Last Updated May 14, 2019

Law and Practice

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McGuireWoods LLP has a diverse real estate practice of more than 80 lawyers and land use planners in its offices in Tysons, Charlottesville, Richmond and Norfolk, with skills in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional real estate transactions. The firm’s transactional representation spans all aspects of real estate acquisition, development, financing and disposition, including acquisition, sale, leasing and financing transactions, as well as project finance, construction, public-private partnerships, negotiation of local and state incentives and privatization transactions. The team respresents clients around the world on various sides of such transactions, including Fortune 500 companies. The transactional practice is complemented by the firm’s land use expertise, as it frequently handles zoning and land use matters for development projects.

There are four types of deeds used to convey property in Northern Virginia: a special warranty deed, a general warranty deed, a deed with “English Covenants of Title”, and a quitclaim deed. In a special warranty deed, the grantor warrants that neither the grantor nor anyone claiming by, through or under the grantor has done anything to defeat or diminish the grantee’s rights in the property. In a general warranty deed, the grantor generally warrants the title conveyed and promises to defend the title against the claims and demands of all persons, back to the beginning of time. If a deed contains “English Covenants of Title”, then the promises and representations set forth in Section 55-71 through 55-74 of the Virginia Code are incorporated into the deed. Lastly, in a quitclaim deed, the grantor makes no warranty or covenant of title, and merely conveys such title as the grantor has, if any. All such deeds are recorded in the land records of the county in which the property is located.

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McGuireWoods LLP has a diverse real estate practice of more than 80 lawyers and land use planners in its offices in Tysons, Charlottesville, Richmond and Norfolk, with skills in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional real estate transactions. The firm’s transactional representation spans all aspects of real estate acquisition, development, financing and disposition, including acquisition, sale, leasing and financing transactions, as well as project finance, construction, public-private partnerships, negotiation of local and state incentives and privatization transactions. The team respresents clients around the world on various sides of such transactions, including Fortune 500 companies. The transactional practice is complemented by the firm’s land use expertise, as it frequently handles zoning and land use matters for development projects.

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