Posted by Beverly
My husband and I rent a handful of single-family homes in Pittsfield, MA, and for years, have had wonderful Tenants. Since families sometimes face financial hardships, we cut these tenants slack when the excuses for late payments started (car trouble, family illness, etc.). When promises of payment were constantly broken, we finally asked them to leave, and suggested they look for a more modest rental. That's when the threats began.
They had failed to properly heat the house, hanging blankets around the LR where the thermostat was located, allowing pipes to freeze, and flooding the house. For months, we texted back and forth with him, receiving constant threats, and no rent. The profanities were beyond shocking, while the threats caused overwhelming stress. The police couldn't do anything, saying it was a Landlord-Tenant dispute.
Finally, my husband and I decided to hire an attorney, and we found Lance Chavin. He assured us that we had done nothing wrong, and that we should no longer respond to these people. Instead, all texts were to be forwarded to him, and he would handle everything. The relief and peace of mind we felt was immediate, and we were finally able to relax while Lance navigated us through the complex process. Lance has a thorough knowledge of the complicated housing laws in Pittsfield, MA, and with his years of experience, he knows everyone in the Pittsfield court system. Although he lives in Springfield, he has an office here in Pittsfield.
Lance took care of all the paperwork and documents, and executions. We didn't have to do anything. He handled all communications, and explained our options to us very clearly. Lance was very quick to respond to our texts, calls, and emails. Because my husband and I had been so traumatized, we probably needed more assurance than most clients, but he never failed to calm us down and reassure us. He very clearly laid out the various scenarios, based upon possible court actions, from the best and quickest, to the worst case. Even the worst case seemed more tolerable, knowing that the result would be the same, but the time line could be extended by additional court actions.
Lance had researched our tenant, and discovered that there were 2 arrest warrants out on our tenant. When the court date arrived, he notified the Sheriff that our tenant was expected to appear that day, but we then knew that he might not show up, for fear of arrest. Lance was right. Only his live-in girlfriend came. He updated me with texts for 3 hours, and finally asked me come in - there had been a snowstorm that morning, and it was possible that the court might close early. When I arrived, I was happy to learn that Lance had already prepared the agreement that was acceptable our tenant. She agreed that they owed over $10,000.00 in rent, and agreed to leave by of January 31. Lance represented our case to the Judge, and we won! We had our judgement, they would have to leave or be physically thrown out 48 hours after receiving the Execution of Eviction served by the Sheriff.
Lance explained that we'd have to arrange for the Sheriff and the bonded certified movers to be there on the day of physical eviction. Finally, the day arrived. The Sheriff went in first. They were gone, and only garbage and junk remained. The damage to our house was bad, and the house reeked. But, I repeat, THEY WERE GONE!
Evictions are not easy in MA. Don’t try to resolve them without the professional help of an outstanding attorney with thorough knowledge of our local Landlord/Tenant laws, and experience with our court system. Call Lance Chavin.
Posted by Mindy
From the very beginning of my case, Lance was extremely knowledgeable. Throughout my case, I was consistently updated with any changes that were happening. Lance was very detailed in all aspects of the issues arising within my case and provided me with outstanding professionalism and courtesy. At the conclusion of my case, I was 110% satisfied with the service that Attorney Lance Chavin provided on my behalf. I would recommend that anyone looking for knowledgeable, professional, and through representation, contact Attorney Lance Chavin.
Posted by a Family client
When Lance says he won't give up a fight until it's over he's 110% serious!! I'm currently in the midst of a second round of litigation with Lance for a family law matter and I am constantly blown away time and time again by his persistence, foresight, responsiveness, enthusiasm and hunger for learning.
Not only is he taking my case as seriously as though my child was his own, but he's teaching me as this goes. I don't just want it done, I want to UNDERSTAND and he can put it to you clearly.
Lance is professional by every measure but no stiff, he's a real guy who can really hear you and empathize with challenges that real people face in real life.
I'm not getting a a kickback for writing this, Just blessed to have made Lances acquaintance.
Posted by a Landlord & Tenant client
Mr.Chavin provided excellent ideas which contributed to my success.He was very friendly and professional.I highly recommend Mr. Chavin as a fair and trustworthy attorney.He persevered and achieved a fine outcome on my behalf.His office is conveniently located and parking was easy. He was reponsive, each time I called.
Posted by a Employment client
I couldn't say enough good things about Lance. He represented me in an employment situation. His knowledge was second to none.
Posted by Scott
Attorney Chavin has been a great help to my department and town. As Code Enforcement Officer and selectboard chairman for a small western massachusetts town Attorney Chavin has helped to close two very difficult and drawn out cases that have plagued us for years. Lances persistance and timely actions have resolved these cases in record time and with all of the results we have hoped for. He excels in all of the qualities listed above and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Truely an outstanding attorney!
In reference to the less than flattering review that he was given, I was also involved in that case and at no time did Attorney Chavin act inappropriately or unprofessional at any time.
Posted by Pat
This is a follow up to my original review, things changed as my case went on.
At first he seemed very friendly, caring, proffesional and competent in the legal issues I was dealing with. I trusted him and I now feel he may have violated the rules of proffessional conduct
This is what he did::
1) He Shared confidential correspondence (from me to him) with the opposing party's attorney. I at this point asked that he not do this again without my consent.
Should I have had to ask ? Isnt this considered attorney client privledge?
2) He Sent email to the opposing partys attorney containing deragatory/defamitory statements about me then forwarded the same email to ME so I could see what he had written.
I found the email comments to be Very objectionable, unethical and that it showed a great lack of proffessionalism.
I would not recommend this attorney for any type of case as his proffessional (mis)conduct proves him untrustworthy.
Posted by John
Great Lawyer , goodfactfinder, veryknowledgeable, profficient,good listener, patience , calls back quickly . Usually has a case brief to justify his conclusion . He help me fight the city of springfield with an ordinance change. The hotdog man
Posted by Teri
Attorney Chavin has always been there when I needed to have questions answered. He has helped my family overcome some very challenging issues. He is the only attorney I know that is willing to work with his clients on every level. When he talks to you, it's as if you are speaking to a friend. He never over states anything, and keeps his communication on a laymans level. I would highly recommend anyone that is looking for an attorney, to consider Attorney Chavin. They wont be disappointed that they did.