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A Better Way of Resolving Attorney’s Fees Disputes

I’ve been receiving more inquiries in recent months from prospective clients who are in disputes over fees charged by an attorney who previously represented them in a matter, and who now claims that fees are owed by the client.    In…

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Alan Named “SuperLawyer” for Sixth Straight Year

Alan has been selected by his colleagues as a Massachusetts “SuperLawyer” in the specialty of litigation for the sixth straight year. Attorneys use several criteria in casting SuperLawyer votes.  These include civility and integrity,  mastery of case facts and applicable…

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Alan Secures Highly Favorable Settlement for Homeowner

In what turned out to be a terrific result, Alan recently settled a lawsuit brought by a client whose billing practices were violative of Massachusetts law. Alan’s client hired a contractor to renovate a two-family home. The contractor charged the…

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Alan Secures Purchase of Property for Client

In a case that resulted in a nearly unprecedented result, Alan recently secured the repurchase of property for a client who had been foreclosed upon by her lender. Alan was contacted by the client, who had been foreclosed upon four…

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The derivative lawsuit: A little-used weapon against estates

When you step back and think about it, the administration of an estate carries with it the potential to provoke disagreement between the estate and its heirs.   The personal representative (formerly known under prior law as the execturor) has the…

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Alan Secures Victory For Widow in Bitterly Contested Estate Dispute

An arbitrator has issued a decision in favor of Alan’s client in a bitterly disputed, lengthy case that has its roots in events that occurred in the early 1990s. In late 1992, Gloria died without a will. Gloria’s husband, Peter,…

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The Burden of Proof – Challenging a Will or Trust in Massachusetts

There are not many circumstances under which someone would normally challenge a will or a trust. But if you are a beneficiary, an heir, or another interested party and you are concerned about the validity of the documents pertaining to…

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Unpaid Commissions, Misclassification, And Arbitration

Within the last decade,  more companies have asked employees or contractors to sign agreements that force them to arbitrate any disputes they may have with the company.    Our courts have repeatedly ruled that arbitration clauses in such agreements are enforceable.  …

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Do we have the right to challenge this Will?

Additional Information: My two uncles lived together in Needham, Massachusetts for years. One Uncle has Alzheimers and the other Uncle just died. My sister who has been caring for my Uncle for the last 3 years found a Will leaving…

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Many Owners, Many Problem: What to Do?

So what happens if two or more people own property and can’t agree on how to manage it, or what should be done with it? Under Massachusetts law, the remedy for that problem is known as a petition for partition….

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Alan Secures Judgment in Sewage Backup Case

A Superior Court judge has handed Alan’s client a substantial judgment in a sewage loss case. The client, a homeowner in Lynn, experienced a backup of raw sewage in her basement during a heavy rainstorm in the fall of 2011….

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Can I Challenge a Will or a Personal Representative Appointment in an Informal Probate?

For many people who are involved in estate disputes, such as a will contest or personal representative appointment, their first formal interaction with the dispute occurs when they receive a “Notice of Informal Probate” from the estate’s attorney.    The informal…

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Attorneys Who Draft Estate Planning Documents: Are Their Lips Truly Sealed?

What happens when a person dies, and the provisions of their estate plan are not clear? Should the attorney drafting the estate plan be compelled to testify as to what the decedent might have said when the estate plan was drafted?

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Boston Legal Malpractice Lawyer | Newton, Wellesley, Waltham

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“Pit Bull” v. “Peaceful Warrior”: Is There A Difference?

A few years I was taking the deposition of a defendant in a will contest. During a particularly tense of line of questioning the defendant’s attorney started ranting that the questioning of his client was “demeaning” and “inappropriate”. He threatened…

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