3 Common Property Disputes that an Attorney Should Help Solve

property disputes

Disputes regarding real estate are common.  Unfortunately, residential and commercial property owners, developers, and even potential property owners can find themselves involved in a real estate dispute at some point.  Working with an attorney who is experienced in real estate litigation can help a current or potential property owner protect their legal rights to their real estate.  Here are a few of the most common situations for an attorney to get involved.

Real Estate Contract Disputes

A real estate contract is a binding agreement, and sellers are obligated to ensure that the details, including any known defects, are true and accurate.  Additionally, both buyers and sellers must ensure that they comply with all of the terms and conditions set forth in the contract.  If one party fails to follow the terms of the contract, the other party may sue for breach of contract.  Similarly, if the seller fails to disclose a property defect, the buyer may pursue legal action against the seller.

It’s important to note that working with an experienced real estate attorney from the start of any purchase transaction can help both parties avoid legal action down the line.  A good attorney will thoroughly review the contract and other transaction documents, to verify terms and conditions and explain buyer and seller legal obligations.

Property Boundary Disputes

If there’s one thing that can affect a relationship with a neighbor, it’s a disagreement over where one property ends and another begins.  For example, you look out your back window one day and see that the couple next door has built a fence, pool, deck or other permanent structure on what appears to be your property.  Moving the structure might not be an easy task, so if a reasonable discussion with them doesn’t work, a legal intervention is sometimes the only way to settle the dispute. In this situation, your attorney can take the necessary legal steps to prove your right to the land and protect your rights to your property.

Joint Property Ownership Disputes

Purchasing a property with another person can be a smart investment decision.  However, when there are disagreements regarding the property, disputes between owners can quickly escalate.  There are a number of reasons that might lead one co-owner to disagree with the other. For example, they might have different ideas as to improvements that need to be made, or whether it is time to sell the property.  There could also be disputes over who is responsible for paying the taxes, mortgage payments or maintenance costs.

Choose the Right Attorney for Real Estate Litigation Issues

Working with Churchill, Quinn, Hamilton & Van Donselaar, Ltd for matters involving property disputes gives you an advantage, because of our extensive experience in real estate law.  We have helped our clients find successful resolutions, both in and out of the courtroom, for a wide range of real estate disputes.  To better serve our clients involved in a real estate litigation case, our litigation attorneys work closely with our real estate attorneys in order to combine our insight and expertise and get the best possible outcome.  Contact our Grayslake office at 847-223-1500 to learn more or to schedule a consultation.