How to Start a Massachusetts Marijuana Business – A Question 4 Primer

massachusetts-recreational-marijuana On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts was among the three states whose voters approved a measure for the taxation and regulation of marijuana for “recreational” use. Total state excise and sales tax on marijuana is scheduled to come in at a total of 10% of all product sales. In addition, local Read More

How Not to Like a Boss – Social Media in the Workplace Bill Considered by Massachusetts Lawmakers

How Not to Like a Boss – Social Media in the Workplace Bill Considered by Massachusetts Lawmakers Sandwich, MA – When you work for a company, you represent that company. No one disputes that. Where that line begins and ends becomes a bit been hazy for many employers and employees when it pertains to social media. Senate bill 2063, passed by the Massachusetts Senate and under review Read More

Powerball Privacy Protection – Forming a Massachusetts Lottery Trust

Powerball Privacy Protection – Forming a Massachusetts Lottery Trust With a record $1.5 Billion prize on the horizon for tomorrow’s Powerball draw, we’re naturally cashing in on the action with this timely article about forming a Massachusetts lottery trust. A lottery trust is a simple instrument, really, designed simply to preserve anonymity for the lottery winner. And for anyone Read More

Massachusetts Sick Leave Law for Cape Cod Businesses – 5 Steps to Reduce the Impact

Paid-Sick-Leave As is often the case, an idealistic law from Beacon Hill with little to no input from business community has dealt another blow to Cape Cod and Massachusetts small businesses. Among many progressive questions presented at the ballot in 2014, the referendum granting mandatory sick time to all employees in Read More

Massachusetts Non-Compete Agreements – What is Reasonable and Enforceable

Massachusetts Non-Compete Agreements – What is Reasonable and Enforceable Former Massachusetts Governor Patrick made some headlines in early 2014 with the proposition of banning the enforceability of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts. It was one of his many ideas to help spur innovation in the Bay State by helping out newer technology-based companies. Like so many of his plans, the Read More

6 Grants, Government Loans and Capital Resources Available to Massachusetts Small Businesses

6 Grants, Government Loans and Capital Resources Available to Massachusetts Small Businesses Entering into the new year is always a prospect laced with uncertainty and excitement for most small businesses. And while entrepreneurs have always encountered risk, business owners rarely consider today’s federal and state governments as a hedge. Anyone who remembers the annual Congressional budgetary battles can understand why. We nevertheless Read More

Do I Need an Attorney to Start a Business? | Cape Cod Business Law

Do I Need an Attorney to Start a Business? | Cape Cod Business Law When starting a business, the start-up costs can be immense, especially in Massachusetts where hidden fees and taxes are notoriously burdensome. Putting together a plan, and checking with all of the relevant local and state government entities is an important first step. Similarly, ensuring that the formation of your business Read More

Why Your Company Needs a Massachusetts LLC Buy-Sell Agreement

how to sell a business Collaborators in an enterprise are usually at their most enthusiastic when they first start the business. This has always been the case. It is exactly why lawyers like us repeatedly emphasize the importance of having an actual attorney draft the LLC operating agreement. Doing so ensures that all parties maintain Read More

Massachusetts Business Law Attorney Checklist – 6 Areas of Company Exposure

Massachusetts Business Law Attorney Checklist – 6 Areas of Company Exposure When approached by a new or existing business, attorneys who specialize in business will assess, among other things, the risks faced by that business. This exercise is, however, much simpler than most people seem to think. Our firm always advises our Massachusetts business clients in the same manner: conducting your Read More

Worker’s Compensation – Employee vs. Independent Contractor in Massachusetts Pt. 1

Worker’s Compensation – Employee vs. Independent Contractor in Massachusetts Pt. 1 Laws and regulations in general can run counter to what many people consider “common sense.” In this respect, the workers’ compensation laws in Massachusetts are not terribly unique. First of all, if you are an employee searching for an attorney to handle your claim this is not the article. What Read More