Real Estate Legal Services for Property Owners, Developers, Contractors and More
Real estate is an essential part of the Florida economy. Whether you are a large developer or simply buying a home, you need real estate counsel. The Orlando Law Group’s attorneys handle virtually all aspects of real estate. We represent individuals by reviewing their leases as well as contracts. We also represent developers, contractors, lenders, and owners of commercial properties.
Central Florida Is a Growing Hub of Real Estate
Real estate is an essential and ever-growing part of Florida’s economy. Every year, millions of tourists come to stay in Orlando and other parts of Central Florida, enjoying our theme parks, restaurants, attractions, beaches and more. While enjoying Florida’s natural wonders and attractions, many people are in turn interested in buying both residential and commercial property, including properties for:
- Shopping centers
- Entertainment venues
- Residential communities
Purchasing and developing a property can involve many hoops to jump through, including obtaining permits and licenses, executing contracts, negotiating with sellers, competing with other buyers, and submitting applications. When you hire an Orlando Law Group real estate attorney to handle these complex issues for you, you can focus on the more important aspects of building up your Florida property, whether commercial or residential.
Why Hire a Florida Real Estate Attorney?
To start, why should you hire a real estate attorney? There are countless reasons why one might want to hire an attorney, but here are a few of the most common. First, hiring an attorney to handle your real estate matter will ultimately save you time and money. A real estate attorney will safeguard you, your clients and their investment by thoroughly reviewing all legal documentation, handling negotiations keeping you and your clients informed throughout the process and asking the questions you may not know to ask. Hiring a real estate attorney can also give you clarity and peace of mind throughout the transaction. Hiring an attorney to review all agreements and contracts and assist in negotiations will ensure the maximum level of transparency and comfort for your clients and can also grant you the peace of mind that your transaction is legally sound and has been reviewed thoroughly by a professional.
A real estate attorney also has valuable experience and knowledge from working in the field that simply cannot be recreated. Our attorneys have the institutional knowledge of working daily in the industry and have their fingers on the pulse of the local and state laws. Especially for those of you with unique real estate situations, it’s important to have the legal support to mitigate any risks that could delay, if not jeopardize, your real estate purchase. Lastly, hiring a real estate attorney can also expedite the process of your transaction significantly. Hiring a Florida real estate attorney not only serves to protect each party’s interests but also expedites the entire process and helps to streamline the contract negotiation, the closing process, securing title insurance and communicating with lenders.
At The Orlando Law Group, We Offer…
- Closing Representation: Hiring a real estate closing attorney ensures your best interests are represented and can help you avoid common real estate transaction mistakes.
- Landlord/Tenant Representation: We have experience representing both landlords and tenants in a variety of disputes.
- Property Deeds: We can draft, notarize, and records deeds right here-no need to deal with outside offices.
- Contract, Agreement and Document Drafting: Our attorneys have plentiful experience in not only drafting real estate contracts, but also in litigating contract disputes.
- Real Estate Litigation: We take pride in our proactive communication and preventative approach. However, if aggressive litigation is needed, we are prepared to put our years of trial experience to good use.
- Drafting and Review of Leases: If you have a rental or are considering renting your property, you should have a rental agreement that protects your interests. Do not download a boilerplate form from the internet and assume you are covered especially as the law does change.
- Real Estate Legal Advice: No matter your real estate situation, it is never a bad idea to consult with an experienced attorney for their opinion and counsel.
The Importance of Prevention in Real Estate Law and for Real Estate Agents
Often, we turn to lawyers as a last resort – after the contract has been signed, or when a dispute is already out of control. However, good legal advice is one of the greatest preventative measures a lawyer can provide. Not only can it save you money in the long run, but it can also save you from unpleasant difficulties later.
At The Orlando Law Group, you can be sure that your attorney possesses both a sharp, experienced legal mind, and a friendly smile that will welcome and comfort you. What’s more, we are serious about preventative legal tactics, working to solve issues for our clients before they blow up into legal messes. Simply put, we are here for you, and we have your back at all times!
A successful Florida residential real estate transaction is more than mere document preparation. Buyers and sellers alike may encounter any number of hiccups including, but most definitely not limited to, disclosures, financing, findings as a result of property inspections, dealing with property owner association requirements and title insurance.
As a real estate agent, it is wise to have a go-to Florida real estate attorney to ensure that you and your clients are protected and are properly informed when making pertinent decisions. While conducting a residential real estate transaction in Florida, only an attorney can provide legal guidance and advice that is truly in your best interest.
Legal Connections in Real Estate – Why Hire a Full-Service Firm?
