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Champaign County Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

Feel confident in your commercial lease with our Champaign County commercial real estate attorneys who have the experience to help you work through your next contract.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

More information about our Champaign County Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

Our Champaign County commercial real estate attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that your interests are sufficiently negotiated on your behalf in your commercial real estate matter. Our lawyers create, review, and implement commercial real estate and commercial lease contracts based on your specific needs and will be there to protect your property rights.

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The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Further Reading from our Champaign County Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

Negotiating Commercial Leases

In this video our Champaign County commercial real estate attorneys discuss types of commercial leases and tips for negotiating that lease. First there is a commercial net lease that includes utilities and property taxes on top of a base rent, while on the other hand there is a double net lease that has insurance on the tenants side in addition to those things. Finally, there is a triple net lease that has the tenant paying for all of the cost of the building except for structural repairs on top of their base rent, and then there is a full service gross lease that has the tenant paying for a flat base rent every month and the landlord is then responsible for all of the costs of the building. A full service gross lease is going to have the highest rent out of the four options.

When negotiating the lease it is important to think about the length of the lease, comparable rents, and what type of commercial property it is. Next attorneys come in to make sure clauses are favorable to you. As a tenant, it is important having the right to sublease. Making sure the landlord can not lease competitors in the same building is another right you would want to make sure you have before leasing. Lastly, fair signage approval and fair clause for landlord repairs and improvements are other important aspects to check when signing a commercial real estate lease.

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‍Implied Warranty of Habitability for Champaign County Businesses

Our Champaign County commercial real estate attorneys discuss how the implied warranty of habitability is a legal doctrine created by Illinois case law. In every written or oral lease, Illinois courts imply a warranty on the part of the landlord that the property will be kept in a condition that is habitable. A property is not uninhabitable simply because of minor building code violations. Rather the defect in the property must cause a reasonable person to consider the property uninhabitable in order for a breach to exist.

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What are the Risks of Not Using an Attorney When Buying or Selling Commercial Real Estate?

Our Champaign County commercial real estate attorneys discuss the importance of having an attorney when buying or selling commercial real estate property. There are a number of issues that can arise during the process of buying, selling, financing and developing commercial property and trying to navigate the process alone, or even with the help of a commercial real estate agent can be difficult. Commercial real estate purchases also have many more laws and regulations than buying a home, all of which must be followed in order for the transaction to be valid. While some states do not require you to have an attorney present at closing, or at all throughout the process, it is highly advised that your attorney is at the closing. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the seller to invoke power of attorney and let their attorney handle all the paperwork and signing at the closing

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