Real Estate Law

Having an experienced attorney to represent you in your commercial or residential real estate transaction is recommended at every step of the process. Whether you are negotiating a purchase agreement or entering in to a long term lease arrangement, experienced legal guidance can help you avoid numerous pitfalls. We work with clients of all experience levels from first time buyers to seasoned real estate investors offering the following real estate services:

Real Estate Contracts and Purchase/Sale Agreements

Buying or selling a property is is a relatively significant financial transaction; one in which you should make doubly sure that everything is done properly. While this can be an exciting time, without the proper legal guidance, the process can be frustrating, overwhelming and more expensive than necessary.  Even if there are no obvious disagreements between the Buyer and Seller, it is advisable for each party to enter into real estate transactions with their own attorney who can help steer them away from common pitfalls and make the transaction an enjoyable experience.

Whether you are purchasing your first home, a plot of raw land, or maybe an investment property, Nowakowski Legal PLLC is there to assist you with your real estate contract needs.  

Liens and Foreclosures

The primary method of foreclosure in Washington involves what is known as non-judicial foreclosure. What this means is that in Washington, banks may not have to go through a court action in order to foreclose on your property; instead, they will only be required to fulfill several procedural and notice requirements. Because this is a non-judicial remedy, there are very stringent notice requirements and the legal documents are required to contain the power of sale language in order to use this type of foreclosure method.  

If you feel that a bank or other entity has wrongfully or inappropriately notified you of their intent to foreclose and/or enforce a lien, contact Nowakowski Legal PLLC to discuss how we can assist you.  

Real Estate Construction Disputes

Real estate construction projects typically involve a number of areas that are ripe for dispute, and where problems arise, our office can give you solid advice on how to resolve them.  Homeowners making improvements to their property will often hire a contractor to perform the work.  However, ill defined contracts (and often the absence of a physical contract) will often lead to disputes.  You may find that the work performed was defective, the contractor has unreasonably delayed the project, or a myriad of other problems in the construction.  When this happens, you will want to hire an attorney to assist you with pursuing the wrongful contractor.

Nowakowski Legal PLLC is there to assist you in all of your real estate construction disputes.


Residential and Commercial Lease Agreements

A lease or rental agreement is a contract in which a property owner, the "landlord" or "lessor," agrees to let another person, the "tenant" or "lessee," use the owner's real property in exchange for something of value, which is usually money in the form of "rent." For a variety of reasons, millions of Americans rent the property they live in, work in, or otherwise utilize.  

During the last few years, many investors have purchased large amounts of commercial and residential property with the intent to lease them out and turn a profit.   If you are a intending to "rent" out your properties, you will want to have a lease prepared by a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that all of you and your property are protected.  In the event that you are planning to lease commercial property, the importance of having a well drafted lease prepared by an attorney is even more prominent.   In regards to lessors entering in to a lease, it is generally advisable that they seek the assistance of an attorney in order to fully understand, and potentially help negotiate, their lease; again, this is doubly true when entering in to a commercial lease.

Whether you are a lessor interested in having an attorney assist you with understanding your lease, or a landlord in need of a well drafted lease agreement, Nowakowski Legal PLLC is there to assist you.


Title and Easement Disputes

Very often, property owners are unaware of their true property boundaries, and visual boundaries may not conform to legal deed descriptions. This can lead to confusion based on unclear title. When disputes arise in situations like this, it is important to assert your rights and protect your property.  That can mean working with appraisers and property surveyors, negotiating with a neighboring property owner, or appearing before a zoning board or committee. In other cases, litigation may be required to resolve issues such as quiet title actions, encroachment, trespass, property line conflicts, and easement interference cases.

Nowakowski Legal PLLC has experience in negotiation and litigating all manner of issues that arise over boundaries and the maintenance of easement or common areas. Our office is capable of serving private owners as well as home owner associations (HOAs), working with residential and commercial property owners, investors and landlords.  Contact us today to see how we can assist you.


Did we not mention a real estate  law subject that you need help with? No problem! Chances are that we can still help. Just contact our office and set up a free consultation and we can fully review your issue and give you an idea as to how Nowakowski Legal PLLC can assist you.

One of the founding principles of Nowakowski Legal PLLC is that we want our relationship to grow alongside your legal needs increase. As your life reaches higher levels of success, and as your legal needs continue to increase, we hope to always be the law office you turn to when you are in need.