BUSINESS LAW

Contracts, Entity Formation

We know first hand what it takes to start a business and keep it running efficiently.  You have a business plan and the capital to start building your business but where do you go from there? Deciding which business entity to form can be confusing and tedious. Whether you decide to form a Corporation, Partnership, LLC or to operate as a sole proprietor, our office can guide you through the pros and cons and highlight the factors to consider.  Once we have successfully completed the formation of your chosen entity, the firm can provide guidance to ensure your business runs smoothly.  We can help you with the various contractual issues that accompany running a business - employment contracts, vendor contracts, leasing agreements, and other business contracts. Be confident that you will have a solid foundation to build your business on when you engage in the services of Alves|Santos, LLP.  

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employees have a right to be treated with dignity and for their employers to comply with Federal and State laws and employment agreements. When employers fail to uphold the agreements, to provide a workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment, or that penalizes employees for reporting violations, we evaluate such claims to determine whether there has been a violation of the law.   If you have a potential claim of discrimination, harassment or retaliation under Title VII, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, G.L. c. 151B, or any of the numerous other related federal and state laws, you should feel confident that our law firm will zealously pursue your claim will provide you with the specialized attention you deserve. Our lawyers will prosecute such lawsuits before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in state court and in federal court. 

Wrongful Termination, Discrimination,

Employment Litigation

 

ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Intellectual Property, Music, Television, Podcasting

Protecting yourself in the entertainment industry is one of the most important but by far the most difficult thing to do.  The firm serves as a bridge for talent to the entertainment world with an extremely broad based entertainment law practice covering all segments of the business. Whether it is negotiating a recording contract, drafting an appearance contract or making sure you are compensated for your creative ideas, we know what it takes to shape and sustain a career as a successful artist, executive or entrepreneur. When you have attorneys whose passion mirrors yours, great results are the only outcome. Our focus and dedication to our clients are unmatched!

FAMILY LAW

Divorce, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Child Custody, Alimony, Care & Protection

Letting someone into the most intimate part of your life can be nerve-wracking and emotional. You want an attorney who can not only relate to your circumstances but who is also compassionate, understanding and determined.  With the enactment of the Alimony Reform Act and a recent change in the Child Support Guidelines, you want someone who is experienced and up to speed with the changes of law to represent you in these delicate matters. The partners of Alves|Santos, LLP have over a decade of experience in family law so you can be confident that the firm will advocate zealously for you and the needs of your family. It is the firm's mission to never leave our clients in the dark; therefore, we take the time to educate our clients on marital, divorce, custody, termination of parental rights and alimony matters.

 

PERSONAL INJURY

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Dog Bites, Slip & Fall

Car accident claims in Massachusetts occur every day. Most are the result of operator error and driver’s negligence. Determining who is at fault in a car accident can sometimes be tricky. The firm works zealously to advocate for our crash victims by taking immediate action to obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles involved, request the contact information of the witnesses, make sure the police are aware of any traffic violations, ensuring that our clients get the medical attention they need as soon as possible and promptly notifying the insurance company about the accident. We will also handle a full range of other personal injury cases, from slip & fall injuries, dog-bite injuries to wrongful death cases.The firm fights vigorously to ensure that our personal injury victims receive the full compensation to which they are entitled. We are dedicated attorneys that will fight to recover: medical expenses, loss wages, loss earning potential, physical/mental/emotional pain and suffering, loss of consortium  and property damage.

 

REAL ESTATE

Residential Closings, Lease Drafting, 

Residential Landlord & Tenant Disputes

We realize each real estate transaction is unique, and we will assist our clients in identifying their individual objectives and business interests by making sure that their residential closings run smoothly, without complication or delay. We also understand that in a landlord-tenant relationship, having a lease that is comprehensive, enforceable, and particular to your specific needs is vital, and can even prevent future litigation. The firm is committed to working closely with clients to create a reasoned vision for real estate success. The firm will devise appropriate strategies to achieve your goals as an investor, owner, and property manager. We will efficiently provide legal services in a variety of transactions, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating purchase and sales agreements and lease agreements, helping buyers and sellers successfully complete their home transaction and representing clients through landlord/ tenant disputes, lease violations and evictions.

 

WILLS & TRUSTS

Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Medicaid Planning

Special Needs Trust

Thinking about how to protect your assets and pass down your legacy? Many people delay their estate planning because they fear it is a complicated, costly and time-consuming task not realizing that without a Will, Trust, Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney, your family members are left with the burden and cost of probating your estate.  Alves|Santos, LLP emphasizes a streamlined process to achieve your primary goals as quickly and affordable as possible. Traveling out of the country and need someone to handle your finances while you are gone? Own property in another country that you need someone to manage for you? Don't depend on boilerplate forms from the internet to protect your home, retirement funds, and life savings.  Contact the firm to execute a Will, Trust, Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney today!