Second Updated Order Regarding Court Operations in Massachusetts

On May 26, 2020, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued a second updated order outlining the Court’s plan for operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Order goes into place on June 1, 2020 and it replaces the Court’s prior orders. While the Order extends deadlines further, it explicitly indicates that no further extensions will occur but for a surge in new COVID-19 cases. read more

Top 5 Practical Tips for Organizing Virtual Meetings During COVID-19

For many public companies and non-profit organizations (for ease, we’ll refer to them as ‘organizations’), we’re in the season for meetings, whether it’s a quarterly board meeting or an annual meeting of stockholders or members. With the current inability to gather in groups due to the unprecedented world pandemic, the typical in-person meeting must quickly morph into a virtual or remote-only format. read more

Understanding the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, Related Interim Final Rule, and an Application Calculator

The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application with respect to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) as well as its Interim Final Rule as to PPP loan forgiveness (“IFR”).  The SBA is expected to continue to release additional guidance on the forgiveness application and related matters.   Below we discuss some key forgiveness and application considerations to keep in mind as you review the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and IFR, and start preparing for the PPP loan forgiveness process.  read more

Family-Owned Real Estate in COVID-19 Conditions

Like so many business sectors and industries, the real estate sector is experiencing a revenue decrease. COVID-19-related shelter-in-place orders are impacting families and family businesses drastically. Privately-held trusts and family-owned companies, lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants face unprecedented issues in the collection of revenue and payment of debt. This article examines some of the legal and business considerations in navigating these challenges. read more

Maximizing PPP Loan Forgiveness with Compensation Planning

The goal for those with Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans is to have the amount borrowed forgiven. Borrowers that can turn a PPP loan into a grant can defray lost revenues during the COVID-19 crisis. Meeting the requirements for forgiveness is key, but can be thwarted if the employer had to lay off or furlough staff. (For more information on the PPP, browse our various articles on the subject). read more

Co-​Parenting Challenges During the Pandemic

Currently, we anticipate another two months of shelter in place. That means at least two more months without daycare and help from sitters, two more months of the kids having marginal (if any) structured learning, and no word regarding what lies ahead for summer camp. What does this mean for co-parenting plans and dealing with our former spouses and partners? Here are three questions that continue to arise in our clients’ minds as we weather the pandemic: read more