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The Legal Documents Every Parent Needs Before Their Child Goes off to College: Power of Attorney & Health Care Proxy

As parents, sending our children off to college is a significant milestone, marked by excitement, anticipation, and a...

Matthew B. Lane

Squatter's Rights in Massachusetts: What Property Owners Need to Know

In recent news, stories about apartments being occupied by unauthorized individuals, known as squatters, have...

Matthew B. Lane

Where to Store Your Estate Planning Documents

Your estate planning documents should be cared for appropriately. Any damage to the original document, whether...

Matthew B. Lane

What is Probate? An Overview of the Massachusetts Probate Process

Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of life's most challenging experiences. Amidst the grief and emotional turmoil,...

Matthew B. Lane

What is a 1031 Exchange? A Guide to the Tax Advantages & Estate Planning Benefits

As a real estate investor, maximizing returns and minimizing tax liabilities are key priorities in building a...

Matthew B. Lane

What Happens When You Die Without a Will? A Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Intestate Succession Laws

Losing a loved one is a difficult and emotional experience, and dealing with the legal complexities of their estate can...

Matthew B. Lane

When to Update Your Estate Plan Documents & Why It's Important

Everyone should consider having an estate plan, and everyone with an estate plan should periodically revisit their plan...

Matthew B. Lane

Individual vs. Professional Trustees: Key Factors to Consider in Your Trustee Selection

With trusts being the preferred estate planning tool for many of our clients, we are frequently asked whether it’s...

Matthew B. Lane

What Are the Different Types of Real Estate Deeds in Massachusetts?

When it comes to transferring ownership of real estate in Massachusetts, understanding the different types of deeds is...

Matthew B. Lane

Understanding the NAR Settlement: Impact on Buyers, Sellers, and Real Estate Commissions in Massachusetts

In a significant development for the real estate industry, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which represents...

Matthew B. Lane

Who's Who? Know All the Parties Involved in Your Estate Plan

Embarking on the journey of estate planning can feel like navigating a complex network of relationships and...

Matthew B. Lane

A Buyer's Guide to Navigating the Purchase and Sale Agreement in Real Estate Transactions

You have found the perfect house, submitted your offer, and it was accepted! While it may feel like the end of the...

Matthew B. Lane

What You Need to Know About Creating a Will or Trust in Massachusetts

While thinking about your ultimate demise is never easy, it is important to have a plan in place to ensure that your...

Matthew B. Lane

Protect Your Property: Beware of Deed Scams Targeting Homeowners

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients comes immediately following a real estate...

Matthew B. Lane

The Advantages of Holding Real Estate in an LLC

A Limited Liability Company or "LLC" is a business entity created by Massachusetts law by drafting and filing Articles...

Robert F. Cirafice

What is a Petition to Partition?

A petition to partition is an action used when a property owner wishes to sell a piece of property they own as joint...

Robert F. Cirafice

The Massachusetts Homestead Act and What it Means for You

A Declaration of Homestead is a great way to protect your primary residence from collection, seizure, or a creditor’s...

Robert F. Cirafice

The Elective Share: How a Spouse Can Derail Your Estate Plan

In Massachusetts, a surviving spouse can claim a fixed portion of the decedent’s estate (referred to as an elective...

David B. Lane

How to Maintain Anonymity When You Win the Lottery in Massachusetts

Lottery winners in Massachusetts are often surprised when they go to claim their prize and are then asked by the...

David B. Lane

Estate Planning and Coronavirus: The Importance of Having Health Care Documents and What it Means for your Current Health Care Documents

With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and the abundance of fear and uncertainty that has come with it,...

David B. Lane

Our Certification of Title to Buyers of Real Estate

Our duties on behalf of the lender require that we examine the title to the premises. In addition, under the provisions...

David B. Lane

Title Insurance and Its Importance in Your Transaction

Real estate title insurance very simply is an insured statement of the conditions of one’s title or ownership rights to...

David B. Lane

Closing Attorneys and The Closing Process

Our duties on behalf of the lender require that we examine the title to the premises. In addition, under the provisions...

David B. Lane

Ways to Hold Title in Massachusetts

In order to properly prepare the mortgage documents we require information from you as to how you intend to take title...

David B. Lane

Representing the Interests of the Buyer in Real Estate Transactions

If this is your first home purchase, or perhaps you haven’t purchased a new home in a while, the process may seem...

David B. Lane

Important Notice About Your Closing (Buyers and Borrowers)

As you may know, our office represents your lender in matters relating to your request for a mortgage loan in order to...

David B. Lane