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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

Useful Tips for Buyers and Sellers of Residential 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
  • Cecil Presenter at Local Government Attorneys Seminar

    Trishka Waterbury Cecil, Deputy General Counsel for the League of Municipalities and Past President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, will be giving a presentation about social media at the Institute's mid-year seminar "Legal Updates for New Jersey Attorneys," presented in conjunction with the League. The seminar will be held on June 8 at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College on Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. For more information go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njilganjlm-mid-year-seminar-2019-tickets-61494725379.

  • Girls on the Run

    The firm is a sponsor for the June 2nd and 9th Girls on the Run 5K races in Fair Haven and downtown Somerville, respectively. Girls on the Run is a program for girls in grades 3 through 8 where teams of girls work with coaches and volunteers who assist in teaching life skills through engaging lessons and running. Associate Attorney, Nicole Sciotto is a member of the Advisory Board of Girls on the Run, Central New Jersey chapter. For more information go to https://www.gotrcnj.org/.

  • Strawberry Festival Fundraiser

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson is proud to support the annual fundraiser for Montgomery Boy Scout Troop 46. The festivities include school bands, the Blawenberg Band and strawberry shortcake. The event will be held on June 2 at the lower campus of Montgomery Middle School. For more information go to http://troop46.org/.

  • Celebrating Independence Day

    Montgomery Township will celebrate Independence Day with family events and fireworks on June 27. For more information go to http://www.twp.montgomery.nj.us. Mason, Griffin & Pierson is proud to support the celebration.