If you look at zoning-related news in Massachusetts towns, you might spot this sentence — "angry (group) gathered at Town Hall to voice their concerns over..." somewhere in the lead paragraph. As a real estate attorney who has permitted hundreds of residential and commercial buildings in dozens of municipalities across Massachusetts over twenty years, I've been part of many discussions on both sides about preserving the "small town feel" of a suburban area. It begs the
Planning for your future and what will happen to your estate upon passing is a topic that every person should discuss. Everyone's goal should be to minimize delay and expense when dealing with not only their financial accounts, but their entire estate plan. If your estate plan is done correctly, there should be minimal- to-no cost upon your passing and the transfer immediate. My opinion is that probate should be avoided whenever possible, due to
When House Speaker Paul Ryan used a clip from a Boston College student’s footage of a recent graduation in a video he made about simplifying the tax code, he had no idea he would become the poster child for copyright infringers who think they can get away with using content without permission. In the past, you'd automatically picture a student pulling a sentence or two from Encyclopedia Brittanica when plagiarism came to mind, since using
Work Permit Changes Ahead? Mayor Marty Walsh Proposes that City Officers Approve or Deny Massachusetts' Work Permits.
"Here are some things Pellegrini suggests putting on a sublease: a security deposit, whether pets are allowed, how many guests the roommate can have and for how long, what alterations they can make to the space, a late fee for rent, who pays utilities, and how many keys will be made."
“Many small business owners are afraid to collect for fear of upsetting a long-term client, but continuing the work without being paid sets a dangerous precedent that will ensure you will never be paid on time,” Pellegrini says.
Announcing our proud receipt, once again, of the First Justices' Award for Pro Bono Publico Excellence, awarded by the Probate and Family Court. This award is given for our commitment to pro bono legal assistance in pursuit of providing equal access to justice for indigent and socially disadvantaged individuals across Southeastern Massachusetts.
A recent decision by the Massachusetts Land Court held that text messages between real estate agents can satisfy the requirements of the statute of frauds and bind parties to a real estate transaction. In Massachusetts, the statute of frauds requires transactions for the sale of real property to be in writing and signed. In its decision, the court noted that the use of email and text has “advanced immensely and become commonplace” in the last
Kevin Gosnell, the owner of T&K Asphalt Services, was diagnosed in May 2015 with ALS. Kevin decided to dedicate the time he has left into creating an organization to unite efforts around ALS. We wanted to share with you that Eastern Bank is trying to help raise $1,000 from a 1,000 business customers in the month of June. We have become a proud donor and hope you will consider helping to rally around a member
Part II: What is a Digital Asset and Why It Is So Important to Your Estate Plan (Apple and the F.B.I.)
The recent Apple case is an excellent example of a digital asset controversy, and one that will hopefully help bring awareness to this critical aspect of estate planning. When I submitted Part I of this Blog, the Department of Justice had not yet “cracked” the iPhone’s code. Even though this particular issue is now moot, the Apple case remains as an excellent illustration of the growing importance of digital assets and how difficult… or impossible…