Practice Areas

Beckman Weil Shepardson represents clients in both commercial and residential real estate matters, from home purchases to complex commercial development.

Acquisition and Sale of Property: The purchase and sale of real estate presents potential risks and opportunities to clients. We help clients identify and avoid risks while maximizing the opportunities from the initial purchase agreement through closing. Our attorneys provide the personal service to ensure a smooth transaction and give clients confidence in their purchase or sale. We have extensive experience in the purchase and sale of investment properties, office, retail, hotel, and industrial properties, along with residential properties.

Leasing: Commercial leases are perhaps the most complex real estate documents. Retail, office, and industrial leases all present unique areas of interest for our clients. These issues can have substantial impact on a client’s bottom line. Our attorneys understand these hot-button issues and can negotiate the best results for each issue.

Development: Real Estate Development calls for a team of professionals that understand the development process and can bring value to the transaction. Our attorneys lead the team, providing sage and timely advice throughout the development process, from assembling land parcels to leasing and selling the developed property to end users. We are experienced problem solvers that can find creative solutions to seemingly intractable issues; and we draft and negotiate often complex documents that allow for a smooth and successful development.

Condominiums: The development of condominiums requires strict adherence to the Condominium Statutes, and precise attention to detail while adapting to the unique needs of each development. Our attorneys are well-versed in condominium law, and understand the pitfalls and the opportunities for the developer, the unit owners, and the condominium association. We draft documents including Condominium Declarations, Association By-Laws and Disclosure Statements that balance the requirements of the parties while conforming to the relevant statutes.

Title Matters: Real estate transactions often involve complex and archaic title issues. It takes knowledge, experience, and persistence to resolve these matters successfully. Liens, probate and estate issues, dower issues, and ineffective conveyances in the chain of title could derail an otherwise successful transaction. Our attorneys have resolved hundreds of these issues and understand the steps to take in order to quickly resolve them.

H.O.A. Representation: Homeowners Associations and Condominium Associations need experienced advisors to deal with a host of everyday issues. Whether dealing with liens against delinquent homeowners, violations of restrictive covenants or claims against a negligent developer, HOA Boards must make the decisions that will affect their communities and their own homes. Our attorneys understand the gravity of these matters and can advise association clients in a way that both achieves a satisfactory result and protects the Board from liability

Taxation: The attorneys at Beckman Weil Shepardson handle tax matters that have an impact on real property owners. We assist clients with tax exemption applications and property tax appeals with the Board of Revision, as well as tax-deferred exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Land Use and Zoning: Land use and zoning matters are often central to the feasibility of a development project. Property owners should not have to take on governmental agencies without skilled, experienced assistance. We assist clients through the complex process of zoning changes, variances, subdivision approval and planned unit developments. In addition, we assist clients faced with Eminent Domain takings of all or a part of their property.

Title Insurance: We offer to our real estate clients the additional service of providing title insurance on real property transactions. We serve as title agents for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, the nation’s strongest and most financially stable title insurance company.