Real Estate Law Attorneys
The real estate attorneys at Lerner & Weiss provide clients with an array legal services concerning the acquisition and disposition of all types of real property located throughout California.
Our real estate lawyers draw upon more than 70 years of collective experience vigorously representing our clients’ interests in both residential and commercial real estate transactions.
We have a track record of success and many satisfied clients have benefited from our knowledge of real estate law. Not only do we make sure all transactions comply with state and federal laws, but we also do our best to mitigate any potential risks that could result in future litigation.
When a favorable settlement is not possible, we have the trial experience you need from a real estate attorney and will proudly pursue or defend your case in court.
Skilled & Experienced California Real Estate Lawyers
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
If you are investing in commercial property, whether as a location for your own personal business, or to use as rental or leased property to other businesses, there are a number of legal issues our real estate attorneys can assist you with.
Common commercial real estate issues include:
- Land use requirements and regulations,
- compliance with zoning laws,
- environmental rules and regulations,
- Environmental Impact Statements (EIS),
- Environmental Assessments (EA), landlord/tenant issues, and
- Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Commercial Landlord/Tenant Disputes
While a well-prepared commercial lease diminishes the likelihood of landlord/tenant litigation, it does not guarantee that no legal dispute will ever arise. When such a dispute does arise, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced commercial property litigator. Getting legal advice immediately may reduce your time and expense by eliminating the need to pursue litigation.
When a commercial landlord/tenant dispute cannot be resolved by agreement, litigation may be required. Most often, the case will take the form of a breach of contract action, in which one party asserts that the other has breached the terms of the lease. It is also common for counter-claims to be asserted in such cases, with both of the parties alleging breaches by the other party. Litigation regarding a commercial lease is often complex and disruptive to a party’s business operations.
With years of experience in commercial landlord/tenant law, Lerner & Weiss understands just how important it is that you have knowledgeable guidance and representation. Having the right attorney by your side to assess your options, represent your interests in pre-litigation activities, and effectively argue your case can make the difference between a thriving business and one that is stalled and losing money.
Commercial Unlawful Detainer Proceedings
Unlawful detainer actions (commercial property evictions) provide expedited relief for commercial landlords seeking to evict a tenant. Lerner & Weiss provides efficient and effective representation in preparation for and throughout the duration of commercial property unlawful detainer actions. While Unlawful Detainer proceedings are complex and involve strict filing deadlines and notice requirements, Lerner & Weiss manages the Unlawful Detainer proceedings from start to finish and quickly return possession of the property to the landlord. Lerner & Weiss will then also handle the claim for the recovery of any unpaid rental obligations.
Our unlawful detainer practice involves commercial property mangers and landlords with ownership in commercial properties. We do not accept matters involving residential property.
Residential Real Estate Transactions
It is always a good financial decision to consult with a real estate attorney before signing final escrow documents and taking possession of the home.
A few of the items our real estate attorneys will evaluate include Purchase/Sale documents, Escrow documents, CC&R’s, Easements, Encroachments, Zoning and Land Use, and Improvements.
Environmental Attorneys With a Track Record of Success
With over 70 years of collective experience and a track record of extraordinary success resolving complex environmental issues throughout California, Lerner & Weiss APC is the “go to” firm when you are in need of an environmental lawyer.
Whether you are defending against a government action or establishing compliance programs, don’t hesitate to contact Lerner & Weiss for help. Some of the areas in which we have successfully assisted our clients include, but are not limited to compliance with the Superfund Act, also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), real estate transactions and construction projects that may require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA), compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), oil and hazardous materials investigations, investigation and remediation services, cost recovery for soil and groundwater litigation, and remediation of real property for resale.
In the last few years, litigation concerning environmental issues has increased. Businesses need their insurers to provide coverage for both litigation costs and indemnification. We are experienced in contract coverage issues and do all that is legally possible to force your insurer to provide you the coverage you expect.
Construction Contract Disputes
Contracts are the cornerstone of construction projects. Most projects require parties to enter into multiple construction contracts involving many different subcontractors providing many different services in order for the project to be completed. The failure of one entity in the chain of service or goods providers can throw off the entire project.
When work is not provided according to contract terms, disputes arise. Although there is almost no end to the types of contract disputes that may arise including delay, change orders, scope of work, and defective work. Lerner & Weiss has the background and experience to handle these issues.
Payment to contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers is vital in order to keep the project alive. There are some legal protections designed to mitigate financial loss or disruption in payment. These include, mechanic’s liens, surety bonds, stop notices, prompt payment and liability for wage theft.
Whatever the nature is of your contract dispute or payment issue, contact our construction law attorneys at Lerner & Weiss for assistance. We are skilled at negotiations, which encompasses a large part of this area of the law. We strive to prevent any work stoppage that will disrupt the completion date of the project. We recognize the need for deadlines to be kept and for minimization of any loss. Our construction attorneys will fight diligently to protect your rights.