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Seattle Real Estate Contract Lawyers

Legal Representation for Commercial Property Purchases and Sales

Buying and selling commercial real estate are significant and costly transactions. With such large amounts of money at stake, you need an experienced Seattle real estate contract lawyer to guide you. Your purchase or sale of a property can be a substantial investment for you and your company. You should always ensure that you protect your interests and prevent conflicts or disputes from arising related to contracts involved in a commercial property purchase or sale.

The experienced attorneys at Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess can skillfully draft and review commercial real estate contracts with your best interests in mind.

If you’re planning to have a commercial real estate transaction, rely on our expertise. Call one of our attorneys today at (206) 621-1110.

Why You Should Choose Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess

We’re the Seattle Real Estate Contract Lawyers You Need

Having Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess on your side means you will not enter, or exit, a commercial real estate deal without full knowledge of the legal benefits and potential legal harms to you. Our goal is to protect your interests in both review and drafting of real estate contracts.

Our real estate practice group is one of Seattle’s premier real estate law firms. We provide our clients with high-quality, cost-effective service and innovative legal solutions. We can do so because we have over 100 years of combined experience with real estate law. Our approach to handling often complicated and unpredictable real estate legal disputes sets Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess apart from others. Our team has detailed knowledge of Washington laws related to real estate cases. We also provide broad support to the legal community. Our attorneys have published articles on topics in the area to help educate other attorneys. Learn about some of our Seattle real estate contract attorneys. We are dedicated to our clients and ensure we fully protect their interests.

  • Robert Dickson has extensive experience in real estate law, has written a host of publications on the topic and teaches real estate law at Seattle University School of Law.
  • Heather Burgess handles complex real estate litigation, including commercial and industrial real estate deals. She has expertise in land use issues that may impact your real estate contract.
  • Thomas Dickson has helped clients for decades in complex real estate matters and has a strong publishing record in the area of law.
  • Daniel J. Frohlich focuses on real estate and business litigation, positioning him well to help in the most complex of real estate matters.

Our team is led by some of the best real estate contract lawyers in the Seattle area. We are confident in our record of service to our clients. We have the depth of knowledge and the years of experience you need. You can trust we will handle your real estate contract needs with skill, attentiveness and detail. Learn what our clients say about how we’ve helped them.

How Help from Our Seattle Real Estate Contract Attorney Can Protect You

Ensure All the Vital Pieces of a Real Estate Contract Are There

At Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess, we regularly handle a wide range of contracts concerning commercial real estate transactions. Our real estate contract drafting lawyers have a thorough understanding of all of the essential provisions necessary for a quality commercial real estate contract, which can include:

  • Clear identification of the parties
  • Clear property description
  • Terms of payment
  • Title insurance and abstract
  • Right to adjust or amend the contract
  • Land use and zoning issues
  • Rights to inspect
  • Warranties
  • Escrow
  • Dispute resolution options and remedies for breach of contract.

If a proposed contract lacks important protections, we’ll ensure that you have what you need to protect your interests and rights while making the most of the transaction. Since every transaction is different, our real estate contract attorney will tailor your contract to fit your needs. Commercial real estate transactions are not “one size fits all,” so that’s not how we treat our clients.

Our Real Estate Contract Review Lawyer Can Help Ensure the Transaction Goes Smoothly

Both Parties May Want Contract Language Changed

We draft contracts for our clients and review real estate contracts presented to them. Often, by the time they’re complete, these contracts are a mix of language from both parties. Our attorneys need to make sure you’re protected, that there aren’t any surprises in the contract, and there’s nothing that may unnecessarily complicate or delay the transaction.

The other party’s proposed language may use questionable terms that cloud who is responsible for doing or paying for what. Sometimes just the sheer size of a multi-page contract may lead to issues being missed. You do not want to find out about terms of the real estate contract after it has been signed. By then it’s too late. You must understand all of the contract language and how it may impact you, now and in the future, before you reach an agreement.

Depend on the extensive experience and expertise of our real estate contract review lawyers at Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess to review your contract and be sure you are fully aware of all it includes. You can also count on us to inform you of ways in which the contract may positively or adversely affect you.

