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How do you remove a lien on a property?

Liens, when contractors use them legitimately, are supposed to provide a way for workers to ensure payment for goods or services they provided you. Flood repair, home improvement and renovations could all generate valid liens on your property. However, you may have a lien for other reasons, such as unscrupulous contracting that leads to subcontractors left unpaid. Even if you pay your contractor in full, a lien could still be valid.

Being strategic to optimize on the best real estate markets

Real estate investing in Louisiana can be a tricky business and for many investors, the challenge of finding ideal properties and turning them into lucrative investments is the excitement of their job. However, equally, as challenging is their quest to locate markets that will provide optimal opportunities for growth, continued success and never-ending profit. 

Suggestions for when a contractor is in breach of contract

When people hire a general contractor to work on their home in Louisiana, they typically sign a contract that clearly highlights both parties' responsibilities. Such an agreement is critical to verify that there is no misunderstanding in terms of what is expected of each other and that all payments and obligations are met in a timely and effective manner. 

How to prevent contractor disputes

When you need work performed on your Louisiana home, you must spend extreme care selecting a contractor. After interviewing several potential candidates, you then select the one whose past work and financial bid appeal most to you. However, you may wonder how you can prevent any disputes from arising. At Dale M Mass, Attorney at Law, we understand the issues that can arise which unfortunately sometimes turn into contractor fraud lawsuits. 

How do I ensure I hire good real estate contractors?

Hiring reputable contractors in Louisiana is no guarantee that you will never become involved in real estate litigation. Even so, it is one way to prevent the likelihood of finding yourself in this position. But, how do you know if a contractor will provide high quality work and operate ethically?

What do I need to know before purchasing commercial real estate?

The Louisiana commercial real estate market has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina and the floods of 2016. Even so, both new and seasoned real estate investors should take special care when purchasing commercial property. Here are some basic pointers to help get you started.

Reducing stress over real estate litigation

We have written about many of the challenges that people face with regard to real estate litigation, and negative emotions such as stress can certainly make life challenging for people who find themselves in the middle of these disputes. Whether you are facing litigation over commercial real estate or residential property, it is pivotal to have a solid grasp of your rights and the different legal options that may be available. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that may be helpful when it comes to the reduction of stress levels in the midst of these disputes.

Family members and real estate litigation

When it comes to real estate litigation, many different factors may need to be examined and every single case is different. Sometimes, these cases can be especially difficult because of the ways in which they affect family members, while other cases may even involve family members. For example, someone may find themselves in a real estate dispute with a sibling, a cousin or some other relative. Unfortunately, handling these cases can be especially difficult and the emotional toll can be overwhelming, but you should not allow your rights to be trampled on, regardless of who is involved.

Clearing a title through a quiet title action

Before the legal rights to a property can be passed on to a purchaser in Louisiana, the title must be clear of any encumbrances, liens or other claims to ownership. If a title search reveals a title defect, or cloud, Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute explains that a person who has an ownership claim on the property has the right to file a quiet title action.

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