Whether you are buying or selling a property without a realtor, or just want a second set of eyes, Parker Law Group is at your service. Lawyers are typically cheaper than realtors since we are not paid a percentage of the closing cost of a property, but rather an hourly rate or flat fee. However, a realtor does not get a commission if your sale does not go through, while lawyers are paid regardless of the success of the transaction. There are some instances where it may be a good idea to use both an experienced realtor and a real estate lawyer. Typically, if there is oil and gas involved in the transaction, the property is on a septic system rather than city or county sewage. If you are concerned about the placement or existence of easements or utility placement or if your realtor is representing both the buyer and seller, we recommend having an attorney be a second set of eyes. Most realtors are not lawyers, and sometimes it is worth the investment to have an attorney look over real estate documents before you sign them.
Unfortunately, even the most seasoned realtors cannot always avoid legal disputes stemming from a real estate contract. Disputes over seller's disclosures, earnest money deposits, leaseback provisions, and misrepresentation happen every day. If you have a dispute stemming from a real estate transaction, contact us for a free no obligation consultation. Our goal is to minimize the financial impact to you, and the sooner one of our attorneys is involved, the sooner we can get you a resolution.
Home Owners Associations are common in Colorado and so are disputes between owners and their associations. We frequently see disputes arising from covenant violations, non-payment of dues, and selective enforcement. There a a body of law in Colorado that regulates these associations called the "Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act" or "CCOIA." If you are having a problem with your HOA, we may be able to help you resolve it without need for court interference, but our experienced lawyers are happy to litigate the issues if you so choose after careful deliberation and discussion. Please be prepared to bring a copy of your HOA documents, pictures, proof of payment and any other documents that might help our attorneys to give you the best advice regarding your specific situation.
Well crafted lease agreements are the best way to keep landlords and tenants out of court. Whether you are involved in a residential or commercial lease, it is always a good idea to have an attorney draft your lease rather than downloading one from the internet. We understand the temptation to save money by going this route, however, the eviction process is often complicated by poorly written internet contracts that are often incomplete and frequently create legal exposure to landlords. Tenants also benefit by having a lawyer look over their lease agreements prior to signing. We are happy to help you negotiate better terms for your lease if we see clauses that are not beneficial to you or simply insure that you know where the pitfalls lie so you can prepare accordingly.
Security Deposits, Damage, Breach of Contract, and Habitability Issues
Disputes often occur with regard to security deposits, damage to property, early lease termination, pets, quiet enjoyment, and warranty of habitability issues. Contact us to assist you with these matters. We have represented both landlords and tenants in and out of court on these issues.
In Colorado, an eviction case is called a "Forcible Entry and Detainer." If you need to evict a tenant, you must go through the court process prior to barring access to the property. While the process itself is not particularly difficult, there are nuances in the law that can make it difficult to handle on your own. Our experienced lawyers can help you avoid the common pitfalls and make the court process go more smoothly which saves you time, money, and emotional distress.
Disputes between homeowners and contractors are not uncommon. If you have had a mechanic's lien placed on your property or someone has threatened to do so, we can help.
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