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EMPOWERING YOUR REAL ESTATE DECISIONS: DEDICATED ADVOCACY IN REAL ESTATE

Real estate law in IL is multifaceted and encompasses a broad range of legal issues related to the ownership, use, and transfer of real property. Real estate law covers everything from the purchase and sale of property to the leasing of commercial and residential space to zoning and land use regulations and construction projects. Errors made in real estate law can lead to legal challenges, delays, and missed opportunities.

At Katherine Maloney & Associates, our real estate lawyer in Plainfield offers comprehensive legal services to a wide range of clients, from consumers to entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses. We aim to save you time and money while making transactions go smoothly and settling real estate disputes in your favor. Contact us at 8155779763 to schedule a Free Consultation and let us get your real estate, housing, or property matter on track for success.

Understanding Real Estate, Housing, and Property Law in IL

Real estate law plays a crucial role in facilitating smooth transactions, minimizing risks, and resolving conflicts to ensure the legal integrity of real property dealings. Our real estate attorney can help with the below key aspects of real estate law while helping you avoid or minimize common challenges in this area.

Key Aspects of Real Estate Law

  • Property transactions, where our real estate attorney will assist clients in (1) buying or selling properties by, for example, reviewing and drafting purchase agreements and ensuring that the terms are clear, legal, and protective of our clients' interests; or (2) negotiating and drafting lease agreements for residential and commercial properties, including addressing terms, conditions, and potential disputes.
  • Land use and zoning, where our real estate lawyer will navigate local regulations and zoning laws to ensure that properties are used in compliance with municipal ordinances – we can also assist clients in obtaining necessary permits and approvals for development projects.
  • Title issues, where our real estate attorney conducts title searches to ensure that a property has a clear title, free from encumbrances or disputes, and depending on the latter, will resolve title issues for a smooth property transaction.
  • Property disputes, where our real estate attorney helps resolve conflicts related to property boundaries, easements, access rights, and other issues, and represents clients in negotiations, mediations, or litigation if necessary.
  • Financing and mortgages, where our real estate lawyer assists our clients in understanding and navigating the financing process and will also review mortgage documents, negotiate financing terms, and ensure compliance with lending laws.
  • Contracts and agreements, where we draft, review, and negotiate contracts, including agreements between buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, and other relevant parties.
  • Due diligence, where our real estate attorney conducts due diligence on behalf of our clients, investigating the legal and financial aspects of a property, including examining property records, survey reports, and other relevant documents.
  • Litigation, where, in cases of disputes that cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation, our real estate attorney may represent clients in court to litigate issues related to breach of contract, property damage, or another real estate-related matter.
  • Regulatory compliance, where our real estate lawyer helps our clients stay informed and in compliance with federal, state, and local real estate laws and regulations.

Three Top Challenges Clients Face in Real Estate

  1. Legal complexity – The intricate nature of real estate laws and regulations is itself one of the biggest challenges our clients faced before coming to us.
  2. Contractual disputes – Poorly drafted or misunderstood contracts often lead to disputes.
  3. Financing hurdles – Securing favorable financing terms is another persistent obstacle for many clients.

Top Three Reasons Clients Need our Real Estate Attorney

  1. Legal expertise – our real estate attorney takes a comprehensive approach to representation and knows the law, the courts, and the stakes involved in a wide range of real estate matters.
  2. Risk mitigation – our real estate attorney will identify potential risks and provide strategic advice to mitigate them, protecting your interests throughout the process.
  3. Contractual clarity – Our real estate attorney drafts clear and well-supported contracts and will ensure all of your agreements are thorough and enforceable.

At Katherine Maloney & Associates, we are committed to pursuing each real estate, housing, and property matter with integrity and efficiency. We know your time is valuable, just as these real estate matters are, and use our resources to your advantage.

Purchase and Sale of Residential and Commercial Real Estate

One of the most common types of real estate transactions is the purchase and sale of real property. In most states, real estate transactions are governed by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), which sets out the rules and regulations that govern the sale of goods, including real property. Under the UCC, a contract for the sale of real property must be in writing and signed by both parties.

