Legal Summaries

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis!

Now, both will share their information with you each month; provide you with a highlight of the calls they field on the legal hotline; and keep us posted with changing Massachusetts law. Also included here are national notes from NAR’s legal department concerning federal cases that are of interest to Massachusetts brokers and salespersons.

Members may access the Legal Hotline by calling 800-370-LEGAL (5342), sending an e-mail, or faxing questions to the Legal Department at 781-890-4919

The MAR Legal Hotline offers authorized callers access to staff attorneys who can assist members with questions about current state and federal laws and regulations, permissible business practices, and important court rulings affecting real estate practitioners.  To take advantage of the Legal Hotline service, a member’s designated broker must first complete and sign an Authorization Form and return to the MAR Legal Department.  Once approved as an authorized caller, MAR members may access the Hotline. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Legal Summaries by Topic

Advertising Anti-Trust Chapter 93A Contract Contingencies
Email Contracts  Escrow Issues  Estate Properties Fair Housing
 Gifts and Referrals Home Inspector Law  Independent Contractors Multiple Offers
 Offers  Procuring Cause  Property Liability  Referral Fees
 Rentals/Seasonal  Rentals/Tenants  RESPA Issues  Right to Farm
 Security Deposits  Separate Water Metering  Sex Offender Registry  Sexual Harassment
 Short Sale & Foreclosure  Stigmatized Property

Video and Audio Surveillance?? Disclose!

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;

Window to the Law: Do Not Call Registry

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;

Are you authorized? Escrow Authority

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;

Window to the Law: How to Handle Negative Reviews

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;

Legal Luncheon and Board Update

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;

Window to the Law: How to Avoid Illegal Marketing

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;

Just listed… as PENDING??

Oh, how many times have we tried to clone our state legal department? Real Estate law gurus Justin Davidson, General Counsel of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and his ever supportive Associate Counsel Catherine Taylor help keep us out of trouble on a daily basis! Now, both will share their information with you each month;