Business & Real Estate Law

Taking a business idea and turning it into a profitable, proud, and enduring enterprise takes hard work and many skills. “Running lean” is a mantra espoused by many entrepreneurs—lawyers included. However, as once famously espoused, there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. Our purpose at Wetzel Gagliardi Fetter & Lavin LLC is to walk you through the unknown unknowns that low-cost internet legal providers won’t explain to you and which can and often do have serious impacts on future success and profitably.

Our value as lawyers isn’t in completing your paperwork, though that is certainly necessary. Our value is in giving you advice: business, legal, and otherwise. Whether you’re just starting out, or you have an established business, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable legal professional who measures their success by yours.

As your business law attorney, we can assist in the following areas:

  • Forming a business organization, such as an LLC, S-Corporation, C-Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship
  • Forming non-profits and charitable foundations
  • Drafting or updating your organization’s by-laws, operating agreements, or partnership agreements
  • Counsel you on possible tax ramifications of various business entities
  • Acting as outside general counsel
  • Implementation of litigation avoidance strategies and compliance with all federal, state and local laws
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts for various matters, including employment, sales, and service contracts
  • Purchasing or selling real estate interests
  • Buy/Sell Agreements and business succession planning

Contract Law

In our modern society, individuals and businesses enter into contracts on a daily basis. Often, people sign without thinking, much less reading, understanding, and negotiating. As an attorney specializing in contract law, our attorneys are conscientious and adept at reviewing, negotiating, drafting, and enforcing all types of contracts, including:

  • Drafting and reviewing contracts for various matters, including employment, sales and services contracts
  • Contracts for the sale of real estate
  • Contracts for services, such as construction or home improvements
  • Residential Lease Agreements
  • Commercial Lease Agreements

Real Estate Law Including Foreclosure Defense

Whether you are buying or selling a home or commercial property or facing foreclosure, it is important that you are represented by an attorney who is efficient and detail oriented. As your real estate attorney, we will represent your interests in any real property transaction or litigation, handling the entire matter from contract to closing. We offer a full range of real estate services, including:

  • Representing you through your foreclosure proceeding
  • Negotiating an agreement of sale
  • Handling your transaction from beginning to end
  • Ensuring that your financing (or refinancing) is handled smoothly
  • Drafting and Recording the deed to the property
  • Conducting closing of the transaction, including working in conjunction with real estate agents, title companies and closing clerks and filing necessary submissions with the county recorder of deeds.

Foreclosure Defense

In recent years, mortgage lenders have been exposed for various flaws with their foreclosure process when they decided to file legal actions against Pennsylvania real estate. This in turn resulted in mortgage rescue “companies” claiming to help people “save” their real estate. Unfortunately, these rescue companies offer services that do not work or are scams, making it harder for people to find real help once they are too far along in the foreclosure process. The longer it takes to resolve the mortgage foreclosure, the fewer options you may have down the road to help save your home.

At Wetzel Gagliardi Fetter & Lavin LLC, we help people find real relief from the mortgage foreclosures they are facing by exploring their personal and/or business situation as a whole. It is not just about the foreclosure, but rather a person’s overall financial picture. The household and/or business finances and the overall debt situation, in addition to the real estate loan, are important factors in helping people save their real estate and, often times, improve their overall financial situation.

Time Limitations

Please be aware that time limitations will apply to the lawsuit. You must act quickly because a response to the lawsuit will be required within the deadlines set forth in the lawsuit papers. We have helped people facing similar lawsuits resolve the lawsuits utilizing various methods. With our experience in bankruptcy matters, we can counsel you on using your bankruptcy option in conjunction with defending your foreclosure matter. While Bankruptcy may be one option, we are prepared to discuss non-bankruptcy options which can sometimes be equally as effective. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you gain relief from the stress of foreclosure.