When purchasing real property, it is important to conduct due diligence to ensure that the property is free from: 

  • Defects
  • Liens
  • Encumbrances

A title search should be conducted to ensure that the seller has a clear title to the property and that there are no outstanding liens or encumbrances that could affect the buyer's ownership of the property. The buyer should also conduct a physical inspection of the property to identify any defects or issues that could affect the value of the property.

Once the purchase agreement has been signed and the due diligence has been completed, the closing process can begin. At closing, the buyer and seller will sign the necessary documents to transfer ownership of the property, and the buyer will pay the purchase price. 

The closing process can be complex and may involve a variety of legal and financial documents, much of which depend on the type of property.

Leasing of Residential and Commercial Real Property in IL

Another common type of real estate transaction is the leasing of commercial and residential space. The terms of a lease can vary widely depending on the type of property, the duration of the lease, and the needs of the landlord and tenant. Common terms that may be included in a residential or commercial lease agreement include the: 

  • Duration of the lease
  • Amount of rent and security deposit
  • Permitted uses of the property
  • Rights and obligations of the landlord and tenant

When entering into a commercial lease agreement specifically, our real estate attorney will help ensure that the terms of the lease are fair and equitable. A well-drafted lease agreement can help prevent landlord-tenant disputes, help tenants avoid housing discrimination or eviction, and protect the interests of both the landlord and the tenant.

Zoning and Land Use Regulations in IL

In addition to the purchase and sale of real property and the leasing of commercial and residential space, real estate law also encompasses a variety of issues related to zoning and land use regulations. Zoning and land use regulations are designed to regulate how land can be used and developed and to ensure that development is in line with community goals and objectives.

Zoning laws typically divide land into different zones, such as residential, commercial, and industrial, and set out specific rules and regulations that govern the types of activities that can take place within each zone. For example, a residential zone may prohibit commercial activities, while an industrial zone may prohibit residential uses.

In addition to zoning laws, land use regulations can also include building codes, environmental regulations, and other rules and regulations that govern how land can be used and developed. These regulations can be complex and will depend on a variety of factors.

Construction Law in IL

Construction law is a specialized area of legal practice that deals with the legal aspects of the construction industry. It encompasses a wide range of issues that may arise during the planning, design, and construction phases of a project. Construction law addresses the relationships and responsibilities among the various parties involved in construction projects, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and suppliers. 

Key aspects of construction law include:

  • Drafting, negotiating, and interpreting contracts
  • Project planning and development
  • Bidding and tendering
  • Construction defects and disputes
  • Payment and performance bonds
  • Construction liens, also known as mechanic's liens
  • Regulatory compliance with local, state, and federal regulations 
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Insurance and risk management, including insurance coverage, indemnification, and liability issues
  • Alternative dispute resolution and litigation

Construction law is dynamic and multifaceted, requiring expertise in both legal principles and the practicalities of the construction industry. Our construction lawyer understands the legal complexities inherent in construction projects and will ensure that your interests are protected throughout the entire process.

Why Choose Our Real Estate Law Attorney in IL

At Katherine Maloney & Associates, our clients choose us because we offer tailored solutions to their real estate legal matters. We consult with our clients so that they understand their rights and options while

  • Providing a track record of successful outcomes;
  • Taking a client-centric approach; and
  • Solving problems proactively.

We also offer a wide range of real estate, housing, and property legal services, like:

  • Affordable Housing and Economic Development
  • Construction
  • Development, Land Use and Zoning
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate Joint Ventures & Equity Investment
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Retail Leasing
  • Workouts and Restructuring

Choose Katherine Maloney & Associates for all your real estate legal needs. Our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction sets us apart from others.

Contact a Real Estate Lawyer in Plainfield Today

Regardless of whether you are entering into a new real estate transaction, managing properties, or disputing the terms of a real estate agreement, our real estate lawyer in IL can advocate and represent your interests. The laws governing real estate are interrelated and complex, but we will guide you through the process and explain all legal options so that you make informed decisions. Contact us today by filling out the online form or calling us at 8155779763 to schedule a Free Consultation. 

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