitment. There are ways to avoid costly mistakes that can strain your budget and your patience. Amaral & Associates, P.C.'s latest eNewsletter Alert contains tips to help you avoid problems when buying or selling a home. Continue reading»

Don't forget, you can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Amaral & Associates, P.C. in the Press!

Attorney Ed Amaral & Luciano at their Boston OfficeThis past Sunday, September 20th, 2009, Attorney Ed Amaral was featured in an article in The Boston Herald regarding the benefits of divorce mediation in a tough economy where the divorce rate is steadily increasing over time.
One field is booming though - divorce mediators. “There are all these articles saying mediators are busier than hell,” said Nissenbaum. That’s true for attorney Edward Amaral Jr. of Boston- and Winthrop-based Amaral & Associates, who said that since the recession started, his mediation business has grown “15 to 20 percent.” Continue reading»


Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies and Living Wills

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In this week's eNewsletter Alert, learn about the importance of living wills and the advantage of using power of attorney.
Adults who become incapable of caring for themselves, their property or their dependents may have a guardian appointed for them. However, guardianship can be avoided through the use of living wills and powers of attorney. In such circumstances, personal preferences can be respected without the need for court-appointed guardians.

Living wills/healthcare proxies ("living wills") and powers of attorney can provide that they become effective when a person is temporarily or permanently unable to handle his or her financial or personal affairs due to illness or injury. Continue reading»

Don't forget, you can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Fall Newsletter

Read the latest Newsletter from Amaral & Associates, P.C.!Included in this issue are:
  • What happens if a seller can’t move out by the closing date?
  • Social networking sites are a danger in divorce cases
  • Be careful sending private e-mails from a company computers
  • How to write a will when your child is a spendthrift
  • GM and Chrysler might still liable for their lemons
  • Bloggers, twitterers can be sued for defamation

Read Amaral & Associates, P.C.'s Fall Newsletter here»


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Your Will

(via) eNewsletter September 1, 2009

Read Amaral & Associates, P.C.'s latest eNewsletter Alert on the importance of wills.

A will avoids costs and complications for your heirs when you die. Besides providing instructions about gifts of your property-like your home, car, investments and jewelry-your will can provide instructions for payment of your debts, selection of an executor for your estate, and appointment of a guardian for your children. Continue reading»

You can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


Thursday, August 27, 2009

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Living Trusts

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In recent years, living trusts have grown increasingly popular as substitutes for wills in estate planning. Here's what you should know about estate planning with a living trusts:

Most people understand the importance of a will, but many are not familiar with trusts. Both a will and a trust can be used to transfer your property when you die, but the similarity ends there. A will has no effect until you die, while a living trust becomes operative during your lifetime to manage your assets. While a will is a part of the public record a trust is not, thus providing greater privacy. Trusts are usually easier to amend than wills and less likely to be contested by your heirs. Continue reading»

You can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


Monday, August 17, 2009

Follow Amaral & Associates, P.C. Online!

Picture of Twitter IconWhile you can always call or e-mail us at either of our two offices, in Winthrop (617-539-1010) or Boston (617-742-2020), Amaral & Associates, P.C. is also available on Twitter, Plaxo, LinkedIn and Facebook!

So don't forget to follow @Ed_Amaral on Twitter for our daily Tweets, and to become a fan of Amaral & Associates, P.C. on Facebook!!

Also, check out our Personal Injury/Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys of Massachusetts Groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twibe for dedicated attorneys who have chosen to delve into a more specialized area of law involving personal injury motor vehicle accidents and representing injured people.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Join our Personal Injury/Motor Vehicle Accident Groups for MA Attorneys

Cartoon of Car CrashAmaral & Associates, P.C. recently started Personal Injury/Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys of Massachusetts Groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twibe for dedicated attorneys who have chosen to delve into a more specialized area of law involving personal injury motor vehicle accidents and representing injured people.

Feel free to join, discuss and tweet!
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    Thursday, August 6, 2009

    Saarloos Winery-Los Olivos, CA

    Hi All, I was in Los Olivos, California several weeks ago with my girlfriend exploring different wine tastings and we received a tip from a friend to check out Saarloos and Sons Winery. If you are a wine lover then you are in for a real treat in several ways. The first is the wine tasting room at Saarloos. The room is quaint and inviting and not a wine snob could be found. Cool music was playing in the background and the proprietor who invited us to pull up to the bar for the tasting,Keith Saarloos, was interesting and entertaining and a breath of fresh air from the other people and wineries we visited earlier in the day. The wine, itself, was extraordinary and quite a surprise. Don't miss the Daugher chardonnay or the Purper Hart syrah. And if you are lucky, Keith will also let you try a wine with 85% merlot, 10% cab and 5% cab franc, called Ring Effie Unk. Keith also signs all of the bottles if you purchase some which I strongly recommend. Or you can join their wine club which I did. But the most enjoyable treat came at the end of our tasting when we were able to buy the most delicious cupcakes in the world. You can also drink your wine and eat the cupcakes outside around a California fire place in nice lounge chairs. What could be better? You can find the winery at Check it out... you won't regret it!


