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The Future of EB-5 is Being Viewed through a Different Lens
Practice: EB-5 Financing
Developers, investors and other stakeholders are looking for signs as to how the new administration will approach legal immigration, specifically immigration fostered by the EB-5 Regional Center Program.

Important Decision Regarding Pre-Existing Nonconforming Structures
Practice: Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation
PDFIn a recent decision, the Land Court clarified that Massachusetts state law does not require local zoning boards to make detailed factual findings when approving an extension or alteration to a pre-existing nonconforming structure under M.G.L. c. 40A, § 6. 

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd’s Professional Liability Insurance Policy
Practice: Professional Liability

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 3/20/17
Practice: Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
This week has brought a much-anticipated decision by the Supreme Judicial Court regarding trust decanting, and the past month also brought the latest chapters in two cases that we reported on previously.

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 2/14/17
Practice: Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
Several recent decisions serve as a good reminder that it is not only the Probate and Family Court that addresses important T&E issues in Massachusetts. 

New Land Court Rule 14 Seeks to Expedite Cases and Lower Costs
Practice: Litigation, Real Estate, Real Estate Litigation
The new Land Court Rule 14 went into effect on January 1, 2017.  The Rule was proposed by the Justices of the Land Court in connection with their collaborative work with the Supreme Judicial Court’s Alternative Litigation Options Committee, which was convened to assist the trial court departments in identifying practical, cost-effective litigation options appropriate to their particular needs.  

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 12/16/16
Practice: Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
The last several weeks have brought us two decisions in which issues of family law intersected with T&E issues.

Update: EB-5 Program Receives Another Short-Term Extension
Practice: EB-5 Financing, Real Estate
On December 9, 2016, as part of federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through April 28, 2017. 

T&E Litigation Newsletter- 11/30/16
Practice: Probate & Fiduciary Litigation
The Supreme Judicial Court recently issued its decision in Degiacomo v. City of Quincy, No. SJC-11940, 2016 WL 6683970, at *1 (Mass. Nov. 15, 2016), which is the latest chapter in a story that began with a trust established nearly 200 years ago by former President John Adams in 1822. 

Charitable Giving Before Tax Law Changes Under the New Administration
Practice: Charitable Planning, Private Client & Trust, Tax
Significant changes are expected to U.S. tax laws following the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and the Republican Party’s retention of control over both houses of Congress. The details of any legislation are far from settled, but early indications suggest that charitably-minded individuals who have the means to do so may be wise to make larger donations in 2016, possibly accelerating expected 2017 charitable gifts to this year.
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