Real Estate Law is a broad area that refers to any number of legal issues relating to the ownership of real property. Some of the most common real estate issues include:
Purchase or Sale of Real Estate:
The purchase or sale of property, whether residential or commercial, is a significant financial transaction. Without the proper legal guidance, the process can be frustrating, overwhelming, and more expensive than necessary. An experienced real estate attorney can help you navigate the legal pitfalls of the process as efficiently as possible. In addition, an attorney can assist with the preparation of documents (such as purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, and deeds), perform title examinations, and perform real estate closings.
Zoning ordinances state what you can and cannot do with your property. If a zoning ordinance is prohibiting you from using your property as you would like, a real estate attorney can help you to have the property re-zoned or to obtain a variation.
Boundary Disputes and Adverse Possession:
If you have a conflict with an abutting land owner over the boundary between your properties, or if your ownership of property is challenged by another person, real estate attorneys can assist you in representing your position.
A real estate attorney can help you prepare rental agreements, evict tenants who fail to pay their rent or violate the lease, or defend tenants from illegal evictions from landlords.