We have more than 30 years' experience representing individuals, businesses and lenders with real estate transactions, business acquisitions and expansions, commercial financing, real estate development and leasing, estate planning, land use and zoning issues, title insurance, vendor contracting and general corporate matters.
Goodwin Hammond PLLC represents clients in all aspects of real estate law, including residential and commercial transactions, mortgage lending, title insurance, development, and zoning. David Hammond has personally handled hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate transactions, from the simple to the highly complex. We can assist you with negotiating and drafting documents for your matter, including purchase and sale agreements, loan commitments, financing documents, construction contracts, management agreements, homeowners' association documents, and leases. We can also represent you before local zoning and planning commissions to obtain the necessary approvals for your project. David Hammond has worked closely with lenders, architects, engineers, land surveyors, and government officials to move projects from concept to reality.
Residential Real Estate
Our law practice can handle your residential real estate transaction, whether you are a seller, buyer, developer, or lender. We will assist you with negotiating purchase agreements, obtaining necessary government approvals, ensuring that title is clear, and conducting the closing. We are an authorized issuing agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and we can issue title insurance for your transaction, whether small or large.
Commercial Real Estate
David Hammond has handled commercial real estate transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. His experience includes shopping center development, coal and natural gas property acquisitions, drafting all required documents for planned communities under the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, and real estate secured lending transactions. No two commercial transactions are alike, and David Hammond has the experience you need to handle anything that may arise in the course of your deal.
Zoning and Land Use
When it comes to zoning and land use issues, David Hammond literally "wrote the book" as part of the group of professionals who drafted Chapter 8A of the West Virginia Code governing zoning and land use. If you need representation before a municipal or county planning commission, board of zoning appeals, or historic landmarks commission, we can help. We know what you will face so you can be prepared.
Goodwin Hammond represents clients in all aspects of real estate law, including both residential and commercial, as well as land use and development. Our attorneys have negotiated and drafted documents relating to the construction, management, financing and operation of real estate projects, including grading and other improvement contracts, contracts with architects, engineers and other consultants; contracts with governmental agencies concerning the entitlement and improvement of projects; and, agreements with other developers and owners concerning matters of mutual interest, covenants, conditions and restrictions, easement agreements and management agreements.
Commercial Real Estate
Our experience in commercial transactions includes:
Contracts, Options and Contingencies
Permitting and Zoning Requirements
Deeds of Trust
At Goodwin Hammond, PLLC., we represent clients in all types of business planning matters, from the initial startup phase through business succession and the winding up of our clients' businesses.
Our firm boasts a remarkable team of experienced, knowledgeable lawyers. Our entire team has earned a reputation for exceptional representation through the life cycle of our clients' businesses. For clients seeking representation for any type of business planning matter from a premier West Virginia law firm, we offer efficient, effective solutions.
We represent entrepreneurs as well as established businesses in all aspects of business planning, including:
Corporate, partnership and limited liability company law
Corporate tax (subchapter C and subchapter S)
Partnership tax (subchapter k)
Mergers and acquisitions
Sales and purchases of businesses
These are just some of the services we offer for business planning. For startups as well as established companies, we take the time to understand the objectives and interests involved, and we work as a team to create the right strategic plan.
For anyone with an ownership interest in any type of business, there are countless options for the transfer of these valuable assets, and they are not equally effective for every situation. Our lawyers understand the complications involved with the transfer of business assets and the various legal instruments available. We take a strategic, focused team approach to understanding each client's objectives and providing solutions that will meet each client's needs.
Thorough preparation is often the key to success in any venture, including life. At Goodwin Hammond, P.L.L.C., we offer effective estate planning services for clients throughout the 55 counties of West Virginia. We understand that having a plan ahead of time often prevents future hassle when problems arise. For over 30 years we have focused on providing diligent, efficient and accurate legal services that help our clients meet their goals, whatever they are.
As attorneys, we use our knowledge and experience to help clients legally protect what they hold most dear, including their homes and their family’s continued well-being. Our estate planning services include assisting clients to:
Plan an estate that fits their budgets and goals
Draft effective wills and trusts that capture their wishes and goals
Establishing living wills or living trusts
Select durable powers of attorney
Set up advanced healthcare directives We also regularly help clients update their estate plans as circumstances in their lives change. Whether you just bought a house or wish to save for retirement, we seek to protect your lifetime investments and help you establish the legacy you want to leave.
Our firm provides effective and expedient solutions that accurately address our clients’ concerns and help them pursue their goals. We offer creative solutions that realistically address our clients’ concerns about the future. Action means nothing without results, so we diligently employ our resources toward finding the unique plan that fits your family, situation and goals.
Goodwin Hammond offers experienced counsel in an array of areas, such as planning, zoning and other land use matters, including compliance with state and federal sales registration requirements. Our attorneys are skilled in guiding clients through the maze of steps involved in land development, including myriad required filings, approvals, permits, as well as title searches and insurance.
Our knowledge in general land use and development allows us to work with both large and small developers in a variety of projects ranging from industrial and commercial ventures to residential projects, including apartment complexes and condominiums.
Our real estate services include both complex and simple purchase and sale transactions and related financing arrangements; litigation matters involving real estate or mineral lease and contract preparation; title examinations; and, other issues generated by the energy and natural resources industries. We also represent clients in major commercial and mineral sales and acquisitions, and complex transactions typically involving a concentrated effort over a short time period.
We have extensive litigation capabilities in state and federal courts, regulatory agencies, and commercial arbitration, litigating issues such as condemnation, right-of-way, contract disputes and natural gas storage. We also have extensive regulatory experience in both federal and state affairs, having appeared before public utility commissions in contested proceedings related to the pricing of alternative energy.
Regulatory changes, fluctuating economic markets and evolving technologies pose frequent challenges and opportunities to lenders and borrowers. Companies and individuals engaged in commercial finance transactions often need sophisticated strategies and guidance to negotiate efficient financial arrangements that safeguard their interests and relationships.
Goodwin Hammond's commercial finance practice is recognized as one of the premier lending practices in the western United States: 20 of the nation's top 25 institutional lenders rely on our commercial finance attorneys to manage their most important customers and transactions. Our attorneys offer a comprehensive range of commercial finance services, including transaction structuring advice, document production, due diligence assistance, transaction facilitation, project management services and post-closing services. While the types of commercial finance projects we handle often vary in size, complexity and prominence, our attorneys approach every commercial finance matter with strategies and solutions tailored to fit the needs and goals of each of our clients.
Areas of Service
Our commercial finance services include:
Equipment financing and leasing
Letters of credit
Specialized project financing, including for Indian tribes and enterprises
Financial institution regulation
Open-end and closed-end consumer credit
Syndicated loan transactions
Agented multilender transactions
Multi-bank club transactions
Individual secured and unsecured commercial loans of all sizes
Real estate acquisition
HUD and other federal loan programs