Security Deposit Law in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on June 12th, 2017

By: Attorney Corey T. Pontes| Associate Massachusetts affords tenants wide protections when it comes to what happens to their security deposits after they are given to their landlord. The landlord must strictly adhere to the statutes covering security deposits, or risk losing the deposit, or even be held liable for multiple damages and additional fees to the tenant. When a tenant pays to the… Read More

CAVEAT EMPTOR: BEWARE OF POTENTIAL PITFALLS WHEN PURCHASING REAL PROPERTIES AT FORECLOSURE SALE

Posted in Business Law, Real Estate by on April 10th, 2017

By: Attorney Raymond C. Pelote | Partner Purchasing real property at a foreclosure sale can be a great investment. Typically, properties are sold at 70-80 percent of market value. However, when you purchase a property at a foreclosure sale, expect the property to be in disarray. Rarely do former owners leave their foreclosed properties in prime condition. Whenever you purchase a foreclosed pro… Read More

Understanding Trusts in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on February 27th, 2017

By: Attorney William Rosa| Partner My last blog focused on the various forms of tenancies in which you can hold real estate in Massachusetts. This blog is an expansion of my previous blog dated September 6, 2016 in which we are going to discuss an alternative type of ownership which is commonly used today in Massachusetts. Today’s subject is Trusts. For those of you not familiar with the con… Read More

I AM BUYING/SELLING MY HOME, DO I NEED A REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY?

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on January 9th, 2017

By: Attorney Patricia E. Couto| Associate Buying or selling a home is not an easy process and involves many different people, stacks of paperwork, complex legal documents, and occasionally several attorneys. Buying or selling your home will be one of the most important financial decisions that you face and it is important to make sure you know the parties involved, understand the documents you… Read More

THE BASICS OF SUMMARY PROCESS PROCEDURE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Posted in Blog, Business Law, Real Estate by on December 19th, 2016

By: Attorney Corey T. Pontes| Associate In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, summary process is the procedure by which a landlord evicts a residential tenant through the court. Summary process is governed by the Uniform Rules of Summary Process, which can easily be found online. In order to begin the summary process procedure, a landlord must first serve a tenant with a Notice to Quit. The notic… Read More

A TALE OF TENANCIES

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on September 6th, 2016

By: Attorney William Rosa| Partner Whenever you are acquiring real estate it is important to have your attorney assist you in determining the manner in which you will hold title to the property. The manner in which you hold title is important for a variety of reasons including liability protection and succession or estate planning. In Massachusetts, there are four basic tenancies that are used to… Read More

The Importance of Estate Planning for Parents

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on August 8th, 2016

By: Attorney Dianna M. Williams| Associate If something were to happen to you, who would you want to raise your children? People often associate estate planning with older, retired individuals; however, it is just as important for young adults, especially those with minor children. When a person passes away or is deemed incapacitated, a guardian will be appointed to take care of his or her m… Read More

Know Your Rights: Tenancy Law in Massachusetts

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on July 5th, 2016

By: Attorney Corey T. Pontes| Associate When entering into a residential lease agreement with a landlord, it is important that a tenant knows their rights. While a majority of landlords are responsive to the needs of their tenants, there are times when a landlord may not fulfill his or her legal duties under Massachusetts law. Types of Tenancies Tenancy for Years The tenancy for years is th… Read More

THE DISADVANTAGES OF LEASING SOLAR PANELS

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on June 13th, 2016

By: Attorney Patricia E. Alexandre| Associate If you are considering signing a lease agreement for the installation of solar panels from a solar company, BEWARE of the financial risks attached when it comes to selling or borrowing against your home once you sign the agreement. Consumers who have entered into long-term lease agreements for solar panels attached to their home are finding the… Read More

Lien Creditors Ability to Oppose or Object to a Debtor’s Motion to Avoid Judicial Lien Despite Not Previously Objecting to a Debtor’s Claim Exemption

Posted in Blog, Real Estate by on May 31st, 2016

By: Attorney Raymond C. Pelote | Partner When debtors file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions, many lien creditors don’t pay attention to the filing, despite receiving notice, until such time as the creditor’s liens are in jeopardy. Debtors, in filing their bankruptcy petitions, designate certain property they seek to exempt. Typically, debtors seek to exempt their largest asset whi… Read More