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Lance Chavin

Landlord or tenant Attorney at East Longmeadow, MA

4.6   22 reviews

also known as Law Office of Lance S. Chavin

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2024

About Lance

Learn Lance’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    60%
    Most of my cases are argued before the Western Division Housing Court, and I have represented Landlords, Tenant's Boards of Health, and other Interested Parties.

    15 years, 400 cases

  2. Child custody
    10%

    15 years, 100 cases

  3. Child support
    10%

    15 years, 100 cases

  4. Family
    10%

    15 years, 100 cases

  5. General practice
    10%

    15 years, 100 cases

Clients can be rest assured that I won't sleep until their  matter is handled in a professional and courteous manner. More importantly, I never give up in a fight, until the fight is over...good, bad, or otherwise.

Location

Lance Chavin
P.O. BOX 501
East Longmeadow, MA, 01028

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | June 13, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pleasant and Helpful
I represent a homeless shelter in New Hampshire and called Lance out of the blue seeking guidance for a client facing eviction. Lance was extremely pleasant, kind, and informative. If I could give him six stars, I would.
Response from Lance Chavin June 17, 2024
Thank you for the great review!
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend! 100 stars
So so grateful my best friend recommended Attorney Chavin to me. Haven’t needed to hire at this point, because we aren’t there yet. But definitely will if we have to. We’ve only consulted thus far, but his Bio is 100% true. His number one concern is my well-being which not only makes him a great attorney in general but a special one as he cares about how you feel. It’s especially helpful for someone dealing with a lot of trauma from the situation. (landlord tenant dispute). I feel extremely safe being advised by him, a lot of lawyers do not care about you as a human, when every client needs that! Because nobody is talking to a lawyer without something bad happening to them and they’re hurting. He is refreshing, witty, knowledgeable & validating while still being realistic with your best interests. Thank you so much for your continued support on the matter Lance, and for making me feel safe in your hands.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommendation ESQ
Aggressive, compassionate, savvy and excellent knowledge of the law. Lance will take your case and win.
Posted by Amy | January 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommend
Very professional, great sense of humor, would recommend Chavin. He does what he says. Very dedicated attorney. As a tenant its very stressful in an eviction case especially when you are fighting the landlord. Chavin gets results.
Posted by Maria | May 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Landlord
He was great. He explained every process. He’s very knowledgeable about housing laws. He’s very polite and courteous.
Response from Lance Chavin May 20, 2021
Thank you for the great review!
Posted by Katie | July 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and understanding
Attorney Chavin was incredibly professional and I was confident through out our case that we had selected the right representation. He is smart and efficient. He is a skilled negotiator and communicator. He was incredibly responsive to my questions throughout the entire process. I am so grateful for his hard work. I would recommend him to any of my friends who were looking for bold, intelligent representation!
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Response from Lance Chavin July 9, 2019
Thank you for the great review!
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Ethical lawyer
I consulted on a case because I am so aghast at what happened to my family. Lance spent some time reviewing my details, with no consultation fee, and explained to me why even though I could be 100% right, it would be a lost cause. He was sympathetic but knew it wouldn’t work.
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most hard working, knowledgeable, compassionate lawyer
Attorney Chavin saved my life. He took a lost case and made the impossible happen. He spent hours and hours until everything necessary was done. He is honest, and he knows the law. Most importantly, he can relay the information necessary to his clients. He changed my perspective on what was happening, he is realistic and he is amazing at what he does and as a human being. I am blessed that he is on my team, and I have no doubt he has my best interest at all times.
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Posted by Alex Geas | October 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Boss of Landlord-tenant law
One of the best decisions I could have ever made was reaching out to Lance to represent me when I ran into some unexpected legal trouble. There is nothing better than having peace of mind in a situation like this which is what I received right away. From the very beginning Lance gave 100 percent effort and made me feel like a top priority. The night I explained my case, I woke up to an email sent at 5 am the following morning containing 5 pages of counterclaims, I couldn't believe the turnaround time. My landlord was trying to take financial advantage of me and Lance made sure that wouldn't happen. Ultimately, his persistence and hard work had ended up in the plaintiff dropping all charges in this case. I am extremely grateful for his services.
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Posted by Melissa | July 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer out here
Lance was on top of everything from the start to bottom. He kept us notified about everything. Housing court was hard when it's not yor fault and you have your neighbors to let items going up through your tub while you where in it. Plus many more issues. Lance worked so hard for all parties involved. He got us what we needed and found us another place to move. Landlords know him people know him and I even still reference him even till today!! Lance means business!!
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Posted by M. U | September 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tenant/Landlord Issue
From the many lawyers we contacted, Lance was the most knowledgeable for the case. Lance was available for us via email/phone at all times, and provided excellent advice. Our previous landlord was threatening to take us to court (a lawyer himself), but Lance applied his knowledge of the law and the case was quickly settled outside the court, saving us a trip to court. We were more than happy with the results. Highly recommend Lance for any tenant/landlord issues.
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Posted by ERIN | August 8, 2015
BEST LAWYER OUT THERE/SAVED MY FAMILY!!! LITERALLY!
For those of you out there even considering another attorney who have DCF/child and family matters or any other legal matters for that matter...STOP right there. I have used Attorney Chavin for several small legal matters but recently as of Sept. 2014 asked Attorney Chavin to assist me in a very high profile DCF SEXUAL abuse accusation case regarding my 5 year old daughter in which 1 of my maternal family members named 5 of my significant other's family members of sexual assualt on my 5 year old...which resulted in removal of the father of my now 1 year old son from the home; zero contact of my 5 year old daughter and local police; district attorney; and DCF involvement. Terrifying to say the least....also extremely difficult for a now all of a sudden single mother who previously relied on her childcare from her partner and his family whom i now was allowed ZERO contact. Attorney Chavin from the start was easy to speak to NON JUDGEMENTAL took phone calls 24-7 from me day and night.... no phone call or question went unanswered. went to court for a restraining order which was granted immediately with his assistance. recommended I appeal all allegations brought fourth to dcf of sexual abuse and neglect of my children. An appeal hearing was granted within WEEKS WHEN I WAS TOLD IT WOULD TAKE MONTHS!!!! at the appeal hearing attorney Chavin kept me calm; reasurred me......talked me through all the steps...... at the end of the appeal hearing i was told by the hearing officer i would not hear about the result for MONTHS TO YEARS....... THANKS TO ATTORNEY CHAVIN'S EXPERTISE AND COMMITMENT TO THE CASE; AND SAVVY WITS IN THE APPEAL HEARING.....DELIBERATION IN MY FAVOR...... UNSUPPORT OF ALL ALLEGATIONS BOTH ON MYSELF AND MY PARTNER OF SEXUAL ABUSE, NEGLECT AND UNKNOWN CAREGIVER WERE GRANTED AND MY CASE CLOSED WITHIN A FEW SHORT WEEKS AFTER THE HEARING. I WAS TOLD BY MANY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD that NEVER in DCF history has this ever happened!!! MY OVERALL advise to those of you experiencing any difficulty with a child family case such as dcf....choose Attorney Chavin.....LISTEN to EVERYTHING he has to say IT IS WELL WORTH IT!!!!! TRUST ME!!!!!
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Posted by Beverly | March 9, 2015
Outstanding Attorney for Landlord/Tenant Law!
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.
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Posted by Mindy | February 25, 2014
An Outstanding Attorney
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.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2013
Choose Lance
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.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2013
Lawyer with integrity
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 anonymous | July 24, 2012
Awesome
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 | February 10, 2012
Best Attorney I've worked with
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.
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Posted by John | April 1, 2011
Great Lawyer
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 | January 21, 2011
Review of Attorney Lance Chavin
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.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 60-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Pro bono 30 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 4.6 (Concern)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2024.

