A New York real estate lawyer practices in accordance with New York law. A New York real estate lawyer handles purchases and sales of condominium apartments, co-operative apartments and homes, commercial and residential real estate transactions, assignments of sub-leases and leases, and more. A New York real estate lawyer also handles litigation involving real estate with banks, architects, building contractors, insurance companies and landlord-tenant litigation. A real estate lawyer handles building and remodeling agreements, and works to settle disputes regarding budget, materials, craftsmanship and other issues.
There are two categories of real estate lawyers in New York: litigation lawyers, who mainly work on lawsuits involving real estate, and transactional lawyers, who mainly deal with agreements and contracts involving real estate. Before hiring a real estate lawyer, clients should decide on which of the two types of lawyers they need. A New York real estate lawyer helps clients drawing up a lease agreement based on New York real estate law when leasing a real estate property, and represents the client if any landlord-tenant disputes arise. When purchasing real estate, one has to sign up a Promissory Note, so it is always advisable to keep a real estate lawyer present.
It is essential for all New York real estate lawyers to pass the bar exam, which includes multiple-choice questions and essay questions. On passing the bar exam, one must apply to the Appellate Court to seek entry to the bar and, after passing the interview with the Character and Fitness Committee, one can practice law in New York. Some of the most prominent real estate law firms are the Law Office of Kevork Adanas; Silverberg, Stonehill, Goldsmith and Haber; the Harry Herbertz Law Offices, and many more.