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Real Estate Law

As a real estate investor in his personal life, Eli Underwood is able to see the world through the lens of an owner and developer.

As real estate forms one of the largest bases of wealth for many individuals and business, disputes over real estate frequently occur because there is so much at stake. Real estate litigation is the formal process of resolving disputes over the ownership, use, sale, and development of real property.

An experienced Sacramento real estate litigation attorney can advise you both about your legal rights, and about your options to ensure that you receive a suitable outcome for your situation. Frequently, parties are aware of only some of their rights, and lose out on valuable opportunities by failing to thoroughly investigate the situation.

Parties retain the firm to assist with these disputes through the use of informal negotiation, mediation, or trial. When important property rights are at stake, the firm is there to ensure that your rights are respected.

Common Types of Real Estate Disputes

Our Sacramento real estate law firm handles everything from quiet title actions, construction disputes, land use and zoning matters, eminent domain proceedings, partition cases. These types of cases can include:

  1. Title defects
  2. Real estate breach of contract
  3. Real estate fraud
  4. Real estate partnership disputes
  5. Real estate purchase and sale litigation
  6. Real estate nondisclosure
  7. Land Use entitlements
  8. Development agreements
  9. Commercial real estate disputes
  10. Property ownership disputes
Partition Actions

When more than one party owns property, and the parties cannot agree what do with the property, then a partition action may be a good solution. These actions are common when one party wants to stay in the property and the other wants to sell, or when one party wants to buy-out the other but the parties cannot agree on a price. In these situations, a partition by private sale, a partition by appraisal, or a partition in kind may be appropriate under the circumstances.

Quiet Title Actions

A “quiet title” action determines who the true owners of a partition action are under the law. These types of actions are common where there are disputes as to the ownership of real property, such as involving breaches of contract, real estate fraud, and easement disputes.

Land Use and Zoning

The world is constantly changing, and the development of property must change with it. Owners and developers of property, however, frequently encounter roadblocks during the development process, or when the neighborhood surrounding the property begins to change.

In these instances, property owners may encounter a city or county citation, or nuisance abatement order. These governmental notices are serious matters that must be given due attention at the risk of losing the property. As this process involves interactions with governmental entities, and their attorneys, this process is unlike most types of civil disputes and must be approached differently in order to validly assert a property owner’s rights. The Sacramento real estate law firm is experienced in handling these types of claims, and frequently property and business owners in these situations.

Client Reviews
“We were in need of a real estate attorney. Eli Underwood provided excellent legal advice and services. He explained everything well and followed through with all important issues that needed attention. We found him to be reliable, courteous, patient and extremely professional. We highly recommend Mr. Underwood without any reservations.” I.S.
"Mr. Underwood is a fantastic Lawyer with extraordinary ethics. He responds quickly, which is rare these days, and he is very knowledgeable in his craft. It was a pleasure working with him and we will definitely use his services in the future if needed. Thank you for your help Sir!" M.O.
"Eli helped us set up our partnership and was straight forward and honest about the process and what was needed (so rare these days!). He gave us the expectation strait out and held to them (unlike the last corporate firm). Unfortunately when your new it takes a few to find the good ones. This is your guy!" O.A.
"Eli has been a great help to me. He is thoughtful and tries hard to achieve the best outcome, and is especially interested in avoiding litigation, and helping his client find the best way forward, even if it avoids conflict and makes his job smaller and simpler. I feel very comfortable with what was worked out, and sleep well over it. I give the highest recommendation to Eli!" D.W.
"Marcus and his team are true professionals and their attention to detail is impeccable. He definitely knows the right questions to ask and how to find the facts he needs to win your case. Having someone on your team who’s working hard behind the scenes can give you peace of mind during challenging times and that my friend is invaluable. He has a pretty unique approach that makes him special in what he does and that uniqueness make a huge difference. I highly recommend them!" C.F.