How Our Real Estate Contract Review Lawyer Handles Commercial Property and Residential Property

Both Types of Property Have Their Own Issues

There are significant differences between commercial and residential real estate. Many legal issues can be involved, including zoning, wetlands, asbestos and lead paint removal, and polluted property that may need to be abated. A building may need substantial repair or renovation to fit a future project. Any number of permits may be needed. Unlike residential properties, most commercial properties are leased.

Commercial buyers and sellers don’t have the same legal protections as residential buyers and sellers, because the law assumes they’re more sophisticated and better able to protect themselves. Part of that assumption may rely on parties in a commercial real estate transaction having legal counsel. There’s no tenant-friendly housing court for commercial buyers or lessors, either.

In this type of structure, you would be at a disadvantage if you attempted to “go it alone” with a commercial real estate transaction and failed to obtain legal representation. At the very least, if an attorney reviews your contract, you won’t sign any document with hidden issues that may become a future problem or financial loss.

A commercial real estate project could be massive. Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess understands that you could be spending or receiving a substantial amount of money in a commercial real estate transaction. Our real estate contract attorney won’t take your situation lightly and will give you and your transaction the respect you, and it, deserves. We can help with contract review and drafting, including review of commercial leases.

Commercial Real Estate Is Too Important to Leave to Chance

Our Real Estate Contract Attorney in Seattle Can Protect Your Interests

Don’t risk buying or selling commercial real estate with a do-it-yourself or bought-off-the-internet purchase and sale agreement. And just because funds are in escrow, this doesn’t mean you have enough protection.

Escrow instructions mainly benefit the holder, not the parties to the transaction. These companies want to avoid potential liability. If the agreement goes wrong, you’ll probably have a hard time holding the escrow company responsible.

Conditions excusing one party’s performance may not be clear. Usually it’s an issue with one party, not both, that will end a transaction. The escrow holder won’t provide you with legal or tax advice concerning the sale, nor will there be representations or warranties which usually are part of a contract.

Unlike a contract, escrow instructions won’t state the consequences if a party pulls out of the transaction without a valid reason. They also lack provisions for dispute resolution instead of the parties’ going straight to court to file lawsuits.

If you’re buying or selling commercial real estate, there’s too much at stake to go forward without a contract. Something may go wrong that will impact the profitability of the property for the life of the investment.

Call (206) 621-1110 for a consultation with our real estate contract lawyers in Seattle and get skilled legal guidance that will protect you from future problems.

Reviewing or Drafting a Contract Is Just One Step in the Process

Our Real Estate Contract Drafting Lawyer Doesn’t Push Papers

Deciding on contract language isn’t just “dotting i’s and crossing t’s.” We go through a process to make sure our clients get the best results with the least risk.

Our real estate contract attorneys can’t make any critical decisions without approval from our clients. We need to understand the issues and what may happen whether the choice is made or not. Our clients make informed decisions about what to do next, because the client owns the business that is buying or selling the property.

We also negotiate with the other party or their attorneys on real estate contract language. There may be language our client wants to change and wording the other side wants to have amended. We work out our differences and do our best to ensure both sides are satisfied enough to agree. Language in a real estate contract could end a proposed purchase and sale; but if it does, it should be because one party fears it may expose them to too great a risk of loss.

Contract language review is notorious for slowing down business. We balance the need to be thorough and the need for speed. If review and negotiations drag on, the delay could take a big bite out of a project’s profit margin.

Missed deadlines may bring an end to a deal. Our real estate contract attorneys will protect your interests without wasting your time.

Work With a Real Estate Contract Drafting Lawyer You Can Trust

Put Our Knowledge and Experience to Work for You

When you hire our real estate contract lawyer at Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess, you are making the best choice in legal representation. We are offer stellar real estate, business, and probate representation. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we have a strong reputation for providing superior service and outstanding results for commercial real estate clients.

We can handle a full range of services related to real estate contract law. Our team helps buyers and sellers of commercial property in negotiations, sales, and disputes throughout the Seattle area. We represent business clients involved in tenant issues, easements, and quiet title actions. Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess’s clients have addressed boundary, real estate commission, and title insurance disputes.

Working with us means you have one of Seattle’s finest real estate law firms on your side. Our clients benefit from high-quality, cost-effective service and innovative legal solutions.

Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess sets itself apart by handling complicated and unpredictable real estate contract disputes with creativity and a desire to find practical, cost-effective solutions for all those involved.

Call Dickson Frohlich Phillips Burgess at (206) 621-1110 today for a consultation.