Commercial And Residential Real Estate Planning
At the law firm of Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP, we provide sophisticated counsel and representation in real estate, land use, zoning, and related matters. We represent buyers, sellers, developers, builders, and landowners in Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland Counties and throughout the Susquehanna Valley.
Our attorneys possess a substantial level of experience in these matters – more than 100 years of combined practice between them. They can walk you through transactions, governmental approvals, contracts, and entity formations, and they can protect your interests in any disputes that arise. Call 570-245-6720 or 877-829-8987 to arrange a consultation with an attorney in our Bloomsburg office.
Real Estate Purchase And Sale Closings
Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP owns and operates Exact Abstract, LLC. Exact Abstract is a title abstract office dedicated to meeting the needs of buyers and sellers in the transfer of residential and commercial real estate. Exact Abstract provides complete closing services, including title searches, document preparation, and title insurance. Located at 26 East Main Street in Bloomsburg, Exact Abstract serves clients throughout Pennsylvania.
For more information on Exact Abstract’s real estate closing services, please follow this link.
Residential And Commercial Real Estate Legal Help
Attorney Rob Davidson has practiced in the real estate field for 30 years and is a licensed title insurance agent, Pennsylvania land surveyor, and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sewage enforcement officer (SEO). Attorney Davidson formerly represented Pennsylvania’s largest lender for the purchase of agricultural lands, and he knows the process and pitfalls of real estate loans.
We offer personalized attention and thorough due diligence to homebuyers, businesses, and sellers in property transactions such as:
- Negotiating, drafting, or reviewing purchase agreements
- Reviewing inspection reports, disclosures, and financing commitments
- Reviewing title searches and title insurance
- Handling closings and post-transaction disputes
- Advising on Clean and Green issues
We also represent either party in commercial lease agreements, landlord-tenant disputes, and real estate litigation.
Land Use, Zoning And Land Development
Attorney Jack Mihalik brings extensive knowledge and experience in representing residential and commercial developers and builders, homeowners, and municipalities in the regulatory aspects of land development and property use.
He has represented the town of Bloomsburg for more than 40 years in addition to numerous local townships, boroughs, and zoning boards throughout his career. Mr. Mihalik also represents clients in land use and zoning disputes with municipalities.
Attorney Davidson has a bachelor’s degree in land use planning and served as a zoning officer and SEO for municipalities in Columbia, Montour, and Luzerne Counties for 10 years before becoming an attorney. He has prepared subdivision and land development plans and represented clients before zoning boards and governing bodies. Mr. Davidson has worked on obtaining DEP potable water and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater disposal permit approval; Chapter 102 Erosion and Sedimentation Control plan approval; Chapter 105 Water Obstructions and Encroachments general permit approvals; and Act 537 plans, and he is trained in wetland delineation and permitting.
Attorney Davidson works with municipalities preparing comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision and land development ordinance amendments and updates. He represents private clients in both citizen and curative zoning amendments as well as other zoning and land use issues. He also represents both municipal and private clients in flood plain and stormwater management issues and violations.
Mr. Davidson’s education, qualifications, and experience in zoning and land development make him uniquely qualified to assist clients in this often misunderstood and complicated area.
For more information on land use and zoning, please follow this link.
Easements, Rights Of Way And Property Disputes
Attorney Davidson, a Pennsylvania licensed land surveyor for 20 years, frequently lectures to the surveying community on the legal principles of establishing boundary lines and easements and how to resolve property disputes. He can advise on issues of eminent domain, adverse possession and quiet titles. His experience as a surveyor gives him the expertise to work closely with surveyors in determining boundary and easement issues and finding solutions to resolve them.
Solar Lease? Pipeline And Utility Easement? Sitting On The Marcellus Or Utica Shale?
Our attorneys can provide sophisticated counsel to individuals and landowner groups in the drafting or review of solar lease options and agreements, natural gas leases, pipeline easements and other related agreements. They represent landowners throughout northeastern and north-central Pennsylvania and can assist clients in forming gas leasing ownership entities.
For more information on solar leases, natural gas leases and pipeline easements, please follow this link.