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James Alan Greer

James Alan Greer

GREER + ASSOCIATES, PC
  • Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Arbitration & Mediation...
  • California, Colorado
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Summary

Mr. Greer is expert in real estate and construction law for the past 32 years: whether involving realty transactional matters, consultation, or arbitration/mediation, he has successfully served real estate and construction clientele (large and small) in all of their "phases" of need in California and Colorado. He is an experienced Attorney, and is also a certified Arbitrator, and a licensed General Contractor. Mr. Greer offers transactional work and consulting in real estate purchase/sale contracts, leases, and construction contracts; and he offers experienced guidance in any type of real estate matter from procurement thru development. He serves the construction industry by advising contractors, developers, design professionals, and owners. He serves the real estate industry by assisting buyers/sellers, lessors/lessees, brokers/agents/appraisers. Mr. Greer will pursue litigation on a case-by-case basis on behalf of these same clientele and subject matters.
Truly, there is NO DISPUTE involving real estate or construction law that Jim Greer can not assist in a reasonable and efficiently priced manner.
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Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    1/2 hour on the phone, free
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Initial telephonic discussion is gratis; thereafter fees range from $250 to $350 per hour, depending. Effort made to offer FIXED FEE for defined tasks/scope, whenever possible.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Colorado
Professional Experience
Chairman, County Board of Zoning Appeals
Boulder County Board of Zoning Appeals
- Current
Appointed County-Wide by Planning Commission to serve as Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals in Boulder County CO.
Real Estate Transactions Consultant
REALTY CONSULTANTS, INC.
- Current
Mr. Greer is hired to perform every type of Real Estate Transaction, including Purchase Contracts, Leases, Easements, Deeds, and Promissory Notes, in residential and commercial transactions. He is also called upon to offer advice to Developers for advice from "procurement, thru entitlement, and construction" where he is qualified to assist in every transactional aspect of the "life" of developing a property.
Licensed General Contractor
CSLB - California State License Board
- Current
In order to serve his specialty, and utilize his background in development and construction, Mr. Greer achieved a General Contractor's License ("G.C.") in the State of California, meeting the requirements of four years hands-on experience in construction and development and passing the all-day practical examination. Under his G.C. license, Mr. Greer has procured, designed, and developed eight residential properties, and two commercial sites.
Founder of Law Firm - Real Estate and Construction Litigtaion
GREER + ASSOCIATES, PC
- Current
Mr. Greer founded his law firm in 1988 after 2 years In-House Counsel at a Real Estate Development Company. For the ensuing 30 years he and a staff of several associate attorneys successfully litigated and/or resolved in excess of 2200 litigation files involving a myriad of construction and real estate matters. Mr. Greer achieved results for large and small clients alike, allowing him to earn a reputation as one of the finest specialists in San Diego County and Boulder County (Colorado).
Senate Intern
Iowa State Senate
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Selected from state-wide applicant pool, served as Senate Intern in lieu of senior year High School, including during special session for passage of nation's first "bottle deposit" legislation.
Education
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (1986) | Real Estate and ADR
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University of Iowa
B.S. (1981) | Economics and Political Science
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Honors: Honors undergraduate (in three years) with double major in Economics and Political Science.
Activities: Chairman of Student Judicial Court; Vice-Chairman of County political party; Senate Intern during last year of High School; State of Iowa Scholar.
University of Iowa
M.A. | Master's Public Administration
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Honors: Cum Laude Master's degree in Public Administration.
Awards
"BV" - exemplary attorney and well-established law practice
Martindale-Hubbell, professional attorney rating service
Professional Associations
Colorado Bar Association # 27055
Member
- Current
California State Bar # 129469
Member
- Current
Certifications
Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association
Civil Mediator
California Superior Courts
Licensed General Contractor
California State Contractors License Board
Legal Answers
30 Questions Answered

