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Richard D. Vetstein

Litigation Attorney at Framingham, MA

4.9   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Real estate and title litigation

  2. Real estate
    Real estate closings and financing, zoning and land use

    27 years

  3. Landlord or tenant
    Evictions, landlord representation

I am a Massachusetts attorney, often recognized by my peers and the media for my expertise in real estate matters, including litigation, title and conveyancing. While my speciality is real estate law, I have a fairly diversified practice, assisting clients with anything from business and probate litigation, business start-up formation to trademark applications. 

As a business and real estate litigator, I am often found litigating real estate disputes such as adverse possession, boundary disputes, zoning appeals, condominium disputes, breach of contract, title and landlord-tenant cases. Unlike a lot of litigators these days, I've actually tried cases, both before a jury and judge. I also have significant appellate experience in the Appeals Court, Supreme Judicial Court, and First Circuit. I am also well-versed in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, and mediation, where a majority of cases are settled today. 

I also handle a substantial amount of residential conveyancing. Along with my business partner, Attorney Marc Canner, I founded TitleHub Closing Services LLC, which does full service settlement agent work for national, regional and local lenders, as well as individual borrowers and sellers. 


For more information about my practice, go to my website at and my award winning real estate blog at  



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Vetstein Law Group, P.C.
945 Concord Street
Framingham, MA, 01701

