Lis pendens is Latin for "suit pending". This fancy sounding legal procedure is used when there is litigation pending that affects real property. In obtaining a lis pendens, one gives notice to all interested parties (through the registry of deeds) of such litigation, essentially putting a cloud on the property, like a lien. A lis pendens on title of a property can make it virtually impossible to sell. Getting a Lis Pendens According to M.G.L. Chapter
Currently, this matter is under review on Capitol Hill and legislators are well aware of this problem, particularly for small businesses who have been served trolling letters.
In any given Massachusetts town right now, a zoning-related news story probably begins with "angry/concerned citizens gathered at Town Hall..." 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 witnessed many contentious discussions at Town Hall about preserving the "small town feel" of a suburban area. The answer has and always will be - planning.
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