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Real Estate

Our attorneys know Delaware real estate. We work with you to achieve your specific goals. Client focused. Result oriented. Let us partner with you to make your real estate project a success. 

A Recognized Leader in Delaware Real Estate Law

Morris James’ Real Estate Group ranks among the leaders in the industry in Delaware, and actively participates in multi-state transactions.

As recognized in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers®, Delaware Today, and others, we provide comprehensive services on issues that arise in connection with real estate acquisition and disposition, land use and zoning matters, new project creation and development, financing, and real estate disputes.

Who We Serve

We serve the needs of a wide range of clients, including individual investors, real estate developers and builders, publicly traded corporations, banks and lending institutions, and owner-operators of commercial, office, and industrial real estate, among others.

Our attorneys apply a business mindset and the benefit of litigation experience to real estate legal issues. We remain mindful of the client’s overall objectives, anticipate risk, and help ensure full realization of investment value.

In addition to real estate transactional and litigation matters, Morris James provides legal counsel and representation on related issues, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, taxation, and estate planning.

Practice Areas

Real estate law is a broad area of practice. With a team of 14 real estate attorneys working across six offices in Delaware, we can match clients with a real estate lawyer who is experienced with their specific needs. Having the resources of a large team allows us to collaborate more effectively, finding solutions to complex legal challenges. This broad depth of experience — as well as a proven track record of success in court — makes Morris James one of the premier firms for Delaware's most prominent property developers.

Our team includes skilled lawyers for all types of commercial properties, including industrial properties, offices, retail space, medical complexes and more. We can provide lender counsel and legal representation for mergers and acquisitions, title insurance issues and other matters.

Transactional

Our attorneys provide assistance in a variety of real estate transactions, from the sale or purchase of a single property to matters involving multi-state transfers and complex financing transactions.

We draft, analyze and review contracts of sale, letters of intent, leases, restrictive covenants, deeds, easements, construction contracts, asset purchase/stock and purchase/merger documents, neighborhood and condominium association agreements, and all types of real estate related documents.  We also provide state law and bankruptcy opinions routinely required for large, complex transactions. We are also licensed agents for the top national title companies.  Importantly, Delaware law requires that attorneys conduct all real estate closings, and all state licensed title agents are members of the Delaware Bar.

Real Estate Disputes

When disputes arise, our attorneys attempt to achieve a constructive result without resorting to litigation.  We manage all aspects of the resolution process, including mediation, early dismissal, and workable settlements.

However, should the need arise, we are prepared to represent our clients’ interests before federal, state and local agencies, all Delaware courts, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Complete Project Management Solutions

Morris James is equipped to provide all legal assistance needed throughout the lifecycle of a project. We emphasize the value of the long-term relationships we form with our clients. At different stages of development, a project’s legal needs will change. By getting to know our clients’ priorities, requirements and other specifics, we can provide more proactive service and more focused advice. Our attitude is client-centric, and our approach is top-down — we always begin by establishing key goals and dedicating resources to working towards them.

Our Wilmington office is largely focused on commercial real estate, serving individual investors and organizations interested in managing or expanding their holdings. For commercial real estate anywhere in Delaware, contact the Wilmington office of Morris James for a consultation.  

Residential Real Estate

For most homeowners, a home represents a significant investment. In fact, for most individuals, it is the single largest investment they will make. At Morris James, we understand that purchasing a residential property – whether it is a condo, townhouse, single-family residence or vacation home – is a significant financial decision and can be a deeply emotional choice.

Residential real estate is where many Delaware residents raise their families, build memories and live their lives. Our offices in Georgetown and Rehoboth Beach can support our clients in residential real estate transactions.

For assistance closing on a house, resolving land disputes, estate planning, bankruptcy or any other real estate issue, the attorneys at Morris James are dedicated to client support and service. 

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