February 2014

Site Plan Modifications – Traps for the Unwary

Change is inevitable. Projects evolve. Seemingly simple changes to approved projects can sometimes cause unexpected complications. One project we recently worked on illustrates this. A client had obtained site plan approval for a restaurant. Before beginni…

January 2014

Ann Taylor Made Out like A Bandit in Co-Tenancy Dispute

It is often said that co-tenancy provisions in leases usually lead to unintended consequences. Nowhere was this adage more vividly demonstrated than in a recent case decided by a federal district court in Connecticut, titled Kleban Holding Co. LLC v. Ann T…

2014 Real Estate Tax Abatement Process

It is time for property owners to review their tax assessments to determine if a tax abatement or appeal is warranted. Hinckley Allen has successfully handled numerous tax abatements and tax appeals in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode I…

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Co-Tenancy Provision in Ann Taylor’s Lease Triggers an $800,000+ Windfall (Plus Attorney’s Fees) for Tenant

It is often said that co-tenancy provisions in leases usually lead to unintended consequences. Nowhere was this adage more vividly demonstrated than in a recent case decided by a federal district court in Connecticut, titled Kleban Holding Co. LLC v. Ann T…

December 2013

2014 Connecticut Real Estate Tax Revaluation

Property owners in about one-fifth of Connecticut municipalities will soon be receiving revaluation notices. The new property valuation should reflect 70% of the property’s fair market value as of October 1, 2013. Unless challenged, the value will become…

September 2013

Practical Tips for Presentations To Land Use Boards

The job of representing real estate developers in front of municipal planning and zoning boards presents lawyers with unique challenges that don’t often exist in the courtroom or the boardroom. The public planning board review process can make lawyers an…