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LUCAS BURKE TO SERVE AS PANELIST AT BOSTON BAR ASSOCIATION PROGRAM

On February 19, Davis Malm attorney Lucas Burke will serve as a panelist at the Boston Bar Association’s “LoMac Live: Tech Demos from the Experts” lunch program. This program will focus on ways to incorporate new technology into your legal practice. Mr. Burke and the other panelists will offer pointed, lively, individual demonstrations of useful practice management tools for project management, collaboration, and note taking.

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JOHN T. LYNCH SITS ON PANEL AT BOSTON BAR ASSOCIATION PROGRAM

On January 15, Davis Malm shareholder John T. Lynch spoke on the panel for the Boston Bar Association’s program “How to Succeed as a New Firm Partner.” The program was hosted by the Boston Bar Association’s Recently Elected Partners Forum, and served as an opportunity for new and veteran law firm partners to meet and network. Mr. Lynch and the other panelists discussed a wide range of topics which included marketing and business development tips, how to build the practice you want, and how to create a work/life balance.

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TAMSIN R. KAPLAN SERVES AS PANELIST AT BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL EVENT

On January 22, Davis Malm shareholder Tamsin R. Kaplan served as a panelist at the Boston College Law School Boot Camp “Learning and Networking with Alumni & Practitioners” event. Designed for first year law students, this program enabled attendees to participate in practice area specific panels with alumni, as well as network with the panelists and other alumni. Ms. Kaplan, a ’92 cum laude graduate, discussed her practice and advised law students about starting their careers as employment lawyers.

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LUCAS BURKE TO PRESENT AT CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR ADULT EDUCATION

On February 22, Davis Malm attorney Lucas Burke will present the “How to Make an Estate Plan” class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. In his two hour presentation, Mr. Burke will provide a basic introduction to common estate planning terms and options including wills, executors, guardians, life insurance, retirement accounts, beneficiary bank accounts, and children’s trusts. Additionally, he will specify the role of an executor and how to choose one, as well as provide tips for estate planning outside of estate documents.

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LUCAS BURKE TO PRESENT AT CAMBRIDGE CENTER FOR ADULT EDUCATION

On February 22, Davis Malm attorney Lucas Burke will present the “How to Make an Estate Plan” class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. In his two hour presentation, Mr. Burke will provide a basic introduction to common estate planning terms and options including wills, executors, guardians, life insurance, retirement accounts, beneficiary bank accounts, and children’s trusts. Additionally, he will specify the role of an executor and how to choose one, as well as provide tips for estate planning outside of estate documents.

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DAVIS MALM HOSTS WOMENADE BOSTON RECEPTION

On December 4, Davis Malm and shareholder Tamsin R. Kaplan hosted a reception for Womenade Boston, a Boston-based women’s giving circle committed to raising awareness and funds to transform the lives of women and girls in the Boston area. Ms. Kaplan welcomed guests and introduced Christine Swistro, President of Womenade Boston, who spoke about Womenade’s efforts and introduced Maria Vertkin, a recent Womenade grant recipient. Ms. Vertikin’s organization, Found in Translation, strives to help homeless and low-income multilingual women achieve economic security through the use of their language skills. Throughout her presentation, Ms. Vertkin highlighted the various achievements made possible by Womenade’s grant, such as the increased number of language services now offered by her organization. Additionally, Ms. Vertkin stressed the impact these grants can have on organizations like hers, and the positive difference they can make in the Boston community.

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WILLIAM F. GRIFFIN, JR. SERVES AS DISCUSSION LEADER AT MCLE PROGRAM

On November 17, Davis Malm shareholder William F. Griffin, Jr. reprised his role as a discussion leader for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program Practicing with Professionalism.

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HOWARD P. SPEICHER CONFIRMED FOR LAND COURT JUDGESHIP

Howard P. Speicher has been appointed as a judge in the Land Court. The Governor’s Council unanimously approved Mr. Speicher’s appointment on November 12. Mr. Speicher will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Harry M. Grossman.

“It has been an honor and privilege to practice with Howard for over 30 years, and we wish him all the best,” said C. Michael Malm, a founding partner of Davis Malm. “His litigation skills and dedication to the community will serve him well as a judge. While we will surely miss him and the many contributions he makes to our firm and our clients, we are proud of his accomplishments and have no doubt that he will serve the Land Court bench with distinction.”

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IRS Releases 2015 Income and Transfer Tax Adjustments

INFLATION-ADJUSTED THRESHOLD AND CEILING INCREASES

The Social Security Administration and the IRS have released their 2015 list of CPI-adjusted items that will affect individual income, payroll and transfer tax calculations for 2015. We have provided you with some of the key provisions in the following grids.

INCOME TAXS

Threshold amounts above which the top regular and alternative minimum tax (AMT) rates apply.

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Massachusetts Voters Approve Sick-Leave Initiative

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters decisively approved a sick-leave ballot initiative. Under the measure known as Question 4, an employee will be entitled to sick time if the employee or a family member must attend routine medical appointments, care for a physical or mental illness, injury or medical condition, or address the effects of domestic violence.

Massachusetts employers with 11 or more employees, including part-time and temporary employees, must provide their employees with one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, beginning on July 1, 2015. The earned paid sick time may be used starting on the 90th day after hire, and its use will be limited to 40 hours in a calendar year, although up to 40 hours of unused sick time can be carried over to the next year. Massachusetts employers with fewer than 11 employees must grant their employees up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time, subject to the same conditions. More…

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