Real Estate Transactions
Buying and selling real estate is never an easy transaction. There are always intricacies to each transaction that could cause dramatic collateral problems if not addressed properly. Since my first residential real estate transaction in 2004, my office has represented buyers and sellers in thousands of transactions. I have seen virtually every possible situation arise, and I know how to make sure problems get dealt with correctly. Every transaction is different, but they all have deadlines under which various aspects must be addressed in a timely fashion. The purpose of my representation is to make sure all the different moving parts of the transaction are moving towards closing, and to protect you from any collateral problems that might arise. I worry about the details, so you can concentrate on moving. Examples of my experience include:
- Traditional residential purchases and sales.
- Title insurance preparation and review.
- Commercial purchases and sales.
- Bank owned and HUD owned properties (REOs).
- Short sales, including negotiations through the Equator and Res.net systems.
- Commercial and residential lease creation and/or review.
A natural progression after buying a home is to make sure that home is protected in a properly drafted estate plan that ensures your real estate and other property goes to the people you want it to go to. No one ever plans on dying, but we all do. Leaving no direction for where your property should go, can be an unnecessarily costly court event for your heirs. Simply making sure your property is organized and your children are cared for with a trust or other estate planning vehicle will give you peace of mind that your heirs won't have to worry about what to do. Examples of my experience include:
- Family or individual Trusts.
- Land Trusts.
- Transfer on Death Instruments.
small Business transactions & organization
Many small business owners are good at what they do, but confused at how to handle the legal side of what they do. Most partners in business also know that they don't always make decisions the same way. Without clear operating guides to help define how legal issues and business decisions are to be dealt with, a business can self-destruct. I can help a small business owner have clear structure and operating documents, so the business runs smoothly. I can also make sure the business is organized in a proper legal entity that will protect personal assets from business debts, so you don't have to worry about your life savings being destroyed over a problem in your business. Finally, when it comes time to sell that business, or purchase a new new one, I can guide you through it, and make sure that you walk away with the asset you're trying to obtain, while limiting as much liability as possible. Examples of my experience include:
- Small business purchases and sales.
- Partnership agreements, LLC and S Corp organization.
- Operational documents, such as workplace policies.
- Non-compete agreements.
- Dispute resolution among business partners, as well as third parties.
Criminal & traffic defense
Facing criminal charges is a very confusing time, full of desperation and uncertainty. However, there is hope, and it begins with receiving the proper advice. My office has nearly fifteen years of experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal charges ranging from the simple ordinance violation to the most serious offenses. Examples of my experience include:
- Pre-arrest police station interviews.
- Local ordinance violations - examples include loitering, possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct.
- Misdemeanor cases - examples include assault, battery, retail theft, financial crimes, possession of marijuana, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, endangering a child, child neglect, resisting or obstructing police, harassment, criminal damage to property, trespass to land.
- Expungement and sealing of criminal records.
- Felonies - examples include aggravated battery, aggravated domestic violence cases, obstructing justice, burglary, identity theft, financial crimes, computer crimes (including pornography related cases), drug possession, manufacturing and delivery of drugs, filing false police reports, forgery.
- Driving under the influence (DUI) cases - examples include cases with allegations of drugs and/or alcohol, breathalyzer and blood tests, accidents (including proximate cause of death alleged).
- Criminal traffic matters - examples include reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of an accident, suspended and revoked license cases.
- Speeding, construction and school zone violations, accident, and other traffic matters.
- Secretary of State hearings for driver's license suspensions and revocations.
It is important to always remember that every legal situation is worth hiring an attorney for. No one ever wants to end up in court. It is never safe to represent yourself, regardless of whether your issue is a speeding ticket or buying your 10th property. Lawyers are trained to look for potential problems that non-lawyers would not think of. I have been contacted many times by clients who need help in unwinding collateral problems caused by the wrong disposition on a traffic ticket or criminal offense, or unintended liens on a property that have become the new owner's problem when not dealt with before closing. It is essential to have an attorney with you before the problem arises, otherwise additional factors that you may not be aware of will compound that problem.