Luxury Estates and Land Transactions, Leases, Construction, Exchanges, Easements, Neighbor Land Agreements

Luxury Estates and Land Purchase Transactions, Options, Leasing, Private Secured Financing.
We represent U.S. and international buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, real estate agents, brokers and finders in transactions involving the purchase, sale, optioning and leasing of luxury estates and land and luxury condominium units. For purchase transactions, we represent our clients from the listing agreement, preparation of or response to offers, negotiation of the purchase agreement and resolution of any disputes that may arise during escrow, through the close of escrow and post closing issues. This includes real estate seller and third party private financing and installment sales.

Earle has constructed and remodeled personal residences in Bel Air, Malibu and the Hollywood Hills and has practiced law and been a member of the association of realtors in the areas of our luxury estates practice. He understands these environments and the residents who live there. The areas of our luxury residential estates real estate practice include the Los Angeles Westside (West L.A./Holmby Hills//Beverly Hills/Bel Air/Westwood/Brentwood/Pacific Palisades/Santa Monica/Malibu), West SFV, South Santa Barbara County and West and South Ventura County.

We are highly experienced in negotiating high end residential real property purchase agreements, implementing the transaction through close of escrow and resolving any difficult or unanticipated: title, repair, disclosure, inspection, easement, mold, subsurface oil intrusion, encroachment and buyer financial issues; delays in closing due to extensive repairs, lender issues or the difficulty of foreign buyers to transfer funds to the U.S.; and difficult parties, escrow officers and agents. In addition to our specifically drafted contracts and contract provisions, to accommodate real estate agents we also have access to and work with the C.A.R. forms library. We have represented the owner in a successful luxury estate transaction valued today at over $100,000,000.00.

Tax Deferred 1031 Exchanges (Investment and Rental Properties), Multi-Property Exchanges.
We represent parties in tax-deferred 1031 exchanges involving residential investment and rental properties and commercial real estate, including reverse and construction exchanges, multi-property exchanges and exchanges with installment sales.

International Acquisitions and Investments in Luxury Estates.
When international persons or entities who are not U.S. tax residents intend to purchase or invest in a U.S. luxury estate, there are various alternative ways they can structure and directly or indirectly own and hold title to the property with pragmatic, gift and estate planning and U.S. income tax issues associated with each structure. We counsel international clients on the alternatives and represent them in the purchase or investment transaction and, when applicable, establishing and implementing a U.S. corporation and or LLC as part of the ownership structure.

Sophisticated Private LLCs For Luxury Residential Development and Investment.
We represent U.S. and foreign business and personal associates and family members in structuring and organizing sophisticated privately owned limited liability companies for luxury residential real estate development, construction and investment. We negotiate, draft and implement LLC operating agreements and counsel and represent the company in transactions including initial and post organization contributions, allocations, revaluations, liquidating and non-liquidating distributions, dissolutions, redemption of membership interests and general governance and business operational transactions.

Letters Of Intent, Non-Disclosure Agreements.
To protect the confidentiality of the identities of parties to residential and commercial real estate transactions and the confidentiality of the information exchanged in the negotiations and thereafter, when appropriate we prepare Mutual Nondisclosure Agreements which can be drafted as a separate contract or combined with binding or non-binding Letters Of Intent.

Development, Construction, Architecture, Design, Design-Build Of Luxury Estates and Condominium Units.
With our hands-on construction background, we provide legal counsel to developers, builders, property owners, contractors, architects, engineers and designers involved in the development, new construction, expansions, remodels, architectural and interior/exterior design, design-build and complete furnishing and decorating of residential estates and estate compounds and luxury condominium units. This includes resolving land use and permit issues, negotiating and drafting construction, construction management, design, architectural, design/build and engineering contracts and related documents, negotiating construction and permanent financing loan agreements and guaranties and working out construction contract related problems and mechanic's lien issues that may arise.

Easements, Deed Reservations and Reversions, Life Estates, Conditional Transfers, Neighbor Agreements, CC&Rs.
We draft insurable, comprehensive easement agreements and easement maintenance/use agreements and deeds reserving easements for mutual or exclusive right of way and roads, maintenance of utilities, view protection, air rights, fence/wall maintenance, landscaping, encroachments, slope support, sewers and drainage, easements for many other exclusive, non-exclusive, personal, temporary, perpetual or limited purposes and time periods and agreements between neighbors for mutual entry gates, fences and trees. We draft insurable covenants, conditions and restrictions for a variety of purposes including building height limitations to secure light and view preservation for oceanfront and hillside estates. We also prepare deeds conveying life estates and conditional transfers subject to conditions precedent and subsequent and deeds with reservations, reversions and future interests.

Real Estate Title Holding, Spousal, Co-Ownership and Family Transfers and Gifts, Co-Ownership Agreements.
We counsel family members and unrelated co-owners on methods for holding record title to real estate and agreements for the management, maintenance, development, transfer and sale of family and co-owned real estate. This includes issues involving separate and community property, joint tenancy, interspousal transfers, tenants-in-common, tenants-in-common agreements, transfers between co-owners, transfers to children and grand children and related property tax reassessment issues.

Commission and Finder Fee Agreements.
We represent properly licensed real estate brokers and agents and unlicensed finders in connection with contracting for and securing compensation for bringing a buyer, seller, tenant or joint venturer to a real estate transaction or arranging for real estate financing. This includes receiving compensation at the close of escrow or at the back end of the project.

Homeowner Employment Contracts For Executive Assistants, Nannies, Domestic Staff and Personal Security.
Many of our clients employ assistants to help them manage their household. This includes executive assistants to manage personal and business affairs, nannies to assist with taking care of children and other domestic staff. Some also employ personal and property security personnel. As their personal legal counsel, we provide our clients with legal representation in preparing these special contracts.