Orleans County, New York Real Estate Lawyers

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Orleans County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(716) 798-5555 539 Main St
Medina, NY 14103
Real Estate and Health Care
Orleans County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(585) 798-2250 343 N Main St
Medina, NY 14103
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Municipal
Orleans County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(716) 589-8033 27 N Platt St
Albion, NY 14411
Real Estate, Divorce and Family
Harry N Konst
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(716) 601-1000 5511 Broadway Street
Lancaster, NY 14086
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Konst Law provides real estate, divorce, personal injury, corporate and business legal services.
Mark Michael Campanella
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(585) 377-4004 6 North Main Street
Suite 250
Fairport, NY 14450
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
State University of New York - Buffalo
A native Rochesterian, Mark grew up in Penfield, New York. After attending Bishop Kearney High School, Mark pursued a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Rochester. While attending the U of R, Mark competed nationally within the University Athletic Association conference for the school's indoor and outdoor Track and Field teams, where he was named the team's field captain for his leadership. In his junior year, Mark was accepted into an accelerated 3-2 program for the school's top ranked Public Policy Analysis Program. Mark's master's thesis was a well-received study on the effects of political action committee...
Jeffrey J. Tyrpak
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Employment, Estate Planning and Health Care
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Jeffrey Tyrpak, an Amherst native, attended Fordham University and obtained his BA in International Political Economy in 2010. In 2013, he earned his JD at UB Law School with a concentration in Finance Transactions.

He started practicing law at a small firm in New York City before returning home and joining our team in December of 2016. While working in New York City, Mr. Tyrpak handled litigation in federal court regarding collective bargaining agreements and ERISA for employee benefit funds. He also worked on government compliance matters under the Affordable Care Act and ERISA.

Currently, Mr. Tyrpak resides in HoganWillig's Real Estate...
Alex M. Neurohr
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Business, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Alex M. Neurohr is an Associate Attorney currently focusing his practice in our Corporate and Business Department, handling contract formation and enforcement, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate matters regarding formation, restructuring, and dissolution.

Mr. Neurohr also assists our Real Estate Department with property-related matters, including partition actions and boundary disputes, post-closing issues, and mortgage foreclosures.

Mr. Neurohr received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University in 2011. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, cum laude, in 2014.

Prior to joining HoganWillig,...
Dennis Charles Gaughan
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(716) 648-8000 6161 South Park Ave
Hamburg, NY 14075
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Business
New York Law School
We chose to remain a small law office to provide personal, dedicated and aggressive service to our clients. My office costs a few dollars more but excellent service takes time and strategy. Offsetting our higher fees we have payment plans. We have seven lawyers working together to get the best solutions. As a small firm we call upon all areas of the law to form a comprehensive strategy and plan. As in a game making the right move determines the outcome of the case. A divorce case is often helped by a bankruptcy or our tax law knowledge. We create...
J. Michael Kelleher
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(716) 636-7600 43 Central Ave.
Lancaster, NY 14086
Real Estate, Elder and Estate Planning
University of Notre Dame
J. Michael Kelleher graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in 1967, and received his legal education at the University Of Notre Dame, graduating in 1970. Mr. Kelleher was Town Justice for the Town of Lancaster from 1975 to 2014 and is Senior Counsel at HoganWillig since joining the firm in 2011.

Mr. Kelleher has focused his practice in commercial and residential real estate as well probate, estate planning, and corporate law since 1970. He is a member of the Real Estate and Estate Practice and Procedure Committees of the Erie County Bar Association.

