Real Estate Law

10.31.2022 | In The News | Podcasts

Legal Judg(e)ments Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2: FORE!

Bob and Robert Galvin discuss Tenczar v. Indian Pond Country Club, Inc. and what happens when a home ostensibly becomes a part of a golf course.  … Read More

09.01.2022 | Publications

Buyer Beware: The Return of Caveat Emptor

Sullivan v. Five Acres Realty Trust, 487 Mass. 64 (2020) The ancient maxim of caveat emptor means “let the buyer beware.” 1 Under this well-known legal doctrine, a seller is not liable to a buyer for defects in a property in the absence of an express warranty or fraud.2 Courts…

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08.02.2022 | Client Alerts

Mayor Michelle Wu’s Task Force Weighs Reintroduction of Rent Stabilization/Rent Control

Mayor Michelle Wu announced, in March, that she was organizing a Rent Stabilization Advisory Committee to explore ways the City could implement rent control to address rising rents. The Committee is made up of affordable housing advocates, housing experts and… Read More

02.07.2022 | Client Alerts | In The News

SJC Affirms Multi-Million Dollar Verdict Against Unscrupulous Commercial Landlord

In H1 Lincoln, Inc. v. South Washington Street, LLC, et al. (Lincoln), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed a multi-million dollar verdict against a landlord for bad faith business practices against its tenant on the “Auto Road” in North Attleborough. The SJC grounded its decision on the landlord’s commercially extortionate… Read More

11.01.2021 | Podcasts

Legal Judg(e)ments Podcast, Episode 2, A Cain and Abel Story

Bernkopf Goodman partner Robert Stetson talks with the author of a popular legal treatise, Jordan Shapiro, about his case Haddad v. Haddad and how the trusts and estates bar can virtually eliminate will contests by using modern technology. As a bonus, Jordan also discusses an important homestead law development. Visit … Read More

05.13.2021 | Client Alerts | In The News

Allen D. Hankins Recognized as an Up & Coming Lawyer

Bernkopf Goodman LLP is pleased to announce that partner Allen D. Hankins will be honored tonight as a 2021 “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly during the annual Excellence in the Law event. The award recognizes local attorneys who have been practicing for ten years or less and… Read More

01.20.2021 | Client Alerts

Latest CARES Act Includes Significant, Albeit Temporary, Provisions to the Bankruptcy Code Affecting Commercial Landlords, Tenants and Suppliers

On December 27, 2020, the second CARES Act was signed into law, providing an additional $900 billion in pandemic relief. Less publicized are several changes the Act made to the United States Bankruptcy Code that are applicable to commercial landlords, tenants, and suppliers. A summary of these changes follows: Altered… 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

11.05.2020 | In The News

Bernkopf Goodman Ranked Nationally by U.S. News

Bernkopf Goodman LLP has been ranked nationally and regionally in the 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms,” presented by U.S. News — Best Lawyers®. This publication ranks law firms according to three tiers based on legal practice area and geographic location on an annual basis. The review process is rigorous,… Read More