Arthur M. DeAscentis is a principal of the Law Firm Bogle, DeAscentis & Coughlin, P. C.
His practice covers a broad range of real estate, land use, development and preservation, and financing for land owners, developers, owners of historic mills, and institutional and personal investors. He has substantial transactional experience in commercial and residential real estate matters, and has represented institutions and individuals in land use permitting, preservation, adverse possession, boundary line disputes, rights of way issues, actions to quiet and defend title, tax takings and foreclosures. He also provides representation in the organization of and counseling to businesses, including non-profit organizations, and has assisted many clients with Massachusetts wills, health care directives and estates.
Mr. DeAscentis is former chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Fall River and member of the City’s Master Plan Committee and its Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee. He has also served on the management plan committee for the Southeastern Massachusetts BioReserve, a public-private partnership for the preservation and management of approximately 14,000 acres of undeveloped land in and around the Copicut and North Watuppa watershed areas, and the Freetown-Fall River State Forest.
Active in civic matters, Attorney DeAscentis presently is a Director of YMCA Southcoast, representing the Fall River YMCA. Supportive of the arts, Attorney DeAscentis is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Narrows Center for the Arts. He is also a past Director and Board Clerk of a small community savings bank, and has served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness. He was a SJC appointee to the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, and was a 15 year Director of the Board for Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Services, serving as Chairman for two years.
A graduate of Syracuse University, receiving his AB in 1974, Arthur M. DeAscentis received his JD from the School of Law at Western New England University in 1979. He began his legal career as a legal services staff attorney providing representation to low income persons, with a concentration in public housing and institutional mental health issues. Attorney DeAscentis is a fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and a member of the Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association, and the Massachusetts and Fall River Bar Associations. His firm is a sponsor member of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc.
A dedicated New Englander, Attorney DeAscentis enjoys bicycling until the snows come, when he trades his road bike for cross-country skis. Attorney DeAscentis happily resides with his family in Fall River for whom he is the family photographer, and remembers fondly his years spent growing up in Newport, Rhode Island, when local baseball was played at The Basin.