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How Can a Civil Attorney Help Me?

You probably know what a criminal attorney’s job is, even if you’ve seen them played on any of the popular television or Netflix dramas. But what about the job of a civil attorney? Like criminal lawyers, a civil attorney must advocate zealously for her client. Beyond that, though, criminal and civil lawyers have vastly different practices. Oftentimes, clients receive a…

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The Benefits of Land Use Planning

Land use planning refers to the practice whereby land owners, developers, municipalities, environmental attorneys, and other professionals collectively work to approve a land-based project in accordance with principles and engineering that promotes an appropriate social and environmental effect, while also employing resources efficiently. The benefits of land use planning are myriad: environmental protection, avoidance of urban sprawl, departure from impacts…

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The Rhode Island Business Environment and Law Update – Brownfields Grants 2019

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), which regulates the state’s business environment and law, announced recently that it is preparing the next round of Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Brownfields Grants through the Brownfields Remediation and Economic Development Fund.  Through the business environment and law, RIDEM also announced that it expects to offer approximately 2.5 million dollars…

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To Litigate or Not to Litigate?

Like all choices in life, the question of whether you should litigate your claim has many factors. There are also many different venues that operate in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, from an administrative or agency context, to the various appeals courts. If you are going to litigate, you need a team that knows the ins and outs of the venues,…

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A Civil Litigation Overview – Why You Need an Experienced Litigation Firm

Litigation, in all of its forms, can be a stressful experience for non-attorneys. By the time an individual or entity needs a litigator, they have been served with a legal process document. The most common question that attorneys face, when taking on a new litigation client, is how the process is going to play out. Fear of the unknown is…

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Environmental Litigation and Why You Need an Environmental Lawyer

You probably know what litigation is, but what is environmental litigation? By strict definition, it is comprised of a contested matter related to any environmental issue whereby parties’ allegations, requests for relief, and monetary damages are decided in any court or before or by any federal, state, or other governmental agency or private arbitration tribunal. This litigation may involve the…

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Solar Facilities and Advanced Regulatory Compliance

Market volatility, savings incentives, increasing costs for energy, and advanced regulatory compliance can be daunting and confusing for property owners who might otherwise pursue construction of or partnership on a solar energy facility. At the State level, solar projects are currently incentivized and can significantly reduce an electric bill. For parties interested in purchasing “credits” associated with a solar facility,…

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Rhode Island Corporate Environmental Law

Environmental law governs much of a corporation’s activities. Corporate strategies should consider corporate environmental law and integrate regulatory compliance in all areas: development and strategy, manufacturing, marketing and distribution, and transportation and disposal. In Rhode Island, liability extends to corporations for any corporate environmental law violations asserted by government and third parties. Environmental law questions arise for corporate entities in…

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Why You Need an Attorney for Commercial Land Use

Commercial land use is regulated in Rhode Island by State and local environmental laws. If you own a commercial real estate property in Rhode Island these environmental laws will affect your project. To stay within those laws and regulations, you need reliable information. The government sets parameters for projects throughout Rhode Island related to land use that include water usage,…

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How an Attorney can Help You with Building and Town Planning

Building and town planning is a phrase used generally to reference approvals for land use planning – municipal initiatives undertaken to regulate the use of land in an effort to avoid land use conflicts. Building and town planning uses a strategic vision to carefully manage resources to match future needs and expectations.There is customarily an element of natural resources protection,…

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