What We Do

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The Allen Law Group PLLC provides legal services for all aspects of real estate acquisition, development, ownership and sale as well as for general business matters.

Real Estate Transactions

The Allen Law Group PLLC provides “cradle to grave” real estate transactional services to clients.  Whether you are buying an investment property, developing a major project, handling an ownership or management issue or simply need an advocate in your corner when it is time to sell, ALGP can help. Representative services and document preparation include:

  • Acquisition and sales:  Purchase and Sale Agreements, Option Agreements, Resolution of Title Issues, Corporate Governance, Excise Tax analysis, other Closing Issues
  • Entity Formation and Management:  Limited Liability Company formation and ongoing management, Homeowner Association formation, Investor transfers and communication
  • Development:  Development Agreements, CC&Rs, Operating Covenants, Easements, Cost Sharing Agreements, Consultant Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements
  • Finance:  Acquisition and Development loans, Construction Financing, Take-out Financing, Refinancing of Portfolio and CMBS loans. Experience includes SBA loans, Operating Lines of Credit, Personal Guarantees, Loan Defeasance, issuance of Borrower Counsel opinions and Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreements
  • Leasing:  Ground Leases, Retail and Office Leasing, Subleases, Licenses and Use Agreements
  • Property Management:  Property Management Agreements, Contracts for Tenant Improvements, Vendor and Consultant Contracts
  • Due Diligence: Title and Survey Review, Lease Abstracts, Contract Analysis for an individual property or an entire portfolio


Real Estate for Individuals and Families

The Allen Law Group PLLC enjoys solving vexing problems facing individuals and families looking for common sense solutions.  ALGP has negotiated and drafted Life Tenancy Agreements, Tenancy-in-Common Agreements, Partition Agreements, Shared Use Agreements, Leases, Easements and other documents designed to preserve family and other relationships with clarity and calm.


General Business

Aliza Allen, the founder of ALGP, had the good fortune to serve as in-house counsel to Lorig Associates, a regional development and property management company.  In that capacity, she had the unique opportunity to “sit on the other side of the table” and become the client to lawyers providing service to Lorig.  More than any other, that experience highlighted the qualities that made a legal adviser a trusted and valued member of the team rather than an expensive and unfortunate necessity.  ALGP is committed to providing value to its clients, to make a net positive impact to the bottom line.  A sample of Aliza’s general counsel experience includes:

  • Principal adviser on key operating contracts, project financing, development contracts, dispute resolution and work out strategies.  Work included review and negotiation of property specific purchase and sale, development and operating agreements and corporate and project specific financing documents.
  • Advised on key litigation strategy during economic down turn in collaboration with outside counsel.
  • Responded to investor requests to sell ownership units and documented sales.
  • Reviewed and negotiated major vendor contracts during initial lease-up and throughout ownership of mixed use projects (tenant payment and screening systems; elevator maintenance; third party utility billing services; Yardi accounting system; tenant improvement contracts; etc.).
  • Reviewed and negotiated loan documents for portfolio of mixed use residential and retail centers including ground leased projects and corporate operating line of credit; debt included CMBS and portfolio loans.
  • Reviewed, negotiated and closed complicated refinance of office center with buy-out of investor partners and negotiation with ground lessor.


Non-Profit Organizations

The Allen Law Group PLLC has a particular fondness for providing legal services to non-profit organizations providing affordable housing to members of our community. ALGP currently serves as local counsel to Habitat for Humanity Seattle – King County and applies her substantial experience in real estate and other legal matters to support Habitat’s vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” ALGP also provides pro-bono legal and strategic business advice to Facing Homelessness in support of the Block Project.