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Arlington Heights Real Estate Attorneys

Protecting Real Estate Sellers and Buyers

The laws that affect real estate can be complex. During a residential or commercial real estate transaction, buyers and sellers will need to meet a variety of requirements, and they may need to address various legal issues that could affect them. Real estate law can also play a role in multiple other situations, including matters related to condominiums and homeowner associations, real estate development projects, landlord/tenant disputes, and evictions. Understanding the specific laws that apply in these situations and the steps that will need to be followed to resolve any issues that may arise can be difficult. Fortunately, with the help of a real estate attorney, buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants, and others can rest assured that these matters will be addressed correctly.

At Dickler, Kahn, Slowikowski & Zavell, Ltd., we provide a wide range of legal services related to real estate law. Our experienced team of real estate attorneys provides comprehensive legal counsel and representation tailored to the needs of each individual client. Whether you are looking for advice on real estate purchase contracts, need assistance navigating a complex real estate development project, or need to address issues related to compliance with local and state real estate regulations, we can make sure these matters are handled correctly. We understand how important it is to make informed decisions about matters related to real estate, and that is why we strive to provide clear, reliable guidance at all times.

Representation During Residential Real Estate Transactions

For those who are looking to buy or sell a home, we can provide legal counsel and representation. We will make sure all paperwork is properly completed and filed during a transaction, and we will advise our clients on how to resolve any issues that may arise. We can assist with:

  • Purchase contracts - The initial purchase agreement that is signed after a seller accepts a buyer's offer to purchase a home is one of the most crucial parts of a real estate transaction. We can ensure that a real estate contract will fully address our client's needs while protecting their interests.
  • Contingencies - Buyers and sellers will usually include terms in real estate contracts to ensure that they can back out of the transaction if certain requirements are not met. We can help buyers and sellers understand what contingencies should be included in a contract and how they may affect the transaction. Potential contingencies may address loan approvals, home inspections, appraisals, or other issues that may affect the parties and their ability to complete the transaction successfully.
  • Title searches - We will conduct a thorough review of all records and documentation related to a property to make sure there are no existing liens or claims that could affect the parties' ability to complete the transaction. We will review all applicable real estate documents to ensure that all paperwork has been properly completed and filed.
  • Home inspections - We can review the results of home inspections and advise on what actions should be taken if any problems are found. We will ensure that all parties understand their rights and obligations in regard to the inspection results, and we will help negotiate any changes that may need to be made to the real estate contract.
  • Home closing - The closing process is complex, and all paperwork must be prepared and completed correctly. We walk our clients through closing, ensuring that they understand everything that is being signed and the rights and obligations that will apply to them once the transaction is complete.

Legal Help With Commercial Real Estate Matters

Investing in commercial real estate can be a very lucrative and rewarding endeavor. However, the legal issues that may affect commercial real estate can be especially complex, and buyers, sellers, investors, developers, or others involved in these matters will need to take the proper steps to protect their interests while following all applicable laws and regulations. Our attorneys can help address a wide variety of issues related to commercial real estate, including:

  • Commercial real estate transactions - We represent buyers and sellers, helping ensure that their interests are properly protected. We can help perform due diligence, and we will review all paperwork and filings to make sure they comply with applicable real estate laws and regulations.
  • Zoning and land use - We advise clients on any local laws or regulations that may affect how they will be able to use commercial property. We ensure that our clients understand all rules and restrictions that may apply. If necessary, we can help apply for variances and address compliance issues with local government organizations.
  • Environmental regulations - We advise real estate developers and commercial property owners on potential environmental hazards or laws and regulations that could affect real estate transactions. We can help identify potential risks, review applicable government regulations, and work to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.
  • Real estate development - We provide counsel to real estate developers, helping them understand the legal issues that may affect their projects and ensure that their interests are protected. We can address issues related to construction contracts, easements, licensing, and other matters that may arise during the real estate development process.
  • LLC formation - In many cases, real estate owners or investors can benefit by establishing limited liability companies to own commercial properties. We can ensure that these entities are set up correctly, and we can also provide guidance on other real estate investment options, such as real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Assistance With Issues Related to Condominiums and Homeowner Associations

Homeowner associations (HOAs) can have a significant impact on residential real estate owners. An HOA may have certain rules that affect how properties in a development or subdivision can be used, the types of improvements that can be made, the upkeep of properties, and other matters. Our attorneys can provide legal representation for HOAs, and we can assist with drafting and reviewing governing documents, enforcing rules, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We can also assist with disputes between homeowners and HOAs, helping to resolve these matters effectively.

We also provide representation in matters involving condominium law, ensuring that condominium owners and condominium associations can address legal issues correctly. In addition to addressing concerns related to governing documents, we can ensure that issues related to common areas, maintenance, repairs, and shared expenses are addressed properly. We can also help resolve any disputes that may arise involving condo owners, a condominium's board of directors, or other parties.

Addressing Matters Involving Landlord/Tenant Law

There are a variety of laws that apply to residential and commercial landlords and tenants. We can provide representation to address these matters, which may include:

  • Lease agreements - We can help negotiate the terms of residential or commercial leases, ensuring that landlords and tenants fully understand their rights and obligations. We can make sure leases address all applicable issues, including responsibility for expenses such as utilities and property taxes, allowed uses of a property, whether improvements can be made, exclusivity rights, and options for renewal or termination of a lease.
  • Dispute resolution - We can assist landlords and tenants with resolving disputes that may arise during the course of a lease or after a lease has expired. We understand the applicable laws, including those governing security deposits, damage to rental properties, late rent payments, and other relevant issues. We can help landlords and tenants determine the best options for resolving disputes in a way that protects the rights and interests of both parties.
  • Evictions - There are a variety of situations where landlords may believe that it is necessary to evict problem tenants. We can provide guidance on when violations of a lease agreement may warrant an eviction, including in cases involving non-payment of rent, violations of the law, damage to property, or using property for prohibited purposes. We can help landlords make sure the proper procedures are followed during eviction proceedings, including providing tenants with notices within the proper time limits and filing complaints and other documents in court. With our help, matters related to evictions can be handled efficiently and effectively.

Legal Help With Other Real Estate Law Concerns

We can assist with a variety of other issues that may affect homeowners, commercial property owners, real estate developers, and landlords. These may include:

  • Quiet title actions
  • Errors and omissions claims involving real estate brokers
  • Boundary line disputes
  • Easements
  • Property use licenses
  • Disputes involving lien priority
  • Foreclosures
  • Loan workouts
  • Property tax assessments
  • Real estate tax protests, reductions, and evaluations
  • Construction disputes
  • Mechanic's liens

Contact Our Chicago Real Estate Lawyers

No matter what real estate issue you need to address, our attorneys are here to help. With our strong understanding of state and local laws that affect real estate transactions and development projects, we can provide guidance to property owners or investors, helping them protect their rights and interests. We work to help our clients resolve any disputes they may encounter, and we ensure that any legal complications that affect a transaction or development project can be addressed correctly. Contact us today at 847-593-5595 for more information on how we can assist with your real estate law needs.

We provide legal help to real estate owners and developers, as well as other investors and business owners who need to address matters related to real estate law. We can assist clients located throughout all of Illinois, including the Chicago area, Arlington Heights, and Rockford, as well as Winnebago County, DuPage County, St. Clair County, Will County, Boone County, Kane County, Sangamon County, McHenry County, Rock Island County, Cook County, Champaign County, Grundy County, and Kankakee County. We can provide representation for clients in other parts of the U.S., as well as international clients who are looking to do business in Illinois, or, in some cases, nationwide or internationally.

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