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Welcome to the Massachusetts Law section of FindLaw's State Law collection. This section contains user-friendly summaries of Massachusetts laws as well as citations or links to relevant sections of Massachusetts's official online statutes. Please select a topic from the list below to get started.

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  • Boston Laws

    Boston, the capital and largest city of Massachusetts, was founded by English colonists nearly 400 years ago. The greater metropolitan Boston area comprises roughly 4.5 million people and one of the largest economies in the country. Navigating Boston...

  • Fitchburg Laws

    Fitchburg is a little town with a big heart. As home to just 40,000 residents, Fitchburg is proud of its history and Victorian style architecture, especially the Fitchburg Historical Society. Despite its size, Fitchburg is a cultural hub, housing the...

  • Massachusetts
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    Massachusetts abortion laws are, generally speaking, less restrictive than those in many other states. Other jurisdictions often require consent requirements and other statutory obstacles. Massachusetts does require a licensed doctor to perform the p...

  • Massachusetts

    Accident and injury law makes up a significant portion of all civil claims and includes everything from slip and fall injuries and car accidents to medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits. Other legal claims falling under this category includ...

  • Massachusetts
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    Adopting a child can be a joyous occasion for prospective parents, and a chance to celebrate an addition your family. That said, the adoption process can be complicated, both emotionally and legally. Each state has laws regarding who can adopt, who c...

  • Massachusetts Adverse Possession Laws
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    The basics of Massachusetts adverse possession law, which allows someone to gain legal ownership of a property if they publicly inhabit and improve it, with links to related information.

  • Massachusetts Prohibited Marriage Laws
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    Basics of what you need to know to get married in Massachusetts with a summary of general marriage requirements; special rules for minors and what constitutes an invalid marriage.

  • Massachusetts Antitrust Laws
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    General guidelines about Massachusetts' antitrust laws, which are intended to foster competition, including the statute of limitations for filing a complaint and links to other pertinent information.

  • Massachusetts Assault and Battery Laws
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    Each state usually has its own definition of assault and battery . Generally, however, assault involves threats or attempts to physically hurt someone while battery involves actual contact with the person. In Massachusetts, there are multiple statute...

  • Massachusetts

    Businesses are regulated at both the federal and state levels. Business laws are generally intended to foster more competition, which is good for consumers; protect the environment from pollution; provide some transparency to business operations; and...

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