Real Estate

The attorneys at SCA handle a variety of real estate transactions, and we regularly counsel our clients in the planning, financing, acquisition, and development of routine as well as complex commercial ventures. These matters include negotiation and preparation of leases for all types of properties, such as offices, shopping centers, and industrial warehouse buildings along with development of residential and commercial communities. We are experienced transactional lawyers, skilled in the negotiation and preparation of all types of transactional documentation. We regularly assist clients in all aspects of real estate financing, including interim, permanent, conventional, and tax free borrowings and equity participations. Our activities include representing clients in zoning and other land use matters and controversies and negotiating owner-architect, owner-contractor, and other agreements for clients involved in the construction industry.

Our attorneys counsel property owners, developers, and management companies regarding lease, construction, and property contract and land-use litigation; complex title disputes; and contract disputes including sale transactions.

SCA also has an attorney who is licensed to deliver title opinions and to contract for both lender’s and owner’s title insurance policies.

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Commercial Real Estate

SCA is skilled at handling a wide variety of real estate legal issues in the commercial arena. We counsel our clients in the planning, financing, and development of real estate property, including offices, shopping centers, industrial warehouses, and residential and commercial communities.

Because of our experience in transactional law as well as negotiations, our attorneys are adept at handling all types of real estate documents, and then assisting our clients in obtaining financing, including interim, permanent, conventional, and tax-free borrowing and equity participations.

For our clients in the construction industry, we handle zoning, environmental and other land-use matters and controversies, and will negotiate owner-architect, owner-contractor and other agreements.

SCA also has substantial eminent domain proceedings experience. Our clients include real estate developers, pension funds, builders, governmental agencies, public utilities, and investors. We represent these clients in both state and federal courts and before local governments and state and federal agencies on a national basis.

SCA attorneys counsel property owners, developers, and management companies on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Leases
  • Acquisitions, sales, and like-kind exchanges
  • Development
  • Construction
  • Property contracts
  • Land-use litigation
  • Complex title disputes
  • Contract disputes including sale transactions
  • Financing
  • Partnership, joint ventures, and other forms of real estate investment
  • Land use regulations

Our team includes experienced attorneys who successfully represent corporate users, developers, property owners, management companies, lenders, and escrow companies.

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Real Estate Finance

SCA attorneys work with our clients to structure, negotiate and document a variety of commercial and real estate financing transactions. We help you navigate the often complex world of real estate financing by providing counsel regarding:

  • Asset-based lending documentation
  • Security agreements
  • Project financing
  • Leveraged leases
  • Loan restructures and workouts
  • Letters of credit
  • Repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements
  • Acquisition financing

Our attorneys are experienced with financing for all types of businesses. We work with our clients to provide the best legal representation possible.

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SCA understands that disputes with tenants often result in time-consuming issues that involve complex laws. As a commercial or residential property manager or owner, you need to resolve the issue and move your property back into the asset column of your bottom line as quickly as possible.

Our experience with these issues makes us adept at offering options that can resolve these situations and protect your assets. If an eviction or litigation becomes necessary, we have the means to smoothly push those actions through the court system.

SCA attorneys have helped both commercial and residential landlords resolve a wide variety of legal issues, including:

  • Nuisances
  • Risk management
  • Bankruptcy
  • Tenant disputes
  • Third party claims
  • Lease negotiations and drafting

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Conservation Easements

Ensuring your land remains protected for the uses you believe in requires both finesse and broad-reaching knowledge. Tax codes and government regulations can too easily block your desires.

SCA’s attorneys can help you identify and resolve those potential issues before they develop into costly and time-consuming problems. We understand your mission, and we have the experience to counsel you through the entire conservation easement process, including:

  • Counseling on entity structure and transactions to maximize your tax deductions
  • Advising you on the multitude of state and federal statutory and regulatory hurdles
  • Securing appraisal services for you that can withstand a possible challenge by the IRS or state
  • Representing you in disputes with the IRS, including the review and appeals process, or in Tax Court

We regularly work with clients on implementing conservation easements on golf courses, timberland, farms, properties with substantial mineral holdings, and tracts associated with residential and commercial development. With this body of knowledge, we can effectively and efficiently manage your conservation easement transactions.

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