18 01, 2018

Lis Pendens – Protecting or Endangering Your Interests?

January 18th, 2018|

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

7 12, 2017

Protect YOUR Interests – Five Reasons Why You Need an Attorney to Represent You in a Real Estate Transaction

December 7th, 2017|

Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to make the exciting and equally terrifying decision to purchase a home!  Or maybe you’re looking to sell your home in order to upgrade or downsize. If you’re buying, you’ve saved up money for a down payment, worked on your credit, got pre-approved for a mortgage, have a budget, and set out looking for your dream home. You look online and/or ask family and friends if they can recommend a real

9 11, 2017

Beware of the Copyright Trolling Letter

November 9th, 2017|

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.

17 10, 2017

5 Reasons Millennials Need an Estate Plan

October 17th, 2017|

Estate planning is not high on the list of priorities for Millennials for one reason or another.  Being a Millennial myself, I have personally had these conversations with friends. Typically, I get responses like “I’m buried in debt and don’t have anything to plan for anyway” or “Nothing’s going to happen to me, and I’m healthy, so I don’t need to worry about that until I’m in my 40s or 50s.”  The reality, however, is

17 10, 2017

Estate Planning For Millennials, by Millennials

October 17th, 2017|

THE MILLENNIAL ESTATE PLAN For our generation, the topic of estate planning evokes thoughts of mansions, yachts, and the oft maligned “trust fund baby.” Others tend to think of their parents or grandparents, or the need for Medicaid planning for a nursing home.  This is true for personal friends of mine. When I talk to friends and others my age about estate planning, the most popular responses I get are something like “I’m buried in

21 09, 2017

Estate Planning in the Digital Age

September 21st, 2017|

Planning for our online and digital assets is just as important as planning for our physical, tangible, property.  Not only do we make purchases on the internet, and have passwords for access to most, if not all, of our accounts, which store our personal information, memories, and thoughts, we may even invest and use digital currency, or even own virtual goods that have a real-world value. Providing our loved ones with the ability to account

5 09, 2017

Are You Legally Communicating With Your Spouse?

September 5th, 2017|

Typically, I hear people saying that conversations between spouses are privileged and that one spouse cannot, or does not have to, testify against the other.  But, is your conversation a “private conversation,” legally speaking? You may be thinking that that is a strange question, and that there are no laws governing communications with your spouse. Well, you’re right, but not completely.  While there may not be a specific law governing what one spouse can say

18 08, 2017

Can A Will Help Your Family Avoid Probate?

August 18th, 2017|

Q: "If I have a will, is my estate and family safe from delays and expenses from Probate Court?” A: This is one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of estate planning, and unfortunately, just having a will is not sufficient to avoid probate. WHAT IS A WILL? A will is a document that details your final wishes for your personal and/or real property after death. When you create your will, you'll notice clauses that

14 08, 2017

Development vs. The Small Town: Can They Coexist?

August 14th, 2017|

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.