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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
  • Zuckerman Joins Firm

    Elizabeth Zuckerman has been named Of Counsel to the Princeton law firm, Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C, and will lead its Employment Law section. Ms. Zuckerman received a J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law where she served as Executive Editor for the Law Review. In 1997, Ms. Zuckerman co-founded the employment law firm of Zuckerman & Fisher, LLC, focusing her practice on employee rights. Ms. Zuckerman is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She will continue to practice in the areas of employment law, employee rights and appellate practice. Ms. Zuckerman serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.

  • MG&P Celebrates 65th Anniversary

    Mason, Griffin & Pierson is celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary. Since its founding in 1955, the firm has evolved from a two-man general practice partnership to a mid-size professional corporation which continues a general practice but has developed specific areas of concentration. The firm has been an integral part of central New Jersey over the past sixty-five years. The firm's first municipal client, Princeton, remains a client today, along with other municipalities and governing bodies in Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Camden and Gloucester counties. Two of the firm's attorneys have served as President of the Mercer County Bar Association and, in 2001, the firm received the Community Partner Award from Mercer County Bar Foundation. Four of the firm's attorneys have been honored with the Fred G. Stickel Award for Excellence in Municipal Law and Service to the Legal Profession.

  • Princeton Adult Education Class - Know Your Rights as an Employee

    Elizabeth Zuckerman will be an instructor for the Princeton Adult Education course, Know Your Rights as an Employee. The 3-session course starts on February 11 and will explore topics including sexual harassment, discrimination, medical marijuana in the workplace, whistle-blower claims, NJ’s newly enacted Wage Theft Act, Federal and State family leave acts, and other laws that protect employees. Ms. Zuckerman has been practicing employment law for thirty years in Princeton and serves on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. For more information visit .princetonadultschool.org.

  • Welcome New Municipal Clients

    MG&P starts the new year with new municipal clients. Kevin Van Hise has been appointed as the attorney for the West Amwell Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Edwin Schmierer was recently retained by the Borough of Elmwood to serve as Special Counsel.

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Case

    Elizabeth Zuckerman will be arguing in the NJ Supreme Court on February 3rd, in the case of Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc. The case involves the issue of whether an employee who uses medical marijuana can be terminated for failing a drug test. Ms. Zuckerman will be arguing on behalf of Amicus NELA-NJ.