Christine Griffin is a real estate paralegal with 25 years of experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge to clients and the real estate team. Her warm approach allows her to resolve complicated transactional issues on behalf of clients to find a win/win.
Her understanding of municipal law and assessments provides value to the firm’s real estate clients. She works closely with the Department of Revenue and Division of Local Services to provide effective assessment services. Christine has a great deal of experience in all aspects of conveyancing, from resolving complicated title issues, to underwriting title insurance, drafting and negotiating agreements, attending closings and working one-on-one with clients. She is also well-versed in the process of granting conservation restrictions, including working with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Her experience in Land Court has given her the expertise to work through the unique policies and procedures, from the deregistration process to tax lien foreclosures.
Clients appreciate Christine’s attention to detail and professionalism to ensure transactions run smoothly. She is a go-to person for the real estate team and for longstanding clients of the firm. Internally, she provides training in all areas of real estate to firm employees, which enables all team members to provide the highest quality legal service to clients.
In addition to real estate, Christine supports the litigation department and is well-versed in tax lien foreclosures in Land Court. She handles all aspects of filing complaints, working with owners, preparing files and prepping attorneys for hearings in Land Court, as well as the processing of redemptions. This process requires exceptional organizational skills and the ability to work through sensitive issues to resolution. She uses the training from her certification as a performance coach and relationship coach to create rapport and manage difficult conversations, necessary to resolve disputes.
Christine is an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO). She presents annually at the tax classification hearings to the Board of Selectmen, which set the tax rate. Because of this experience, she is responsible for the filing of abatements on behalf of the firm’s clients, as well as filing all appeals with the ATB.
Christine enjoys many activities, but especially sailing and spending time on Cape Cod with her son, family and friends (and dog, Colby). A life-long learner, she passionately shares new ideas and learning with others, including authoring a book entitled “Divorce, So What, Now What?” She has led a long-standing support group for people managing divorce and has coached many individuals one-on-one. She sincerely enjoys helping others to find their potential and passion.
- Chair of the Board of Assessors, Town of Hudson (2004 – present)
Articles + Talks
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education invited Christine to be the keynote speaker at the annual Paralegal Conference in 2014. She has presented programs for several organizations, including the Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association, and local chapters of the Association of Legal Administrators. She has been invited several times to be a guest speaker for classes at Anna Maria College and she has led leadership trainings with various colleges.
- “How to be a Success without being a B**tch: Can it be done?” Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts, April 14, 2016
- B.A. in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude, Anna Maria College
Bringing moving pieces together to record restriction and obtain tax credit
Successfully obtained a $50,000 conservation land tax credit from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The underlying work required a grant of a restriction for conservation purposes to the town on 4.0 acres of land. It required the understanding and compliance with the myriad of requirements of the Department of Revenue, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Conservation Commission for the town. Christine effectively brought all of the moving pieces together to record the restriction and obtain the tax credit for the client when the outcome was not guaranteed.
Convinced town it was not entitled to right to purchase property
Negotiated on behalf of a client to clear the way for a sale of property clouded by a possible right of first refusal of the town under M.G.L. Chapter 61A. She effectively convinced the Board of Assessors of the town that it was not entitled to exercise a right to purchase the property under a potential trigger of a right of first refusal. This allowed the client to proceed with the timely sale of the property where the alternative route would have been costly with no guaranteed result.