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Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – LOI ROI: The Value of a Letter of Intent

Efficiency and value are fundamental guiding principles in our business lives and most of us look for ways to maximize those qualities. In real estate transactions, whether you are a buyer, seller, landlord, or tenant, a letter…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Tips for Tenant Defaults & Terminations

When a tenant defaults in payment of rent, or other terms of the tenancy, tempers flare. Landlords and tenants may make exaggerated allegations or rashly give notices via cell phone, text or email. As a commercial or residential…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Real Estate Tip: Hire Your Own Surveyor to Avoid a Close Call

A recent New Hampshire real estate closing was stalled at the 11th hour when the parties realized that a survey plan did not show the location of a no-build area created by private restriction in the chain of title. Since part…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Establishing A Property’s Tax Valuation – Earlier is Better

Few developers think of spending precious time and resources on working with a municipality to determine the appropriate property tax valuation method and an estimated preliminary value of a real estate project during the…more
| Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Government Contracting, Real Estate - Commercial

The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration, a…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Government Contracting, Real Estate - Commercial

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider: “But I Didn’t Sign Anything” – How Electronic Communication Can Lead to Unexpected Contracts

In a recent Maine case, McClare v. Rocha, the state’s highest court taught us how dangerous email exchanges can be. This case brought to light an issue: whether an exchange of emails between lawyers can create a contract for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Are You Ready for the Wage and Hour Crackdown?

Ready or not, heightened government scrutiny of your wage and hour practices is coming. President Obama’s proposed budget for 2015 includes an increase of more than $41 million for the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors in…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Products Liability, Securities Law, Taxation

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – The Winds of Change: Maine’s Transitioning Forest Products Industry

Maine’s economy has faced a difficult transition. Gone are the days of robust and stable economic growth based on our abundance of tangible natural resources. In weathering the consequences of the electronics age for our pulp…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider - Lease Rights – Should Landlords Give Tenants the Right to Sublease or Assign Interest?

An issue that creates a great deal of discussion in lease negotiations relates to the right of a tenant to assign or sublease its interest in a lease to an unrelated party. This complex situation opens up several considerations…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

Real Estate Tip – Condominiums: Development & Declarant Rights

Condominium development is often done in phases, some of which can be done on land referred to expansion land or land reserved for future development. Developers create condominiums by “declaring” them and the right to develop…more
| Real Estate - Residential

State Moves To Strip Former LGC Insurance Pool Of Nonprofit Status

Despite a long-awaited state Supreme Court ruling, the legal wrangling between the state and the former Local Government Center continues. This time, the focus is on the HealthTrust risk pool, which insures roughly 50,000…more
| Insurance, Nonprofit Law

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider: Shifting Sands – A historical perspective behind the law of Kennebunkport’s Goose Rocks Beach case

You may not have thought it was possible, but Maine’s iconic coastline has become even more interesting, at least at Goose Rocks Beach in the Town of Kennebunkport. Residents and visitors alike are dealing with the aftermath of…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

IRS Grants Partial, Temporary Relief from the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate

Under the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees are required to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to at least 95% of their full-time employees (and their…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

The Construction Advantage – Issue 2

We hope you enjoy Bernstein Shur’s second edition of The Construction Advantage. This newsletter will provide you with insight into the current legal issues in construction, news and updates. Our goal is to provide practical…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation
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