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Perry Hicks, LLC

A New Bedford law firm since 1965

Practice Areas

Our attorneys have years of legal expertise and have handled numerous cases and projects of significant complexity and substantial economic and social import. We believe that our expertise in addressing cutting edge issues in practice areas such as estate taxation, land use, environmental permitting and wealth management is unmatched by any firm in our geographic area, and competitive with metropolitan firms that have infrastructure, costs, and billing rates that are substantially higher than ours.

Real Estate - Permitting & Transactions

  • Real Estate and Title Development
  • Land Use
  • Zoning
  • Permitting and Title Matters
  • Property Rights Issues
  • Representation before local boards:

– Planning Boards
– Zoning Boards
– Conservation Commissions

 

Historic & Environmental Preservation

  • Historic/Land Preservation
  • Conservation Restrictions
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Wetlands Issues
  • Coastal Permitting
  • Waterfront Properties

Family Law

  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Trust Administration
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce

Estate Planning & Wealth Management

  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Agricultural Preservation Restrictions
  • Family Asset Preservation
  • Estate Tax Return Preparation
  • Gifting Programs
  • Charitable Giving
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Estate Planning Issues related to:

– Family Land Holdings
– Estate Tax Portability

Business Management Legal Services

  • Partnership & LLC
  • Organizational and Maintenance
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Tax Exempt Recognition
  • Non-Profit Corporations

 

Civil Litigation

  • State and Federal Courts

Municipal Law

Our Philosophy

We are dedicated to understanding our clients’ needs and providing them with practical and cost-effective legal advice, representation, solutions and quality legal services. Our attorneys have years of legal expertise and have handled numerous cases and projects of significant complexity and substantial economic and social import. We believe that our expertise in addressing cutting edge issues in such fields as estate taxation, land use, environmental permitting and wealth management is unmatched by any firm in our geographic area, and competitive with metropolitan firms that have infrastructure, costs, and billing rates that are substantially higher than ours. By providing high quality legal services in the areas of estate planning, business organization and management services, asset protection and business planning, family law, guardianships and conservatorships, real estate law, civil litigation, appellate litigation, and trust and probate administration, we are a full-service firm that has been able to develop long-term relationships with our clients. We are committed to client service and open communication. We view ourselves as problem solvers, and look first to the most practical solution. However, in an adversary context, we are zealous advocates of our clients’ interest within the confines of ethical and honest practice.

Firm Attorneys

Daniel C. Perry

SOLE MEMBER

E-mail: danperry@perryhicks.net
Phone: (508) 996-8291
Fax: (508) 997-2637

EDUCATION

Pomona College (1973)
Boston University School of Law
(J.D., 1978 – cum laude)

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of Massachuestts (1978)
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1978)

MEMBERSHIPS

Massachusetts Bar Association

Daniel Perry is the sole member of Perry Hicks. He has been employed by the firm since 1983. He graduated from Pomona College in 1973 and Boston University School of Law in 1978, cum laude, where he was Note and Case Editor of the Boston University Law Review. Before joining Perry Hicks, Mr. Perry was an associate at the Boston law firm, Foley, Hoag & Eliot for five years. Mr. Perry concentrates in land use law, business law, estate planning and wealth management. Mr. Perry has successfully represented the proponents in many private and public development projects throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Mr. Perry’s responsibility for these projects included securing necessary approvals from local and state boards and agencies, as well as defending and prosecuting litigation in state and federal courts. Among these projects have been schools, shopping centers, television and cellular telephone towers, manufacturing facilities, solar energy facilities, and numerous residential developments, including condominiums. He was responsible for all the legal work in the permitting, financing and construction of the Crapo Hill landfill, a 152 acre regional waste disposal and recycling facility operated by the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District. He has tried over eighty cases in the zoning, environmental and land use fields, and has argued numerous land use cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Property Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association from 1996 – 2000, and chaired its land use subcommittee, where he authored proposed amendments to the Massachusetts Zoning Act sponsored by that Association. He has published a number of articles on zoning and subdivision law; he chaired seminars on these topics for the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1998 and 2000, and presented the zoning curriculum for a seminar on commercial buildings for MCLE in 2003. He was named as a “super lawyer” by Boston Magazine in the field of environmental and land use law in 2004. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.

Neil B. Smola

ASSOCIATE

E-mail: neilsmola@perryhicks.net
Phone: (508) 996-8291
Fax: (508) 997-2637

EDUCATION

Providence College (2007)
University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth (J.D., 2011 – valedictorian)

BAR ADMISSIONS

State of Massachuestts (2011)

MEMBERSHIPS

Massachusetts Bar Association

Neil Smola is an associate attorney at Perry Hicks. He has been employed by the firm since 2014. He graduated from Providence College in 2007 and University of Massachusetts School of Law in 2011, valedictorian, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Roundtable Symposium Law Journal 2010 and 2011. Before joining Perry Hicks, Mr. Smola was a law clerk at the Superior Court of Massachusetts for two years.

Past Projects

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust

1762 Elihu Akin House

Crapo Hill Landfill

Joseph Grinnell Mansion

Corson Maritime Learning Center

Contact Us

508.996.8291

388 County Street, Fl2

New Bedford, MA 02740

info@perryhicks.net