Assistant Attorney General Gabrielle Viator was the guest speaker at a recent panel discussion about the revised Equal Pay Act that went into effect July 1. Also speaking was Meredith A. Fine, a Gloucester attorney whose practice focuses on business counseling and real estate.The morning event was co-sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Cape Ann Business Law P.C. at the Gloucester House restaurant.
Attorney Meredith A. Fine of Gloucester recently won a lawsuit in the Middlesex Probate & Family Court that enabled a Delaware man to claim a share of his half-sister’s estate. The decision by Judge Maureen Monk was the first time that a Massachusetts court allowed an adult child to perform DNA testing on a deceased parent. The estate was settled before the testing was performed.
State Sen. Bruce Tarr speaks at the annual meeting of the Gloucester Tourism Alliance Inc. at the Gloucester House restaurant on March 16, 2017. Attorney Meredith A. Fine is assisting the Alliance with its merger with the Seaport Gloucester DMO. “It was wonderful to see the city’s business community and elected leadership come together with the same vision and such great energy,” said Attorney Fine.
Councilors talking licenses, zoning for marijuana shops
By Ray Lamont Staff Writer
The owners of two local smoke and paraphernalia shops say they’re not worried about a six-month delay in the state’s time frame for selling marijuana over the counter for recreational purposes.
Meanwhile, Gloucester officials are already grappling over whether the city should wait for any new state actions or begin preparing now to regulate local pot sales. State law would allow for nine or more shops selling pot in the city.
Meredith Fine, chair of the local Licensing Board, said no one has yet approached the Licensing Board to discuss the issue.
“So, at this point, we haven’t had any reason to consider yet what our role would be — if any,” said Fine, a local attorney who also heads the Board of Directors for the Sawyer Free Library.
“The underlying reason for liquor regulation was related to Prohibition,” she added, “so we have these kind of old-fashioned alcohol regulations that are based on keeping the alcohol free of organized crime. But I’m not sure what the underlying reason for the Licensing Board to regulate marijuana would be. My instinct is we would treat it like any other retail business.”
“It’s all just very sad,” said Gloucester Attorney Meredith Fine, who represented Cape Pond Ice when first contacting the Department of Revenue’s investigations division. “People like to do business with other local businesses. But there’s a matter of trust as well.”
Cape Pond Ice recently posted this video on YouTube celebrating a major restructuring of the company’s finances. Attorney Meredith Fine played a key role in the refinancing and as mistress of ceremony for this event, which featured State Sen. Bruce Tarr, State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Mayor Carolyn Kirk. It was a privilege to help save this historic Gloucester Harbor business.
TRID is here! On October 3, new rules called TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) went into effect that completely change how residential mortgages are processed. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wrote the rules in response to the mortgage meltdown that caused the Great Recession. [Only the federal government could make an acronym out of an acronym.]
The new rules are designed to promote transparency and consumer choice, and to hold the parties involved in real estate closings more accountable. It remains to be seen whether these worthy goals will be realized or whether those benefits will be outweighed by the longer, more expensive loan processing system that is now in place.