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Books about Massachusetts Law

The following titles were written with the layperson in mind, focus on Massachusetts law and legal issues, and are available at public libraries.  If I have information about where a particular book can be purchased, it is included.  Send me an email (TheEditor@malawforum.com) if you are aware of other books that might interest our readers.  Please note that by presenting these titles we neither endorse them nor vouch for the accuracy of their contents.



Employment Law


Your Rights on the Job:  A Practical Guide to Employment Laws in Massachusetts.  Schwartz.  Labor Guild of Boston, 2000.



Landlord and Tenant


The Successful Landlord; A Comprehensive Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Owning and Managing Rental Property in Massachusetts.  Perry:  Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, Inc.  2006.  The title says it all. This excellent reference book is available at the Alliance's site:  www.cmhaonline.org


The Massachusetts Landlord Survival Guide.  Lapatin: Greater Boston Real Estate Board.  A good resource for owners and managers of rental property in Massachusetts.  The book is available for $35.00 at the Board's website: www.gbreb.com


Legal Tactics: Tenant's Rights in Massachusetts, Private Housing.  Duke, et al.: Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education.  Full of forms and advice on every aspect of the landlord/tenant relationship.  You can buy the book for $20.00 by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org


Editor's Note: Another good resource with helpful forms.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.


Divorce and Family Law


Massachusetts Divorce; A Consumer Guide.  Sibbison:  Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  Available by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.


Family Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Litigants.  Bowman, et al.: Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education.  762 pages of user friendly advice on alimony, child custody and support, divorce, domestic violence, and other related issues.  You can buy the book for $35.00 by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.


Adopting in Massachusetts.  This is a publication of the Center for Adoption Research at the University of Massachusetts.  It contains helpful information and a list of resources for those who are considering adoption.


Editor's Note: The publishers describe this as a "self-help law kit with forms."
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.


Estate/End Of Life Planning


Editor's Note: Includes forms for wills and codicils
Editor's Note: The publishers describe this as a "self-help law kit."
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.


Real Estate


Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.


Business and Corporation


Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.


Health Law


Editor's Note: I know at the top of this page I said I do not endorse these books, but this is a great resource for clinicians and family members.  It's easy to read and well organized.
Editor's Note: I have not reviewed this title, but you can find reader reviews and sample pages at the Amazon site.


Miscellaneous 


 

Freedom of Information in Massachusetts.  Abrashkin and Winsor: Mass. Law Reform Institute and Mass. Continuing Legal Education.  Detailed information on the rules regarding government held information, including criminal records and fair information practices.  You can buy the book for $20.00 by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to www.mcle.org.

 

Other Mass. Law Reform Institute Publications.  The Institute publishes several other books and advocacy guides on such topics as food stamps, MassHealth, and unemployment rights.  For a full list, check out the Institute's website: www.mlri.org.

 

Pursuing a Case in Small Claims Court.  Casher:  Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  Although this book was not written for the layperson, it and a few other MCLE titles are relatively easy to follow and may be useful to non-lawyers.  (Product # 2000259B01.)  Available by calling MCLE at 1-800-966-6253 or going to: www.mcle.org.

 

Town Meeting Time; A Handbook of Parliamentary Law.  Massachusetts Moderators Association.

 

Editor's Note: With frequent references to Massachusetts law, this book will help readers avoid legal and financial disputes (and obtain a good result when a dispute cannot be avoided).




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