attorneys at law
& Gay, P.C.
Committed to our Massachusetts clients
For over 74 years, GAY & GAY P.C. has been dedicated to meeting the legal needs of individuals and businesses throughout Bristol and Plymouth counties.
The attorneys at our firm are committed and experienced lawyers who take their responsibilities seriously, knowing that the results we achieve for you can impact your life and your business. We work tirelessly from the early stages of your case onward, emphasizing communication, persistent and efficient advocacy and focused attention to every detail of your legal matter no matter the complexity.
GAY & GAY P.C. provides sound counsel and cost-effective representation .
We are ready to help you achieve your legal goals as individuals and businesses. We are responsive to your needs and develop strong working relationships with our clients based on trust, confidence to help achieve your goals.
The many benefits of taking your legal issues to a general practice law firm include the following:
One search brings a lifetime of support. With a vast number of law firms supporting clients in Bristol County and the surrounding areas, conducting a search is a stressful and time-consuming process. But when that search leads you to GAY & GAY P.C., it may be the last search you ever need to conduct. We guide clients through the legal issues most likely to arise throughout life.
You build a valuable relationship. As you work with our attorneys, we get to know you on a personal level. The more we learn about your background, interests, and goals, the better we can help guide you to the legal solutions that best fit your individual situation.
You get cross-practice support. Not every legal issue falls neatly within one area of practice. A personal injury settlement can lead to the need for financial planning. A divorce can dramatically change your estate planning needs. The attorneys at our law firm advise clients throughout the state on the potential ramifications of their current issues and continue to provide needed support until all issues are effectively resolved.
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Do You Have a Child Who Just Turned 18?
As attorneys who have represented victims of serious and catastrophic injuries, we know all too well that a family's life can change in a matter of seconds. A car accident, a truck accident, a bicycle accident can rip a loved one away and leave them unable to communicate and make their own decisions.Tragic accidents and injuries aren't limited to just adults, though. They happen to children who are just on the threshold of adulthood every day. What many parents fail to realize, however, is that when their child turns 18 they become a legal adult in the eyes of the law. What this means is that parents no longer have the automatic right to make medical and legal decisions for their 18 year old "child" when that child can't make those decisions.Contact our office so that if your adult child ever becomes incapacitated then you'll be able to talk to their doctors, make critical medical decisions for them and make legal decisions without having to through the lengthy and expensive process of getting a court order.
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Gay & Gay, P.C.
73 Washington Street
P.O. Box 988
Taunton, MA 02780
PLEASE NOTE: Currently the office is open during the COVID-19 Pandemic, however, our building is closed to the general public. Meetings are by appointment only, masks required. If you need to stop by the office for any reason, please call ahead.
Areas of Practice
Child Care Law
Wills & Trusts
Zoning and Land Use
For a recently separated couple, the question of whether or not someone will keep the marital home can be as difficult a decision as any other during a divorce. Yet, before that decision happens, most divorcing couples will need to ask themselves a different question in the interim -- who will stay in the home during the divorce proceedings themselves? The answer to this question has more legal implications than what many might think, particularly in regard to child custody.
When considering who should remain in the marital home, whether both individuals should stay or if one should leave, often comes down to considerations of money and child custody. From a purely financial standpoint, there are some reasons not to move, but they do not related to an individual's stake in the share of the property. The financial downsides often result from the added cost of an additional residency for one spouse in addition to the residency costs for the home. Leaving the marital home does not, however, lessen one individual's ability to claim a share of shared property.
However, when considering child custody, there may be some reasons to continue to cohabitate with a soon to be ex-spouse, however unfavorable the situation may be. Should one spouse move out of a home without a prior agreement with the other regarding child custody agreements, it can put them at a disadvantage in child custody battles. This is because "abandonment" may be used against a spouse who moves out as evidence of disinterest in the child's welfare.
Furthermore, if a child's primary residence is at a marital home, the spouse who lives in it may have an upper-hand for custody because their residency is viewed as the default.
When attempting to decide whether to stay in a marital home during a divorce proceeding, it can be helpful to consider these facts and others before a final decision is made.
Source: Forbes, "Should you move out of the marital home? Learn from divorce attorneys, not the tabloids," Jeff Landers, June 11, 2013