We have unmatched expertise in real estate matters and provide a full range of services regarding residential and commercial real estate transactions for buyers, sellers, lenders, brokers and developers, including but not limited to title work, document preparation, loan closings, and we are approved title insurance agents for First American Title Insurance Company. We can provide representation in real estate related litigation in all matters concerning real estate issues. We handle zoning issues, eminent domain matters, boundary disputes, foreclosures, landlord/tenant matters, broker defense claims and complex commercial transactions. In short, if it involves real estate, we do it. Because we cover the entire spectrum, from the conference room to the court room, our knowledge of real estate law is comprehensive, practical and invaluable. Our lawyers, David R. Butler and David R. Whittier, each have more than twenty years experience in real estate matters.
What Makes Our Real Estate Practice Different?
Title insurance is frequently misunderstood. It is not the same as an attorney's opinion of title. A title opinion is based upon a lawyer's search of public records at the Registry of Deeds and if appropriate, the Probate Court. Many title defects and other problems that can effect marketability do not show up in the public records. As a result, title opinions contain standard exceptions limiting an attorney's liability. Title insurance, on the other hand, provides coverage for many defects or problems not covered by an attorney's title opinion. The right coverage, for example, can provide protection from: building permit violations, subdivision law violations, restrictive covenant problems, forgeries in the chain of title, rights of way access issues, encroachment by third party structures, damage to structures caused by mineral extraction, missing heirs, grantor incapacity, or missing signatures. With the right coverage, a homeowner can be protected when someone else builds a structure (excluding boundary walls or fences) which encroaches on the insured property, even if the encroachment is built after the closing. Ask us about the details of available coverage.
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