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Chicago Real Estate Attorney Provides Solutions

Illinois lawyer assists companies with sales, leases and financing

Commercial real estate transactions

A thorough transactional attorney conducts all commercial real estate business meticulously and with methodical attention to all the important details. The real estate transactions I can handle for your business include:

  • Commercial purchases and sales
  • Construction and build-outs
  • Easements and restrictions
  • Financing and mortgages
  • Leasing contracts/landlord tenant disputes (representing landlords and tenants)
  • Land-use, zoning and building permits
  • Sales contracts drafting and review
  • Boundary and easement disputes
  • Title searches and disputes

With my extensive preparation and commercial knowledge supporting your commercial real estate transactions, you can be confident that your investment is secure.

Commercial real estate disputes

More than just a place to conduct business, your office space can be an essential part of your business value. Disputes over property can profoundly affect your business by interrupting your operations and threatening the security of your business location. We are there when your business needs protection  in contentious situations such as eminent domain seizures, landlord-tenant disagreements, easement conflicts and incorrect zoning decisions. When disputes end up in courts or similar forums, I will recommend and bring in experienced litigation attorneys with whom I maintain close working relationships so that a team effort will achieve the best results, while at the same time avoiding duplicative billing.

Negotiation of Leases 

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant,  you should use an experienced lawyer to  work with your broker in  negotiating the terms of commercial leases and office leases.   I believe in the concept of a “team” effort .  If you are planning on leasing commercial space in a building or a shopping center, or office space, it may be wise to have a leasing broker protecting your interest, and sometimes a space planner to help with the tricky concepts of what space is to be used and how and what you are actually paying for (“rentable” square footage is not always the same as “useable” square footage).I will work with your leasing broker and your space planner so that when negotiating the terms with your prospective landlord I have the best input from the other experts necessary to the transaction. 

Commercial real estate mediation and negotiation

Commercial real estate contracts often include a clause requiring that disputes enter arbitration. Absent an arbitration clause, mediation can be used effectively to preserve business relationships. When mediation is required by contract or otherwise advantageous to your business, I can work with mediators to guide negotiations towards equitable solutions that serve your needs.


Residential Real Estate Matters

Kurlander & Associates applies an extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance and business to all areas of real estate law. I can help you with:

  • Residential home sales transactions
  • Homeowners associations issues
  • Condominium law
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Evictions
  • Foreclosures
  • Real estate contracts
  • Zoning, land-use and building permits
  • Boundary and easement disputes
  • Title disputes

I represent clients dealing with a wide variety of real estate issues. When court work is necessary, I work with other attorneys with whom I maintain close working relationships to establish a team to best fulfill the client’s needs while avoiding duplicative billing.

Real estate sale and purchase transaction attorney – both commercial and residential

From offer to sale, I handle all aspects of buying and selling real estate and construction, so that you can feel confident about a smooth and precise transaction. I can:

  • Draft or review your sales contract
  • Negotiate real estate agreement
  • Review and negotiate your lending documents
  • Search and clear title
  • Analyze your deal and rectify potential problems
  • Handle land-use, zoning and permitting
  • Conduct your real estate closing

I have the experience to guide you through all types of real estate transactions.

Real estate litigation attorney

I am not a litigation attorney, but I have extensive experience in working with other attorneys in these matters to benefit clients by utilizing the team approach, handling such matters by utilizing my substantial knowledge about property laws and the client’s needs to work with an attorney with whom I have worked before, who has extensive knowledge of civil litigation, as well as a dynamic courtroom presence. I possess the knowledge and relationships necessary to successfully team up to litigate your real estate disputes, including defending your home from foreclosure or unjust homeowners association decisions.  I apply my experience with Illinois housing laws to successfully handle landlord-tenant disputes, utilizing a litigation attorney when necessary for such disputes or when evictions require court work.

Real estate negotiator

Some disputes are better solved outside of the courtroom. I guide negotiations to protect your interests. By retaining an experienced attorney to strategize during the contract negotiation process, you can often prevent disputes from arising at a later stage in the real estate transaction. This can save time, costs and frustrations.

Contact an experienced real estate attorney

If you need assistance with commercial or residential real estate matters, call Kurlander & Associates at 312-925-9416 or contact me online to schedule a consultation with a real estate attorney in my Chicago office.

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Michele Kurlander
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  • Chicago Office
    155 North Michigan Avenue
    Suite 620
    Chicago, Illinois 60601
    Phone: 312-925-9416
    Fax: 312-278-0015
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