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If you own beachfront property in Massachusetts, or are considering purchasing such property, it might save some surprises if you consult a Massachusetts real estate attorney regarding your rights and the rights of others to access your private beach.

Over the years, Massachusetts courts have only slightly increased the scope of public activities that are guaranteed to be available even on privately held tideland property. These public rights include fishing, bird hunting, and boating.

Fortunately, Massachusetts law gives coastal property owners more extensive private rights to their beachfront area than other states.

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