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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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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, and mortgage brokers.
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, and transactional matter, whenever possible.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Colorado
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Professional Experience
Chairman, County Board of Zoning Appeals
Boulder County Board of Zoning Appeals
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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.
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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
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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.
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University of Iowa
M.A. | Master's Public Administration
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Honors: Cum Laude Master's degree in Public Administration.
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Awards
"BV" - exemplary attorney and well-established law practice
Martindale-Hubbell, professional attorney rating service
2010 - 2020
Professional Associations
Colorado Bar Association # 27055
Member
- Current
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California State Bar # 129469
Member
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Certifications
Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association
Civil Mediator
California Superior Courts
Licensed General Contractor
California State Contractors License Board
Legal Answers
41 Questions Answered

Q. Buyer can't see land because of COVID-19? A Right of First Refusal or Option to purchase best for seller?
A: Dear Colorado Land Sale Client: I would recommend the following for this transaction: (1) an Option To Purchase for (2) duration of X months (3 months, perhaps ?), with (3) nominal consideration (1% of the sales price, perhaps ?) which will be credited back to the Buyer upon closing. If the Buyer exercises within the duration/cut-off then you'll need a standard Land Sale Contract and associated Warranty Deed. You can expect an experienced attorney should be able to offer you a Fixed Fee for the Option To Purchase (me included in that "experienced attorney" category). 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. How much in average does it cost to draft up a two part buyer and assignment contract
A: Contract Request: if I understand your question, you need a Purchase Contract (?) for real estate (?) with two buyers, and then a subsequent assignment of that contract (?). We offer Fixed Fee for transactional work of this nature. It would be less than $1000.00. But I'd really need to get a full understanding of what your intent/goals for the outcome of the transaction. Let us know if you need assistance. 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. Can a buyer terminate real estate contract because they don't like the HOA interaction they are having?
A: Dear Condo Seller: The buyer has an opportunity to invoke cancellation of the standard Colorado Purchase Contract for HOA issues that meet LIMITED CRITERION (the HOA finances, HOA records, pending assessments, etc) - however, a buyer whom "doesn't like the interactions" with the HOA management company is NOT ADEQUATE GROUNDS FOR CANCELLATION, and constitutes a breach of the purchase contract. You should serve out a Legal Demand Letter identifying your intentions, well before the date for closing. I have experience with multiple hundreds of these situations and can offer fixed fees for incremental assistance (demand letter, mediation as next step, etc). 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. What type of lawyer for defective retaining wall design/construction?
A: Retaining Wall Owner: My analysis on your behalf would start with: (1) the written contract (scope of work, is there a dispute mechanism clause, attorneys fees for having to pursue a dispute), and then (2) the wherewithal of the contractor whom performed the work (do they have insurance, are they still viable, would they accept a legal demand letter and remove and replace the wall correctly this time). With this analysis in hand we would be capable of putting together a strategy gong forward. Certainly you can't leave the wall "as is" for reasons of health/safety and future disclosure, among others. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CA and CO and has specialized in construction and real estate matters for the past 33 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. jamesgreer@CalCoLaw.com, 303.818.8422.
Q. I co-invested in a property with my sis. She died and the place was never in my name. Her husb. won’t respond.
A: Dear Verbal Contract real estate owner: In the state of Colorado a verbal contract to hold property is invalid as against the statute of frauds (stated briefly "it has to be in writing"). There are maneuvers around the statute, but would depend greatly on the quantity of "corroborating statements" you possess (emails, receipts, shared expense records, property tax payments, utility cost payments, repairs and maintenance, and the like). My expertise is on the real estate side; counsel Eby has mentioned a probate challenge. I agree with his assessment and would urge you to speak to probate counsel as soon as possible.
