Green Mountain Lawyers

Buying or selling a home is a significant undertaking. It often begins as an exciting process, with prospective homebuyers and sellers dreaming of new beginnings and a better quality of life. But given the complexity of residential real estate transactions, headaches are likely to arise, and without the proper guidance, that excitement can quickly turn to stress and frustration. This is where we come in – to provide professional and experienced legal counsel so that our clients can rest easy knowing their rights are protected and that a qualified team is in place to ensure everything moves as smoothly as possible.

We are unmatched in professionalism, experience and customer satisfaction. Here are some highlights of what we offer:

  • Highly reasonable flat fees for buyers and sellers in basic transactions.
  • Discounts for first time homebuyers, veterans, and first responders.
  • In-house title provided by our attorneys.
  • Lawyer-on-Call every weekend.

What We Do for Buyers

In most cases, purchasing a home is the biggest financial transaction of one’s life. We will help you with:

  • Purchase and Sale Contracts
    We analyze the fine print of your P&S to ensure it includes the proper protection for your rights and interests and avoids potential issues.
  • Title Issues
    We check the chain of title for the property over the past 50 years and confirm there are no outstanding liens or encumbrances.
  • Walkthrough Issues
    We contact the seller’s attorney and negotiate a remedy to any issues uncovered during your final walk-thru and help ensure you close as scheduled.
  • Closings
    We assist with cash and mortgage closings. Our highly experienced attorneys and paralegals will go over all financial figures with you prior to closing so that we have ample time to answer any questions.

What We Do for Sellers

Many believe that while buyers may need representation, sellers can easily navigate the process by themselves. This is simply not true. Experienced representation is crucial to ensure that your rights as a seller are protected. DaMore Law helps sellers with:

  • Purchase and Sale Contract
    We word your P&S properly to provide maximum protections for a seller.
  • Power of Attorney for Closings
    For no additional cost, we sign closing documents for you, saving you precious time.
  • Title Issues
    Our office obtains necessary paperwork and arrange payoffs so that your title is clear. We also help resolve issues that may prevent you from closing.
  • Walkthrough Issues at Closing
    For last minute issues at the final walk-thru, our attorneys will validate buyer complaints and negotiate a favorable arrange with the buyer’s attorney so the sale can continue as scheduled.
  • Mortgage Payoffs and Disbursement of Funds
    We will pay off outstanding mortgages/liens and send you remaining proceeds via wire or check. If you have a back-to-back closing for a purchase, we can represent you in both transactions to ensure a smooth transfer of funds from one property to the other.

Other Practice Areas

Title Claim & Dispute Resolution

Title refers to legal ownership of a property. A “cloud” on title occurs whenever there is an unreleased lien or encumbrance on the property. The issue must be resolved, or the title cannot be transferred to the new buyer. An example would be if the mortgage of a prior owner was never properly discharged. Sometimes clearing a title issue is as easy as obtaining an unrecorded discharge, and other times the matter must be litigated. Whether the defect is in the title of the property you are purchasing or selling, our office will help make sure it is resolved prior to closing.

Commercial Real Estate

Generally, real estate is considered commercial when it is used for business purposes. The purchase and sale of commercial real estate is more complex than that of residential transactions, especially given the lengthy contracts that tend to be involved. Our office has many years of experience handling commercial real estate transactions and can assist you from the offer through the closing.

Condominium Conversion

A popular trend today is for property owners to convert their property into multiple units and sell them to others as condominium units. Depending on the real estate market, this might make a lot of financial sense, especially if the property is already set up as a multi-family. Our office can work with you to create a master deed and the other governing documents necessary for your new condominium, and can connect you with the various other vendors you will need for this project.

Condominium Document Review

Anyone who has ever purchased a condominium unit knows that there are often hundreds of pages of documents that need to be reviewed prior to purchase. These documents contain crucial information, such as the by-laws of the condo association. Sometimes even after a purchase, conflicts arise and you need a skilled attorney to comb through the fine print for documentation supporting your case.  Our attorneys know what to look for and how to interpret the legal language in these types of documents.

Condominium Association Representation

Sometimes a condominium association will need representation in legal actions brought by or against a tenant, unit owner, contractor or other vendor. Our office can handle a wide range of issues and can offer services from simple contract review and advice to complex litigation.

Probate & Estate Administration

When a person dies, a personal representative must present the will (if any) to court for validation; become appointed; file an inventory of assets; notify all heirs, beneficiaries and creditors; pay funeral expenses, debts and taxes from the estate; possibly sell the decedent’s real estate; and then distribute the assets according to the will. This process can be very confusing and burdensome, especially for someone suffering from the recent loss of a loved one. Our office will help ease that burden by filing the necessary documents for you in court, sending out notifications, and guiding and assisting you throughout the process to ensure everything is done correctly and smoothly.

Probate Dispute Resolutions & Litigation

An unfortunate fact of life is that when a family member dies, relatives often feel shortchanged when they see what they are, or are not, inheriting. Siblings who previously got along could enter into a heated battle over their parents’ personal, real or tangible property. Or, creditors could stake a claim on the assets, leaving family members wondering if the claims are legitimate or can be avoided. If you find yourself in some sort of dispute after the death of a family member or other loved one, our attorneys can help. We have trained mediators who may be able to resolve issues without getting the court involved, as well as fierce litigators who will fight for your rights in court.

Business Law

Given the complex nature of modern-day businesses, organizations must have expert legal counsel to successfully guide their leaders from start to finish. We represent companies from their beginning stages, including formation, corporate governance, and agreements among owners, through their evolution and development, including commercial contracts and agreements, stock agreements and asset purchase agreements, and financing agreements.

Our team  consists of skilled lawyers who have plenty of experience in protecting the rights and interests of businesses. Our attorneys have played a crucial role in the formation of numerous successful businesses. We will ensure that your entity formation is a smooth process, giving you expert advice on structuring your business optimally. We will also be there to help if, for any reason, you need to amend or terminate an existing business agreement.

One thing we have learned from our experience is that the best time to resolve disputes in a multi-membered business is before they have the opportunity to develop. The same rings true for a partnership. By formulating an operating agreement that enables the fair distribution of rights and responsibilities for each of the partners, our attorneys can enable your business to succeed and grow in the right direction.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of a contract in business. Every relation a business forms, either with its customers, vendors, or other businesses, is regulated or measured in the light of the initial agreement. A document of such importance must be constructed with care and should not be made using boiler-plate templates. These potential blunders cause problems down the line, such as missing clauses, or terms not adhering to current and updated laws. We know what specific language to add or remove that will help protect your rights should a conflict arise.

  • Corporate Formation, Amendment, and Dissolution
  • Bylaws, Operating Agreements, and Corporate Governance Documents
  • Shareholder & Partnership Agreements
  • Stock Purchase Agreements
  • Asset Purchase Agreements
  • Business Financing & Loan Documents
  • Commercial Buyer & Seller Representation
  • Commercial Leases & Associated Documents
  • Confidentiality, Non-disclosure, and Non-solicitation Agreements

Green Mountain Lawyers

1995 US Route 4
P.O. Box 282
Killington, VT 05751
(802) 422-4590 x20
pdamore@damorelaw.com
www.greenmountainlawyers.com