Real Estate

REAL ESTATE LITIGATION

Real estate is a serious investment for a business. Things occasionally go wrong. You may run into an issue where your title is clouded by someone else claiming they own the land. Nearby property owners may build in a way that impairs your ability to use the property. Other property owners might prevent you from using your property the way you see fit. Abutting property owners may have even taken some natural resources from your property. You may want to build an addition or make renovations that would not be zoning code compliant. You may want to use the property you purchased for something that doesn't comply with current zoning ordinances.  Many of these issues need to be resolved in the courts or through local government. I help clients answer important real estate questions and fight it out in court when necessary.

Buying and selling real estate

The land you own is often one of the largest investments you will ever make. Making certain that the purchase or sale of that land is done well is incredibly important. The details and minutiae can be overwhelming, and that is where your lawyer comes in. I focus a significant portion of my practice on real estate so I can help guide you through the purchase or sale process as quickly and easily as possible. My real estate clients deal with me directly, not with a small army of paralegals doing the work on the file. If you’re planning on buying or selling a home or business, we should talk. I can help you with the details.

Landlord & Tenant Law

A GREAT INVESTMENT (IF YOU PLAN FOR IT)

Rental property can be a great investment if handled the right way. Rental property handled the wrong way can turn into a nightmare. A little bit of preparation and proactive planning can go a very long way. When all else fails though, you may need someone to stand up for you in court. I offer both proactive planning and litigation services to my clients.

THE INTERNET IS NOT YOUR FRIEND

The internet has made boilerplate leases readily available to landlords. But there's one major problem with the leases you find after a web search or through online form sellers—they're boilerplate garbage that give no consideration to your goals as a real estate investor and rental property owner. A lease from the internet might be horribly out of date, include illegal terms, or set you up for trouble if it comes time to seek an eviction.

It might be better to have a lawyer draft a lease with your goals in mind before everything goes wrong.

I CAN HELP YOU

I represent individual and businesses that own rental property. Buying a duplex and planning to rent out half of it? I can help you. Own a company with multiple units spread all over Illinois or New York? I can help you too. I represent property owners and real estate investment operations of all sizes. My services in include:

  • Drafting lease agreements
  • Negotiation and review of lease agreements
  • Preparing and serving required notices
  • Eviction proceedings
  • Disputes concerning security deposits
  • Lease enforcement and violation resolution
  • Liability shielding and corporate governance
  • Defense of tenant lawsuits
  • Purchase of properties

If you own rental property or are thinking about venturing into the waters, give me a call. I can get you off on the right foot so you end up with a great investment and not a nightmare.