General Practice

HUD-Insured Projects

Representation of Mortgagors in the development and closing of HUD-insured multi-family and health care facilities loans. Representation of Owners in the administration of HUD-insured loans. Representation of Mortgagees in closing HUD-insured multi-family and health care facilities project loans.

Property Management

Our clients include many of the largest, most respected residential and commercial property management firms in Eastern Massachusetts, as well as property owners who do their own management. We assist them by providing proactive advice, conducting educational programs for managers, and appearing in residential and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, including HUD-subsidized projects, and general litigation.

Commercial and Residential Real Estate

Representing individuals, business and lending institutions in commercial and residential real estate matters: purchase and sale agreements, title examinations, options, mortgages and conveyancing. Our other services include providing aid and obtaining financing and negotiating contractor and architect agreements, as well as in options, zoning and administrative agency representation, development representation, and government financing arrangements, such as H.U.D. and M.H.F.A. programs.

Condominiums and Cooperatives

We have a great deal of experience acting on behalf of sponsors, buyers and lenders of residential and commercial condominiums. Our services include preparing master condominium documentation for both new construction and conversions – ranging from row houses to large multi-phased developments. Our firm represents, as general counsel, many condominium and cooperative trustees and boards of directors, including collections of common charges and rules of enforcement.

Commercial Leasing

We give legal assistance in drafting both model form and individual leases, and in reviewing and negotiating leases. We also provide associated documentation, such as assignments and options.

Estate Planning and Probate Administration

Represent individuals and trusts in estate planning, wealth-transfer and business-succession matters. We provide the full array of estate planning services, including the drafting of Wills and Trusts, and related tax planning and advice. We also represent executors, families, and beneficiaries in the administration of decedent estates, asset marshaling and value determination, and estate taxation issues.

Consumer Bankruptcy and Creditor Representation

The firm provides bankruptcy representation to individuals experiencing financial difficulty so they may obtain a fresh start in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. We also represent individuals in Chapter 13 debt reorganization, which grants three to five year repayment plans and an automatic stay of collections helping you keep your home and your creditors at bay. We also represent creditors by preserving and pursuing their claims in all bankruptcy proceedings.

Mediation

John McCullough and Daniel Polvere, affiliated with Joseph Mediation, offer mediation services to help parties reach resolution in a speedy and cost-effective manner of disputes in the following areas of law: landlord-tenant, condominium, construction, health care, family, employment and business relations.

Business Organization

Forming and representing businesses, professional corporations and partnerships, negotiating the purchase and sale of businesses, preparing and reviewing contracts, shareholder and employee agreements, and representation of creditors in bankruptcy matters.

Construction

Development, financing and management representation in HUD-insured projects for borrowers and mortgagees.

Civil Litigation

Provide trial representation in a variety of civil matters, including prosecution of accounts receivable collection matters for commercial clients, litigation of business and commercial claims, contract matters, landlord-tenant disputes, and tort actions in State and Federal courts.

Contracts

Representation of clients in commercial and personal contract disputes.

MCAD

Representation of commercial clients in employee discrimination matters, including defense of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) claims.

Commercial and Health Care Facilities Collections

Provide management and collection of past due receivables from demand through to trial, along with comprehensive asset and public record research. Thorough background knowledge of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and underlying Massachusetts regulations and extensive collection litigation experience, including the Massachusetts Fraudulent Transfer Act.

Health Care Facilities

Full service representation of health care facilities, including debt collection, admission contracts, administrative agency appeals, and employment law. Representation of owners in financing, including HUD insured loans, and purchase and sale transactions.