Real Estate Litigation

Protecting the Property Rights of Ft. Lauderdale Businesses and Homeowners

In South Florida’s flourishing real estate market, disputes are common. Typically, real estate conflicts are resolved through arbitration in accordance with the dispute resolution clause contained in most real estate contracts. However, claims of fraud or breach of contract or disputes with a third party may lead to litigation. 

The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. represents buyers and sellers of commercial and residential property. Our attorneys are skilled at utilizing mediation, arbitration and litigation to effectively and efficiently resolve real estate disputes. After a complete case evaluation, we devise a strategy tailored to your situation to help you reach your goals.

Escrow Disputes

During most real estate transactions, an escrow holds the buyer’s funds and the seller’s property deed until the deal is completed, at which point the money and deed are released to the appropriate party. An escrow ensures that both parties hold up their end of the real estate agreement. Conflicting instructions, liens on property, unclear title and breaches of the real estate contract can interfere with the typically straightforward escrow transaction. The escrow agent has a duty to retain the funds and deed until any disputes are resolved.

Our real estate lawyers take decisive steps to successfully resolve the escrow dispute as quickly as possible so you can take possession of your property or the funds you earned on the sale of your property. Often, we can resolve the issue through mediation or arbitration to save money and time. However, if you can benefit from litigation, our trial attorneys never hesitate to pursue your full remedies in the court of law.

Failure to Disclose

Sellers have the duty to disclose material conditions regarding the property — for example, toxic mold in the walls, faulty electrical wiring, shifting or unstable foundation or structural cracks. Failure to do so can be legal cause for a buyer to withdraw from the sale. Our lawyers identify whether the condition is material and outline your remedies. We may pursue relief that includes a release from your contractual obligations, repair of the problem by the seller and/or monetary damages to cover the costs of repair and other expenses related to the defect.

Unpaid Commissions

Real estate agents and brokers earn commissions on sales and purchase contracts they negotiate and secure. A buyer’s or a seller’s refusal to pay can amount to the loss of thousands of dollars on a single transaction. Agents and brokers are entitled to the money they earned at closing and our team demands rightful payment. We recommend pursuing your claim as soon as possible before money is released from escrow. 

Consult with Our Firm About Your Rights in a Real Estate Transaction

The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. resolves complex real property disputes in Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding South Florida communities. If you experience a problem with your real estate transaction, call our dedicated Fort Lauderdale real estate attorneys at (954) 462-8340. Your first case evaluation is free.