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Get Help with Common Real Estate Disputes: An Interview with Steven Clark of Forman, Clark & Associates, PA

By Steven Clark

Tell us a little bit about your firm and the areas of law that you practice?

Forman, Clark & Associates, PA has been in existence since the 1980s and provides legal services in NH, Mass and Maine, with offices in Londonderry, Portsmouth and Concord, New Hampshire and Portland, Biddeford and York, Maine. Our attorneys have expertise in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Asset Protection Planning, Real Estate Law, Zoning Law and Business and Business Succession Planning. Our website has more detail at www.ourlegalwebsite.com.

What are the most common real estate disputes that you handle regarding the purchase and sale of homes in New Hampshire?

Home inspection issues and issues arising out of boundary disputes and/or intended use of the property.

Can you briefly describe what a nondisclosure case is?

A case where a seller of property fails to disclose a defect. This defect may be a physical defect with the property or its systems or with the land and its boundaries.

How does an attorney help home buyers when the seller failed to disclose a defect in the house or property that was sold?

The attorney pursues coverage under applicable title insurance and/or seeks redress from the seller.

Are there circumstances when a buyer can back out of the sale of residential property?

Yes. If certain conditions set forth in the purchase agreement are not satisfied. These may include failure to get financing, a failed inspection or failure to get approvals for the intended use of the property.

Are there circumstances when a seller can back out of the sale of residential property?

Yes. If certain conditions set forth in the purchase agreement are not satisfied. These may include failure of buyer to notify of financing approval or approvals for the intended use of the property. It may also include failure to fund deposits in a timely manner. It may also include failure of seller to sell another property that was a requirement of the sale at issue.

What would you recommend that a home buyer should do before hiring a lawyer to help settle a real estate dispute?

Always try to work it out with the seller or, depending on the type of claim, see if the title insurance policy may cover the claim.

What's the best way for people to reach your firm?

603-434-9500.

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Steven Clark is a founding shareholder and director of Forman, Clark & Associates,...

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