Practice Areas

Commercial/Residential Real Estate & Development

The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group have the experience needed to advise clients regarding the buying, selling, exchanging (1031 exchange) and financing commercial and residential properties. We guide our clients through the complexities of real property transfers, including negotiating and drafting purchase, sale and financing agreements. We also represent clients in connection with landlord/tenant disputes, including eviction proceedings. The purchase or sale of a single family home or multifamily home is likely to be one of the biggest transactions you ever make. Skilled legal counsel can go a long way to ensuring that this transaction runs smoothly. The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group have particular experience assisting clients with retail, mixed use and office buildings, including purchases, sales, leasing and ground leasing sites such as office buildings, development sites and retail/shopping center space. We can assist owners, developers and investors from start to finish, from assemblage, acquisition and financing, through the numerous development, design and construction agreements necessary to implement the plan, to sales and leasing once the project is complete. We represent landlords and tenants in numerous states across the Country, leasing retail space in shopping centers, mixed use buildings and office buildings. We are able to manage all aspects of our clients’ projects, including business entity formation, financing, permitting, zoning, acquisitions, sales, litigation and leasing.

Land Use, Zoning and Permitting

The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group provide zoning “due diligence”, so that clients have a clear understanding of how a given property may be used or developed “by-right,” or the type of permits and approvals that are needed and/or can be utilized to increase a property’s use or development potential, and its value. We have experience successfully obtaining land use approvals, including special permits, site plan approvals and variances in various municipalities. We work with the appropriate town or city agencies, town/city boards and elected officials, to expeditiously guide our clients through the public review processes required for such approvals, to ensure approval. We have experience identifying creative interpretations of applicable by-laws and ordinances. The firm also has extensive experience litigating land use and zoning cases in the Land Court and Superior Courts in Massachusetts.

Construction Law

We represent owners, developers and tenants, from private developers and corporate owners, to retailers and other businesses, in identifying and resolving the multifaceted challenges involved with their construction projects. We have experience in construction phase consulting, project close-out, mechanic’s liens, and litigation of construction matters when necessary.

Our services include:

  • Assisting in the selection of appropriate development and construction project delivery methods;
  • Counseling on development, design and construction team selection (including RFP preparation and response evaluation);
  • Framing, drafting and negotiating development, design, consulting and construction contracts and ancillary agreements;
  • Review of and counseling on project requirements (special work rules; integration with lease, lender requirements; LEED; tax credits; bonding; etc.);
  • Framing, drafting and negotiating project close-out agreements
  • Representation in construction litigation

Corporate, Consumer and Business Law

The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group provide comprehensive representation to all sizes and types of businesses throughout Massachusetts. We will help you as you start a new business with its entity formation and incorporation. If you have an existing business, we can assist you and advise you on succession planning, and address any legal issues that arise with your business to protect your assets in a comprehensive manner. We provide clients with assistance in negotiating, drafting and reviewing business contracts and licenses, including, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, vendor agreements, sales terms and conditions, and manufacturing and distribution agreements. We proactively manage our clients’ legal problems so that they can focus on building their businesses and are protected from unnecessary risks.

Employment Law

We advise and represent clients in all types of employment related matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, non-competition, severance agreements, breach of employment contracts and wage and hours violations. We have extensive experience helping advance the goals of employees and protecting their rights against injustices in the workplace. Our attorneys advise and represent clients in matters involving former employers, current employers, and potential future employers.

Litigation

When legal disputes disrupt your business or personal life, having a committed, knowledgeable attorney to zealously advocate on your behalf brings comfort and peace of mind. Our aim is to find the most efficient way to resolve your disputes, using the means best suited to reach your objectives. Valanzola Law Group represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Our services include:

  • Business litigation
  • Land use litigation (including Land Court)
  • Personal injury claims
  • Breach of contract
  • Property damage
  • Construction litigation
  • Real estate litigation

  • Consumer litigation
  • Torts
  • Products liability & defects

Personal Injury

Personal injury can occur in different ways, whether from a motor vehicle accident, an accident at work, a construction accident, a slip/fall, or a defective product.  The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group will help you with your claims and guide you during this difficult time. You deserve to be justly compensated for your out of pocket costs, such as medical bills and lost wages, and to be compensated for your physical, financial, and emotional suffering. We work with every client closely and offer you legal counsel, open lines of communication, and support, every step of the way, from your first visit until your case has been resolved. Read more about choosing a car accident attorney.

Estate Planning, Elder and Probate Law

Estate Planning

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents. The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group will help you to develop a comprehensive estate plan that takes into account your present situation, your goals and possible future contingencies, such as nursing home care, changes in tax laws, births or deaths of family members and others, and other changes in circumstances. We will counsel you with respect to lifetime gifting strategies, and strategies to avoid probate, including various forms of property ownership and beneficiary designations. When it comes to planning your estate, your situation and your wishes are somewhat unique. Formbook and computerized documents cannot accurately and fully address what you and your family may require. The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group provide carefully customized wills and other estate and advanced planning documents. Each is specifically created to meet your particular situation.

Elder Law

Elder law is another aspect of estate planning, focusing primarily on the needs of families and individuals as they age. Issues of aging include senior housing and home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, guardianships and health care documents, Medicare and Medicaid.

Probate and Trust Administration

Probate Administration

Probate is the court proceeding that proves the validity of a Will and through which an estate is administered. The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group represent executors (now known as personal representatives) and administrators in all aspects of probate administration, including preparing all required legal documents, advising the representative regarding estate administration duties, selling estate assets, assisting with inventories, accounting and record keeping. We also represent beneficiaries of estates to ensure that the beneficiaries interests in an estate are protected.
Trust Administration

We represent individuals and private professional fiduciaries as trustees of testamentary trusts (trusts created by will), revocable trusts, and irrevocable trusts, advising such trustees of their duties and liabilities. The attorneys at Valanzola Law Group will prepare all necessary legal documents and trust accountings, assist with maintaining trust records, and ensure that the complex task of trust administration is performed correctly and efficiently.