GEORGIA REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS
Georgia Real Estate Law is a massive, complex maze of regulations, case law, statutes, and contracts. It covers everything from Homeowner’s Associations to multi-million-dollar developments to zoning and everything in between. We’re not even going to try to address everything in one website. What we would like to do is give an overview of a few of the Real Estate Services we offer.
A closing is the final signing of all the documents necessary to transfer a piece of property from one person to another. This is a very involved process. It starts with the purchase and sale agreement (the “contract”) entered into between the buyer and the seller. From there the scope of the transaction balloons out to include the real estate agents, other lenders and creditors, City and County tax departments, and many other interested parties. We make sure the title to the property is good, and coordinate the entire transaction to make sure the purchase/sale of the property goes smoothly. If you want a little more detail about closings, please click here, or simply contact us directly.
If you are a property owner or property manager who has to deal with tenants on a regular basis, you might eventually have questions on how to legally remove a tenant from the property. We understand that rental properties are an investment, and that a bad tenant can hurt your return on that investment. We offer services to landlords (whether owners or managers), including reviewing their leases, drafting custom leases, and helping owners find property managers in their area, if necessary. Further, we can prepare and file any required dispossessory documents, have the tenants served, and appear in court, if a hearing is required in your particular case. Finally, though we rarely recommend it, we occasionally offer collection services to landlords in an attempt to recover past-due rent. Please click on our Evictions page for more detailed information, or simply contact us at our office.
As the housing market has gone through some “difficulties” recently, we often find ourselves speaking with contractors and subcontractors who have not been paid on a job. Often we are able to help them negotiate with the homeowner and/or the person who owes them money to attempt to resolve the issue. Sometimes, though, it is necessary to file a lien against the property, so that if it is ever sold, the contractor or subcontractor can be paid from the proceeds of that sale.
The filing of a lien eventually necessitates the filing of a lawsuit (see our Litigation section, below). The problem we often run into is that our potential clients have filed liens on their own before contacting us, often incorrectly, which hampers our ability to help them. Filing a lien is not as straightforward as you might think, and involves complex issues regarding who must be served with the documents, and on what timeline. If you find yourself in a position where you think you may need to file a lien, please contact us before you do so, so that we may assist with the entire process, rather than jumping in at the lawsuit phase and having to attempt to un-do any procedural problems at that point.
Likewise, if you have had a lien filed against your property, it may cause difficulty when it comes time to sell the property, and you’re likely going to find yourself defending a lawsuit in the near future. Please contact us so that we can help evaluate whether the lien is proper, and if the correct procedures were followed when filing it.
REAL ESTATE LITIGATION
Real Estate litigation is a very broad term which can include nuisance cases, fraud, title issues, contract performance, liens, and any number of other issues. So far we haven’t thought of a good way to condense all of that down into a paragraph or a single web-page. Regardless, there are service issues, and notice issues which must be addressed if a lawsuit is to involve a piece of real property. If you have legal questions, especially if they involve real property, please contact us so that we can get individual details and offer guidance at that point. We never charge for our first consultation, so feel free to let us know if you have any questions.