When selling and buying property, people turn to real estate lawyers. When commercial property is bought and sold, it is wise to retain the services of commercial real estate lawyers. These professionals will provide legal advice and services for property and building purchases and sales because they have the skills at hand to properly advise on zoning, disposal of property, foreclosures and land-use as well as leasing issues, etc.
Commercial transactions might include empty land which might be purchased for an industrial site. They also include the purchase and sale of currently standing buildings, for instance, factories, office-buildings, hotels, shopping malls, independently owned stores and so on. Documentation regarding this type of property transaction is created and supervised by attorneys who specialize in this field.
A commercial property attorney prepares documentation specifically applicable to any given financial or legal transaction. They will negotiate the best terms for their client's success. Not every deal involves purchases and sales. Some involve leases and negotiations for landlord/tenant based arrangements.
Legal advice will be given for various aspects of negotiation, a few issues commonly being intent, location, non-disturbance issues, distributions, etc. Temporary or long-term deals will almost always require some sort of negotiation. Experienced, well-qualified attorneys will keep current and can advise on local, national and global law.
Some firms, which work exclusively with real estate transactions, will be well-informed regarding legal tax deferral systems for property owners, tenants and landlords. For example, general practice lawyers might not be aware of, or may overlook some of the more highly technical rules in existence. Alternatively, one well-educated and well-practiced in the field is able to guide a client through the mazes of technical legal terminology with a view toward negotiating and preparing documentation to serve the client.
Occasions may arise where a ground lease, for instance is required such as when a piece of land is sold or bought in order to erect a new building or to improve, renovate or reconstruct one which already exists. Webster's dictionary defines a ground lease as "lease of land usually for a long term with the payment of rent and the agreement that the lessee build, or improve a structure on the land; also called building lease". Attorneys specializing in this area of the law can ensure the best outcome for their client when preparing ground lease negotiations.
Obviously, real estate laws are complicated and negotiations are often complex. Success in this field requires the attention of an attorney who specializes and practices solely with this type of law. Upon achieving the status of specialist, the lawyer can build and negotiate contracts for the long and short terms.
Requirements to practice in this field of law are an undergraduate degree, a law degree earned at an accredited law school, successfully passing the bar exam and admission into a Law Society. Also, specific ethics exams might be required to practice in this field.
Continuing education courses are mandatory if these attorneys wish to stay abreast of advances in the field. So, if a person or a company wishes to buy, sell, or lease commercial properties, acting under the advice of specialized commercial real estate lawyers or law firm would be advantageous before signing a contract.