Duncan, Bressler, & Williamson, Inc.

Acquiring, Selling and Leasing Real Property

Duncan, Bressler, & Williamson, Inc.

When purchasing real estate, whether for personal reasons or business reasons, an attorney should be an integral part of your team.

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When purchasing real estate, people often feel the need to rush into the signing of an Earnest Money Contract in order to protect the right to buy the property in which they are interested. The Earnest Money Contract is probably the single most important document you will sign in connection with the purchase of real estate, and you should always have your attorney review it before you sign the document. The importance of clarity in the Earnest Money Contract to the smooth closing of a real estate sale cannot be over stressed. The duties of all parties during the period between offer and closing are specifically set forth in the contract. Few situations are “standard” and most situations require revision or additions to the “standard form.” An attorney who specifically represents your interests from the initial stage of purchase can advise you on important issues before the contract is signed. The attorneys at Duncan, Bressler, & Williamson,
Inc. are familiar with title insurance and have assisted clients purchasing real estate with examining
and analyzing title issues from the title commitment phase through the issuance of the title policy.

When selling real estate, you should consult your attorney regarding the terms of the Earnest Money Contract you intend to use in connection with the sale and regarding issues of liability that may arise for an individual selling his home or other real estate.

Entering a residential or commercial lease as either a landlord or a tenant is also a situation where an attorney’s assistance can prove invaluable in protecting your rights and limiting your liability. The specificity of the terms of the lease can substantially affect the relationship of the parties during the lease term. Whether you are the landlord or the tenant, it is to your advantage to have the lease reviewed by an attorney before an agreement is signed.

Third parties will often request that Landowners grant easements across their property for purposes of oil and gas pipelines, electrical lines, roads, or water lines. Additionally, some third parties may have the right of eminent domain, which is the right of a government entity or common carrier to expropriate private property for public use, on a landowner’s property. The attorneys at Duncan, Bressler, & Williamson, Inc. are experienced in negotiating and drafting complex easement agreements to protect landowner’s rights in situations where an easement is requested or a demand is made to take private property in an eminent domain proceeding. Our attorneys have assisted landowners in protecting their land while maximizing their recovery for the taking of private property.

Duncan, Bressler, & Williamson, Inc.

Duncan, Bressler, & Williamson, Inc. offers expert representation by attorneys who are board certified in probate and  estate planning, commercial real estate, residential real estate law, and oil, gas and mineral law.