Tag: Real Estate Litigation

Residential Security Deposits Provide Protection for a Landlord, but There can be Unexpected Pitfalls

By David A. Michel and Sander A. Rikleen on April 29, 2016
notice of eviction and keys placed on top

On April 27, 2016, the ever-perilous legal landscape for Massachusetts residential landlords developed an additional potential pitfall. The statute governing... Read More »

Take Advantage of the Massachusetts Personal Property Tax Exemption for Solar Installations

By Sander A. Rikleen and Bethany A. Bartlett on December 17, 2014
miniature solar panel house with gold money sign in the middle

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board recently addressed the situation in which a land owner used a solar power system to... Read More »

Preexisting, Nonconforming Uses and Structures: A Recent Appeals Court Clarification

By Thomas P. Gorman on October 22, 2014
houses that look the same on a street with a tree in front and green grass also a blue sky in the background

Revisions to local zoning ordinances look prospectively. Thus, when a zoning ordinance is enacted prohibiting a specific use in any particular... Read More »

Recorded Deed with Defective Acknowledgement Fails to Provide Constructive Notice to Third Parties

By Sherin and Lodgen on September 24, 2014
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In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a real property grantee could not be... Read More »

Buying Standing? Buyer Beware.

By Thomas P. Gorman on June 3, 2014
a hand dropping keys into another hand

The doctrine of standing to sue -- the status that allows a plaintiff to bring a lawsuit in the first... Read More »

The Basics: Massachusetts Contingency Plan – Massachusetts Chapter 21E

By Ronald W. Ruth on December 9, 2013
a can with a rusted top and liquid pouring out

Many of our clients are very familiar with oil and hazardous materials law and how contamination can significantly affect real... Read More »

Unwary Landlord May Lose Right to Damages when Terminating Defaulting Tenant’s Lease

By Edward M. Bloom on May 6, 2013
lease agreement document with money and keys on a wood background

Commercial landlords should be aware of the April 30th SJC decision in 275 Washington Street Corp. v. Hudson River International,... Read More »

Breaking Up Is So Very Hard To Do: The Importance of Shareholders’ Agreements

By Gary M. Markoff on October 31, 2012
two men shaking hands in a business work space

“Make it easy on yourself”, the hit single by the Walker brothers, not only resonates with love struck couples, it... Read More »

Be careful (and wordy) in drafting “Prevailing Party” clauses

By Peter Friedenberg on September 26, 2012
a gavel hitting a stack of hundred dollar bills on a wooden table

It’s an oft-repeated complaint – the sheer cost of litigating a claim, regardless of its merits, makes it difficult or... Read More »

No writing? No problem. When a Purchase & Sale may be found enforceable

By Bethany A. Bartlett on July 18, 2012
laptop with hands typing and black wall with white envelopes on it

On May 22, 2012, a judge of the Middlesex Superior Court found that a buyer and seller intended to be... Read More »

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