Real Estate Law

Real estate transactions include buying and selling residential and commercial real estate, leasing, renting, and building and construction contracts. At our Shoreline, Washington, law firm, Hawkes Law Firm, our lawyers represent clients in all types of real estate transactions. We also advocate for clients involved in real estate disputes. In both cases, we use our familiarity with the local real estate market to represent our clients effectively.

Examples of Real Estate Transactions

Our law firm provides representation in real estate transactions such as:

  • Commercial lease agreements for restaurants, retail space and manufacturing
  • Easements
  • Building and other permits
  • Purchase and sale
  • Creation of homeowner’s and condominium associations
  • Title opinions
  • Closings
  • Contract negotiations
  • Financing agreements
  • Zoning and land use petitions

Properly Executed Transactions Can Prevent Litigation

Because our lawyers are both transactional and litigation attorneys, we understand the importance of creating documents that can withstand the scrutiny of litigation. When contracts, deeds and title opinions are properly constructed, they are less likely to be a cause of disputes. We understand that resolving real estate problems is distressing and costly for individuals and families, and time-consuming and distracting for businesses. Our lawyers work hard to prevent litigation by completing each transaction correctly and by anticipating and eliminating sources of dispute.

When Litigation is Necessary

Even the most skilled attorney is unable to anticipate every problem. Although, we are advocates for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as arbitration and mediation, we also know that some problems can only be resolved through litigation. We have helped resolve conflicts over:

  • Boundary disputes & tree cutting
  • Easement disputes
  • Landlord/tenant disputes, including evictions
  • Construction injuries
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Residential and commercial construction defect claims
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Breach of contract
  • Return of earnest money

Our Firm’s Advantage

One of our attorneys has been a real estate law instructor and uses that high level of knowledge to benefit our clients. In addition, we are very knowledgeable about variations in local real estate and construction laws.

For example, we frequently appear on behalf of clients in Seattle involved in landlord/tenant matters; Seattle has its own landlord/tenant law, requiring an attorney to be aware of differences between Washington state law and local law.

To learn how our lawyers can help you complete real estate transactions and resolve real estate disputes, contact our Shoreline law firm by calling 206-367-5000.