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Easing the complexity of commercial real estate transactions

HKQ Commercial Real Estate Lawyer, Rich WilliamsWhile buying or selling a home can sometimes be a challenge, commercial real estate transactions can be extremely complicated. The risk and potential liability involved in commercial real estate transactions generally are much greater, and, in order to mitigate liability issues, commercial sales, purchases and leases are usually made by an entity such as a corporation or limited liability company.

Commercial transactions may also present zoning and land use issues that are not normally associated with residential transactions. For instance, municipal ordinances generally regulate dimensional issues applicable to the property such as street frontage, lot size and width, building height, surface coverage and required parking spaces. Zoning laws can also regulate business signage including number, size and types of signs permitted. In addition, previous non-conforming uses of a commercial property can create unanticipated zoning issues. In addition to zoning and land use regulations, commercial properties may be subject to other laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

There are different methods to structure commercial real estate purchases and sales. There are also a variety of commercial lease options.

Commercial real estate transactions may also involve unique title issues that require attention and legal assistance for resolution.

Despite these complexities, commercial buyers and lessees generally are not afforded the same legal protections that apply to residential transactions. Disclosures required for residential real estate transactions may not be required for commercial real estate transactions.

HKQ attorney Richard M. Williams notes that “An experienced real estate attorney can help clients navigate the maze of commercial real estate regulations, and help them stay in compliance.” Keep in mind that brokers/realtors cannot provide legal advice.

HKQ Law has, and continues to help businesses, developers, telecommunications companies, financial institutions, corporations, partnerships and other business entities, landlords and tenants, individuals and families, contractors, and industrial development authorities with a full range of real estate, zoning and land use services and counsel.

 These matters include:

• financing

• leasing

• purchases and sales

• real estate development

• real estate tax assessment litigation

• structuring and forming real estate entities

• zoning and land use planning

HKQ Law can:

• negotiate, draft, or review leases

• negotiate, draft, or review sales agreements

• provide advice on purchasing versus leasing

• review zoning, local ordinances, and land use issues

• handle property tax assessments appeals and litigation

• handle real estate litigation

• advise on types of deeds and lease options

Need help with a commercial real estate issue? Call the Business Attorneys at HKQ Law at (800) 760-1529. No one will work harder for your business.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.

These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.


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