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Safety Starts At Home

By DiBella Law Offices on June 21, 2017

In our last blog, we went over tips to keep you safe on the streets, whether you are driving a vehicle or sharing the road with them. Safety doesn’t stop once you set foot in your home. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make your home safer for yourself and everyone who lives there. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

Stay Safe This June (And All Year Round)

By DiBella Law Offices on June 16, 2017

June is National Safety Month, and this year’s theme is Keep Each Other Safe. Learn how you can keep yourself, your loved ones, and others around you safe with these tips.

Behind the Wheel

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor crashes are the #1 cause of death for children and young adults, and the #2 cause of death for adults overall. The sad fact is, these deaths are easily preventable. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others on the road safe: Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

2017 Scholarship Winner for Dibella Law Offices, P.C. Is…

By DiBella Law Offices on June 5, 2017

It’s June 5th today; that means it’s time to announce our 2017 DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Scholarship winner! Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

Support the Team: We’re on 98.5 The Sports Hub

By DiBella Law Offices on May 31, 2017

Do you love New England sports? Can’t get enough of the Bruins, Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox, and Revolution?

So do we. That’s why DiBella Law Offices, P.C., is now an official sponsor of 98.5 The Sports Hub.

You can hear a shout-out to attorney Christopher DiBella and DiBella Law Offices, P.C., during the Felger & Mazz show, weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in between Jim Murray’s headlines covering the Patriots’ grueling schedule and Isaiah Thomas’s scoring. Next time, you’ll probably hear about us in the middle of a discussion of Kevin Love’s flopping. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

2017 DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Scholarship Finalists

By DiBella Law Offices on May 22, 2017

DiBella Law Offices, P.C., has offered $500 to a current high-school senior or college attendee who believes in knowledge and intends to pursue a post-secondary education. This 2017 Scholarship is our belief put into practice: that a more educated society is a better society. As of the May 4th deadline, we received hundreds of applications from deserving local students. Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

How Can Child Support Orders Be Changed?

By DiBella Law Offices on April 13, 2017

Massachusetts has, arguably, the most progressive laws relating to the process of providing child support in the nation. The family courts have significant discretion in support decisions. Traditionally, child support payments are a parental requirement until the child turns 18. A few states extend support until the age of 21, based on the circumstances.

In Massachusetts, if the child is enrolled in college, lives with and is supported by the parent being paid child support, the support payment eligibility extends to age 23. This state allows judges to deviate from the formula-based calculation if it is determined to be in the child’s best interest.

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Posted in: Family Law

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on a Wrongful Death Insurance Settlement?

By DiBella Law Offices on April 11, 2017

Under Massachusetts laws an individual or entity may have liability for someone’s death if they exhibited negligence, committed a willful or wanton act, or breached a warranty. A claim for damages may be pursued if, had the deceased lived, he or she would have been eligible to bring a personal injury action. Damages may be recovered in an act of tort by the executor or administrator on behalf of the estate.

Wrongful death actions have a statute of limitations of three years. Certain incidents do not allow actions of wrongful death—such as many accidents relating to railroads or streetcars—but may have other legal options. Claims of wrongful death are civil and would be separate from any associated criminal charges. Commonly awarded damages include amounts of expected lifetime earnings, loss of companionship and counsel, and expenses for a funeral and burial, among others.

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Posted in: Wrongful Death

Do Truck Drivers Have to Follow Special Rules on the Road?

By DiBella Law Offices on April 7, 2017

Commercial truck operators have specific regulations and compliance requirements that are dramatically different than those for private passenger vehicles. The industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with assistance from state entities for enforcement.

There are over 500,000 active interstate motor carriers in the U.S. One reason for national uniformity and rigid regulation is the potential impact these large vehicles can have on public safety. Most fatalities in large truck collisions are sustained by those in passenger vehicles. These trucks’ weight can be over 20 times that of a car’s. When loaded with freight, they require at least 20% more distance to reach a complete stop.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Hidden Assets in High Net Worth Divorces

By DiBella Law Offices on April 5, 2017

Divorces involving couples with significant net worth may be more complex, with diverse assets which may include investment accounts, properties, and business interests. Some spouses may attempt to move or conceal assets, which is why comprehensive strategies to identify, locate, and appraise them are necessary.

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Posted in: Divorce

How Safe Are Drivers in Massachusetts?

By DiBella Law Offices on April 3, 2017

The insurance marketplace Everquote created an application to measure people’s driving habits. The Safe Driving Challenge was a two-week study that compared Massachusetts’ drivers to those in New York State.

Motorists in Massachusetts fared slightly better in their overall safety score of 76 compared to New York’s 74. Within the state, North Reading was determined to be the safest city to travel in, while Boston was the most dangerous. The application measured factors including acceleration, braking, mobile device usage, and speed. Overall, the report stated that Massachusetts drivers seemed to travel at 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Involved in a car accident?

The first step in getting the compensation you deserve is contacting the experienced legal team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Don’t delay, the statute of limitations in Massachusetts is just three years.

Call (781) 262-3338 Burlington, or (978) 327-5140 Methuen today for a free consultation.