Our attorneys represent landlords, property owners, property managers and tenants. A vast majority of landlord tenant disputes are resolved in the Housing Court although other courts may also have jurisdiction. The housing courts exclusive focus on housing issues means that the judges and court personnel have extensive experience in resolving these types of cases.
Landlord / Tenant law encompasses an extensive area of state and federal law including:
If you are a property manager we can assist you with drafting property management agreements, reviewing leases and other forms including security deposit forms, last months rent forms, statements of condition and notices to quit. Additionally, we are available to consult with you regarding your business practices, risk management, insurance issues, corporate structure and the new data privacy laws including preparing a mandatory written information security program (WISP) as required by M.G.L c.93H and 201 CMR §17. We are available to represent you in eviction cases, claims by tenants and cities and towns for building code or sanitary code violations as well as any other matters in which you may require representation.
If you are a property owner I am available to consult with you regarding your decision to either manage your investment property yourself or in hiring a professional property management company. We can assist you with implementing asset protection plans including risk management, various ownership forms including LLC's and nominee realty trusts. If you decide to manage your investment property yourself I can review leases and other forms including security deposit forms, last months rent forms and statements of condition and notices to quit. We are available to represent you in eviction cases, claims by tenants and cities and towns for building code or sanitary code violations as well as any other matters in which you may require representation. We are available to represent you in the purchase and sale of your investment property and can consult with you regarding due diligence in evaluating property.
If you are a tenant and have received a notice to quit, We are available to consult with you regarding you options. If you have a landlord who is unresponsive to your reasonable requests and who has failed to provide housing consistent with the State Building Code please contact me to discuss your options, including rent withholding and repair and deduct. If you have experienced housing discrimination because you have children we are available to consult with you to ensure that your rights are protected.
Our attorneys represents receivers in housing court. In housing court receivers are appointed when property owners are either unable or unwilling to bring their property into compliance with the law and the property represents a health and / or safety hazard to the occupants or the community. If you are a receiver or wish to learn about becoming a receiver please contact us to discuss this opportunity.
Our attorneys have experience in handling automobile accidents. If you have been injured in an automobile accident, as a pedestrian or by a hit-and-run auto please contact us to discuss your options. We have experience working for an insurance company for many years and bring my experience and knowledge to work my clients. A claims adjuster for the insurance company will likely not inform you of all the benefits which may be available to you after an accident and the best way to utilize these benefits. Some claims adjusters will be kind, but their role is not to provide you with the best advice and counsel regarding your claim. Unfortunately, some insurance companies and adjusters fail to comply with the requirements of good faith and fair dealings when adjusting claims. If you have been involved in an accident please contact us to discuss your options.
If you require representation in civil litigation please contact us to discuss your options. Whether this is a tort, breach of contract, insurance claim or other matter we would be happy to discuss your case with you.
Limited assistance representation (sometimes referred to as "unbundling") is available in some situations. Generally an attorney must represent a client in all phases of litigation once the attorney has filed an appearance. Massachusetts has recently allowed attorneys, who have met specific criteria, to provided limited representation to clients while the client remains responsible to handle the remainder of the case. This can provide cost savings to the client who may only want, or need, assistance with discreet legal tasks.
Examples of where an attorney may provide limited representation include:
An attorney can not attend a hearing simply for the purposes of interposing objections.
Remember it is important to discuss all aspects of your case with your attorney, even if the attorney is only going to handle a discreet task. It is important for the attorney to have an understanding of how that discreet task fits into the overall case.
Servicing all of Massachusetts Including:
Worcester, Hampden & Hampshire Counties
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