Public Reprimand issued in MA, 2024
updated on 06/18/2024

Public reprimand means that an attorney did something wrong, but may still practice law. The attorney was given a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • Law Office of Lance S. Chavin
  • 2008 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Town of Savoy
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Special Town Counsel
  • Town of Adams
  • 2011 - 2013

Education

  • Western New England College School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sara Carpenter, Trustee of Acquisition Trust vs. Shalene Mitchell
  • Plaintiff's SP Action Dismissed without Prejudice. Defendant prevailed on her counterclaims for $14,525.00 (Not including attorney fees).

Associations

  • Berkshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Senior Partners for Justice-Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Southern Worcester County Landlord Association-Monthly Meeting
  • General Landlord-Tenant Matters
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (74)
Endorse Lance
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lance. He is a consummate professional who works hard for his clients."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Chavin is pleasant to work with on contentious matters."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Chavin was a consummate professional during the entire case we worked on. Although my opposing counsel, he was professional and respectful, aiming to resolve the matter best for his client while maintaining integrity."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Chavin was very hard working and dedicated to the representation of his client in the matter that I had with him."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very response to the needs of the case."
General practice Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lance is insightful but realistic. I endorse Lance."
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East Longmeadow Landlord or tenant Lawyer Lance Chavin
Lance Chavin
Landlord or tenant Attorney
East Longmeadow, MA
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2024. See details