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Attorney R Jacob Walters

Walters, Shannon, & Jensen
Experience:  42 Years
Area Served: Brookline and Greater Boston

27 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA, 02445


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I regularly appear before the Brookline, MA Planning and Zoning Boards, as well as the before the Brookline Board of Selectmen on behalf of businesses, particularly restaurants seeking Liquor licenses. I represent clients in the District and Superior Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in non- criminal matters. I have handled thousands of real estate transactions representing sellers and buyers of houses and condominiums, as well as mortgage lenders.

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  • Last verified: 2/18/2014
  • Current status is Active
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Education

DePaul University Law School, J.D., 1975


Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1975

Professional Associations

Massachusetts Bar Association

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About Jake Walters

Attorney Jacob Walters is a 1975 graduate of DePaul University Law School (Chicago, IL), and was admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts that same year. Mr. Walters has been employed as a full time attorney since 1976, and has maintained an office in Brookline since 1984. Mr. Walters regularly appears before the Brookline Planning and Zoning Boards, as well as the before the Brookline Board of Selectmen on behalf of businesses, particularly restaurants seeking Liquor licenses. Some representative clients assisted by Attorney Walters in obtaining Liquor licenses are St. Petersburg Café, Ginza II, Zaftigs, Best Cellars, The Public House and Finale.

Mr. Walters also represents clients on a regular basis in the District and Superior Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in non- criminal matters. Mr. Walters has handled thousands of real estate transactions representing sellers and buyers of houses and condominiums, as well as mortgage lenders. Some of the mortgage lenders represented by Attorney Walters include Brookline Bank, Bank of America, Independence One Mortgage, Summit Mortgage, Citizens Bank, GMAC Mortgage, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Greenpoint Mortgage, and Sovereign Bank.

Jake Walters has resided in Brookline since 1979 with his wife Laura. Their two children both attended Brookline schools, and are graduates of Brookline High School.

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It depends upon the real estate market in your area - in some places conversion into condos is a good economic move and in others it is not. If one of you wanted to reside in the property but the other wanted just to sell, then conversion into condos allows each of you to get a desired result.




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The first step is to check with the Newton Building Department to determine if the specific property can be converted into 4 units. If the answer is yes, and the conversion may be done as a matter of right, you can proceed accordingly. If you are told the conversion cannot happen without Zoning Board of Appeals approval you may want to make your purchase contingent upon such approval. Once approval is obtained either by right or after Zoning Board hearing, in Newton a homeowner can convert a property into condominiums without having to obtain approval.




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A purchaser of commercial real estate takes title to the property subject to any existing leases. It is certainly within the realm of possibility to make an offer to purchase subject to negotiating with the current tenant to relocate, making the desired space available. If I were representing the seller, however, I would counsel a very short time period for such negotiation to occur, and would insist that the buyer (you) bear all costs related to the possible move by the existing tenant.



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Attorney Jake Walters provides clients with effective and efficient legal representation. He serves the entire Greater Boston region including all Norfolk County and Middlesex County, as well as Allston, Belmont, Brighton, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Cleveland Circle, Coolidge Corner, Dedham, Dover, Jamaica Plain, Milton, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston.


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