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The Bank’s Attorney Is The Bank’s Attorney—Not Yours


When you have decided to purchase a home in Massachusetts, you have undoubtedly made a life-altering expensive decision.  Once the offer to purchase has been accepted by the seller, the first question your broker will likely ask you is whether you intend to hire your own attorney to assist and guide you through the next

SBA Small Business Loans in a Nutshell


Many business owners have heard the term “SBA”, particularly in relation to SBA loans, but are unsure of exactly what the SBA is, how it can help small businesses owners and the types of loan programs that the SBA offers. This article will provide an overview of the SBA, an explanation of typical SBA loans,

Minimize the Pain of Capital Gain


Many people are vaguely aware that if they sell their primary residence they will get some sort of tax break, however many are not sure what the tax break is, how it is calculated or when it applies.  Given the frequent changes to the rules regarding the taxation of capital gain, particularly in regard to

Massachusetts Private Employees are Not Entitled to Paid Vacation Time, But If It Is A Benefit Offered By An Employer, Accrued Unused Time Must Be Paid Out Upon Separation


Although Massachusetts private employers are not required to grant vacation time to their employees, many do as benefit to employment. When an employer decides to offer paid vacation time they must be aware that the vacation time accrued or earned under an oral or written agreement with the employee is treated the same as an

Checkup For Your Docs


As a litigation attorney at Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C., I am often asked to review documents after a problem arises with an employee, partner, shareholder, vendor or deceased relative.  More often than not, I am explaining to the client that the documents that will serve to control the path of the litigation are outdated

Estate Planning Isn’t Just For The Wealthy!


Everyone over the age of eighteen should have an estate plan, regardless of your net worth. An estate plan consists of documents that control decisions over your person or your affairs if you cannot make those decisions for yourself, or if you pass away. It includes not only the documents that everyone thinks about such

What is an Evergreen Clause and Whose Burden to Prove Renewal?


Evergreen provisions are used in contracts, leases or other agreements that have a fixed maturity date, but the parties anticipate renewals of the term. Such evergreen contracts or leases automatically renew unless one of the parties gives the other notice of their intention not to renew. Generally the contracts will require some period, between one