Real Estate Practice
The Law Offices of Green & Green can help clients acquire real estate for living, working and conversion, and Zoning and Planning assistance. Creative entities need server facilities, music studios, and fulfillment warehouses. This part of our practice is closely integrated with Entertainment Law, E-Commerce and is part of our larger Real Estate practice. Our expertise also deals with government Planning Departments and Environmental compliance help to make these uses happen.
The Firm handles CEQA and environmental compliance, Neighbor Disputes and Planning - Zoning Appeals. We help our clients buy, sell, lease and utilize properties, refinance and otherwise obtain the value of Real Property.
Our legal team prepares, negotiates, litigates, and enforces leases and contracts to help our clients purchase, evaluate, maintain, and sell real property to fit many different business, personal plans, and revenue models.
As a full service Real Estate Law Practice our legal experts help in the preparation of agreements and creative legal negotiation, beyond the terms of Real Estate Agents or insisted on by pre-printed forms, that make deals happen. Use of a home for business can require a permit. Sometimes, planning officers refuse to issue a permit and the owner needs to appeal. Our Real Estate experts have experience in these, as well as similar scenarios.
Remember, it is always preferable to seek legal counsel at the beginning of discussions about an oral or written agreement. Any purchase and lease agreements, partnerships, corporations, LLC and other business forms that own real property must by law be written to be enforceable. It is also prudent to have a good architect to get through zoning and planning issues. Real Estate agents are not normally attorneys and it is not recommended to have them prepare contracts.
On October 2, 2013, PHIL GREEN was appointed as a PLANNING COMMISSIONER for the Town of Fairfax, CA. As of January 2015 Mr. Green is Chair of the Commission. His vast municipal experience on the San Rafael Downtown Business Improvement District will be a handy background for this new position.
Planning and Zoning: How to Avoid Building Issues
Commercial Real Estate
Our Real Estate Practice primarily centers around commercial real estate properties. One of our first commercial real estate disputes became well-known after Partner Phil Green published a Court of Appeals case that allowed a Synagogue to be located in a residential district zoned for “church use”, Lucas Valley Homeowners vs. County of Marin (1991) 1st Dist. 233 Cal. App. 3rd 130, 284 Cal. Rptr. 427 Cited in Witkin. Since then the Law Offices of Green & Green has become well-versed in commercial property litigation.
Commercial Property Law Includes:
Including, but not limited to, fulfillment houses, offices and many others.
Backed by Experience
The Law Offices of Green & Green has negotiated deals and settled disputes in commercial real estate over the years and understand the market. Several real estate bubbles have grown and burst, interest rates rise to 12% and higher and then plummet to record lows; our team of real estate experts understands these fluctuations and uses them to our client's advantage. Our team prides itself on making agreements mutually acceptable to both the buyer and the seller, both the lender and the borrower.
Groaning over Zoning
Zoning presents a particularly thorny issue when a property owner wants to convert a residential property into a commercial one, or vice-versa. For example, converting a house into a recording studio. Have no fear, however, because The Law Offices of Green & Green has extensive experience in this complex field and can help by working with architects and contractors to implement mitigation measures necessary for the conversion, in addition to negotiating with the zoning authority to make the work acceptable to their standards.
Investors may need to form an LLC, partnership or other new entity to hold title to the property, and to make sure that property is correctly held as needed by a Trust. An LLC can be formed quickly and inexpensively. As we say throughout this website, we aim to prevent issues between partners by making agreements with forethought and careful planning.
Contact us today to consult about your Real Estate needs.