Q. Hired a home depot contractorand he quit how can i get help?
A: Homeowner With Contractor Abandonment. Your situation sounds upsetting; I'll try to offer some guidance. First, perhaps you should be trying to contact the actual contractor that abandoned this job - do you have their company name ? if you do you can look them up online or on the CSLB: website:http://www.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx The contractor owes you the duty (not Home Depot) to maintain safety protocol at your site, and to finish the job. You should focus your communications being directed to the contractor. Next, you can lodge an emergency complaint at the CSLB by (1) filing a Consumer Complaint, then (2) following up with phone calls expressing your concern about the safety of the building. While the CSLB oftentimes take weeks to investigate, in some of the "emergency type" of files they will react quickly. Lastly, you can hire an attorney to place pressure on the contractor but that is an out of pocket expense that you may not recoup (depends on the wording of your actual construction contract). I hope these suggestions offer some assistance in your ability to get this work completed, safely, and without further delay.
Q. I am a plaintiff. I need to amend my lawsuit to add two additional defendants. How can I do this?
A: Dear Plaintiff Needing to Amend Complaint: If there is no named defendant whom has filed an Answer to Complaint (which seems likely from my reading of your description) then you are allowed by the Code of Civil Procedure to file a "First Amended Complaint", and the court will accept the filing without additional filing fees, or a motion, or the like. Please note, however, that you will also need to file an "Amended Summons". After both the Amended Complaint and the Amended Summons has been issued by the court, you are free to serve the Surety and the Principal with these two documents.
Q. What if neighbor violates terms of an easement in CO?
A: Dear Easement Grantee: On the face of it, your description of the activities by the servient property owner seems to be a violation of the Easement Agreement, to wit: "not to plant, install, or maintain any trees, bushes . . . over or upon any portion of the . . . Area". Easement areas are expected to require clearance for possible future excavation and repair. if there are trees placed in a manner that would block the accessibility of the sewer lateral (for repair purposes) then the trees can be considered "unreasonably interfering". It may be the case where a civil engineer could opine as to the location of the sewer line in relationship with the trees, on your behalf, and so inform the neighbor. Regardless, you would be well advised to send certified NOTICE to the neighbor, citing the easement language, and indicating that they will hereafter be responsible for any costs to remove trees/bushes in the future as the need for access to the sewer line shall arise. They should also be "encouraged" to transplant the larger specimens away from the sewer lateral, so that future access is maintained. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate transactions for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party.
Q. I wan to finish off a fence between my backyard and a portion of my neighbors backyard.
A: Dear Fence Line Property owner: The section you cite is pertinent to "agricultural or grazing lands". While you didn't make a distinction in your question, the legal authority supports your desires only if you are speaking about agricultural land. Here is the citation: Universal Citation: CO Rev Stat ยง 35-46-112 (2016) Where the agriculture or grazing lands of two or more persons adjoin, whether or not such lands are farmed or grazed, it is the duty of the owner of each tract to build one-half of the line fence. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate transactions for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party.
Q. i have a contract to sell my house, and i need someone to look over it for me and let me know if it is legit.
A: Sales Contract (Residential): I am equipped to assist, and happy to help. Would be best if you sent along the proposed/pending Contract via email, and I'll supply you with a responsive email identifying the Fixed Fee to perform review, analysis, and advice. Thanks. jamesgreer@CalCoLaw.com JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate transactions for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party.
Q. Retail Business Space Lease
A: Dear LLC Lessee: It is standard practice for a Lessor to require a Personal Guarantee ("P.G.") from the Members of an LLC. The reasoning from a Lessor's standpoint includes the primary concern that an entity (an LLC, for example) can breach a Lease by simply winding down and dissolving, thereby leaving the Lessor with no manner of collecting lost rents. You asked if your LLC still offers protection if/when the two Members sign a P.G. - no, clearly the P.G. negates the personal property protection granted from the entity to the Members (that is the primary intention of the P.G., to be able to collect lost rents directly from the Members). You asked about trying to protect your personal assets in face of a request for a P.G., and the reply to that is quite "involved". We have performed that negotiation in several lease negotiations on behalf of prospective Lessees, but we would need to know a lot more about your LLC's financial wherewithal in order to recommend the effort of undertaking that approach in your negotiations with the Lessor. To grossly simplify the approach: a successful negotiating-away the requirement of an individual P.G. required us to demonstrate to the Lessor both the willingness and the capacity of the Members to provide the Lessor with additional (and sometimes substantial) financial assurances and financial security from the LLC/Lessee such that the Lessor becomes comfortable in removing the requirement of the P.G. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate transactions for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party.
Q. A family trust gave us funds to assist in the purchase of a home. After the purchase they filed a lien on the property?
A: Dear Trust Borrower For Purchase of Real Estate: While I don't have the full understanding of you/Borrower understanding of the loan and the details therein, I have to offer this generalized advice: it is "usual" that a Lender of money for purchase of real property would want to be "secured" in the repayment of the loan and thereby would reasonably expect that their Deed of Trust, securing a Promissory Note, would be placed on title. The best example of this arrangement is an arms' length loan from a Banking Institution to buyers/borrowers of property - it is a routine practice that the Lender is on title (or, a "lien" as you describe it). I hope this assists; perhaps you should ask an attorney to check over the paperwork to make sure it is properly recorded, but the "lien" situation in a loan is not unusual. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate transactions for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party.
Q. Someone filed a lien against my property. This is not a contractor, it is a person who claims I owe them money. Plz advz
A: Dear Liened Property Owner: In order for a lien to be "properly" recorded onto the title of your property it must either have been: (1) from a supplier of construction labor, services, materials; (2) a judgment creditor; or (3) a lender. The lien itself will describe the claimant (names and address), so you should have some idea of who this person/entity purports to be. You can start by directly contacting the claimant and trying to understand the basis for the lien. If that does not achieve a willingness from the claimant to voluntarily release the lien, then I recommend a strongly worded Legal Demand Letter. If that fails, your next alternative is an action in District Court for "unlawful disparagement of title". Oftentimes attorneys fees can be claimed in that action under notions of fraud and bad faith. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CO and CA and has specialized in real estate matters for the past 30 years; nothing herein shall be construed as the offering of legal advice insofar as Mr. Greer is not in an attorney-client capacity with the inquiring party. 303.818.8422
Q. When purchasing a home, if the pipes freeze AFTER the inspection but BEFORE closing. Who is responsible?
A: Dear Frozen Pipes Seller: the rule of law in Colorado Real estate sales contract is that the SELLER (and the Seller's insurance carrier) is responsible for all property damages occurring at the subject property until the moment of "closing" (or, the moment the title is transferred to Buyer).
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