We provide client service in the following areas: Litigation - Real Estate - Environmental & Toxic Torts - Land Use & Zoning - Local Government & Municipal Law. We're here to help you.
Commercial and Residential Real Estate
We handle both complex and routine real estate transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers. We will work with you from beginning to end, from your agreement of sale to settlement and closing. We perform due diligence searches as appropriate. We determine whether the real estate title is good and marketable, and free of state and federal liens. We examine and analyze easements and restrictions. We verify the status of municipal approvals. We ensure that corporate buyers and sellers are authorized to do business in Pennsylvania and in good standing.
We address environmental considerations, whether they be stormwater concerns, wetland delineations, contaminated sites, lead paint, or other issues. If these issues arise, we are prepared to counsel you carefully and, when necessary, address them through the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well as other governmental agencies having jurisdiction. Our experience in environmental law provides a seamless interface with real estate law.
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania Land Use Planning and Zoning
We have 40 years (with little or no parallel in the Lehigh Valley) of collective legal experience with local governing bodies and planning commissions, real estate developers, and citizen objectors, in connection with land development plans and zoning applications, including zoning permits, special exceptions, variances and conditional uses.
Our Pennsylvania law firm can assist you with all your zoning, subdivision and land use issues in all municipalities within Lehigh County, Bucks County, Monroe County and Northampton County. We have successfully represented clients before zoning hearing boards, planning commissions, boards of supervisors, city councils and borough councils in municipalities in Lehigh County, Northampton County, Monroe County, and Bucks County. Municipalities in which we have appeared include Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, Bethlehem Township, Wilson Borough, Lower Nazareth Township, Stroud Township, Smithfield Township, Tinicum Township, and others.
We provide real estate and land use services in matters involving:
Zoning permits, zoning ordinance amendments, and rezoning
Land use planning
Planned unit development (PUD)
Subdivision and site plan applications
Appeals of adverse land use decisions
If you are buying real estate, you must know how zoning and planning laws will affect the property prior to purchase. We can evaluate property before you sign an agreement for sale.
Our significant experience with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and local municipal law enables us to provide precise guidance in these matters. We have acted as legal counsel or decisionmakers in virtually hundreds of these matters.