Category: Articles & Quotes

Real Estate Issues for Franchises

“The key to success of many franchise systems lies in establishing and maintaining great locations. In addition to the franchise agreement, the commercial lease is a fundamental document in any brick and mortar franchise. Given the competing interests of franchisees, franchisors, landlords, and lenders, legal issues abound at the intersection of real estate and franchise…

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RIW Attorney Michael D. Rosen Named A Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2021 Commercial Real Estate “Go To Lawyer”

Congratulations to RIW attorney Michael D. Rosen on being selected as a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2021 Commercial Real Estate “Go To Lawyer” honoree. Check out the special feature highlighting the 2021 Real Estate “Go To Lawyers” in the June 28th edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the August edition of New England In-House. Read article…

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The Industry Publication: May 2021

Check out the full The Industry Publication: May 2021 Edition

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Client Alert: Governor Baker Announces MA Reopening

On May 17, 2021, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts would lift the vast majority COVID-19 related restrictions effective May 29, 2021. Boston Mayor Kim Janey also announced that Boston will lift its COVID related restrictions effective May 29, 2021, thereby aligning with the state’s reopening plan. Similarly, the State of Emergency first imposed by…

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Client Alert: Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Construction Law Group Wins $5 million Judgment for its Client Under Massachusetts Prompt Payment Law

RIW Construction Law attorneys Bradley Croft, Kirk McCormick and Roger Smerage secured summary judgment for RIW’s client under a seldom-used law known as the Massachusetts Prompt Payment Act. In a case of first impression in Massachusetts, the superior court granted summary judgment in favor of RIW’s client, a general contractor, in a dispute arising over…

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Client Alert: Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Client Braintree Street Realty LLC Files PNF for Review of 401,000 sq ft. mixed-use Allston Project

RIW is proud to have been part of the team that helped move such a significant community project to this important stage. Lead attorneys for RIW, Michael Rosen and Russell Stein, view this project as an important step forward in the continuing successful development of the Boston Landing neighborhood. Read the full story here. Michael…

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Client Alert: Massachusetts House Bill Proposes to End Local COVID-19 Permitting Stay as of December 1, 2020

Earlier this year, we reported that House Bill 4617 effectively stayed the expiration of local approvals and permitting deadlines as of March 10, 2020 in response to COVID-19. Governor Baker also issued COVID-19 Executive Order No. 17, which stayed permitting activity before state agencies. Both the state and local orders were originally set to expire,…

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Client Alert: Step II of Phase III Reopening Plan Announced

On September 29, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Monday, October 5th, lower risk communities* will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan with the following restrictions:     Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people….

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Client Alert: State Tax Deferral for Massachusetts Retail & Hospitality Industries

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On September 15, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an extension of state tax deferral measures aimed at easing COVID-19 related financial burdens for the retail and hospitality sectors.   The tax deferral extension will include the following measures:   Extended Time Period for Deferral. Sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes will be…

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Trusts & Estates Alert: COVID-19 and Your Estate: Planning Considerations During These Difficult Times

We find ourselves in an unwanted new world, some say a “new normal”. As the pandemic continues, here are some things to consider as part of your estate planning matters. It is particularly important to evaluate the choices of fiduciaries that you have named/nominated or will name in the following estate planning designations:   Your…

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