Buying or selling a home or a commercial property can be one of the largest financial transactions that you will make during your lifetime. Duerr Law can guide you through this process from start to finish. We will ensure accuracy of legal documents, protect your rights and if necessary work with you to build litigation strategies that achieve optimal results.
With over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts, Chris Duerr has successfully litigated many complex eminent domain, commercial and professional liability cases. As Counsel to PennDOT, Chris handled eminent domain matters which often included complex zoning, land use, environmental, development, business valuation, easements, and construction issues. Chris also served as a Commissioner on the Planning Commission in his home community for approximately ten years, regularly reviewing subdivision and land development submissions.
If you are buying property, Duerr Law can:
- Review and explain the terms of your purchase contract
- Protect you from hidden liabilities
- Review real estate documents
- Register legal documents
- Attend your closing and address your questions
- Ensure that you possess valid ownership documentation
If you are selling property, Duerr Law can:
- Ensure that your purchase and sale agreement terms protect your interests
- Handle title issues
- Represent you during negotiations with the buyer
- Assist you through your closing
Real Estate Areas of Expertise Include:
- Purchase and Sale of Real Estate
- New Homes
- Vacation and Vacation Properties
- Home Owner Associations
- Commercial and Agricultural Purchases and Sales
- Drafting and Negotiating Leases
- Subdivision and Land Development
- Right of Way Agreements
- Oil and Gas Pipeline Agreements
- Property Tax Assessments
- Quiet Title Actions
- Real Estate Litigation
- Eminent Domain
Eminent Domain Matters
When a landowner receives a settlement offer in connection with land condemnation, the landowner should never accept the offered settlement amount without consulting with an experienced eminent domain attorney and having their own appraisal completed. It is important to understand that the condemning party must pay the fair market value of any property it takes through eminent domain. In most situations the condemning party will try to spend as little as possible to obtain the property by valuing the property at less than its fair market value. Fortunately, the Eminent Domain Code allows for the property owner to receive reimbursement for the services of an attorney, appraiser and/or engineer up to the amount of $4,000.
If you are involved in a condemnation or eminent domain action, Duerr Law will provide experienced legal counsel each step of the way. We can assist you in finding appraisers to evaluate the impacts of the loss of property through condemnation. We will also thoroughly review your case to determine whether you may be entitled to receive additional benefits under the law.