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Thomas D. Kearns


Latest News & Developments in Commercial Real Estate Law

Since 2008, we have used our real estate law blog as a way to keep readers informed about the latest developments and news within commercial real estate law. Some of the topics we regularly address include court decisions on disputed commercial real estate transactions, limited liability company law and high-end residential real estate transactions. In addition to informing readers, we make it a priority to provide an in-depth analysis of the topics we discuss.

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ALTA Surveys vs. New York Style Surveys

In many parts of the country surveys for commercial property sites are typically performed  in accordance with ALTA (American Land Title Association) standards.  But like many other commercial real  estate matters in New York, New York City is different.  In a recent email exchange Tom Glatthaar of Fidelity’s New York office wrote the following explanation of the history and custom of New York City surveys: Read More ›

New N.Y.C. Transfer Tax Return Requirement

The following article was published in the September 22, 2015 issue of the New York Real Estate Journal Read More ›

So You Want to Crowdfund? Top 7 Issues

The following article was published in the July 28-31, 2015 issue of New York Real Estate Journal. Read More ›

New York Courts Prohibit Tax Escalations For Tenants Due to Building Improvements

A line of New York court opinions restrict tax escalations in commercial leases based on building improvements that don't benefit the tenant. Read More ›

Understanding Artists' Rights in Contracts for Building Art

The following article was published in the June 29 issue of New York Law Journal.

Reprinted with permission from the June 29 issue of New York Law Journal © 2015. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.  Read More ›

Watch Your Condo Listings and Model Apartments!

The following article was published in the March 24-26, 2015 issue of New York Real Estate Journal. Read More ›

Top 2014 Court Decisions and Statutes Affecting the Real Estate Industry

The following article was published in the January 27-9, 2015 issue of New York Real Estate Journal. Read More ›

NY Sales Tax Hits Passive Investors in Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies

Investing in a limited partnership or limited liability can expose you to liability for uncollected New York sales taxes, even if you're not actively involved in the business or you have invested only a very small amount. Read the below Client Alert and find out why this can happen to you and how to best protect or at least limit your liability for uncollected sales tax. Read More ›

Just what is "Gross Negligence"?

The following article was published in the November 25-28 issue of New York Real Estate Journal. Read More ›