Fort Worth Real Estate Attorney
Experienced Legal Guidance in Denton County, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Beyond
Our Fort Worth real estate lawyer at The Messerli Law Firm, PLLC has over 20 years of business experience and is committed to protecting your interests. Our team provides legal representation and counsel on various types of real estate and property matters for both individuals and businesses. Whether you are struggling to negotiate a purchase & sales agreement or are embroiled in a landlord-tenant dispute, we are committed to leveraging our knowledge, skill, and resources to meet your objectives and resolve whatever obstacles you face.
Real Estate and Property Service Areas
The Messerli Law Firm, PLLC has an extensive track record of delivering results for renters, borrowers, homeowners, and businesses. We regularly provide legal support for both commercial and residential real estate transactions throughout the state of Texas.
Our Fort Worth real estate attorney can assist you with:
- Affidavits of Heirship. When someone passes away without a valid last will and testament, their property becomes subject to Texas’s intestate succession laws and is generally transferred to immediate surviving heirs. An affidavit of heirship is filed by one or more of these heirs in the county where a piece of real estate property is located to establish ownership of that property. We can ensure these affidavits are appropriately drafted, witnessed, and filed. Our team can also assist in other areas of probate and property ownership.
- Deeds of Trust. A deed of trust is a legal arrangement similar in many ways to a mortgage: A trustee independent of you and your lender holds the legal title to the real estate property and typically has the responsibility of selling it at a public auction if you default on payments. We can help draft and negotiate deeds of trust as well as facilitate transfers and assignments.
- Evictions. Tenants in Texas can be evicted after being given proper notice and a chance to cure whatever problem is prompting the action, such as the nonpayment of rent. Landlords cannot retaliate against tenants for exercising their rights, and very specific procedural rules must be observed. Steps generally include delivering a formal Notice to Vacate, filing an eviction lawsuit, and obtaining and enforcing a writ of possession. We can assist renters facing eviction and hold landlords accountable for retaliatory or unlawful behavior. Our firm also represents landlords who need assistance removing tenants through the at-times confusing eviction process.
- Foreclosures. Falling behind on mortgage payments can trigger a Notice of Default, the formal beginning of the foreclosure process. Most banks and loan servicers in Texas must wait at least 120 days from the first day of nonpayment before initiating foreclosure, however, some lenders may only be required to wait 1 day. Some banks and other lenders may attempt to exercise an acceleration clause that demands the entirety of the loan balance be paid in full upon providing a Notice of Acceleraton. Once a Notice of Default has been delivered, you will only have a limited amount of time before the lender schedules a public auction and sells your home. Banks may also sue you for a deficiency judgment if the sale price does not cover the amount owed on the mortgage. Our team can provide aggressive representation when you face foreclosure and will do everything possible to save your home. We can negotiate with your loan servicer, and if no resolution can be reached, help you explore your bankruptcy options.
- Landlord-Tenant Disputes. We work on behalf of renters and tenants to resolve conflicts involving security deposits, alleged retaliation, evictions, withholding of rent, unsafe living conditions, housing discrimination, disclosures, and more.
- Promissory Notes. A promissory note is similar to a mortgage but can serve as a simpler contract in which a borrower promises to repay a lender a given amount. Promissory notes typically do not have language on what will happen if the borrower defaults. We can help draft, negotiate, and finalize valid and enforceable promissory notes.
- Property Disputes. Our firm can represent you in a variety of property disputes, including conflicts involving property ownership, title, encroachment, fence placement, and other boundary disputes. We are prepared to litigate these matters as necessary.
- Purchase & Sale Agreements. If you are looking to make an offer on a home, our team can help you prepare, negotiate, and finalize a purchase and sale agreement that outlines the offer amount and buyer conditions. Be aware that real estate agents cannot create custom purchase and sale agreements unless they are licensed to practice law.
- Warranty Deeds. If you are concerned about outstanding liens, existing mortgages, or any other elements that may encumber a property, we can prepare, negotiate, and execute a warranty deed that can provide you peace of mind. This legal document holds the seller accountable for any breaches of guarantees they provided as part of the transaction, effectively protecting the purchaser from all encumbrances and disputes.
- Title Agreements. When closing a real estate transaction, we can help draft, review, negotiate, and finalize title agreements to ensure you receive the appropriate title insurance policy. These commitments outline the terms and conditions of the sale and policy that will be issued after closing.