Mr. Kelleher has lectured extensively...
Alexander Korotkin
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(585) 419-5714 70 Linden Oaks, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14625
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Criminal
I have been practicing law in Rochester, New York, and nearby towns for the past 13 years. I concentrate my practice in matrimonial and family law. I counsel my clients on divorce, separation, custody, relocation, child support, adoption, premarital and postmarital agreements. More specifically, I assist my clients with such matters as: * Adoption * Alimony/Maintenance * Annulments * Child Abuse * Child Custody * Child Support * Child Support Enforcement * Dependency Proceedings * Divorce * Domestic Partnerships * Domestic Violence Orders * Family Court Proceedings * Family Law * Fertility and Surrogacy * Foreign Adoption * Foster Care * Grandparent Custody & Visitation Rights * Grandparent Rights * Guardianship * Name Change * Parental Rights * Paternity * Postnuptial Agreements *...
Bruce Ikefugi
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Business and Foreclosure Defense
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Chair of the largest residential real estate department in Western New York. Extensive third party relocation, REO, commercial and residential lending representation. Recently closed a $3 Million dollar refinance, and a $965,000 commercial purchase secured by properties in Western New York and Florida. Experienced in time share, zoning, land use, condominiums and cooperatives, real estate negotiations and litigation. Voted for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America" for the past four years.
Jeffrey Vincent Scherer
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Livingston County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 8 years experience
P.O. Box 251
Avon, NY 14414
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
State University of New York - Buffalo
Ask any of my former clients and they will tell you that I will fight for the best outcome in your case. If you need an attorney in Western New York, the Law Offices of Jeffrey V. Scherer will provide you with fair and skillful representation. As a former assistant district attorney in both Livingston and Chemung Counties, I personally handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony matters, I have the experience to handle Criminal, DWI and other legal matters with service tailored to meet your needs. The firm also provides representation in other areas of law including Real Estate, Family...
Michael Timothy Dwan
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(716) 870-4030 5136 Transit Road
Suite 100
Depew, NY 14043
Real Estate, Criminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
State University of New York - Buffalo
Michael T. Dwan is the senior partner at the Law Offices of Dwan & Counter. Mr. Dwan oversees Real Estate, Estate Planning and Criminal Defense departments at Dwan & Counter. Mr. Dwan is one of the top trial lawyers in Erie County.

Mr. Dwan is the son of longtime Judge and trial attorney Timothy J. Dwan.

Mr. Dwan received his undergraduate degree from Niagara University, and received his J.D. from the University of Buffalo Law School. He has also served as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Erie Community College and is frequently asked to be a guest lecturer at...
Robert Michalak
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Construction
University of Houston Law Center
Robert Michalak represents contractors, owners, and surety companies. His experience includes contract negotiations, bidding issues, project closeout consultation, mechanic's lien and trust fund filings and challenges, and claim prosecution and defense. Mr. Michalak also represents clients in structuring business and shareholder relationships, real estate development and commercial leases. He regularly represents clients in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

In addition to his Doctor of Jurisprudence, Mr. Michalak has degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering and has held engineering positions in county government and a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Michalak has been a business law lecturer at the University at Buffalo and a...
Frank Stephen Ieraci
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(716) 832-7777 2140 Eggert Rd
Buffalo, NY 14226
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Buffalo Law School, Mr. Ieraci has been a practicing attorney in the Buffalo/Niagara region since 1988. A lifelong resident of western New York, he has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals with common legal issues.
Ken Smith
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(585) 434-0799 300 State Street, Suite 502
Rochester, NY 14614
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Energy, Environmental and Municipal
Vermont Law School and Vermont Law School
Ken concentrates his practice in the area of environmental, land use, and energy law as a member of The Zoghlin Group, PLLC. He represents clients in litigation involving regulatory violations, property damage, toxic torts and contaminated property. He also assists clients in navigating a number of federal, state and local environmental and land use regulations, including the CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, NEPA, SEQR programs as well as brownfield redevelopment and local zoning. Ken also represents municipal, private and public interest group clients in the administrative process for siting large power plants under Article...
Doreen Elizabeth Letty
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate and Foreclosure Defense
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
As an attorney in the real estate department, Ms. Letty oversees the everyday operations of all aspects of the real estate practice including buy/sell, mortgage handling, as well as, all transactions that require litigation or attention beyond the normal closing procedure. She is also the principal title insurance attorney who examines titles, prepares preliminary title reports, resolves title problems, and issues final title insurance policies through various title insurance agencies, in an effort to ensure that our clients, whether they are purchasers or banks, are fully protected against adverse title claims that may arise as a consequence of their purchase...
Michael E. Reiser
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Business and Collections
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Michael Reiser is an Associate Attorney practicing in the firm’s Corporate and Business Department, and handles contract formation and enforcement, corporate matters, collections, and property matters.

Mr. Reiser obtained his B.A. in English, with a minor in Political Science, from John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Reiser received his Juris Doctor from SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2016, graduating cum laude.

