Costell & Cornelius’ lawyers have a broad background in all areas of real estate practice. Jeffrey Lee Costell, the of CEO and Managing Attorney the firm, is a licensed real estate broker. The attorneys at Costell & Cornelius give their clients the necessary edge to succeed in the real estate industry.
The Firm’s clients include lenders, borrowers, investors, developers, landlords and tenants, appraisers and brokers, contractors, title companies and other parties involved in the acquisition, planning, financing, development, and leasing of real estate. The Firm’s clients conduct all aspects of the real estate transaction, including acquisition, finance, construction and sales, and their projects vary from single-family residential tracts to apartment buildings, office buildings, sub-divisions, and mixed-use projects.
The Firm is experienced in negotiating and preparing general and limited partnership agreements for real estate ventures, as well as forming limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and other real estate entities and joint ventures. This experience includes dealing with capital formation issues, distribution priorities, accounting arrangements, tax considerations, management rights and duties, transferability and dispute resolution. The Firm is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of declarations of conditions, covenants and restrictions, reciprocal easement agreements and other documents relating to the functional use of improved real estate. The Firm stays abreast of both market conditions and the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing U.S. real estate. The Firm’s practice includes active involvement in structuring, negotiating and documenting real estate transactions. The Firm also reviews important aspects of all real estate transactions, such as title, leases, and entitlements, environmental and other contractual and legal obligations.
The Firm has extensive experience in another of the more complex areas of real estate law; namely, land use entitlements. The Firm represents property owners and developers before planning commissions, city councils, county boards, and other local, regional, state and federal administrative and legislative bodies. The Firm assists clients in obtaining the various permits and entitlements necessary for their projects, including general and specific plan amendments, zone changes, variances, lot line adjustments, tract maps, parcel maps and environmental impact reports and other project approvals and clearances.
The Firm also represents its clients in various other real estate matters such as working with title companies to efficiently and creatively resolve many title problems which arise in the acquisition, sale or financing of real estate. The Firm handles title disputes and claims under or relating to title insurance policies and surveys, as well as disputes involving encroachments, easements, trespass, public and private nuisance and other disputes involving neighbors and neighboring or adjacent properties.
The Firm offers a full service real estate litigation practice, and is equipped to handle a variety of real estate litigation matters, including construction defect litigation, disputes among shareholders, partners and limited liability company members, and business and real estate fraud. For a detailed overview of the Firm’s litigation practice, please see the Firm’s business and commercial litigation practice area profile.