The Real Estate Lawyer
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Real Estate Section
In This Issue
Joint Section Breakfast Meeting with the Litigation Section
Section Pro Bono Opportunity
Managing Environmental Liabilities in Real Estate Transactions
Popularity of Mixed-Use Properties Continues to Grow
The Real Estate Lawyer is Looking for Articles of Interest
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Spring 2013
Newsletter Editor: Michael E. Leavey

Chair: Charles Van Horn
Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Ricky B. Novak
Secretary: Michael E. Leavey
Treasurer: Carter L. Stout
Immediate Past Chair: Jon Neville

Members at Large:
Kimberly C. Gaddis
Cory Thompson
Joint Section Breakfast with the Litigation Section
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:30 am at the Colonnade

"Observations About the Court and Appellate Practice"

Speaker: The Hon. Keith R. Blackwell 
Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Section Members - $20
Non-Section Members - $30
Add $5 to receive 1 CLE hour

Register online or return the registration form
Section Pro Bono Opportunity
by Michael E. Leavey, Dorough & Dorough, LLC

The Atlanta Bar Association's Real Estate Section is in its second year of partnering with the Court Administrator's Office of Fulton County State Court to provide pro bono counsel to unrepresented residential landlords.  The Court Administrator offers a Self-Help Clinic for tenants with matters pending in State and Magistrate Court, but has identified a growing need for similar pro bono assistance for unrepresented landlords.  In these difficult economic times, we increasingly see more homeowners, with little or no rental experience, leasing their own homes or individual rooms within their homes to a tenant to make additional income.  These new, inexperienced landlords - many of whom do not have the resources to hire an attorney - quickly discover that it is far easier to move a tenant into a property than it is to get them out - for example if rent is not paid or if lease rules are not followed.

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Beneath the Surface:  Managing Environmental Liabilities in Real Estate Transactions
by Edwin Schwartz, Law Office of Edwin Schwartz LLC
green homeThe significant liabilities associated with environmental laws present a challenge to the transaction of properties with known or suspected environmental concerns.  Therefore, the proper use of available tools for the identification and allocation of environmental liabilities is paramount to the successful transaction of these properties.  The following presents a summary of these tools and practical tips for implementation to facilitate such transactions.

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Mixing It Up: Popularity of Mixed-Use Properties Continues to Grow
by Michael Bull, CCIM, President, Bull Realty
Fueled by the hunger of cities for replenished tax bases and the desire of residents for pedestrian-friendly urban living, mixed-use developments are becoming more prevalent across the country. Furthermore, the success of these properties is due not only to their receptive audiences but more careful planning on the part of developers as well.

Those were some of the observations of a panel of mixed-use development experts on a recent episode of the nationally syndicated "Commercial Real Estate Show" radio program.

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The Real Estate Lawyer is Looking for Articles
of Interest
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If you would like to submit an article for publication, please email newsletter editor, Michael E. Leavey.


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