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  • Kathleen Leitao Bernardo
    Partner

Kathy Bernardo is chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and a member of the Trusts and Estates Department.

Kathy’s real estate practice focuses on commercial real estate matters such as conveyancing, financing, leasing, title matters and all aspects of complex property transfers, including purchase agreements, easements, liquor license transfers, special permits, regulatory compliance, zoning and variance issues, 1031 Exchange transfers, boundary disputes, public and private conservation restrictions, including agricultural preservation restrictions (APR), petitions to partition and other land court matters. She is a certified LEED® Green Associate and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council®.

Her probate practice includes the preparation of wills and trusts, estate and trust administration, equity petitions, guardianships and conservatorships. Kathy is also a Court approved Guardian Ad litem for the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County Probate Courts.

Kathy is a member of the Ludlow Zoning Board of Appeals, a Land Court commissioner for land partition cases and an affiliate member of the Real Estate Association of the Pioneer Valley.


Representative Experience
Represents family-owned farming operations in matters relating to succession planning, including estate planning, use of APR, trusts, operation agreements and environmental compliance.

Represented title insurance company to clear title defects affecting a large housing subdivision.

Represented non-profit organization in the development of a new early childhood center.

Represents non-profit hospital in major land acquisition.

Represents state agencies in the acquisition of land in western Massachusetts.

Represents both individuals and state agencies in matters of conservation easements and restrictions.

Represents a quasi-politic organization in the acquisition of lands under Federal Aviation Association grants.