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Living Together? You May Need Some Legal Advice

A recent study by the Pew Research Center has found for the first time that the percentage of people cohabiting is higher than the percentage of married couples.

In March, Boston News 25 turned to family law expert Professor Maritza Karmely to ask if she had any legal advice for people living together.

She had several recommendations: Put your names on all assets. Hire an attorney for four important documents—your house deed, your will, a power of attorney for financial decisions, and a health care proxy.

Marriage provides tax benefits as well as safeguards if couples decide to split up, she added. For example, unmarried fathers have fewer rights than married fathers when it comes to custody, at least until a judge gets involved.

“Deadly Force Behind The Wheel” Washington Post, August 24, 2020

Professor Emerita Karen Blum JD’74 addresses a controversial police driving maneuver used to end car chases in the Washington Post. Blum and Suffolk Law students filed a brief in a Supreme Court case brought by a man who was paralyzed in 2001 during an attempted “precision immobilization technique” by a Georgia police officer.

Nightline and Esquire Cover Suffolk Law Housing Study

On July 1, the Boston Globe reported that undercover investigations by Suffolk Law’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) “found that Black people posing as prospective tenants were shown fewer apartments than whites and offered fewer incentives to rent, and that real estate agents often cut off contact when the renters gave Black-sounding names like Lakisha, Tyrone, or Kareem.”

The HDTP study was also covered in Esquire, The Chronicle of Higher Education, on NPR, and cited on ABC News Nightline.

"Wet’ Ink Signatures Requirements May Fade After Coronavirus” Bloomberg Law, April 10, 2020
With the logistical challenges of meeting in person during a pandemic, many states are moving away from requiring “wet signatures.” Professor Gabe Teninbaum JD’05 explains why this idea is long overdue in Bloomberg Law. He argues that wet signatures remain a common practice, like a lot of legal practice processes, simply because of inertia.

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