- Diverse Clientele: Our firm provides legal assistance to a wide variety of clients with different needs and preferences, meaning our team is well-equipped to handle the specificities of your situation.
- Multiple Perspectives: If your attorney needs an objective perspective from a different legal professional, they can get that from within the firm. You can’t get that kind of flexibility from a boutique lawyer, who would have to hire another attorney for a second opinion.
- One-Stop-Shop: At The Orlando Law Group, we work as a team in all endeavors. With each attorney having experience in a multitude of fields, we can provide a comprehensive solution for our clients.
- Flexibility and Creativity: As a full-service firm, each member of our team has a diverse skillset and base of knowledge. With these assets, we are able to navigate through each case with flexibility and provide creative solutions for our clients.
- Adaptability: Like many industries, the legal world is subject to change and improvement over time. New laws are created, and we are responsible for understanding the fine details on how they affect our clients. What makes us successful is our ability to learn these new laws and understand how they apply to current and future clients.
A legal challenge can easily stretch across multiple practice areas. Real Estate Law, for example, can stretch into business law, family law, and estate planning quite easily. As a full-service firm, we are well-equipped to tackle any legal challenge involving real estate, regardless of how many other disciplines the challenge involves. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of the Florida real estate community, whether it be for residential or commercial real estate. Here are a few examples of some connections real estate law can have with other areas of law:
- Family Law: A divorce or separation can often involve complex real estate transactions or the division of assets, including property.
- Probate Law: When a person passes away, you may find yourself in a situation where the deceased person owns a piece of property and the heirs of that person want to sell it, but probate must be administrated prior to this occurring.
- Business Law: Business law can easily relate to real estate law when commercial property transactions are involved, or a business is buying or selling a property.
- Civil Litigation: In some situations, disputes cannot be fully solved through negotiation and may require complex civil litigation to address.
Commercial v. Residential Real Estate: What’s The Difference?
There are two main types of real estate: commercial and residential. Commercial real estate is any property that is used for business purposes, whereas residential real estate refers to any property that is used for housing or living purposes.
There are some key differences between residential and commercial real estate. For example, commercial leases are typically longer than residential leases, and commercial mortgages are typically larger than residential mortgages. Furthermore, the regulations and laws that govern commercial real estate transactions tend to be more complex than those that govern residential real estate transactions.
Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate can encompass a large range of properties, including offices, retail stores, restaurants, franchises, hotels, warehouses, and factories. These properties are typically used for business purposes, such as for selling products or providing a service, although they can also be used for housing purposes, such as a commercial housing development.
Commercial real estate transactions can be very complicated, and may frequently require the assistance of an experienced real estate attorney. There are numerous considerations to have when buying, selling or investing in commercial property, such as zoning, environmental regulations, legal requirements, and tax implications. A great real estate attorney can help you to navigate the many challenges that come with getting involved in commercial real estate.
Residential Real Estate
Residential real estate typically refers to single-family homes, townhouses, and condos. These properties are generally used for housing purposes, although they can also be used for business purposes (such as a work-from-home office).
Our Commercial Real Estate Services Include:
- Real estate litigation
- Commercial buyer/seller representation
- Commercial lease drafting
- Purchase and sale agreements
- Loan agreements and disclosures
- Escrow forms and deposit receipts
- Land use and building code documents
- Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
- Fiduciary duty legal counsel
- Escrow dispute advice
- Commercial lease review
- Commercial lease negotiation
- Commercial development
- Escrow services
- Title searches, examinations, and preparation
Our Residential Real Estate Services Include:
- Real estate litigation
- Commercial buyer/seller representation
- Residential lease drafting and review
- Fines and liens
- Title searches
- Landlord access
- Short-term rentals
- Contract errors and disputes
- Misinterpretations of real estate law
- Mortgage and title fraud matters
- Title insurance claims
- Mortgage/refinancing closing services
- Lender closing services
- Preparation of financing documents
- Loan and mortgage agreements and promissory notes (including adjustments and modifications)
The attorneys at The Orlando Law Group represent property owners, prospective property owners, developers, contractors, lenders, investors, real estate agents, brokers, landlords, tenants and more throughout Orlando, Waterford Lakes, Altamonte Springs, Winter Garden, Lake Nona, St. Cloud, Kissimmee, and throughout central Florida.
If you have questions about anything discussed in this article or other legal matters, give our office a call at 407-512-4394 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We have an office conveniently located at 12301 Lake Underhill Rd, Suite 213, Orlando, FL 32828, as well as offices in Seminole, Osceola and West Orange counties to assist you.
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