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Real Estate & Land Use

Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. provides legal counsel in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. The firm’s practice ranges from assisting individuals buying their first home to representation of major national corporations in complex real estate development transactions.


Real Estate Transactions

Residential and Commercial Purchases and Sales

The firm handles all aspects of residential and commercial real estate closings on behalf of individuals and business entities, from the time of the initial contract through the closing of title. Some of the services provided by the Real Estate Practice Group include:

  • Negotiation, preparation and/or review of contracts for sale or purchase
  • Negotiation, preparation and/or review of land development contracts
  • Lease agreements for landlords and tenants
  • Review, negotiation and preparation of mortgage documents for financing or refinancing
  • Procurement and examination of title reports, surveys and environmental studies
  • Representation of Administrators or Executors in the sale of estate property
  • Review and negotiation of Realtor Listing Agreements for the Sale of Real Estate

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Representation of Commercial Lenders in Business Financing

Some of the services provided include:

  • Negotiation, preparation and review of loan documents
  • Review of title, survey, environmental studies, leases and corporate documents
  • Representation and attendance at closing
  • Post-closing assistance

Land Use Development

The attorneys in the Practice Group have a balanced understanding of development, zoning, land use and environmental concerns. This unique perspective enables the firm to facilitate the grant of the numerous approvals required to develop New Jersey real estate. The Practice Group acts as liaison– facilitating communication between client, engineer, architect, and the relevant state, county and municipal regulatory agencies. Some of the legal services provided to meet clients’ goals include:

  • Oversight of Due Diligence Investigations
  • Review & Analysis of Municipal Land Use & Zoning Ordinances
  • Review of Site Layout & Design for Conformity with State & Local Regulations
  • Preparation of Site Plan, Subdivision & Variance Applications
  • Coordination of Witness Testimony for Hearings
  • Coordination of Public Notice in Newspapers and to Adjoining Property Owners
  • Coordination of Public Hearings Before All Land Use Regulatory Bodies
  • Department of Transportation Permit Processing & Approvals
  • Department of Environmental Protection Permit Processing Including Wetlands, ISRA, UST & CARFRA Permits
  • Preparation of County Planning Board Applications
  • Mt. Laurel Litigation
  • All Aspects of Land Use Litigation, Including Municipal Prerogative Writ Appeals, State Administrative Appeals & Appellate Practice
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Autumn Culinaire

    The firm is pleased to be a sponsor at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mercer October 17 fundraiser event at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Lawrence, New Jersey. The event features dishes from several of the area's finest restaurants, tastings of wine and beer and live music. The evening will honor individuals who volunteer time and commitment making BBBS Mercer a success. For more information go to www.bbbsmercer.org

  • Communities of Light Launch October 22

    Womanspace's Annual Communities of Light Event on December 2nd is a public awareness project and fundraising campaign to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The launch event is free and open to the public. It includes a press conference and reception and will take place at 5:30 PM on October 22 at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road in Lawrenceville. Edwin Schmierer, Director with Mason, Griffin & Pierson is a member of the Board of Directors of Womanspace and the firm is a sponsor of the event. The event will honor the Police Chiefs and coordinators of Mercer County. More information at www.womanspace.org.

  • Philly Pops Concert October 5

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to be a sponsor at the Philly Pops concert to benefit The Foundation of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc. The Foundation provides funding for skilled nursing, out patient health care, and rehabilitation for residents at Morris Hall and St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center. The concert will be at the Patriots Theater, Trenton War Memorial. For information and tickets go to www.morrishall.org/events.php

  • Girls on the Run

    The firm is a sponsor for the November 24 Girls on the Run Central New Jersey 5K in downtown Somerville, New Jersey. Girls on the Run is a program for girls in grades 3 through 8 which teaches girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Associate Attorney Nicole Sciotto is member of the Advisory Board of Girls on the Run, Central New Jersey Chapter. For more information, including donations and race registration, please visit www.gotrcnj.org.

  • West Windsor Mayor's Ball

    The firm is a sponsor for the November 2 West Windsor Mayor's Ball. The event takes place at the Boathouse on Mercer Lake in West Windsor and benefits the Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company. For more information go to www.westwindsornj.org/WW-givesback/index.html.

  • Cecil on New Jersey Municipal League Conference Panels

    Trishka Waterbury Cecil, past President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys (NJILGA), is a presenter at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City. Mandatory Certification Class For New Board Members, sponsored by New Jersey Planning Officials is on November 19. Muincipal Law Update 2019, sponsored by New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, and OPMA/Civility/Administration of Public Meetings, sponsored by New Jersey State League of Municipalities are on November 21. For more information, go to www.njpo.org, www.njilga.org or www.njlm.org.