2000 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Suite 250, San Mateo, CA 94403-1271 • Phone 650-341-2900
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Providing Litigation, planning and transactional services

Accomplished San Francisco Lawyers Provide You with Dependable Real Estate Advice

Guiding clients on all aspects of real estate law throughout Northern California

A real estate transaction represents a major investment of time, money, and effort to see a deal through to its conclusion. Whether buying, selling, investing or developing, real estate deals often present substantial risk, with a variety of circumstances that can occur at any time to derail the process. The San Mateo real estate lawyers at Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP provide sound professional advice and skilled legal services on behalf of buyers and sellers and other parties to real estate transactions and real estate litigation disputes. Our law firm represents San Francisco buyers and sellers of real property, realtors, architects, contractors and others to ensure their interests are promoted and their legal rights are protected.

Real estate transactions

A well-drafted document can prevent problems before they start. And if a dispute does arise, we want to ensure that our clients are not disadvantaged in any way by a poorly worded document that contains vague and ambiguous language or waives important legal rights. We assist our clients in negotiating, drafting or reviewing contracts for the purchase or sale of real property or commercial lease agreements. In addition, we have extensive experience helping clients with short-sale acquisitions. Our goal in every residential┬áreal estate transaction is to ensure that our clients’ rights are fully protected and their objectives are met.

Real estate litigation

When disputes do arise, legal intervention may be necessary to resolve them. Whether a resolution can be brought about by a negotiated settlement or mediation, or if a full trial to judgment is required, we are there every step of the way, protecting our clients’ interests and advocating vigorously on their behalf.

Our Bay Area real estate lawyers represent clients in a variety of real estate disputes, including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Disputes over the sale of real property
  • Injury claims
  • Toxic torts
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Construction disputes
  • Construction defect litigation

Common subjects for real estate litigation

Real estate disputes can arise for variety of reasons, including homeowner association disagreements and issues related to zoning laws. A common subject of litigation is the failure to disclose defects prior to sale. Disputes commonly arise when a seller intentionally or unintentionally fails to inform a buyer about defects in the property that is changing hands. For example, new owners often seek compensation after discovering mold that developed as a result of a leaky roof or a broken pipe.

Another common area of real estate litigation involves property line disputes. For example, a buyer believes he or she is purchasing more property than the seller actually owns because a neighbor has acquired ownership of a portion of the property by making continuous use of it (e.g., repeated use of a driveway that encroaches on the purchased property). Property line issues also arise in large sales of land such as farmland or land for commercial development. In some cases, easement and property line issues can be resolved through an adjustment to the price paid. Other cases may require different remedies.

Construction litigation

Construction defects are conditions of any project that violate building codes or other regulations, depart from manufacturers’ recommendations or installation requirements or fail to meet industry standards, causing damage to the property or building. Construction defects can affect any part of a property, from a building’s foundation or its roof, to improvements such as driveways, landscaping, retaining walls and swimming pools. These defects can cause serious damage to property and may require expensive repairs to prevent further damage or make the construction conform to a building code. Our San Francisco real estate lawyers have extensive experience assisting clients in obtaining the financial recovery they need to remedy these defects.

In addition to construction defect litigation, our attorneys represent building owners, subdivision developers, general contractors, subcontractors and bonding companies in construction law claims involving contract, performance and construction disputes.

Seek experienced legal representation

Our attorneys at Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP have the knowledge, skills and experience to represent our clients’ interests effectively in any real estate transaction and help our clients to resolve a real estate dispute successfully. Our practice is concentrated in San Mateo County and San Francisco, but we also represent clients in the Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout Northern California. Conveniently located at the intersection of Route 92 and U.S. 101, we offer evening and weekend appointments as needed. For a complimentary consultation, contact us today at (650) 341-2900 or leave a brief message on our contact page.

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Fox, Shjeflo, Hartley & Babu LLP
2000 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Suite 250
San Mateo, CA, 94403-1271 USA
650-341-2900