Here are some stories of past cases I handled for clients and how I was able to help them with their legal problems.
Names have been changed to protect privacy. Past performance does not guarantee future results. These testimonials and/or endorsements reflect that particular client’s experience with The Sherwin Law Firm. It does not constitute any guarantees, warranties, or promises regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Kerry (Middlesex County)
Case Overview: Kerry faced a lawsuit from her neighbor, who accused her of cutting down his trees and building a fence on his property. If the neighbor were successful in this case, Kerry would have owed him a lot of money and have been responsible for the costs of replacing the fence.
My Response: After reviewing this matter, I learned that Kerry had a strong case against her neighbor based upon adverse possession. Because Kerry had used a portion of the neighbor’s property for over twenty years, she had a strong argument that this land now belonged to her and therefore never trespassed onto her neighbor’s yard. I filed a counterclaim against the neighbor and asked the court to declare Kerry the property owner. I also requested and obtained a lis pendens to protect Kerry’s interest in this land during the course of the lawsuit.
Outcome: Kerry and her neighbor reached a settlement to this matter, where they agreed on a boundary line between the properties and the placement of Kerry’s fence. The neighbor offered Kerry money to relocate her fence, and Kerry owed no damages at the end of the case.
In Kerry’s Own Words: Months ago, when I need a lawyer to solve the border of my house problems, my friend recommended attorney Sherwin to me. AS what my friend told me, Mr Sherwin is an excellent lawyer and he always stands up for his clients. My problems were solved and I am very satisfied.
Sam (Bristol County)
Case Overview: Sam purchased a property that had been previously foreclosed. During his sale process, he learned that one of the prior owners of the home had recorded some papers in the land records that were causing a title issue with the property. Due to this problem, Sam would have difficulty if he ever wished to sell the property at a later date.
My Response: I filed a lawsuit seeking quiet title for the property. Namely, I asked the Court to issue an order that this previously recorded document was void and had no effect on the property title.
Outcome: The Court granted this request, and issued this order. I recorded a copy of this court order in the land records, with reference to the disputed document, to make the record clear that this prior document was void and had no impact on the property ownership. Thanks to this, the problem with Sam’s home is now resolved.
Nick (Suffolk County)
Case Overview: Nick needed to evict tenants from a home he owned to move into the property. These tenants had become difficult to deal with and were causing damage to the property.
My Response: I filed an eviction case against the tenants. As part of the case, before the court date, I requested an emergency court order preventing the tenants from continuing to damage the apartment, which the court allowed.
Outcome: Rather than spend time and money fighting this case in court, I pursued a mediation of the case with the tenants. Through a court mediator, my client and I spoke with the tenants and worked out an agreement on the matter, with my client obtaining possession of his property without any future problems from the tenants.
Natalie & Matt (Norfolk County)
Case Overview: Natalie and Matt faced a post-foreclosure eviction (“summary process”) case from their lender, seeking to evict them from their home following a foreclosure that occurred several years before. Natalie and Matt were unsuccessful in appealing the lender’s denial of their loan modification, which made their eviction case a particular challenge to defend, as there were only a few defenses available against the eviction.
My Response: I developed a defense against the lender’s eviction case by challenging the lender’s compliance with several foreclosure notice requirements, which cast serious doubt on whether the lender had complied with each requirement of the foreclosure process.
Outcome: Natalie and Matt reached a settlement with their lender, who agreed to sell the home to them at fair market value. They are now proud owners of their home again and live there today with their family.
In Natalie & Matt’s Own Words: We had been living in our home as a happy family since 2006. When the economy went down in 2008, we lost business and defaulted on our loan. After consulting with six attorneys, no one had the right solution. Those attorneys did their part to help us stay in the home for two years, but we knew that these solutions were only temporary and we would eventually have to face the worst: eviction. Even though we had planned to fight the eviction all the way, we did not know how to do so until we met Attorney Adam Sherwin. Attorney Sherwin was calm, focused, and listened to us. Eventually, through his help, the bank decided to negotiate instead of going forward with the eviction. We were able to repurchase our home at current market price. We thank God for Attorney Sherwin, who communicated with us frequently, was easily reachable, and put our needs above everything else. This is the attorney you want on your side. He is highly recommended.
Linda (Middlesex County)
Case Overview: Linda was struggling with her loan payments due to the poor economy and received an acceptable loan modification from her lender in 2010. Unexpectedly, and for no reason at all, her lender abruptly canceled the loan modification—despite Linda having made thirteen months of consistent payments under the agreement. Linda tried for the next two years to obtain a new loan modification. Her loan servicer continuously denied her, despite Linda having a documented hardship and proven ability to make modified loan payments.
My Response: I filed a lawsuit against the lender, seeking a cause of action for specific performance of the loan modification agreement. This asked the court to reinstate the loan modification agreement between Linda and her lender. I also asked for damages for the lender’s unfair and deceptive business practices.
Outcome: Within months of filing her lawsuit, Linda settled with her lender. The lender agreed to reinstate her prior loan modification agreement and make her loan balance current. Today, Linda continues to live in her home with an affordable mortgage loan payment.
In Linda’s Own Words: I am very grateful to Adam for his hard work in saving my home. I spent many years trying to avoid foreclosure and worried a great deal about losing my home. Adam took the time to listen to my needs and help me save my house.