Have you ever heard the phrase “Jack of all trades, but master of none”? That phrase describes a general practice. A specialized practice focuses on a few areas, and masters them. We look at it like consulting a surgeon vs. your primary care doctor – when you need elbow surgery, you go to an elbow specialist. We want to be the specialist, not the primary care. We offer specialized expert service in: Estate Planning, Probate of Estates, Real Estate, and Business Law. Staying up to date in these fields requires constant education, which is time-consuming and expensive. No one can be an expert in everything. To be an expert, we had to pick and choose our areas of specialization.
- Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
- Elder Law
- Estate and Probate Administration
- Real Estate Buyer, Seller & Lender representation Real Estate Law & Real Estate Disputes
- Business Law – Mergers & Acquisitions
- Formation of new businesses
- Condominiums (formation, condo fee collection, etc.)
- QDRO Preparation
- Elder Law
- Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
- Estates & Probate
- Business Law
- Real Estate, Closings & Condominium Fee Collection
Elder law is a very challenging and specialized field. The rules are constantly changing, making the laws even more difficult to navigate. Legal advice and legal documents have to change with the times and creating effective estate plans and Medicaid plans hinge on one’s ability to think critically, be imaginative, and problem-solve.There are many times when I see clients getting ready to enter a family member into nursing home care, and I tell them that they should have come to see me five years ago! Let us help you plan for the future.
Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
In Massachusetts, everyone needs to have a Will. It’s just that simple. Without a Will, you are leaving a mess for your family, including months to even years of waiting for distributions, additional probate costs, susceptibility to creditors’ claims, estate taxes, and more. A proper estate plan is a MUST, especially for those of us with families and young children.
The Last Will & Testament
Do you have a Last Will & Testament? If not, you are leaving your loved ones with a substantial hardship when dealing with your assets. Even if you have taken care to leave money or property to your loved ones after you are gone, the process for reaching that property is much more difficult if there is no Will to consult. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has very specific rules regarding “who gets what” if you die without a Will, and the new MUPC has imposed even greater restrictions if there is no Will. Having a proper & up-to-date Will ensures that what you leave behind goes where you want it to. You can’t take it with you, but you can direct where it goes once you’re gone.
Will a Trust help you? A Trust is a useful tool for holding real estate, money, or other property. Also, Trust can be used to keep certain property out of reach from liability, or to possibly keep property out of the probate process. Trusts are versatile vehicles for accomplishing a number of goals. We will provide you with the legal advice on various types of Trusts, and the ways they can benefit to you.
Estates and Probate
Sadly, almost everyone is lacking in this area. People put their estate planning on the “back burner” and will “get to it later”. Doing that is mistake, and it can be costly. We can draft your plan or probate an estate. Let us help!
The NEW Mass Uniform Probate Code (MUPC)
Recent law updates have completely changed the way that we draft Wills, and the way we go through the probate process for Estates. We have experience with the new probate processes, including Will Contests, Will drafting and probate of estates. The new MUPC allows for even more customization of your Will. Further, we have experience in drafting and litigation of trusts under the new Mass Uniform Trust Code.
You need an experienced attorney to help you through the probate process. From being appointed as the Personal Representative, to dealing with creditor, to making distributions and selling real estate, we can help you get through it all.
Are you starting a new business? Are you already a business owner? How do you know that you have adequately protected yourself, your home, and your family from unexpected liability? We can help you set up a new business, or handle mergers & acquisitions of existing businesses.
Business entities such as corporations and limited liability companies (LLC’s), and even real estate trusts, each offer certain protections from liability, and can keep an individual’s assets out of reach in the event of a lawsuit.
We can advise you as to which type of business entity is right for you and your business. We can then quickly and efficiently create that business entity for you, including the drafting of all necessary documents and filing with the proper governmental authorities. Every business is different, and we will evaluate yours on an individual basis. We will provide you with the appropriate options, at reasonable rates.
Does your business qualify as a non-profit entity under state or federal law? If so, you may be eligible for many tax breaks and tax exemptions. However, qualifying for these exemptions and filing the proper paperwork is often very complicated, with several different options available. You need competent legal advice to know how to qualify for these exemptions, and file accordingly. For example, the documentation necessary for tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) is extremely complicated, and should not be undertaken without legal assistance.
We can help you determine if your business qualifies, advise you of how to qualify, and prepare both the corporate and tax-related documents.
Business Disputes & Contracts
We offer legal services for business disputes, drafting business agreements, contracts, and business consulting.
Real Estate, Closings & Condominium Fee Collection
Legal services include drafting and/or review of documents, including Purchase and Sale Agreement, Quitclaim Deeds, residential and Commercial Loan Documents, Easements, Homesteads, written opinions for the lender, and the like. Reasonable rates and free consultation.
We have conducted hundreds of closings, providing buyer & seller representation, as well as lender representation. Some Buyers qualify for FREE PURCHASE AND SALE SERVICES! The bottom line is, if we handle the loan transaction for your lender at the closing, there will be no charge to you for the Purchase and Sale services, which include P&S drafting, review, editing, and negotiation. The only fee charged is for the lender work, which is otherwise paid to the lender’s attorney.
As a Licensed Real Estate Broker, our attorney can assist you if you are trying to sell your property, while charging less money than a typical broker.
Legal services also include drafting and/or review of documents, including Purchase and Sale Agreement, Quitclaim Deeds, residential and Commercial Loan Documents, Easements, Homesteads, written opinions for the lender, and the like. Reasonable rates and free consultation.
Condominium Fee Collection:
In most cases, we can collect overdue condo fees on behalf of a condominium association at NO COST WHATSOEVER to the association. Massachusetts Law provides for the payment of attorneys fees by the unit owner that is delinquent with his or her condo fees. Therefore, the attorneys fees, court costs, and other costs of the legal action are added to the amount that the unit owner already owes. We do not require a retainer for legal fees from my condo association clients, and we collect payment through the action itself. We have had great success in collecting delinquent condominium fees for several condo associations, at absolutely no cost to the association, and in most cases it is without ever going to court! Massachusetts Law provides for the payment of attorneys fees by the unit owner that is delinquent with his or her condo fees.
Are you interested in converting a new or existing dwelling into condominiums? We will draft and record all necessary documentation to create and maintain condominiums under MA General Laws Ch. 183A. This includes the Master Deed, the Condominium Trust, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations. We will also assist you with creating a budget and setting condo fees.
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