Real estate law concerns the title transfer and the financing aspects of land used in large scale projects, such as apartments, condominiums, traditional subdivisions, planned unit developments, shopping centers, and industrial parks. Real estate law is generally divided between two areas: residential and commercial.
Land use law, on the other hand, has a narrower focus: the use and development of public and private real estate, such as zoning, easements, trespassing, and eminent domain. With both real estate and land use law, there is a significant overlap with corporate law generally, as well as environmental and energy law. In both fields, attorneys must be able to work with state and local officials.
In the private sector, real estate and land use lawyers are found in a law firm of any size, from solo practice and specialty boutique firms to large global law firms. Most residential real estate law is handled by small firms, while large law firms usually represent commercial projects, which typically entail environmental, land use, and zoning questions. In the public sector, real estate and land use lawyers work for government agencies, as well as local and county governments.
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