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CAPE ANN 
& THE MERRIMACK RIVER VALLEY

proudly serving

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WE BELIEVE THE BEST ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP
IS AN INFORMED ONE

In 2010 we (Seaside Legal Solutions) opened our doors in Gloucester, Massachusetts to serve residents on Cape Ann. In 2019, we expanded to serve the Merrimack River Valley community with an office in Newburyport, Massachusetts. We believe in a comprehensive approach to practicing law, which allows us to handle an array of matters.
 
Our firm has successfully represented both landlords and tenants; individual unit owners and condominium associations; construction workers and property owners; businesses and consumers; as well as zoning relief applicants and impacted abutters.
 
We are adept at taking a real estate development project from inception through to issuance of the building permit.

 

This involves:

  • Historic research of the site

  • Working with the neighborhood(which, unfortunately, sometimes means working against certain members of the neighborhood looking to stop you) 

  • Working with municipal officials and municipal boards

  • Presenting the application in a visually impressive, aggressive-when-necessary, and overall positive light to the necessary permitting authorities.

 
The Seaside Legal Solutions team is well known for our effective representation of clients before Zoning and Planning Boards, Conservation Commissions, City Councils, Boards of Selectmen, Licensing Boards, administrative agencies, and the Land Court.
 
We are a fully-digital practice, so our processes are naturally complimentary to a modern lifestyle allowing our client's access to their files from their computers and smart devices through our portal which can be accessed 24/7. We are also equipped for electronic signatures and remote video notarization. If you can't meet us online or at one of our offices, we are happy to come to you!

 

WE MAKE IT EASY WITH 
KNOW-FIRST PRICING

As an alternative to utilizing a traditional retainer & hourly-billing system for client matters, Seaside Legal offers Know-First Pricing. We do this because we feel that clients deserve to know first, BEFORE hiring an attorney, the precise scope and cost of the representation they are purchasing.

 

You wouldn’t hire a construction firm to build your house or a web-designer to build your site without knowing what their services would cost, right? At Seaside Legal, we don’t think paying for legal services should be any different.

As an alternative to utilizing a traditional retainer & hourly-billing system for client matters, Seaside Legal offers Know-First Pricing. We do this because we feel that clients deserve to know first, BEFORE hiring an attorney, the precise scope and cost of the representation they are purchasing.

 

You wouldn’t hire a construction firm to build your house or a web-designer to build your site without knowing what their services would cost, right? At Seaside Legal, we don’t think paying for legal services should be any different.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

HOW DOES KNOW-FIRST PRICING WORK?

Prospective clients are invited to meet with us to discuss their matter. After analyzing the prospective client’s matter, Seaside Legal will provide them a fee agreement containing a fixed price and scope of representation. The prospective client may then choose to hire Seaside Legal knowing exactly what to expect in terms of cost and scope.

 

WHY NOT BILL HOURLY?

In many instances, hourly billing rewards inefficiency – the longer a client’s matter takes to conclude, the more money an hourly firm is able to make. By using Know-First Pricing, the interests of the client and the firm are aligned–they both want the job done, done right, and done as quickly as reasonably possible.

 

That’s why, whenever we can, we recommend Know-First Pricing to our clients. Naturally, there are some matters that have too many unknowns for flat-fee pricing, and Seaside Legal is able to provide more traditional billing options for such matters.

 

WHAT IF THE MATTER IS COMPLICATED?

While most clients will only have to pay one fee to cover the legal services needed to bring a matter to conclusion, there are complex or lengthy cases that may require representation to be broken down in several phases or into fixed periods of time.

Seaside Legal may provide you with a flat fee agreement covering all legal services for a matter for a period of months, or instead a flat fee agreement covering a specific stage of litigation. At the end of the period of months or the stage of litigation, Seaside Legal will discuss with the client how they would like to move forward.

 

WHAT ABOUT COURT COSTS, ETC.?

All filing fees, court fees, and other fees incurred during the process of preparing or litigating a matter are paid separately by clients.