Real Estate Law

Texas Real Estate

Texas is one of the largest states in our country. In a general north-south direction, there is approximately 801 miles from the northwest corner of the Panhandle to the extreme southern tip of Texas on the Rio Grande below Brownsville. With such amount of real property available, the opportunities for an interested buyer, seller, landlord or tenant are massive. Whether you are interested in leasing, buying or selling in a commercial or residential aspect, The Santos Law Firm, PLLC is prepared to draft, dissect, and analyze the required documents in order to fully convey both the intentions and agreement of the parties involved. 

Commercial and Residential Property Transactions

Texas laws involving commercial and residential real property transactions are complex, it is advised and wise to engage the services of a real estate lawyer before entering and completing any agreement in order to fully secure your intended agreement and protect your real property rights for the future. Navigating the closing process can be overwhelming and time-consuming, when you engage The Santos Law Firm, PLLC you will be assisted and represented throughout the entire process from start to finish so as to maximize the best favorable outcome.

Eminent Domain

The term eminent domain refers to the right of the government or certain other authorized private entities to take private property from individuals or corporations for public use. Note, however, both the U.S. Constitution (Fifth Amendment) and the Texas Constitution (Article I, Section 17) forbid the seizure of private property without just and adequate compensation. Some common examples of eminent domain uses include for the creation of, maintenance of, or expansion of public roadways, highways, government offices, schools, public parks, and utility services. 

If you’ve received notice that your real property will be taken from you either via Eminent Domain or Condemnation proceedings by the Government or a private company, know that you, as a landowner, have constitutionally protected landowner rights that require you to be justly compensated for your property.

These proceedings move quickly with both government entities and/or private companies looking out for their best interests rather than yours. If you engage The Santos Law Firm, PLLC, your best interests are demanded immediately in order to fully protect your property rights. A thorough examination of the proposed use of the property shall be initiated in order to determine whether the subject property is required for a legitimate public purpose.

Typically, once the government and/or private entity determines that the property is required for a legitimate public purpose, an appraisal of the subject property is made by the government and/or private entity and then after such determination, an offer is made to the landowner(s). Keep in mind, however, their interests are placed ahead of yours. In most cases, the initial amount offered is lower than the just and reasonable fair market value of the property being seized. The Santos Law Firm, PLLC will dispute the initial amount offered and demand consideration of an impartial appraisal of the subject property and the impact it may have on any remainder tract in order to ascertain the most accurate fair market value of your property. Impact on the remainder tract may include loss of use and enjoyment, business interruption, relocation, and other losses that you are entitled to be compensated for.

The Santos Law Firm, PLLC is based out of Houston, Texas but serves Harris County and its surrounding counties which include, but are not limited to, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Galveston County.
Our Office Address
402 Heights Blvd.
Houston, Texas
77007, United States
Phone: +1 (832) 930-2922
Fax: +1 (832) 835-0259

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