Client Alerts

01.16.2021 | Client Alerts

Governor Baker Pocket Vetoes Two Key Tenant Protection Provisions Within the New Stimulus Bill

In recently signing legislation providing for $626.5 million to be spread around the Massachusetts economy over the next five years, Governor Baker exercised his pocket veto to strike certain provisions within House Bill 5250 (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H5250). Bill H.5250 included a controversial provision that would have granted tenants a right of… Read More

01.11.2021 | Client Alerts

PPP Loans and Taxes

The CARES Act provided that PPP loan funds that are forgiven will not be included in gross income for tax purposes (contrary to the general tax rule that forgiveness of indebtedness is included in a taxpayer’s gross income). The $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill that became law in late December… Read More

01.05.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Small Business Relief Program: Massachusetts Relief Available for Small Businesses Including Restaurants and Bars

Governor Baker has targeted small businesses in Massachusetts since October 2020 with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation’s initial funding, but previous stimulus money and budget allocations were insufficient to keep up with the need. Effective immediately, Governor Baker is now allocating more funds to help restaurants, bars, and other small… Read More

12.16.2020 | Client Alerts

Client Alert: Court Orders Owner to Pay its Contractor Over $4.6 Million for Violations of the Massachusetts Prompt Pay Act

In a case of first impression in Massachusetts, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Michael D. Ricciuti has ordered a real estate developer to pay its general contractor $4,600,109.24 within 45 days as a consequence of the developer’s failure to comply with the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act, G.L. c. 149, § 29E… Read More

11.13.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Limited Time for Boston Businesses to Apply for $6 Million in Grants

Mayor Marty Walsh has announced three new funds to distribute $6 million of federal aid to small Boston businesses, but the deadline to apply is one week away. This welcomed aid from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is designed to provide rent relief to small businesses, grants to minority-,… Read More

08.13.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

If You’re a Small Boston Business, Don’t Forget the Reopen Boston Fund

If you’re a small business that must physically engage closely with the public through a direct service and have 25 or fewer employees with a brick and mortar space in the City of Boston (excluding chain or corporate franchises), you may be eligible for a grant. The Reopen Boston… Read More

07.21.2020 | Client Alerts

Governor Baker Extends the MA Eviction Moratorium For 60 Days

Today, Governor Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to him by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency, which was signed… Read More

06.25.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

MA Courts Will Soon Reopen for Business… In Phases of Course

As Massachusetts begins its slow recovery, courthouses will physically reopen to the public on July 13, 2020, for specific expanded purposes. The first phase of additional in-person proceedings will include persons who are present for certain in-person court proceedings, conducting in-person business with a clerk’s, register’s, or recorder’s office, meeting… Read More

06.06.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Five Significant Changes Brought on by the PPPFA That Affect How Small Businesses Can Utilize PPP Funds

On June 5, 2020, the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPPFA) of 2020 (H.R. 7010), a bill that extends certain aspects of the Paycheck Protection Program. There are five major changes brought on by the PPPFA that affect how small businesses can utilize PPP funds,… Read More

06.02.2020 | Client Alerts

Allen D. Hankins Elevated to Partner

Bernkopf Goodman LLP has elevated Allen D. Hankins, an attorney in the firm’s Real Estate Group, to a partner of the firm. Allen D. Hankins “We are thrilled to welcome Allen to our firm’s partnership,” said Christopher Mordas, Chief Executive Officer of Bernkopf Goodman LLP. “Allen… Read More