Real Estate Attorneys Wilkes-Barre, PA
Dispute Resolution & Effective Representation
Commercial Real Estate Sales & Development
Whether you are looking to sell, purchase, or lease commercial property, our attorneys have decades of experience assisting clients in commercial real estate transactions.
With attention to detail, our team works with developers on projects including industrial and mixed-use properties, as well as retail centers, apartment complexes, and warehouses. When the property is ready to sell, our team can help secure financing, title insurance, and market analysis to set a competitive price.
Real Property Litigation
Often, disputes regarding landlords and tenants, leases, and titles can occur, and your real estate attorney needs to be capable of representing you in these matters. Our attorneys have over 35 years of experience helping clients navigate a wide range of real estate disputes, including:
- Residential and commercial property purchase agreements
- Breach of contract
- Easements and rights to usage/access
- Title claims and eminent domain
- Boundary line disputes
- Landlord-tenant law
- Zoning and land use litigation
- Mechanic’s lien claims
We thoroughly examine all evidence in your case, including maps, deeds, surveys, zoning regulations, contracts, and more, to reach a negotiation. We do our best to keep the matter out of court through mediation or arbitration, but if needed we will aggressively defend you in a jury or non-jury court.
When acquiring commercial property, it can be easy to overlook seemingly small yet important details. Our attorneys are trained to ensure all steps are completed and all details are addressed, from offer negotiations to contracts to title transference. Purchasing commercial real estate is a significant investment – let our experienced attorneys represent your interests and guide you toward the best possible outcome.
"Frank and his team are among the best in the business. Our company would not be where it is today without his guidance and expertise. Highly recommended!!"
Casey Donahue, Real Estate Development Company
Many of our clients come to us for assistance in the sale of commercial property. We have the experience to guide you in all steps of the transaction.
You should never rush into a commercial property transaction, as a significant amount of money is at stake. By conducting risk analyses and examining all details of your situation, we will help you make informed decisions.
We have helped clients sell a range of business enterprises, including:
- Multifamily Housing Property
- Office Parks
- Industrial Property
- Gas stations and mini marts
- Restaurants and taverns
Risk vs Benefits
By thoroughly analyzing the risks of your commercial real estate sale, we can help mitigate potential problems and encourage a successful outcome. Our experienced attorneys can help eliminate or reduce risks while potentially increasing benefits.
Many business owners choose to lease rather than purchase commercial property. However, there are several factors a business owner should keep in mind before signing a commercial lease.
A Commercial Lease is Not the Same As a Residential Lease
Unlike residential leases, commercial leases aren’t covered by consumer protection laws – the law provides less protection from corrupt landlords and other issues. In addition, commercial leases are more varied than residential leases. Terms and conditions may vary widely depending on the business. In addition, while there may be more room to negotiate in a commercial lease, the lease is typically in effect for a longer period of time (often several years as compared to one year for most residential leases). Therefore, they require a more significant commitment and are harder to break.
Ensure These Details Are Covered in Your Commercial Lease
- Rent amount and increases
- Security deposit
- Length of the lease
- Description of the property
- Potential improvements to be made
- Subletting options
There are many other factors to consider, including whether the lease prohibits advertising signs, the exclusivity clause and use clause, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Our attorneys can help guide you if you are considering leasing commercial property. We help draft lease contracts that protect all parties and their interests.
How Can a Lawyer Assist with a Real Estate Purchase?
Purchasing real estate is a complicated transaction, so it’s wise to work with a lawyer who specializes in real estate law. A lawyer can walk you through every step of the transaction, assist with the paperwork, conduct a title review and look out for your best interests. If he or she notices something strange at any point of the process, you will be notified right away. If you have an experienced lawyer on your side, you are more likely to have a faster and less stressful transaction.
What Is a Title Review?
A title review is a process that confirms the seller actually owns the property and provides an overview of all rights affecting the property. It’s definitely important to conduct a title review before you buy a home. It will help you avoid problems if you want to sell the home in the future.
If the Seller Agreed to Make Certain Repairs to a Home and Doesn’t, What Should I Do?
If the person who sold you the home promised to make repairs on the home and hasn’t come through, it can be very frustrating. However, it’s important to remain calm. First, contact your real estate agent to find out if arrangements were made that you didn’t know about. If the seller, however, doesn’t plan to make repairs, you want to speak with a real estate law lawyer about pursuing legal action.
What Do I Have to Bring to Closing?
Closing is the final part of a real estate transaction and is very exciting. However, it’s important to be prepared for it and bring the right documents. To make sure everything goes smoothly, don’t forget to bring a cashier’s check, a photo ID and proof of home insurance.
Am I Responsible for Repairs After Purchasing a Home?
Yes, generally homebuyers are responsible for handling repairs after closing on a home. However, if the seller fails to reveal a major problem, that’s considered fraud. In this situation, the seller may be responsible for repairing the issue.
What Is a Short Sale?
A short sale occurs when a homeowner sells a property for less than what is currently owed on the mortgage. A homeowner may want to have a short sale if he or she can no longer afford the mortgage. However, it is important to reach a written agreement with the lender so that the borrower is not responsible for the remaining balance on the mortgage.
If a Real Estate Dispute Arises, Do I Have to Go to Court?
As a real estate law attorney can confirm, real estate disputes can arise for a number of different reasons, from boundary disputes to property defects. While it can be nerve-wracking to deal with a real estate dispute, you don’t necessarily have to go to court. Litigation can be very expensive and stressful. Depending on the issue at hand, you may be able to resolve it through negotiation.