Real Estate

Real estate matters often overlap with other practice areas. Therefore, our firm has developed a multidisciplinary approach to representing many of our real estate clients. The firm’s real estate lawyers have experience in many areas, such as:

  • Real estate development and permitting (zoning, wetland, sub-division control)
  • Financing
  • Conveyancing and title insurance (including title insurance claims matters)
  • Lease negotiation and drafting
  • Workouts and foreclosures
  • Environmental issues, including Brownfields development and management of hazardous waste risks
  • Estate planning
  • Tax abatements and exemptions
  • Condominium development and governance
  • Cannabis related real estate issues

Our real estate clients include commercial, residential, industrial, nonprofit, municipal and quasi-governmental owners, developers, sellers, purchasers and contractors. Our real estate lawyers serve or have served on city and town land use boards such as planning boards, conservation commissions and zoning boards of appeal.

Typical real estate matters include:

  • Zoning and permitting approval for commercial development
  • Acquisition, development and divestiture of land for mixed use development
  • Obtaining local, state and federal permits for commercial, industrial and multifamily real estate
  • Assisting in closing complex financing of real estate projects
  • Resolving real estate title disputes and clearing title
  • Negotiating and drafting leases, easements and option agreements
  • Advising lenders or borrowers in real estate workouts and mortgage foreclosures
  • Real estate, financial and construction litigation in all Massachusetts courts
  • Representation of purchasers and sellers in commercial transactions
  • Advising parties with respect to real estate tax agreements, tax abatements and tax exemptions
  • Providing tax, estate planning and business advice relating to forms of real estate ownership
  • Drafting conservation and agricultural restrictions
Key Contacts

Kathleen L. Bernardo