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A Current Worldwide View of Commercial Real Estate

7/20/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Real Estate Transactional, Zoning & Development

A few weeks ago, as a part of an international meeting of lawyers and accountants, I participated on an international panel discussing the future of commercial real estate law. The worldwide perspective was interesting and highly varied. Overwhelmingly, attorneys, accountants, and their clients continued to work from home. In parts of Europe, those trickling back to the office were informed that a new wave of shutdowns was likely and that they should return home. Aside from the obvious stresses of […]

HOW TO LOSE A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT CASE

7/20/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Land Use, Zoning & Development

I have represented hundreds of taxpayers over my thirty year career and have had to clean up some messes caused by prior counsel. I thought it might be useful to unveil my shortlist of ten recondite dangers in the assessment appeals process. Assessment appeals require specialized counsel and experts. An inexperienced professional, unschooled in the nuances of the process, can kill a good case. Many assessment appeals are litigated in trial courts where the rules, written and unwritten, differ from […]

Kaplin Stewart is Pleased to Announce Our 2021 Super Lawyers®!

6/3/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Media, News & Resources

Kaplin Stewart is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s lawyers have been named to the 2021 Super Lawyers® List. Super Lawyers is a rating service that uses a meticulous, multi-phase process to select highly acclaimed lawyers in over 70 practice areas. Candidates then go through the “blue ribbon review,” at which point they are ranked by top-rated attorneys.  Super Lawyers provides a diverse list of outstanding attorneys who have been identified as attaining a high degree of peer […]

PROGNOSTICATIONS FOR THE COMING YEAR IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

4/8/2021 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources, Real Estate Transactional, Zoning & Development

Forecasters, political or weather (think Punxsutawney Phil) seldom admit prior failures. Casey Stengel astutely observed that one should “never make predictions, especially about the future.” With due respect to Casey, I have agreed to engage in the fruitless endeavor of forecasting the immediate future of commercial real estate and those lawyers who practice in that arena. Pessimism is not in the DNA of the CRE industry. However, 2021 will present challenges for CRE. Residential real estate will continue to benefit […]

SURVIVING A LAND USE ILLNESS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

12/11/2020 | Articles & Alerts

For builders and developers, time is money. A delayed approval or permit could mean higher interest rates, breach of sales agreements, and weather delays, just to name a few potential consequences. So, what if an agency, governing body, or hearing board delays or cancels a meeting due to the Coronavirus? While a brief blip in scheduling may be tolerable and need not result in a possible deemed approval, a lengthy delay could pose a serious problem to landowner and government […]


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