REAL ESTATE

MSU’s general real estate practice involves the representation of business entities and individuals in a wide range of real estate matters. These matters include assisting with the purchase and sale of real property, leasing of residential and commercial property, and pursing financing options. Our lawyers are experienced with drafting and negotiating complex documents, examining and certifying title to real estate, and issuing title insurance policies.

CONDOMINIUMS & COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

MSU’s condominium and community association practice, which covers all types and sizes of condominiums, community associations, and homeowner associations, involves the representation and advising of managing boards, trustees, property management companies, and unit owners on all issues regarding the governance and operations of these entities. Our advice is sometimes purely law-based, but frequently is a blend of law and a more practical approach based upon our years of experience. Our services include lien enforcement/common area fee recovery, drafting of condominium documents and amendments thereto, drafting and enforcing rules, attendance at board meetings, and general association litigation. MSU’s attorneys are members of and active participants in the New England Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

LITIGATION

MSU’s litigation practice covers all aspects of real estate, condominium and community association, commercial, landlord-tenant, and zoning and land use law. MSU’s attorneys provide advice to clients on what to expect in litigation and when and how to try and avoid litigation. When litigation is necessary, MSU’s attorneys will aggressively litigate matters to achieve client goals. MSU’s attorneys are experienced in trying cases to juries and judges, and are also experienced in navigating matters through the appeals process.

ZONING & LAND USE

MSU attorneys work closely with professional planners, engineers, architects and wetlands scientists in the pursuit of real estate development permits and approvals.  We frequently appear before reviewing agencies and work closely with municipal officials behind the scenes to ease the burdens associated with land use in New England.  We are often called upon by our clients to assist in the due diligence analysis that typically occurs as our clients analyze the development opportunities of particular properties.  In addition, we represent property owners with the protection of their property rights as those rights are affected by nearby development.

BANKING & FINANCE

MSU provides a full range of representation to support the financing goals of our clients. We handle sophisticated commercial lending transactions for lenders and borrowers. In addition, we represent homeowners and lenders (including private lenders) in residential mortgage transactions. The firm is an agent for First American Title Insurance Company and frequently works with other major national title insurance companies.

LANDLORD-TENANT

MSU’s residential and commercial landlord-tenant practice involves the representation of owners and managers of real estate throughout Massachusetts.  The firm provides advice on day-to-day operational matters, drafts leases, subleases, and related documentation, and represents property owners in evictions.  MSU’s attorneys also advise tenants with respect to the unique issues that they may encounter.

BUSINESS & CORPORATE

MSU’s business and corporate practice involves the representation of a diverse group of businesses ranging from individual start-up businesses to large corporations. We also represent a variety of trusts. Our services include advising with respect to entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, financing, general business matters as well as drafting and reviewing a wide variety of agreements that these entities require to carry out their day to day operations.