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Real Estate

The Real Estate Department has built a practice of highly qualified attorneys, each expert in various aspects of the law, including:

  • real estate development
  • leasing and conveyancing
  • foreclosures
  • representing lenders in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire

To ensure that client matters are handled effectively and thoroughly, we have fostered successful working relationships with a wide range of professionals, including:

  • environmental experts
  • surveyors
  • land engineers
  • title examiners
  • accountants
  • financial planners

These valuable resources enable us to meet a client's existing priorities and any future needs that may arise.

Real Estate Acquisition, Development and Sales:

Includes Purchase and Sale Agreements, Site Analysis, Land Control Documentation, Ground Leases, Permits and Approvals, and Organization of Development Entity-Joint Ventures, Corporations, Limited Liability Corporations, Limited Partnerships and General Partnerships and Trusts.

Commercial Financing:

Includes Acquisition, Construction, Interim and Permanent Mortgage Loan Commitments and Documents, Joint Venture Agreements, Sale and Leasebacks, Small Business Loans, Loan Participations and Mortgage Insurance.

Residential Financing:

Includes Preparation of Closing Documents, Title Search and Certification, Title Insurance Policies, Funding and Disbursement, IRS 1099 Reporting and Complete Closing Packages Back to Lender Next Business Day.

Real Estate Workouts and Foreclosures:

Includes Loan Restructuring, Forbearance Arrangements, Deeds-in-Lieu of Foreclosure, Foreclosure, Bankruptcy and Reorganizations, Trust Mortgages and Collection Litigation.


Includes Commercial Leases (Shopping Centers, Retail Space, Offices, Industrial Space, Warehouses and Restaurants), Ground Leases, Residential Leases, Single Family, Multifamily and Condominium Units and Evictions (Commercial and Residential).

Title Matters:

Includes Title Searches, Title Certifications, Title Insurance Policies, Prosecution and Defense of Land Court Registration, Confirmation Proceedings and Prosecution and Defense of Title Insurance Claims. We are approved agents for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

Land Control Documents:

Includes Purchase and Sale Agreements, Options, Rights of First Refusal, Industrial Park Covenants and Restrictions, Homeowners' Associations, Easements, Licenses and Conservation Restrictions.

Condominiums and Cooperatives:

Includes Creation of New Condominiums and Cooperatives, Phased Condominiums and Planned Unit Developments, Condominium Conversions (Representation of Owner/Converter and Representation of Tenant Groups, Unit Owner Associations), Purchase & Sale of Existing Condominium Units, Cooperative Units, Commercial Condominiums, Medical and Professional Office Condominiums, Warehouse Condominiums and Unit Owners Association Matters (Transfer of Control to Unit Owners, Governance and Management of the Condominium, Collection of Common Charges, Defense of Claims Involving Common Areas and Claims Involving Developer or Foreclosing Lender).

Brokerage and Property Management:

Includes Listing Agreements, Management Agreements and Commission Disputes.

Land Use and Environmental Controls - The Regulatory Process:

Includes Zoning, Subdivision, State Building Code, Handicapped Regulations, Federal, State and Local Environmental Laws and Regulations (Wetlands, Waterways License, Department of Environmental Protection, Hazardous Waste, Federal Superfund and Massachusetts Superlien Act, Oil Spills, Solid Waste Disposal, Toxic Substances, Right-to-Know Compliance and Storage of Flammables).


Includes Construction, Architect, Construction Management Agreements, Contract Claims, Bidding Disputes, Contractor, Subcontractor and Materialmen's Lien Claims and Litigation and Performance and Payment Bond Claims and Defense.

Real Estate Tax Abatements:

Includes Applications for Abatements of Real Estate Taxes to Municipal Boards of Assessors and Appeals to the Appellate Tax Board.

Contact: Department Head Dana A. Cetlin