In its recent decision (pdf) in Abate v. Fremont Investment & Loan, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed a Land Court judgment dismissing a foreclosed borrower’s “try title” action.  “Try title” is a nineteenth century cause of action that allows an owner of land to force someone with an adverse claim to the land 

Educational opportunities abound this spring!  Next Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) headquarters in Downtown Crossing, my current Rackemann colleague and fellow MLUM contributor Gordie Orloff, and my former Rackemann colleague, Land Court Justice Robert B. Foster, will be among the panelists in a program entitled, “Resolving Common & Complex Title Issues.”  Among other topics, this program will cover how to spot

My colleague and fellow MLUM contributor Johanna Schneider will be one of the panelists at a CLE program sponsored by the Boston Bar Association entitled “Understanding the Land Court:  The Ins and Outs of Litigating and Dealing with the Registered Land System.  Also on the panel is my former Rackemann colleague, Land Court Justice Robert B. Foster.  The program is happening on Tuesday, October

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued a decision in Regis College v. Town of Weston (pdf), a case that (someday) will add to the existing body of Massachusetts law under the so-called Dover Amendment – the provision in the state’s Zoning Act that exempts qualifying educationalGranny Grad and religious uses from most local zoning regulations.

In 2005, Regis College, located in Weston, Massachusetts, proposed “Regis East,” an

Good news for Massachusetts real estate lawyers who use a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader: the Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries has announced the availability – at no charge – of an e-book containing the Land Court’s Rules, Standing Orders, Manual of Instructions for the Survey of Lands and the Preparation of Plans, and Guidelines on Registered Land.  This handy resource can be downloaded here.

Yesterday at 7:15 a.m. a giant excavator began tearing down Wayne Johnson’s 5,000 square-foot seaside home, which stood at the center of a 16-year zoning battle in Marblehead, Massachusetts.  The dispute is described in our related post here.  A sampling of local news coverage, including some dramatic video of the demolition, can be found here and here (

Wayne Johnson’s epic battle to save his house from the wrecking ball appears to have come to an end, after 16 years of litigation involving four different Land Court Judges.  In his November, 2011 decision in Schey v. Johnson (pdf), Judge Keith Long ordered the demolition of Johnson’s wrecking ballwaterfront residence in Marblehead.  To ensure compliance, Judge Long ordered Johnson to

We’d like to register our congratulations to the Massachusetts Land Court, which opened for business on October 14, 1898 – 113 years ago today.