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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 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 guidance in any type of real estate matter from procurement thru development. He serves the construction industry by advising contractors, developers, and design professionals. He serves the real estate industry by assisting buyers/sellers, lessors/lessees, brokers/agents/appraisers. 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
27 Questions Answered

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).
Q. I'm the landlord. Lease states occupancy no more than two adults without written okay, can minor child occupy?
A: Dear Landlord With Potential Breaching Tenant: An occupancy limit can be a valid condition to a Lease Agreement and if your current tenant has concealed the fact that they exceeded the occupancy then they are technically in Breach of Lease (more than two tenants, including one minor). Of course, there are "business decision" alternatives to evicting a tenant (especially timely paying tenants) for occupancy issues, including new negotiations for an increase in the lease Rate (increase might be justified due to additional wear-and-tear, etc). So, unless there is an occupancy limit in your local municipality, or you have other concerns like septic over-usage, maybe you meet with the Tenant, have them acknowledge the over-occupancy, and discuss rental rate increase. 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 need to remove ex boyfriend from the title to my house
A: Dear Girlfriend Needs Clear Title: Your options are to achieve ex-boyfriend's voluntary transfer, or else you'll be forced to file an action in District Court. If through voluntary means: present a recordable Quitclaim Deed for him to sign before a Notary and then record the Quitclaim and a Real Property Transfer Declaration at your local county recorder. You might have to employ an Attorney to present the appropriate legal demand and the Quitclaim, to said ex-boyfriend. 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. In CO , can a new owner deny access to a 3rd party previously allowed use of land to access 3rd party's own land
A: Dear Prospective Land Purchaser: I can almost always offer an educated opinion even if I have to impute some information in order to supply a response to our fine Justica clientele. This one - it has too many complex nuances for any attorney to SAFELY supply a response. I'll offer this: the law requires that the 3rd Party be allowed pre-existing ingress/egress if that use is prescribed by a recorded easement (you use the word "use" but not the word "easement" so that is an area of inquiry that needs more information), or if that pre-existing ingress/egress rises to the level of Prescriptive Easement or Easement By Necessity. I'll also add this: if there is a recorded easement that permits ingress/egress to said 3rd Party in a route not across your newly acquired land, and if the 3rd Party does not have rights rising to the level of Prescriptive Easement or Easement By Necessity, then PERHAPS you can restrict the 3rd Party access over your newly acquired land and insist that the neighbor uses the recorded easement. These are complex legal rights, that require an exercise of CAUTION before you outlay money for the purchase. Lastly, it would be wise to contact a Title Insurance representative and have the title documents presented to you as thoroughly as possible. I'd also urge you to hire a local attorney BEFORE you purchase.
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