Real Estate Transactions
I represent buyers and sellers in the transfer of residential and commercial real estate. These services include:
- Contract development and review
- Coordination with providers of ancillary services including, building inspectors, real estate agents, lenders, insurance companies and title companies
- Drafting and Review of Deeds and other closing documents
- Representation at the closing, where important issues often shift and advocacy can be critical
Landlord Tenant Disputes
According to Alexander Hamilton, if men were angels, no government would be necessary. I believe this holds especially true in the practice of landlord tenant law, because it never ceases to amaze me how low some tenants will stoop to cheat and otherwise aggravate their landlords. I have had to stare down some of the most incorrigible tenants I have ever met. If you engage me early in a dispute with a tenant, I can often be useful in diffusing a situation, so that you and your tenant can avoid the cost and stress of litigation. If that fails or the dispute has already become irreconcilable, I can help you evict your tenant and obtain a judgment against them for any unpaid rent or other amounts owed to you. I can also help you collect on that judgment by attaching it to their income and/or property.
Since I know all too well how ugly landlord tenant disputes can be, I can help protect you from recalcitrant tenants with a well-drafted lease agreement. If you are new to the rental business, I encourage you to speak with me, so I can help you establish leases and other good business practices, to give you the best chance at success.
While I generally represent landlords, I am also available to represent tenants, so long as there is not a conflict of interest with an existing client. Such engagements can include:
- Lease reviews
- Evaluation of housing code violations and other habitability issues
- Representation in eviction proceedings
I appear on behalf of other law firms representing creditors in foreclosure settlement conferences and am currently open to new engagements in this area. At this time, I have made the business decision not to represent borrowers in foreclosure settlement conferences, because the risk of current or future conflicts of interest is too high. My approach to these conferences are as follows:
- I first determine whether a property is owner-occupied, because borrowers are not entitled to a foreclosure settlement conference otherwise and in those instances, I seek immediate release from the conference for my client.
- If the property is owner-occupied, I attempt to determine whether the borrower intends to continue residence. If so, I attempt to determine whether a borrower is a good candidate for a mortgage modification and try to give the borrower information with which to complete the application. It is often in the best interests of both the bank and the borrower if a mortgage modification can be reached.
- If the borrower wants to leave the property or cannot afford even a modified mortgage, I explain what his or her non-retention options are, namely deed-in-lieu of foreclosure or a short sale.
- In instances where the borrower does not reliably participate in the conferences or operate in good faith, I seek to have the conference closed, so that my client may proceed with the unfortunate, but necessary foreclosure action.
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Office Phone: 518-782-2511
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