South Carolina Real Estate Lawyers

When you live and work in a community, you care about the people and businesses in it. Responsible homeowners, attentive landlords, respectful tenants, conscientious developers, and everyday landowners are the fabric of a good community. That’s why at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., our experienced attorneys are so dedicated to meeting the real estate needs of our clients.

If you are dealing with a real estate matter and need legal advice or representation, contact one of our professional real estate lawyers now by filling out our online contact form or calling us. Whether you’re in Manning, Sumter, Bishopville, Mayesville, Summerton or Turbeville, our attorneys are prepared to meet with you promptly to discuss your issue.

Some of the more common real estate matters we handle are:

Manning Home Loans and Refinancing

Buying a home is an exciting process, and refinancing can provide relief for homeowners who are trying to lower their mortgage payment. In South Carolina, the law requires that an attorney conduct your real estate closing. This is for your protection because purchasing or refinancing a home can be a complex process, and in-depth knowledge of real estate law is required. An experienced real estate attorney will examine your property’s title records for problems, such as unexpected claims of ownership, liens on the property and easements that you may not know about. The attorney will then work with a title insurance company to protect your title from past claims that may come to light after closing. If you are thinking about purchasing or refinancing a home, contact the knowledgeable real estate attorneys at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., today to find out how we can help with your closing.

Foreclosures

Falling behind on mortgage payments and risking losing your home can be extremely stressful. If you have received a foreclosure summons or complaint from your lender, contact an experienced South Carolina foreclosure lawyer as soon as possible. There are strict time limits for responding to your lender through the court, and once a judgement is made, your options for keeping your home are limited. If your home is sold at foreclosure, your lender may pursue a deficiency judgement against you, which would require that you pay the difference between what you owed and what the home was sold for at foreclosure. Depending on your situation, an attorney may be able to help you negotiate a plan to catch up on missed payments or modify the loan. If your house is sold at foreclosure, there is also a chance you could enter an “upset bid,” which entails outbidding the final foreclosure purchase price. However, the recommended course of action is to contact an experienced foreclosure attorney early in the process to review all your options.

Sumpter Landlord and Tenant Rights

The South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act specifically outlines the rights of people who are renting residential property and those landlords who are leasing it out. Common landlord-tenant issues include late rent payments, evictions, discrimination under the South Carolina Fair Housing Law, the landlord’s right to access the property, protection from retaliation if renters report concerns, and return of deposits. At Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., our experienced real estate attorneys represent clients in landlord-tenant issues throughout the communities of Sumter and Clarendon counties. Contact us today to discuss your case.

Commercial Real Estate

Negotiating a commercial real estate deal — whether it’s a lease, purchase, sale, refinance or new construction — requires a sharp legal eye and serious attention to detail. An experienced commercial real estate attorney will examine titles and identify potential problems, research local land use and zoning ordinances, work with lenders to negotiate financing, draft leases and other appropriate contracts, and provide commercial litigation services. At Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., our commercial real estate attorneys are proud to support South Carolina business development by representing clients through their commercial transaction from start to finish.

Zoning and Land Use

Understanding land use and zoning ordinances is an important part of real estate law. Just as individuals and developers have ideas and plans for their properties, local governments develop comprehensive plans to govern land use for communities as a whole. For example, in our area, the Sumter City-County Planning Department and the Clarendon County Planning Commission are two of the local agencies that manage zoning, permitting and development. When an individual or company wants to use property for something other than what it is zoned for, such as changing agricultural lands to commercial property, a real estate lawyer can help determine what steps an owner should take. Depending on the plan, the property owner may be advised to conduct a feasibility study or an environmental impact assessment before pursuing a zoning change, a special-use permit, a variance or a conditional-use permit. The land use and zoning attorneys at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., are well-versed in the local ordinances that govern land use, and we are skilled at representing clients before zoning boards and planning commissions.

Eminent Domain

Receiving a notice from the government that it intends to take your property for “public purpose” can be scary, but you are not without rights. South Carolina eminent domain laws outline the process for “condemning” your property, and an experienced eminent domain lawyer can help you negotiate and fight for full and fair compensation.

Contact a South Carolina Real Estate Attorney Today

Our real estate lawyers are here for you.Whether your real estate issue is one that requires representation at the negotiation table or in the courtroom, the dedicated attorneys at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., are here to help. We frequently represent clients in Manning, Sumter, Bishopville, Mayesville, Summerton, Turbeville and throughout South Carolina, and we feel a strong sense of duty to these communities.

Our family-run law firm has been in business for three decades, and our attorneys have 120 years of combined legal experience. We pride ourselves in treating each client we represent as a friend and neighbor.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation about your real estate matter, and let our talented attorneys put their skills to work for you.