Before joining HoganWillig, Mr. Reiser practiced in real estate, mortgage servicing, mortgage foreclosure litigation, and title resolution.
Leonard Gary London
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Vanderbilt University Law School
In law school, Mr. London specialized in taxation and after graduation joined a large firm in Buffalo where his practice emphasized tax planning for businesses, individuals and estates. Mr. London established his own practice which over the years grew through referrals from clients, accountants and lawyers. His business clients are both small and large U.S. and Canadian companies and credit unions. "When clients have had unusual challenges I have often been able to fashion unique solutions which enabled a transaction to occur. I believe it is not sufficient for a lawyer to tell a client why something can't be done...
Phillip G Borrelli
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney
1 Pleasant St, Suite 441
The Michaels-Stern Building
Rochester, NY 14604
Free ConsultationReal Estate
State University of New York - Buffalo
Phillip G. Borrelli is a Rochester, New York-based attorney who focuses in real estate, and historic preservation.
Corey John Hogan
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Criminal, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
I founded Corey J. Hogan and Associates in 1975 in Lockport, New York. In 1990, I moved the firm's headquarters to Amherst, New York while maintaining an office in Lockport. In 1998, HoganWillig was established through a merger of The Law Office of Ronald Willig, founded in 1966, and Corey J. Hogan and Associates. I have been in practice for over 35 years since admission to the New York State Bar in 1975. Every year since 2007, I was voted an Upstate New York "Super Lawyer", reflecting the esteem and confidence of the local legal community. As one of...
Jessica B. Smith
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Real Estate, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Jessica B. Smith is an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Real Estate Law Department; assisting buyers and sellers through the closing process. Ms. Smith also handles post-closing issues, property tax challenges and landlord-tenant issues.

Ms. Smith obtained her B.A. in Government from Saint Lawrence University, and received her Juris Doctor in 2013 from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, FL. Ms. Smith is admitted to practice law in both New York & Florida.

Before joining HoganWillig, Ms. Smith provided legal advocacy to clients facing eviction, assisted clients to obtain and retain housing subsidies and representing clients in public and subsidized...
John I LaMancuso
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(716) 708-4409 2065 River Rd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Free ConsultationReal Estate, DWI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Mr. LaMancuso was born and raised in Western New York and practices in Lewis & Lewis' Jamestown, Olean, and Buffalo offices. He is committed to living and working in Western New York, and his aim is to ensure that the people of our community have a tenacious and effective advocate they can turn to when faced with a difficult legal issue.

Mr. LaMancuso focuses his practice on personal injury litigation, Workers' Compensation, and criminal defense.

Practice Areas:

