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Title / Survey Examination and Review

  • All aspects of examination of title including grantor / grantee index searches
  • Torrens searches
  • Surveys – ALTA, IL/MO Minimum Standards, Topographic: option selection, review and analysis, certification
  • Resolve title issues appearing on surveys or plats

Title Insurance

  • Ordering of title insurance commitments and satisfaction of Schedule B-1 requirements
  • Examination of Schedule B-2 exceptions and negotiating and obtaining removal or waiver of exceptions to title
  • Prepare objection letters based upon preliminary title reports
  • Prepare closing instruction letters
  • Review final title policy when issued for proper form and endorsements
  • Negotiation and obtaining title insurance endorsements, including all ALTA endorsements
  • Prosecution and defense of claims

Sale Contracts

  • Negotiate and prepare Purchase/Sale Contracts
  • Negotiate contingencies and conditions to closing
  • Arrange and review due diligence, including survey, title, soil tests, inspection of improvements, environmental site assessments
  • Evaluate issues related to warranties
  • Examine and approve legal descriptions of the property and any easements
  • Prepare and review closing documents including deeds, financing documents, easements, tenant documents or leases, and closing statements
  • Coordinate closing and issuance of final title policies
  • Conduct and attend closings
  • Pursue closing or other remedies in the event of default

1031 Exchanges

  • Negotiate and prepare bilateral exchange agreements
  • Negotiate and prepare Starker Three Corner Exchange Agreements
  • Negotiate and prepare Reverse Three Corner Exchange Agreements
  • Prepare Escrow Agreements
  • Advise clients on suitability of exchange structure

Real Estate Tax

  • Advise clients on tax ramifications of acquisition structure
  • Advise clients on alternative entities for acquisition of property
  • Negotiate and litigate tax disputes
  • Prepare related organizational documentation


  • Advise, negotiate and prepare listing agreements, including open listings, exclusive agency agreements and exclusive right to sell agreements
  • Advise, negotiate and prepare Buyer’s Agency Agreements
  • Advise clients on statutory and regulatory requirements for real estate brokers and agents
  • Coordinate preparation of related employment agreements

Property Management / Owner’s Associations

  • Negotiate and prepare property management agreements
  • Form non-profit corporations or trust based owner’s associations, including obtaining EIN’s
  • Prepare contracts, leases, releases, or other documents related to management of HOA’s
  • Prepare documents related to development amenities and advise regarding issues related to amenities
  • Advise management regarding maintenance issues and disputes
  • Prepare governing documents including declarations or indentures, rules, and restrictions
  • Advise clients on owner’s association governance issues and interpretation of governing documents
  • Advise clients and conduct meetings for transfers of board control upon development conclusion
  • Advise clients regarding change of or additional builders or developers
  • Advise clients regarding elections and preparation of documents related to the holding of elections
  • Prepare and file liens, and enforcement actions to collect liens, including foreclosures
  • Prepare amendment of existing declarations
  • Advise and prepare documents related to special concerns of mixed use developments

Shopping Centers

  • Prepare and negotiate reciprocal easement agreements
  • Prepare and negotiate anchor lease agreements
  • Prepare, negotiate, and coordinate tenant leases
  • Advise clients regarding defaults and enforce/defend landlords and tenants in default situations
  • Oversee and review plat and survey preparation related to legal issues

Industrial / Cell Tower / Office / Warehouse Leases

  • Prepare and negotiate leases for landlords and tenants, including sub-tenants
  • Prepare environmental covenants / indemnity agreements
  • Prepare documents related to collection and maintenance of security deposits
  • Enforce leases
  • Cell tower agreements

Land Development

  • Negotiate and prepare annexation agreements
  • Represent clients in contesting involuntary annexations
  • Negotiate and prepare development agreements
  • Advise clients as to applicability of statutes and ordinances and possible agreements to obtain exceptions to same
  • Represent clients in subdivision proceedings before local governmental bodies
  • Represent clients in zoning proceedings before local governmental bodies
  • Represent clients in variance proceedings before boards of adjustment and boards of zoning appeals
  • Negotiate and represent clients in public financing transactions
  • Negotiate, prepare and obtain easements of all kinds, including, ingress/egress, utility, cross access, reciprocal easements
  • Represent clients in site plan proceedings before local governmental bodies
  • Prepare declarations of covenants and rules
  • Work with engineers and surveyors regarding preparation of plat and other development drawings and coordinate submission

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