Specializing in Landlord & Tenants, Residential Real Estate, Business Organization, Wills, Trusts and Estates.

Services

Landlord & Tenants

Real Estate, Landlord & Tenants

Nothing can be more frustrating to a client than a Landlord/Tenant case, and no area of the law is subject to so many misconceptions. Indeed, it is often thought of as an area of the law where form overrides substance. However, the general statutes of both Rhode Island and Connecticut outline the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant. Paul represents landlords and tenants in both states.

Residential Real Estate

Real Estate, Sell and Buy Your Home

Whether you're buying or selling a home, your team of expert advisors should include a real estate lawyer as well as a REALTOR®. When your REALTOR® has found the right house or the right buyer, we can review any offer you make or receive and make sure that your rights are protected and your duties clearly defined.

If you're buying a home, we:

  • Help you understand the purchase and sale agreement, including how you will take title on the property.
  • Do a complete title search and provide you with a title commitment which will discover all covenants, easements and liens recorded against the property.
  • Prepare and record all the legal documents.
  • Work with your lender to prepare the HUD settlement statement and complete the closing package.
  • Attend the closing and review all the papers you will be required to sign.
  • Arrange title insurance protection to protect you from losses due to title defects.
  • Pay-off all municipal and other liens attributable to the prior owner, so you take title subject only to the liabilities you have accepted.

If you're selling a home, we:

  • Review or prepare the purchase and sale agreement, including negotiating its terms.
  • Prepare the deed and peripheral documents.
  • Obtain a payoff from your mortgage holer.
  • Deal with title issues as they arise and help correct them.
  • Attend the closing and review all the papers you will be required to sign.
  • Arrange for transfer of security deposits.
  • Arrange for insurance certificates if needed.
  • In Rhode Island, file with the Division of Taxation and obtain a Certificate of Withholding Due.

Business Organization

Business Organization

Paul dedicates a lot of time in helping new businesses get started. Are you thinking about starting a business? The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form an organization that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction. We work with accountants, bankers, and the SBA to help you development you business idea, write a business plan, find sources of financing, and set up a marketing plan.

Once done, we can help you decide on a legal structure for your business, file Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation, decide how you'd like the business to be taxed, consider whether your business would benefit from being able to sell stock, draft partnership agreements, operating agreements, corporate by-laws, and obtain your Employer Identification Number.

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Wills, Trusts and estates is the name given to the branch of civil law that covers decedents' estates and probate; wills and intestacy; estates and future interests in property; trusts, gifts, and powers; annuities; and charitable bequests.

Half of Americans don't have any of the most basic estate planning documents, including a will and financial and medical powers of attorney, needed to protect them (and their assets) if they're incapacitated. Many of these people are deterred by the legal cost and mistaken believed that those without large assets didn't need to plan. Don't be one of these without a plan. The truth is that estate planning documents do not have to be expensive, and the money spent will most likely save you and your loved ones much frustration and money.

We can also draft living trust documents to shield your estate from the often lengthy and expensive probate court process. Probate covers admission of a will to probate and the subsequent proceedings, including the appointment and duties of a personal representative, procedures in probate, and ancillary proceedings.