Personal Injury - Car Accidents, Slip and Fall Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries, Ladder Accidents, Scaffold Accidents, Construction Site Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Trucking Accidents, Boating Accidents, Defective Products,...
Michael A. Klima
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(716) 662-2664
Ext. 3
4063 North Buffalo Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Real Estate, DWI, Estate Planning and Probate
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Gregory Franklin
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(800) 442-0504 Rochester, NY 14618
Real Estate and Family
Fordham University School of Law
Ninety percent of my practice involves adoption and assisted fertility matters. I have represented adoptive parents or birth parents in more than 2,500 adoption and assisted fertility matters. I have successfully represented many LGBT clients in the creation of their families.
Darren M. Swetz
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(716) 210-6575 5488 Sheridan Drive
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14221
Real Estate, Elder and Estate Planning
University of Akron
For over 15 years Darren Swetz has been helping individuals and business navigate a range of legal issues to help them achieve financial success, economic stability or a fresh start. At Tully Rinckey PLLC he is a Partner who represents New Yorkers with the preparation of wills, trusts and advanced directives; Medicaid planning; and real estate transactions and leases. Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Mr. Swetz served as Managing Partner at Kelly & Swetz for more than a dozen years, where he focused his practice on wealth management and asset preservation. Before that...
William Preston Fletcher
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(585) 264-1350 90 Office Park Way
Pittsford, NY 14534
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Probate
Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington
Bill has been in private practice for more than 30 years during which he has mastered numerous areas of practice, from pure real property, title, title insurance, real estate finance, associations, corporate, banking, estate planning and administration, landlord tenant, and more. Bill has served as Town Attorney, and since 1998 as Town Justice of his town of residence. He is a long time Rotarian and twice president of his Club. He is the proud father of three children, now all grown and productive members of society. Bill and his wife and best friend Mary of 38 years are both working...
Michael James Ingham
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(716) 531-1639 150 Payne Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Criminal, DWI and Landlord Tenant
Michael J. Ingham is a seasoned courtroom attorney with over twenty years of trial experience. He has served as a trial attorney/prosecutor on both the county and state levels. His practice includes all federal, state and local courts. Areas of focus are criminal defense, personal injury, DWI defense, traffic offenses and all family court matters.
Christopher J. Tyrpak
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(716) 288-9175 2560 Walden Avenue, Suite 110
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Tax
State University of New York - Buffalo
We offer quality legal representation along with the personal attention your case deserves. Our firm focuses on areas of real estate, bankruptcy, estate planning & tax law. We understand that each client's case is unique and promise to devote our expertise and attention to getting you the results you deserve and expect.
Kirsten W. Lamb
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(585) 653-8710 171 Rutgers St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Real Estate and Estate Planning
State University of New York - Buffalo
Kolette Carol Kresses
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Niagara County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(716) 693-4792 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, Suite 252
The Wurlitzer Building
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Immigration and International
Thomas J. Cusker
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 54 years experience
(585) 338-3880 2121 North Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14617
Real Estate, Elder and Estate Planning
Albany Law School
My practice is concentrated in the areas of residential real estate, Medicaid planning, wills and trusts, estate planning, probate and estate administration. Whether you are thinking of buying a new home, selling your existing home, planning for your future or dealing with the passing of a loved one, my 43+ years of experience in those matters will help you accomplish your goals as effectively and stress-free as possible. I can guarantee that I will personally deal with your concerns and you won't be shuffled off to a paralegal or young associate. If it's important to you, it's important to me. EXPERIENCE COUNTS!
Peter McGrath
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(716) 262-9023 3110 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14216
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
State University of New York - Buffalo
I am the founder and principal attorney at the McGrath Law Firm located in Buffalo, New York. Prior to entering law school, I earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology from Kean University. I attended law school at SUNY Buffalo School of Law. My firm is a full-service general practice firm that is equipped to handle all legal needs.
Roberta K Feldman
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(585) 218-8620 625 Panorama Trail
Building One, Suite 240
Rochester, NY 14625
Real Estate, Divorce and Family
Albany Law School
ROBERTA K. FELDMAN is a partner in the firm of Gray & Feldman with offices in Penfield, New York. Her practice includes divorce, family law and real estate. Ms. Feldman is a member of the New York State Bar and Monroe County Bar Associations including their respective Family Law Committees as well as the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys where she served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee. DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW Ms. Feldman applies her extensive knowledge and experience to assist clients during the difficult period of marriage dissolutions, including divorce and legal separation. Her...
Jennifer P Stergion Esq.
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Erie County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(716) 536-5971 500 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
Real Estate, Business, Criminal and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
Jennifer P Stergion, Esq. was the founding Chair of the Erie County Bar Association's Committee on Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Issues. She is the current Secretary of that Bar Association Committee and a member of the Bar's Family Law Practice and Procedure Committee. Jennifer has a Bacheolor's degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Criminal Justice, and a J.D. with dual concentrations in International Law and Civil Litigation. She is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, is a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney, and admitted to the Appellate Division, 4th Department of...
Paul Vincent Ciminelli
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(585) 235-0980 421 Penbrooke Drive
Suite 2
Penfield, NY 14526-2045
Real Estate, Civil Rights, Criminal and DWI
Rutgers University - Camden
James Edward Maslyn
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(585) 739-2273 P.O. BOX 14928
Rochester, NY 14614
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Personal Injury and Probate
Over 36 years of litigation experience in personal injury and contract areas of law. Solid background in residential real estate, wills and arbitration/mediation areas. Long time arbitrator with American Arbitration Association. Client contact and personal attention is my forte
Richard Harris Cole
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Genesee County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(585) 479-3838 16 Main St.
Batavia, NY 14020
Real Estate and Personal Injury
Cleveland State University
Keith Edward O'toole
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Monroe County, NY Real Estate Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(585) 352-7300 116 Bronze Leaf Trail
Rochester, NY 14612
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Probate
Albany Law School
Established in 1992. My name is Keith O'Toole. I have 20 years of experience as an attorney with an emphasis on real estate and estate planning in the Rochester area. My real estate practice is the gateway to other areas of law in which I practice, including: Evictions, Wills, Probate, LLCs & Corporations, Criminal, Traffic and Small Business. I represent home buyers, home builders, landlords, investors, small business, developers and local governments. My business is successful because I make it less about me, and more about my clients. It's your life, your goals and your success...
Stephen Michael Kelley
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Livingston County, NY Real Estate Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(585) 519-4387 131 Main Street
Suite 7
Geneseo, NY 14454
Real Estate, Divorce, Elder and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
Practice areas - Family Law and Divorce, Elderlaw (asset preservation) and a general civil practice.
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

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Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

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