Q. I was supposed to close on my house on 12/20/2019. The sellers are claiming to have medical issues.
A: Dear Colorado Buyer of Residential Property: The Seller cannot use "health reasons" for failing to allow you close on the purchase of this property, and therefore assuming you have continually been "ready, willing, and able" to close and not for any other reason in breach of any of your obligations under the Purchase Contract, and assuming the Seller did not condition the sale of their property in the Contract, the Seller may be in Breach of Contract. I recommend hiring counsel to send "notice" to the Seller on your/Buyer's behalf, and thereafter make legal demand for one of the several legal remedies you have available ("specific performance", claim for monetary damage, etc.). I'd urge you to move forward on the notice and demand, unless you prefer to "walk away" from this transaction. 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. Our builder is defaulting on 20k of bills owed on our build project we paid him in full for. How do we protect ourselve
A: Dear California Homeowner: If your contractor is licensed in the state of California, then you have three steps to take, in my opinion: (1) send a "legal demand letter" to the Contractor demanding they pay the supplier and any other suppliers/subs owed money within the next 72 hours (copy the supplier); then (2) if the Contractor does not comply with your demand immediately contact the CSLB and lodge a "Consumer Complaint" whereby your complaint sounds in "willful diversion of monies" against the Contractor; and (3) you could also contact the Contractors "Surety" on the "Contractor's License Bond" and lodge a claim against the Contractor for the same "willful diversion of monies" complaint description. If your contractor is NOT licensed, then you're only able to pursue the first of these three action items (see above), and thereafter continue to indicate/demand to the contractor that you may be forced to file a lawsuit against them in the event they don't pay all subs/suppliers. Let me know if you need assistance. JIM GREER is an attorney licensed to practice in CA and CO and has specialized in construction/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. 858.481.9006
Q. Can you please confirm if my interpretation of the BPC code for unlicensed subcontractors is correct:
A: Homeowner With Question On Licensure: Your thinking about licensed subcontractors is mostly correct (nicely done !). A contractor or subcontractor may perform ANY TYPE OF WORK without a license so long as the whole of the work is LESS THAN $500.00 (the "PennySaver" advertisement type of contractors). If the work involves more than $500.00 and is of the type that requires a license (almost any work of improvement requires a license, certainly tile installation does), then a license is required. The other part of your question is somewhat confusing where you ask - "the unlicensed contractor must be supervised", because any unlicensed contractor can perform $500.00 worth of work and that $500.00 worth of work does NOT need to be "supervised" (think of the PennySaver handyman who performs $499.00 of work, that person does NOT need to be licensed nor supervised). Therefore, when you ask about an unlicensed contractor needing to be supervised the answer is: (1) not if the unlicensed is performing less than $500.00, and (2) supervision is moot point over $500.00 because the tradesperson HAS TO BE LICENSED. To make this point even more detailed: a LICENSED subcontractor does not have to be constantly supervised, and "supervision" by a General Contractor refers more to the "project as a whole", rather than individuals being supervised. 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. We are building a home in Colorado and our builder has had endless delays and constant excuses as to why it’s not done.
A: Dear Delayed Home Builder: Your question speaks of the phenomenon happening in CO (and other states) whereby the construction industry is "spread thin". I don't mention this to rebuke or to offer excuses for the Contractor, but delayed projects are a sig of the times. You have a contract with a 120 completion clause. Without the benefit of examining a copy, I will need to offer a series of questions to guide you. Q1: is there a penalty clause (for failing to complete on time). Q2: does the Contractor agree that they need to continue paying for the rental property (if they deny that obligation, you will need to insist under penalty of lawsuit/arbitration). Q3: have you incurred any actual losses because of the delay (examples: an income property loses rent but a personal residence does not have "loss of use" damages according to case law; whereas you may be incurring costs for extra loan expenses, or extra utilities) - if so, then you may want to present a Legal Demand for reimbursement of these costs. Q4: does the construction contract contain an "ADR Clause" ? meaning, is there arbitration (rather than court) because that would be less expensive to process a claim as compared with a trial. Q5: is there an attorneys fees provision, because if there is then the contractor understands that they may have to pay your fees in a claims pursuit. These are the questions that need to be examined for you to guide your next steps. 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
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