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Real Estate

Legal Counsel to the Real Estate Industry

Trends in the real estate industry are constantly changing and evolving. Cities are no longer a simple combination of buildings constructed upward and outward. Real estate is being planned and developed in innovative and progressive ways. Developers are embracing advancements in construction technology and building materials, and site planning and acquisition now includes location strategy centered on cutting-edge geographic information systems.

These innovations, combined with transformations in workflow models and labor shifts, result in both opportunities and challenges for our real estate clients. At Carter Conboy, we are here to help you maximize your real estate opportunities, whether it is a single traditional property transaction or a large state-of-the-art development.

Nearly a Century of Trusted Counsel

Carter Conboy has represented the real estate industry for nearly a century. Clients trust Carter Conboy with real estate matters, whether we are on the worksite, before a planning board, at the closing table, or in the courtroom. We earn your confidence by delivering one of the most seasoned and comprehensive groups of attorneys in the Capital Region and a track record of success. We have decades of experience in developing, financing, closing, and litigating some of the largest and most successful commercial and industrial real estate projects in our region.

Public and Private Sector Clients

Carter Conboy represents a wide range of private and public sector real estate clients, including:

  • Banks and Asset-Based Lenders
  • Brokers
  • Condominium and Homeowners Associations
  • Construction Companies
  • Credit Unions
  • Developers
  • Financial Institutions
  • Holding Companies
  • Individuals and Businesses
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investors and Investment Companies
  • Mortgage Lenders and Servicers
  • Property Owners
  • Private Banks and Finance Companies
  • Purchasers and Sellers
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Savings Banks and Loan Associations
  • Start-Ups
  • Title Insurance Companies
  • Trust Companies
  • Unsecured Creditors

Comprehensive Real Estate Services

Carter Conboy’s real estate clients rely on our comprehensive array of legal services, which include:

  • Alternate and renewable energy issues and projects
  • Commercial, residential, and industrial property sales and purchases
  • Conservation easement matters
  • Contract review
  • Curative title services
  • Development, planning and zoning of real property
  • Distressed property and workouts
  • Economic development programs
  • Educational programming, including legal updates affecting planning and zoning
  • Environmental review, including SEQRA and NEPA
  • Environmental cleanup and remediation
  • Financing
  • Joint venture relationships
  • Land acquisition, use, zoning and real property development
  • Leasing transactions
  • Legislative easements
  • Lien perfection matters
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
    • Adverse possession claims
    • Article 15 proceedings
    • Article 78 proceedings
    • Boundary disputes
    • Breach of contract claims
    • Construction liability claims
    • Easement and encroachment disputes
    • Eminent domain and reverse taking proceedings
    • Environmental contamination disputes
    • Eviction proceedings
    • Land use approval appeals and disputes
    • Mechanic’s lien foreclosures
    • Mortgage lien foreclosures
    • Reformation actions
    • Tax lien foreclosures
    • Trespass suits
    • Quiet title actions
    • Yellowstone injunction matters
  • Municipal taxation, including Payment-in-Lieu of Taxes agreements
  • New construction
  • Permitting
  • Planning and Acquisitions
  • Real estate closings
  • Regulatory investigations and compliance
  • Representation before municipal boards and agencies
  • Residential and commercial mortgage lending
  • Quiet Title and other curative title actions and proceedings
  • Structural reports and inspections
  • Succession planning and business management
  • Title review and Examining Counsel services
  • Title insurance claims

Real Estate Services to Municipalities

Our attorneys are often sought out by municipalities to provide counsel in matters of municipal zoning and planning, including comprehensive plan processes, SEQRA counsel on large-scale development, and Article 78 defense of land use decisions. Some of our additional services include:

  • Land use counsel for use and area variances, special use permits, site plan approval, planned development districts, and rezoning
  • Environmental counsel for SEQRA and NEPA review of all projects under either a Negative Declaration or Positive Declaration
  • Site acquisition counsel for purchase, financing and development of land
  • Economic development counsel for local, regional and New York State programs
  • Commercial development counsel for joint ventures, complex tenancy relationships, and multiple-entity contracting.

Real Estate Transactions and Closings

Our attorneys counsel private and corporate clients in small to multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions from start to finish. Some of our services include the preparation of real estate purchase and sales agreements, review of contracts, options to purchase, letters of intent, space leases, ground leases, title work, restrictive covenants, easements, finance agreements, and closings.

Collaborative Real Estate, Banking and Finance Services

At Carter Conboy, we offer a comprehensive team of attorneys who are skilled in transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters. For finance issues, we team with the attorneys in our Banking & Financial Services department concerning your real estate financing needs, from traditional mortgage and construction loans, to bonds and IDA financing, to restructuring and workouts, to eviction, foreclosure and other loan default related litigation.