    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    Personal Injury Law

    Picture of Car CrashWith auto accidents on the rise during the summer months, be sure to protect yourself if you've been injured as a result of an accident!
    When someone is physically or emotionally injured, or their personal property is damaged, it is considered in law to be a “Personal Injury”. The laws covering personal injury allow the injured party to receive compensation for damages caused by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions. Personal injury law is also called “tort” law. Continue reading here»
    If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or experienced property damage as a result of an accident, submit a free case review, and we will start evaluating and preparing your case today!

    Don't forget to read our other posts on "What To Do If You Are In An Auto Accident" and "How to Obtain Compensation For Your Personal Injuries."


    Monday, August 3, 2009

    "77 Tips for Creating a New Life After Divorce"

    Recently divorced or getting divorced? Through his website, The Single Dad Coach, Rick Paddock is offering a free e-book on "creating a new life of love and joy for single parents." Check out "77 Tips for Creating a New Life After Divorce" here.


    Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Doing Business as a "Limited Liability Company (LLC)"

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    Have you ever wanted to start a new venture or restructure an existing business? Today's eNewsletter Alert explains how to organize a limited liability company (LLC's) with the advice of a lawyer here at Amaral & Associates, P.C.
    Limited liability companies (LLC's) offer investors and business owners a new alternative for doing business. Although limited liability companies have existed in some states for more than ten years, they did not become popular until the Internal Revenue Service began to tax them as partnerships rather than as corporations. Limited liability companies provide the limited liability of corporations without many of the corporate formalities. Continue reading»

    You can also read our past eNewsletter Alerts here»


    Monday, July 20, 2009

    What to Do if you are in an Auto Accident

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    In today's eNewsletter Alert, learn your legal rights and what to do if you've been in an accident.

    Auto accidents can happen to anyone. You can protect your legal rights by doing the right thing after an accident occurs. This pamphlet summarizes some of the steps you should immediately take if you are involved in an accident. The pamphlet also contains an Accident Information Form that you can keep in your car to record information if you are involved in an accident. Consult our office right away if you are involved in an accident that involves personal injuries or serious property damage. Continue reading»

    You can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


    Friday, July 17, 2009

    Obtaining Compensation for your Personal Injuries

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    Get the latest eNewsletter Alert from Amaral & Associates, P.C.! In this issue, learn how to protect yourself after a an injury or property damage as a result of an accident.

    What You Should Know:

    Accidents resulting in personal injuries are a common occurrence in our daily lives. In addition to auto accidents, we may suffer personal injuries or property damage in accidents in the home, at business premises, or on streets and sidewalks. Injuries may also be caused by carelessness of doctors, lawyers and other professionals. You can protect yourself by consulting a lawyer if you suffer an injury or property damage as a result of an accident. Continue reading July's eNewsletter Alert»
    You can also read past eNewsLetter Alerts here»


    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Divorce and College Education

    With the tuition at most colleges skyrocketing, Probate and Family Court judges appear to be using the cost of attending a state college as a benchmark when deciding in divorce cases which parent pays and how much for higher education.


    Recession Keeps Divorce on Ice

    I can say that you heard it first here this time. The Winthrop Sun Transcript on April 2, 2009 and The North End Regional Review on April 28, 2009 both published articles about Amaral & Associates, P.C., regarding how the effects of the recession have lowered the number of divorce cases in and around Massachusetts and the nation, by over 27% (See our "Recent Press" section on Amaral & Associates, P.C.'s website).

    On July 13, 2009, The Wall Street Journal published a similar article, detailing how the current recession is "keeping divorce on ice" for many couples. In "What God Has Joined Together, Recession Makes Hard to Put Asunder," the WSJ's Jennifer Levitz follows three couples, as they contemplate the expensive issue of divorce in today's down economy.

    There's also an ongoing conversation about the WSJ article over on LinkedIn's Collaborative Family Law Group. What do you think of couples delaying their divorces because of the down market? You can join the conversation here»

    Recession Keeps Divorce on Ice

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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    Recent Press

    Ed was recently featured in The Winthrop Transcript, where he talks about the affects of the economy on divorce rates, and the benefits of using divorce mediation. Read more of the article here»

    You can also find Ed and his French Bulldog, Luciano in The North End Business Journal, where he talks about the the opening of his second office in the North End. Read more of the article here»

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    Amaral & Associates, P.C.

    Amaral & Associates, P.C. is an eight member law firm practicing general law in the areas of:

    You can contact us at either of our two offices, in Boston and Winthrop:

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    65 Atlantic Avenue
    Boston, MA 02110

    246 Revere Street
    Winthrop, MA 02152

    We can also be reached online, at Amaral & Associates, P.C., or by email at

    Amaral & Associates, P.C.