COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LAW

No matter what your company does, it is likely that real property represents some of your most valuable assets.  Real property, which includes physical real estate, is the broad term encompassing all of a business’ lands, buildings, equipment, natural resources, and the associated property rights.  If you’re considering buying, selling, or leasing real estate or real property, or if you are a property developer, don’t sign a commercial lease or construction contract until you review the agreement with an experienced real property lawyer at your side.

At Bellatrix PC, our legal team blends extensive knowledge of business law and real estate law to provide strategic and cost-effective legal solutions for a wide variety of businesses, ranging from start-ups and non-profit organizations to large and firmly-established corporations.  Whether your business needs assistance negotiating the terms of a contract, conducting due diligence, or handling probate or trust litigation, we will provide dedicated and aggressive legal support throughout each step of the way.

To schedule a private consultation, call the law offices of Bellatrix PC at (800) 889-8376.  We will keep your information confidential.

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Legal Matters Our Real Property Lawyers Handle

At Bellatrix PC, we are equipped to handle a broad scope of legal matters pertaining to real estate and real property law.  Our attorneys assist corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships with legal issues pertaining to:

  • Boundary Disputes
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Broker Disputes
  • Commercial Leases
  • Commercial Property Planning
  • Condemnation
  • Construction Contracts
  • Contractor Disputes
  • Deeds and Titles
  • Easements
  • Eminent Domain
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Escrow
  • Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Lawsuits and Litigation
  • Mortgage Financing
  • Municipal Ordinances
  • Noise Complaints and Neighbor Disputes
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Property Development
  • Property Inspections
  • Public Works Projects
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Quiet Title
  • Remodeling and Renovations
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Trespassing and Property Crimes
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Zoning

Negotiating Equipment and Commercial Lease Agreements

If you’ve ever rented an apartment or purchased a home, you already know how time-consuming the associated paperwork can become.  Commercial lease and purchase agreements are highly complex documents which must be painstakingly assessed clause by clause in order to ensure that your business does not encounter any unpleasant legal surprises when the time comes to install leased equipment, buy the rights to land, or relocate to a new space.

Our attorneys have years of experience in the preparation, revision, and aggressive negotiation of real estate and real property contracts and agreements, including but not limited to:

  • Buyer Agency Agreements
  • Land Contracts
  • Listing Agreements
  • Option Agreements
  • Purchase Agreements

California Labor Laws and Construction Contracts

Due to factors like increased risk of encountering safety hazards, tight industry regulations, and remote work sites with low degrees of supervision, construction companies are particularly susceptible to lawsuits and litigation.  Construction company owners must take careful steps in order to minimize the risk of encountering a lawsuit.  If your construction company is being sued or investigated for compliance with Cal/OSHA safety regulations, our attorneys are prepared to provide aggressive representation.

The state of California has enacted numerous labor laws designed to protect construction workers and other skilled laborers, such as electricians and engineers.  It is not uncommon for legal matters to arise  pertaining to prevailing wage, appropriate classification of workers as employees or independent contractors, FMLA leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, whistleblower protections, liability for exposure to hazardous or toxic substances, and a variety of other factors.

Defending Companies Against Premises Liability Claims

If an employee or patron is seriously injured anywhere on your premises, including exterior walkways, parking lots, and parking garages, he or she may attempt to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim against your company.  Premises liability claims against your business can drain precious time, money, and human resources while depleting morale and interfering with productivity.

Our attorneys will fight aggressively to disprove allegations of negligence leading to serious personal injury.  In many instances, these types of claims prove frivolous and unfounded, particularly with regard to “slip and fall” claims.  In order to prevail, the plaintiff must prove that all of the following elements were in place at the time of the accident:

  • Your business had a duty of care toward the plaintiff.
    • Note that property owners generally owe no duty of care toward trespassers and persons who are on the property unlawfully.
  • Your business breached its duty of care.
    • The plaintiff will likely allege substandard maintenance practices, such as failure to repair a broken building feature, so it is very important to keep detailed records of your maintenance efforts and compliance with safety and sanitation codes.
  • Your company’s breach of duty resulted in injury to the plaintiff.
  • The plaintiff suffered damages.

Unless the plaintiff can clearly demonstrate all four of these components, he or she does not have a claim against your company.

Disputes and litigation arising from safety issues, breach of contract, employee compensation, and compliance with labor laws are just a few of the many legal matters our attorneys can assist your business with during its next real property transaction or building project.  To arrange for a private legal consultation with our experienced real property attorneys, call the law offices of Bellatrix PC at (800) 889-8376 today.