What We Do

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Allen Law PLLC provides legal services for all aspects of real estate acquisition, development, ownership and sale as well as general business matters.

Real Estate Transactions

Allen Law PLLC provides “cradle to grave” real estate transactional services to clients. Whether you are buying an investment property, developing a major project, updating your documents to comply with WUCIOA, leasing the commercial space in your mixed use building, handling an ownership or management issue or simply need an adviser for a property related issue, Allen Law PLLC can help. Representative services and documentation work include:

  • Acquisition and sales:  Purchase and Sale Agreements, Option Agreements, Resolution of Title Issues, Corporate Governance, Excise Tax analysis, other Closing Issues
  • Entity Formation and Management:  Limited Liability Company formation and ongoing management, Homeowner Association formation, Investor transfers and communication
  • Development:  Development Agreements, CC&Rs, Operating Covenants, Easements, Cost Sharing Agreements, Consultant Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements
  • Finance:  Acquisition and Development loans, Construction Financing, Take-out Financing, Refinancing of Portfolio and CMBS loans. Experience includes SBA loans, Operating Lines of Credit, Personal Guarantees, Loan Defeasance, Issuance of Borrower Counsel opinions and Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreements
  • Leasing:  Ground Leases, Retail and Office Leasing, Subleases, Licenses and Use Agreements
  • Property Management:  Property Management Agreements, Contracts for Tenant Improvements, Vendor and Consultant Contracts
  • Due Diligence: Title and Survey Review, Lease Abstracts, Contract Analysis for an individual property or an entire portfolio

 

Real Estate for Individuals and Families

Allen Law PLLC enjoys solving vexing problems facing individuals and families looking for common sense solutions. Aliza has negotiated and drafted Life Tenancy Agreements, Tenancy-in-Common Agreements, Partition Agreements, Shared Use Agreements, Leases, Easements and other documents designed to preserve familial, neighborhood and other relationships with clarity and calm.

 

General Business

Aliza Allen, the founder of Allen Law PLLC, had the good fortune to serve as in-house counsel to Lorig Associates, a regional development and property management company. In that capacity, she had the unique opportunity to “sit on the other side of the table” and become the client to lawyers providing service to Lorig. More than any other, that experience highlighted the qualities that made a legal adviser a trusted and valued member of the team rather than an expensive and unfortunate necessity. Aliza is committed to providing value to her clients, to making a net positive impact to the bottom line. A sample of Aliza’s general counsel experience includes:

  • Advised on statutory changes impacting real estate development in the State of Washington.
  • Provided practical, cost efficient, risk management advice and documentation to reduce probability of claims from new home buyers.
  • Negotiated key operating contracts, project financing, development contracts, dispute resolution and work out strategies. Work included review and negotiation of property specific purchase and sale, development and operating agreements and corporate and project specific financing documents.
  • Advised on key litigation strategy in collaboration with outside counsel.
  • Documented investor requests to transfer ownership interests and sales.
  • Reviewed and negotiated major vendor contracts during initial lease-up and throughout ownership of mixed use projects (tenant payment and screening systems; elevator maintenance; third party utility billing services; Yardi accounting system; tenant improvement contracts; etc.).
  • Reviewed and negotiated loan documents for portfolio of mixed use residential and retail centers including ground leased projects and corporate operating line of credit; debt included CMBS and portfolio loans.
  • Reviewed, negotiated and closed complicated refinance of office center with buy-out of investor partners and negotiation with ground lessor.

 

Non-Profit Organizations

Allen Law PLLC advises non-profit organizations and others providing affordable housing to members of our community. Aliza currently serves as local counsel to Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King County and applies her substantial experience in real estate and general counsel issues to support Habitat’s vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Allen Law PLLC also provides pro-bono legal representation and strategic business counsel to Facing Homelessness in support of The Block Project.