Summary Process Laws in Massachusetts

The summary process is one part of pursuing an eviction. It is a legal procedure and anyone sending or receiving a summary process summons and complaint should take the matter very seriously. The summary process may be confusing and overwhelming. Anyone who has to contend with the summary process pertaining to eviction should have legal assistance to help guide them through the situation. If you are a landlord and in the summary process stage of trying to evict a tenant, or you are a tenant who has received a summary as part of an attempt to evict, the real estate lawyers at Shapiro Law Group, PC, can help.

The Process

The Summary process can be a positive move for a landlord looking to regain possession of a property and also looking to recoup any money they are owed. The summons will have a specific time and date that the tenant needs to appear for a hearing. The tenant also has to file an answer to the summons within a certain time period. The tenant can either agree to the terms and vacate the property or attend the hearing noted on the summons. The tenant also has the right to counterclaim and express why they should not be evicted. This can prolong the process, making the time period for regaining the property longer than a landlord may expect.

The Hearing

The hearing listed on the summons typically is the end point of the eviction process. The two parties involved can have the opportunity to negotiate a resolution and outline terms for vacating the property. If the negotiations don’t render a solution, a judgment will be handed down at the hearing. If the judgment is in favor of the landlord, then that party can move forward with the eviction.

Experienced Summary Process Attorneys

Even if the summary process goes smoothly or as expected, having experienced and understanding legal counsel in your corner is recommended. There may unexpected setbacks, accusations to answer for, or unforeseen complications. Any complications can work to prolong the eviction process and cause more distress for a landlord. A tenant should also secure legal counsel to protect their rights and ensure everything is handled fairly.

The attorneys at Shapiro Law Group, PC, understand the difficulties that can arise and how much a timely resolution is needed for all parties. We will fight to make sure you are treated fairly and your side is presented in the best possible way. The preparation and explanation of legal documents should be handled by a legal team you can trust in and count on. When you need to pursue an eviction and summary process, or if you need to answer to one with a counterclaim, let Shapiro Law Group, PC, help advise and protect you through the entire process.

At Shapiro Law Group, PC, are ready to help you. Contact us to set up your initial consultation. 339-200-9933.