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Posted by Andrew | March 8, 2019
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Lis Pendens
RIchard provided great advice on the risks and potential outcomes for filing a Lis Pendens action for a property purchase. When we decided to proceed, he quickly filed the case and met with the judge protecting our claim to the property. He then successfully negotiated with the sellers and our closing attorney to limit further expenses and delays. Throughout the process he made himself available for strategy, advice and general updates. We could n't be happier with services he provided.
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Posted by Happy Client | March 3, 2019
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Smart & Professional
Mr. Vetstein represented me on a real estate matter and absolutely got the matter down to brass tacks. In court he was articulate, prepared and not flustered by the judge. I would highly recommend him for any real estate matter.
Posted by David | March 7, 2018
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The Best
Rich has handled a number of real estate matters for myself as well as for friends that I have referred to him. He always gets back to you right away and is even available to talk on nights and weekends. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a real estate attorney.
Posted by Peter | October 22, 2017
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Excellent Real Estate Attorney
I hired Attorney Vetstein for a recent real estate purchase in Arlington, MA . My wife and I purchased a condominium in a very competitive, quick moving Boston market. I sought Attorney Vetstein for his real estate expertise, as can be found on his real estate law blog. Attorney Vetstein was was incredibly responsive and timely in his responses, often answering late at night and on weekends. His answers to the questions I posed were thorough and demonstrated his extensive knowledge of real estate law. He did a nice job of reviewing the purchase and sales agreement in detail. He was efficient during the closing, while taking the time to explain all components of the contract and closing documentation. I plan to hire Attorney Vetstein for future real estate transactions!
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Response from Richard Vetstein October 26, 2017
Thank you Peter! It was truly a pleasure being able to assist you in purchasing your new home! Enjoy....
Posted by Sami | September 16, 2015
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Amazing Lawyer
We were about to lose our hope in the legal system when we were engulfed in a very difficult real estate dilemma. Rich came to our rescue like a Prince. He explained things to us in a very plain language. Everything played out just like he planned it. We cannot thank him enough for bringing resolution, peace and prosperity our lives.
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Posted by Debbie | August 27, 2015
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Richard was first class. He kept me (a very anxious client) calm in a stressful situation. He dealt with the problem promptly and effectively. Once he was involved the issue was solved within days.
Posted by carole | May 12, 2015
Extremely smart and knowledgeable - a rare find!
We came to Richard to create a complex condo Master Deed/Trust/and Unit Deeds. Richard was fast, incredibly knowledgeable, and most of all, honest. I can't tell you how many times a lawyer in this process told us something was required by law, only to find out -- no, it wasn't. If you want the truth, go to Richard. He will tell you what is legally required, what is traditional but not mandatory, and when someone is feeding you a line of baloney because it benefits them. Richard was also FABULOUS at shutting down an opposing lawyer who's demands and self-righteousness did not match her knowledge. After this experience I will never trust a lawyer again who claims something is legally required, but Richard will tell you what you really need and what you don't, and then he will make it happen. He is truly a rare find.
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Posted by Beth | August 20, 2013
Great real estate resource
Richard was extremely helpful during 2 recent transactions--one of which was very complex and involved a difficult owner. Rich helpled guide the process and keep it on track--to a very successful conclusions.
Posted by Berkeley | August 12, 2013
Great Transaction!
Richard assisted us on our two family rental property closing. He was great! We had a lot of issues with the buyers and their attorney, and Richard made sure everything kept moving and got done! Highly recommended!
Posted by Sarah | August 2, 2013
One of the best real estate attorneys
It has been a pleasure to work with attorney Richard Vetstein. We just completed 2 real estate transactions which went very smoothly. He is patient, professional and cares about his clients. He also has a great sense of humor. I would not hesitate to hire him over and over again.
Posted by R Shah | July 26, 2013
True Professional; Excellent; Extremely Recommended
I want start by thanking Richard who is a true professional. I contacted 6-7 attorneys and he was the only one who was responsive, explained things in simple terms. He is great and I would recommend him to all my family and friends. I would also use Richard's services in future - everytime.
Posted by Dick | July 12, 2012
Fantastic Real Estate Litigator
Richard Vetstein assisted me with a very contentious condominium litigation dispute. His courtroom skills were dynamic and he is extremely knowledgeable on the law. He was also very good at keeping me informed and calm during the process.
Posted by Sarah | December 14, 2009
Satisfactory experience
I hired this lawyer for few condo issues. It was a fairly complex issue and i made it clear that I didn't want to spend a fortune. He was very professional and I felt comfortable with him. I will hire him in the future for all my real estate issues.
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1997
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Winiker v. Bell
  • Successful representation of property owner in trial and on appeal
  • North American Expo v. Corcoran
  • Victory at trial and through 2 appeals
  • Private Lending v. First American Title Co.
  • Won on summary judgment and on appeal
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  • Boston Bar Association
  • Chair, Title and Conveyancing Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
  • Litigation Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Corridor 9 Chamber of Commerce--HYPE 9
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies Young Lawyer's Group
  • Past Chair, Committee Member
  • N/A
  • Worcester Young Businessmen's Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Legal Blog
  • Expert Institute
  • 2017
  • Top Legal Blog
  • Expert Institute
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Blogs
  • American Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Chair, Title and Conveyancing Committee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Nominee--Top 100 Persons
  • Inman News Most Influential In Real Estate
  • 2010
  • Leadership Fellow
  • Leadership Metrowest Academy
  • 2009
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  • Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Speaker Series
  • Real Estate Grey Areas
  • 2013
  • Blogging & Social Media For Realtors 101
  • Blogging & Social Media For Realtors
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Real estate Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've enjoyed RIch's presentations and blog posts about real estate law for a long time. He is clearly knowledgeable and is a great resource for other attorneys in the community. I recently had the opportunity to work with him on a personal home purchase and the experience was excellent. He responded to every inquiry immediately and everything went very smoothly. I will be recommending Rich to all my clients."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rich for over 5 years. I regularly see him in housing court. I also have sent many satisfied clients to him for real estate matters. He is exceptionally knowledgeable at no sacrifice to his ability to connect personally to his clients. I cannot say enough good things about him."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Rich for more than 25 years. He has been a "go to" Massachusetts real estate attorney for several years. In addition to being frequently retained as counsel in significant real estate matters, Rich's reputation, legal acumen and experience often result in his being sought out to opine on real estate matters of public interest. I enthusiastically endorse Rich."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly effective, dedicated counsel. Attorney Vetstein stays abreast of changes in the legal landscape. Check out his blog:"
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