Natelson Law Firm
411 Camino de la Placita
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Phone:  (575) 758-4844
Fax:  (575) 758-9283
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  •  Residential and Commercial Real Estate
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Formation and Representation of Business Entities
  • Wills and Estates
  • Construction Matters
  • Contracts
  • Appellate Practice

Residential and Commercial Real Estate
We represent individuals and businesses in wide variety of real estate related transactions and disputes. Our commercial real estate clients include developers, property owners and managers, tenants, financial institutions and investors involved in all types of transactions from routine purchase agreements and landlord-tenant issues to development issues.

For residential real estate clients, our services include the purchase and sale of land and residences, disputes concerning warranty and other construction issues,disputes with neighbors regarding boundary and easement issues and a variety of other real estate-related issues.

Civil and Commercial Litigation
Civil and commercial litigation involves filing and defending lawsuits brought in the courts of the State of New Mexico. Legal disputes not settled by the individuals or entities involved are submitted to a court for a judge or jury to decide. We have litigation and trial experience in all New Mexico courts, including appeals. We have represented individuals and businesses in a wide array of disputes, including those involving real estate, debt transactions, construction, breach of contract, personal injury and many others.

We also represent parties in alternative dispute resolution forums, such as arbitration and mediation.

Formation and Representation of Business Entities
We provide a wide variety of services to our business clients, from choosing the appropriate business entity for operation to dissolution. The form of business chosen for a business entity potentially affects every aspect of its operations. We assist our clients in deciding whether they want to operate as a closely held business, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation. We also provide ongoing services such as preparation and upkeep of business records and general legal advice, including contract and debtor/creditor issues, the purchase and sale of the entity or its assets and various other issues faced by small business owners.

Wills and Estates
We help our clients prepare for a smooth transition of assets, and for management of assets, in case of incapacity or death.  We consult with our clients about their particular needs and wishes concerning who should receive their property, or who should have the authority to make decisions about them and their property.  Then, we draft the appropriate documents, including wills, trusts, advance directives, and powers of attorney.  We also guide and represent clients in connection with the probate process and the administration of estates.

Construction Matters
We offer advice and representation to businesses and individuals involved in the construction industry as owners, general contractors or sub-contractors. Services include preparation and review of construction contracts, disputes concerning adequacy of performance and mechanics lien litigation.

The law of contracts pertains to many diverse areas. A contract is an agreement between two or more parties to exchange something (consideration) for something else. A contract is formed through an offer and the acceptance of the offer. A valid contract need not be in writing except in certain instances. Contractual agreements are entered into regarding many different subjects in every day life. The practice of contract law addresses assurance that a valid, binding contract is in place in the first instance, and that remedies for breach of contract are available and enforced.

Appellate Practice
The skills required to try a case to a jury or to a court are, in many important ways, different from those required to handle a case on appeal. The goal of trial counsel is to persuade the jury or the judge to adopt a particular view of the evidence and the facts. The objective of appellate counsel is to persuade the court to adopt a particular view of the law. We have successfully handled numerous matters in the New Mexico appellate courts.