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What Happens When Your Land Becomes the Sea?

The Blizzard of 2013 reportedly topped the charts as one of the five worst snowstorms in New England history.  While Mother Nature dumped over two feet of white powder throughout the region, she also reclaimed

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Who owns the beach?

Have you ever set out on a long walk down the beach, only to stop short when a sign indicates that a portion of the beach is private property? Does the homeowner own the beach

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The Legacy of a Unique Legal Theory

Englander & Chicoine P.C. represented aquaculture farmers who had been sued for trespass almost twenty years ago.  Englander & Chicoine’s research uncovered that the Plaintiff did not own the tidal flats.  The shell fishermen bought

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Ed Englander Quoted in Beach Rights Article

Ed Englander was quoted as a beach rights expert in a front page story in the Boston Globe about a land dispute in Falmouth, MA. Read the article “Falmouth wall divides land, sea, neighbors”

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Beach Rights Upheld

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a group of our clients regarding beach rights in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The appellate ruling in Leahy v. Graveline upholds the victory our firm secured for our

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Massari v. Mindrebo

A unique case involving claims by upland owners that aquaculture on the tidal flats constitutes a trespass.  The Appeals Court upheld the trial court ruling that, on the facts presented, a Land Court registration decree

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Klink v. Valovcin

The Land Court reviewed the Colonial Ordinance of 1641 in this case involving claims by multiple backlot owners to use the beach in a seashore subdivision known as Silver Spring.  The Land Court found the

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