Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP | Real Estate Law Services
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Real Estate Law Services

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP offers a full suite of legal services in the area of real estate, including:

Cooperative and Condominium Law

We offer a full array of legal services relating to development, conversion, sale and purchase of both coops and condos. Additionally, we represent over 300 cooperative corporation boards of directors and condominium boards of managers. 

Purchase and Sale

We assist in the purchase and sale of office buildings, apartment buildings, shopping centers, commercial and industrial use properties and other developed and undeveloped real property.

Tax Deferred Exchanges

We can help you structure a tax deferred exchange that will help avoid or defer capital gains taxes.

Mortgages and Other Financing

We represent owners and lenders in the financing and refinancing of real property. Through economic use of attorney and paralegal staff, we close substantial institutional, government-subsidized and private mortgage loans on industrial, commercial and single and multi-family residential properties in a cost effective manner for borrowers and lenders.

Leases and Contracts

Our attorneys prepare commercial, office and residential leases, license agreements, management contracts and contracts for the construction, restoration and repair of buildings.

Formation and Organization of Real Estate Entities

Our attorneys create the appropriate entity and operative agreements for real estate ownership, investment, management and development to suit our client’s needs, including preparation of operating, partnership, shareholder, joint venture and site development agreements.

Environmental Issues

We evaluate potential environmental law problems of real property and assist our clients with environmental law compliance.

Real Estate Disputes

Our litigation department zealously represents our clients’ interests in all types of real estate matters, including brokerage and commission claims, construction contract disputes, construction defect disputes, easement disputes, commercial and residential landlord-tenant litigation, disputes between cooperative corporations and tenant-shareholders and between unit owners and condominium associations, mortgage foreclosures, nuisance abatement actions, real estate ownership and partnership disputes, sales contract disputes, and toxic mold and other environmental related cases.

Premises Liability

Our clients include owners, lessees and operators of commercial and residential property, and we have represented them in a broad spectrum of cases involving claims for personal injuries and property damage arising from incidents on their premises. Although these cases generally are predicated upon allegations of a dangerous or defective condition on the premises, the facts and circumstances giving rise to such claims are infinitely variable. They include claims which range from negligent maintenance (malfunctioning elevators, inadequate lighting, broken steps, falling ceilings, improperly constructed roofs, windows, plumbing, and heating systems, etc.) to inadequate security.

Real Property Tax

Our attorneys assist the firm’s clients to obtain tax abatements pursuant to local laws, obtain tax reductions in real estate tax certiorari proceedings and minimize transfer and other real property taxes.

Zoning and Building Code Compliance

We are familiar with local zoning law and building code requirements and represent clients before the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Building Department and other public agencies.

Regulatory Compliance and Government Agency Representation

We assist our clients with regulatory compliance and to obtain the benefit of programs supervised by government agencies such as the New York City Housing Preservation and Development Department, the New York State Empire Development Corporation, the New York State Dormitory Authority and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Debt Relief

Our attorneys are expert in real estate workouts, debt restructuring, and sponsor default issues and in minimizing the adverse tax consequences from such transactions.