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Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
provides legal counsel to businesses, individuals, and families, often spanning multiple generations. The firm’s expertise includes negotiating complex business transactions; providing sophisticated tax, estate planning and business succession strategies; litigating high value business and fiduciary disputes; purchasing, financing and leasing real property; and resolving family law and marital conflicts.  The firm’s lawyers have the knowledge and experience to provide our clients with unwavering and compassionate representation in our areas of expertise.

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We are pleased to announce that Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers has once again been ranked as one of the "Best Law Firms in America" by U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers. These rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. We are honored to receive this recognition.

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WEBINAR: The Impact of Covid-19 on Business Interruption Insurance

May 15, 2020

The insurance industry has been very busy the past few months conducting a sophisticated messaging campaign to actively discourage and deny claims arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign has been very successful despite the fact that many policy-holding businesses are reeling from their losses. Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. Partners Bill Rodgers and Al DeNapoli, along with our collaborators Mike Childress and Brian Kabateck, will be presenting a webinar to the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm on the subject of business interruption insurance coverage for companies affected by government closure orders. Our webinar will explain that coverage is far more available for businesses suffering under the present closure orders than the insurance industry will admit. We will also explain the hallmarks for coverage and loss calculations. We'll discuss insurance coverage and business losses that can be covered if your firm or company was closed by government order and how losses being covered depends on the language of your insurance policy. We'll also cover civil authority and dependent property coverages, net profit or loss before taxes that would have been earned plus continuing expenses including payroll and extra expenses, whether business interruption insurance applies to your client's business, what steps do you need to take and much more. The webinar is free for MSCPA members, with a fee of $25 for non-members. You can register at: https://www.mscpaonline.org/cpe/listings/BII-COVI21/view

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If No Force Majeure Protects a Tenant, What are Other Defenses to Performance under Leases in the Age of Coronavirus?

May 11, 2020

In addressing the respective rights and obligations of commercial landlords and tenants under a lease during the time of coronavirus, most of the focus has been on the force majeure provision in the lease and whether the coronavirus would, in fact, be identified as a force majeure. There are, however, other defenses available to tenants under contract law, which exist mostly outside of the concept of force majeure and which could be applied by tenants under a lease. These are the two related concepts of "impossibility of performance" and its cousins "frustration of purpose" and "commercial impracticability". Click the link below to learn more.

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Contracts in the Age of Coronavirus

April 29, 2020

Companies face a rapidly shifting global economy due to the coronavirus pandemic and various government responses. Planning may seem impossible, but we need to look forward for what may come next. While much of the country remains under government orders mandating that non-essential services close, states are looking at what re-opening will look like. As businesses consider and plan the process of re-opening, it is sensible to review important agreements. Most businesses will face a critical question of how they – or a contract counterparty – can or will be able to perform under contracts entered into prior to this crisis. Some will have to decide whether to assert that it should be excused from performing its part of an agreement due to force majeure. Without a proper force majeure or other applicable excuse, a party will breach its agreement if it does not perform on time. There are three basic defenses to non-performance under a contract: (1) force majeure, (2) impossibility/impracticability, and (3) frustration of purpose. This article provides an overview of each.

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