When Children Become Adults: 3 Essential Legal Documents

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by Robert P. Rudolph

Turning 18 is an exciting time in every child’s life. Adulthood comes with increased freedom to make independent decisions. However, something all parents should consider when their child turns 18 is having the child execute (i) a durable power of attorney; (ii) a health care proxy; and (iii) a health care directive.

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Jim Rudolph Presents Owner’s Rights in Privately Owned Businesses, June 9 and 14

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For anyone involved in a privately-owned company, where shareholders or members and decision makers are often one in the same – don’t miss this insightful program. Whether you are contemplating a private company as your business model or you are an owner in such an entity, you need a basic knowledge of the rights and obligations that are unique to this type of business. You also need to be well-equipped to handle the challenging situations that can arise among shareholders so you can act quickly when needed.

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Tenants of Condominium Units Beware: Condo Trust’s Grant of Parking Rights to Abutter Ruled Not Interference with Lease Rights

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by Anthony L. Leccese

The landlord in this recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case owns a commercial condominium unit in a mixed-use condominium complex with mostly residential units. The condominium’s parking areas contain a total of 91 parking spaces, some exclusive (i.e., assigned to a particular unit), but most (66 spaces) are non-exclusive common areas (i.e., available to visitors, owners, and residents of the condominium on a first-come, first-served basis). The landlord’s unit comes with 11 exclusive parking spaces and the right, in common with others, to use of the non-exclusive parking spaces. The landlord leases the unit, together with its parking rights, exclusive and non-exclusive, to a restaurant. The restaurant opens and finds the parking situation satisfactory, especially during the weekday when the demand for residential parking is less. The restaurant develops a thriving lunch and early bird dinner business.

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Successful Defense of Business Owner

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Rudolph Friedmann partner Jonathon Friedmann was successful in overturning a summary judgment motion and damages in the amount of $865,000 against a client sued for fraud and deceit in regards to a lease he executed with Copley Place Associates (Copley). Jonathon took over representation of the client after the summary judgment award was issued by the Massachusetts Superior Court. He represented the client during the trial on damages and in the subsequent appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

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Business Owners Beware: Heightened Duty to Secure Confidential Information

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by Joseph A. Merlino

Many businesses have access to confidential information that, when stolen or misappropriated, can cause serious injuries to their clients or other third parties. Confidential information can be used to open credit cards, obtain loans or possibly access other databases that contain more sensitive information. In Adams v. Congress Auto Insurance Agency, Inc., a Massachusetts court found an employer can be held liable when its employee steals and publishes confidential information.

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