RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Upton & Hatfield values the health and well-being of our employees, clients, families, and communities. To uphold these values, we have implemented recommendations from the Center for Disease Control by encouraging our employees to work remotely whenever possible. This does not change our commitment to you, and we are still available to handle your legal needs and provide you with the highest quality legal services during these unsettled times. Our offices are open, but for urgent matters only in conformity with state and federal authority recommendations. If you have any questions or concerns, we are ready and available to discuss them with you. We want all of us to stay safe while we work during this temporary situation.

NH Municipal Real Estate Law

Upton & Hatfield’s municipal practice group has decades of experience assisting over fifty municipalities and school districts in the areas of real estate purchases, sales, easements, taxation, leases and related transactions. Our attorneys professionally guide our municipal and school district clients through all stages of real estate transactions, including public hearings, finance, title research, negotiation, leasing and regulatory compliance.

Our municipal practice group also regularly uses the resources of our real estate practice group should our municipal or school district clients require assistance with any specialized issues. Jim Raymond and Peter W. Leberman have significant experience handling large commercial transactions, including assisting with financing and developing alternative financing packages.

Examples of other issues handled for our clients include:

  • Clearing title defects.
  • Resolving boundary or zoning issues.
  • Acquisition and negotiation of conservation easements
  • Acquisition of lands, rights-of-way, and easements for municipal facilities.
  • Acquisition of lands, rights-of-way, and easements for water supply and sewer systems.
  • Collection of property tax liens including properties subject to bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Layout and condemnation of lands for municipal highways and public facilities.

Significant Decisions/Transactions

Representative Matters

  • Court Order Upholds Protection of 71 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary

    Justin C. Richardson, a partner in Upton & Hatfield, LLP’s Municipal Law Practice Group, obtained a landmark ruling for the Town of Newmarket and the Great Bay estuary in the case of Walter Cheney v Town of Newmarket. The Court’s 

  • Nashua v. Pennichuck Water Works

    Upton & Hatfield, LLP Partners Robert Upton, II (retired) and Justin C. Richardson represented the City of Nashua before the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in support of its petition to acquire the water utility assets of Pennichuck Water Works, 

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