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Guardianship of Minor Archives

Massachusetts Grandparents Raising Grandchildren On The Rise

Grandparents work.jpgApproximately 2.6 million children are being raised by their grandparents and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities across the country and in Massachusetts.

IRS Tax Tip: Massachusetts Grandparents Caring For Grandchildren May Be Eligible For EITC

Massachusetts grandparents who work and are also raising grandchildren mightGrandparent and child 1.jpg benefit from the earned income tax credit. The IRS encourages these grandparents to find out, not guess, if they qualify for this credit. This is important because grandparents who care for children are often not aware that they could claim these children for the EITC.

Opioid Use Increases Guardianship of Minor Cases in Massachusetts

Drug Testing.jpgAs opioid use in Massachusetts sky-rockets, the Family Courts are seeing an increase in guardianship of minor proceedings. Usually families prefer to keep the child with a family member rather than in the foster care system when the parent is involved with opioid use. 

Guardianship of a Minor: Who Will Represent the Guardian?

Bad parenting.jpgIn the case, Guardianship of V.V., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that biological parents in private guardianship cases now have the right to free legal counsel in the probate court. In contrast, who will represent the guardian?

Parental Right to Counsel in Private Guardianship Cases

In the case, Guardianship of V.V., the Supreme Judicial Court was faced with the issue of whether a parent whose minor child is the subject of a guardianship proceeding pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, § 5-206, and who cannot afford counsel, has a right to have counsel appointed and to be so informed.

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