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THE REFERENCE BLOG

  • TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule Implementation

    Posted: Jul 06, 2015
    Tagged: Real Estate TRID

    This October the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will replace the four existing disclosures required in most residential mortgage transactions under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) with two new ones. The Good Faith Estimate and Early Truth in Lending forms will be replaced by the Loan Estimate and the HUD-1 settlement statement and the Final Truth-in-Lending disclosure will be replaced by the Closing Disclosure. . . Read Full Article
  • From the Collection: Massachusetts Evidence Resources

    Posted: Jun 17, 2015
    Unlike the Federal Courts, Massachusetts has no “Rules of Evidence” – there is no set of codified rules that have been adopted by the legislature and the courts. Instead, the admission of facts is governed by the common law. Luckily for practitioners, there are a number of resources in our collection that provide solid overviews of Massachusetts evidentiary law. . . Read Full Article
  • USING FASTCASE: RUNNING YOUR SEARCH, USING YOUR RESULTS LIST by Charles J. Lowry

    Posted: May 27, 2015
    You may choose your jurisdictions one of two ways, either as general categories or as specific jurisdictions. To choose general jurisdictional categories, just check the radio button next to that category, e.g. All Jurisdictions or All Federal Appellate. To limit your results to cases from specific jurisdictions, use the Individual Jurisdictions radio button and check marks to choose as many or as few, jurisdictions as you wish from the categories. Feel free to mix and match... Read Full Article
  • Massachusetts Alimony Reform

    Posted: May 18, 2015
    Since the passage of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court have decided over thirty cases interpreting the law, providing a rapidly expanding body of case law on the subject. The Social Law Library will be co-sponsoring an in-depth review of these cases in the upcoming seminar Alimony Reform on Appeal: Learn From the Experts on May 28, 2015 at 4PM. For those looking for more information on alimony in Massachusetts in the meantime, we have also put together a list of resources that you can find at the library . . . Read Full Article