Construction Law

Our Attorneys Know Real Estate and Construction Law

At Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC, we have represented all members of the construction industry, including property owners, developers, builders and contractors on public and private projects for over 30 years. We are intimately familiar with the issues facing the modern construction professional and frequently service the industry by drafting and negotiating contracts, preparing and enforcing mechanic’s liens, preparing and enforcing bond claims, and litigating contract disputes.

Buying or selling real estate doesn’t have to be complex

Because so much is at stake in a real estate transaction, you need an attorney who has the experience and attention to detail to complete the deal without hitches and delays. The real estate law team at Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC clears up potential complications long before you sit down at the closing.

Common obstacles we look out for include:

Outstanding tax liens — All tax liens should be satisfied before the closing, regardless of whether it’s a cash or mortgage transaction.

Other encumbrances — Contractors, roofers and other businesses often file mechanic’s liens against a property to ensure payment for their services. The parties sometimes forget to remove the lien when the job is finished and paid for.

Survey discrepancies — The exact boundaries of the property must be firmly established before the deal is closed. We resolve any discrepancies in the survey documents.

Unknown heirs — When you are buying a property after the death of the owner, it is crucial to make sure that the seller has a 100 percent ownership interest in the property. The sudden appearance of an unknown heir who claims an ownership interest can cost you time and money.

What we do for you

A construction project is in many ways a big bundle of legal decisions. From the bid process, through the financing arrangements and contractor agreements, all the way to the change orders, you are faced with a seemingly endless series of legal requirements, procedures, documents and disputes. The construction law attorneys at Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC are with you every step of the way. We work hard to minimize expenses, conflicts and delays. The functions our construction lawyers perform for you include:

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Reviewing and revising contract forms
  • Litigation avoidance strategies
  • Surety claims
  • Mechanic’s lien actions
  • Construction defect claims
  • Construction delay claims
  • Concealed site condition claims
  • Construction cost disputes
  • Real estate acquisition and financing
  • Negotiation and documentation of construction and permanent financing
  • Contract negotiations
  • Establishing condo and homeowner associations
  • Drafting and enforcing easements
  • Municipal redevelopment agreements
  • Construction and architectural contracts
  • Title insurance
  • Title examinations
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial leases
  • Property management and brokerage agreements
  • Suits to quiet title
  • Fraudulent transaction claims
  • Mortgage foreclosure actions
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Construction insurance coverage disputes

Contact one of our Construction Law attorneys

  • Donald M. Hemmer
  • Todd V. McMurtry
  • Carlo R. Wessels
  • Timothy A. Lynch
  • Kyle M. Winslow
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    Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC
    250 Grandview Drive, Suite 500
    Ft. Mitchell, KY, 41017 USA
    859.344.1188