Real Estate Lawyer
Real Estate Disputes
Real estate is a huge investment. Because of the size of the underlying investment, real estate disputes occur with relative frequency. Common types of real estate disputes include:
- Fraud and non-disclosure during a transaction;
- Breach of contract;
- Easement and neighbor disputes;
- Landlord/tenant disputes;
- Construction disputes.
Working With Me
Before becoming a lawyer, I spent a number of years in the construction industry as a non-union residential homebuilder and a union fire sprinkler fitter. My construction experienced sparked an interest in real estate. That interest carried over to law school at the University of Illinois, where I was awarded the Ward F. McDonald Scholarship based on my performance in my real estate courses. Today, I assist clients with issues concerning real estate.
Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions
Short answer: yes! Long answer: you are not required in the vast majority of down-state counties in Illinois to use a lawyer when entering into a real estate transaction. Your realtor may even tell you not to worry about obtaining a lawyer. But at the same time, many real estate agents represent both the buyer and the seller in a transaction. Wouldn’t it make sense to work with a lawyer who will only represent you? Further, a lawyer decreases the chances of post-closing litigation. And a lawyer isn’t even very expensive for a real estate closing. For what is typically ends up costing $1,000 or less, working with a lawyer when purchasing a home is a no-brainer.
In Illinois, a law exists called the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act. The Act generally requires that a seller of real estate has to disclose known issues. If you purchase a home and believe the seller may have not disclosed something that they should have disclosed, you need to speak with a real estate lawyer. But you need to be sure to speak with a real estate lawyer quickly as the Act generally requires that a lawsuit be brought against the seller within one year of closing.
My fees depend entirely on the facts of the case and the underlying issue. Fortunately, it is sometimes possible to recover attorney fees from the opposing party. For example, if you purchase a home and successfully prove that the seller violated the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Act by not disclosing an issue with your home, you’re entitled to damages because of the violation as well as attorney fees.
Just as there are a ton of lawyers out there, there are a ton of real estate agents to choose from. In Macon County, there are a number of realtors who I would wholeheartedly endorse including Main Place Real Estate and Brinkoetter Realtors.