Real Estate

Our firm has extensive experience in many areas of real estate, Marcellus and Utica Shale, and construction law. Our real estate attorneys regularly handle matters for a large number of financial institutions, as well as property developers, relocation companies, landlords and tenants, governmental agencies, and individual clients. Our real estate practice concentrates on matters involving simple and complex residential and commercial purchase and sale transactions and related contract preparation and financing arrangements; litigation matters involving real estate; advising clients on matters related to residential and commercial foreclosures; title examinations; real estate development; construction issues; small business concerns; and interests in natural gas and oil (Marcellus and Utica shale), timber, coal, and other mineral properties. Several of our real estate attorneys are also licensed with the West Virginia Insurance Commissioner as title agents and are authorized to issue title insurance policies.

Our firm is located in Wheeling, West Virginia, which is ground zero for the Marcellus and Utica Shale development occurring in West Virginia and Ohio. As a result, our Marcellus and Utica Shale attorneys have confronted many of the most common and difficult legal issues facing clients in our area.

For example, our Marcellus and Utica Shale attorneys assist clients (both individuals and groups owning substantial acreage) in West Virginia and Ohio with explaining surface and underground property/mineral rights, understanding pooling and unitization and pipeline agreements, researching title and ownership, leasing, reviewing contracts, negotiating terms such as bonus payments, delay rentals, royalties, surface operations, and those dealing with health, safety, and water quality, and mediating and litigating disputes on these issues.

For more information about our Marcellus and Utica practice and to request a free consultation, please contact Frank Duff at 304.233.3390.

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Ray Byrd

Ray Byrd has been with the firm since 1970. He works on commercial, real estate, business organization, and estate planning matters as well as litigation. He was selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Corporate Law.

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