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New Power for Condominium Associations to Collect Unpaid Condominium Fees

On March 29, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision for Condominium Associations. In the Drummer Boy Association, Inc. v. Britton case, the Court has ruled that a Condominium Association may file successive lega… Read More
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Protecting Condominium Associations - Collecting Unpaid Fees

The Appeals Court of Massachusetts recently restricted the ‘super lien’ of condominium associations over first mortgage holders for unpaid condo fees to the six months immediately preceding the filing of a lawsuit and no more. What does t… Read More
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Not In My Backyard - Abutters and Zoning Decisions

Recent decisions in Massachusetts courts have tightened the requirements for challenging a zoning decision. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that in order to challenge a zoning decision, the adverse effect on the plaintiff of the zoning… Read More
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Are You Liable Following An Underage Drinking Party At Your Home?

Recently, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that a teenager who had hosted an underage drinking party, but did not supply alcohol, could not be held civilly liable if one of the guests were hurt.  The case involved a 16-year old girl… Read More
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Should Your Investment Property Be In An LLC?

The choice of the right business entity for your investment real estate is an important decision. It is driven by many factors and can have numerous consequences. It is extremely important to work with your legal and professional advisers to determin… Read More
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Collecting Overdue Condominium Fees in Massachusetts

Unpaid condominium fees and special assessments are a common issue facing associations in Massachusetts. In dire economic times, the arrearage only tends to increase. The condominium association is left trying to work within a budget, lower than anti… Read More
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Secret Judges

Effective December 19, 2011 the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings and Adjudication (ODAR) instituted a new policy where the identity of the administrative law judge assigned to each claimant’s case will not be disclosed… Read More
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Real Estate Broker Held Liable for Incorrect Representations

In a recent Massachusetts case decided in November, 2011, a real estate broker’s information in a newspaper ad and on the listing sheet, incorrectly stating the zoning classification of a property, caused the real estate broker to be held liable fo… Read More
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Landlords Beware: Four Unrelated Persons Equal A Rooming House

A recent Massachusetts case clarifies that when an apartment is rented to four or more unrelated individuals, the law will treat that apartment building as a rooming house, thereby subjecting it to a different set of regulations. In this case, the Ci… Read More
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Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Work Incentives

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to disabled or blind workers who are insured as a result of their work history of contributions into the Social Security trust fund. The Supplemental Security Program (SSI) is need based a… Read More
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