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Tag: Real Estate Litigation

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

04/29/2016   |   BY David A. Michel and Sander A. Rikleen

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

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

12/17/2014   |   BY Sander A. Rikleen

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

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

10/22/2014   |   BY Thomas P. Gorman

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

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

09/24/2014   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a real property grantee could not be... Read More »

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Buying Standing? Buyer Beware.

06/03/2014   |   BY Thomas P. Gorman

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

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The Basics: Massachusetts Contingency Plan – Massachusetts Chapter 21E

12/09/2013   |   BY Ronald W. Ruth

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

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

05/06/2013   |   BY

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

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

10/31/2012   |   BY Gary M. Markoff

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

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

09/26/2012   |   BY Peter Friedenberg

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

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

07/18/2012   |   BY

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