Amherst Real Estate & Zoning Lawyer
“My legal practice is devoted to helping clients who seek to develop, redevelop, or use their land. I have worked successfully with clients across the Commonwealth in various permitting contexts and land litigation matters, working with zoning boards of appeal, select boards, city councils, planning departments, and conservation commissions, as well as counseling municipalities on land use, planning, and zoning. I also focus on complex residential and commercial real estate transactions including contract and lease negotiations; agricultural and conservation easements and restrictions; affordable housing development and regulatory agreements; food and beverage licensing; and condominium formation, operation, and financing. This specialized knowledge and experience allows me to accomplish client objectives efficiently while also ensuring that every detail is properly addressed.”
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.