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Gilbert M. Hoffman

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Gilbert M. Hoffman

Gilbert M. Hoffman

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ghoffman@bhlawpllc.com
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Gilbert M. Hoffman
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“With clients, I don’t just answer their question, but also explain the answer.  If they understand the law and the processes, that not only puts them in a much better position, but assures them that I have the knowledge to handle their problems.”

Attorneys, land owners, purchasers, and businesses seeking help with land disputes, aggregations, complex title matters, easements and rights of way, environmental and zoning issues, and boundary and survey disputes, can benefit from Gil Hoffman’s experience as a real estate consulting attorney. Clients can call on Gil for counsel in any area of transactional real estate, title law, title insurance, development and financing, leasing, and oil and gas leases.

In his capacity as an attorney with a title insurance company for 27 years, Gil has been a highly valued consultant to other attorneys on real estate transactions, known for his breadth and depth of expertise in commercial real estate transactions and commercial titles. So whether a property owner has a boundary or survey dispute with an adjoining owner, an issue regarding access to real property or a body of water, or desires to resubdivide or develop a parcel of land, Gil can help.

And because laws change constantly, clients who need an answer to just about any question can be assured that Gil has the professional contacts to ensure they get the right answer.

Real Property Law
Commercial/Industrial Property

You might be a partner in an energy generation plant, and need help certifying title for transmission lines or a turbine wind farm. Or perhaps you need to minimize the real property impact of oil and gas leasing, or just want an expert to facilitate your real property transaction. Gil Hoffman has spent more than 33 years working on commercial and industrial real property and title matters, and can help you with a broad range of complex legal issues, including:

  • real estate development
  • financing and land transfers
  • transfers of oil and gas rights
  • oil and gas leasing
  • access to minerals
  • boundary disputes, including expert witness testimony
  • certifying title, including lands under water
  • title examination
  • environmental and zoning issues involving the subdivision of land
  • transmission line rights
  • ground leasing and space leasing

Clients looking for counsel that have a deeper understanding of their problems should know that Gil has represented both buyers and sellers throughout his career, giving him critical insight into all sides of the issues and making him a highly knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients.

And he’s gone a step further than simply being an expert interpreter of industry standards: He brings heightened value to his clients through the considerable time he has spent developing title and underwriting standards for the title insurance and banking industries.

Private Property

Whether you’re involved in a disagreement with your neighbor concerning a property line, wonder about the legality of putting in a private road, or just want to put utilities on your property but don’t know how to begin the process, Gil has the experience and resources to help you through these often trying situations. If you have a recreational property near or on a body of water, you already face many confusing rules that apply only to your property, and you might need professional counsel to help you interpret those rules.

Gil’s expertise includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • access to real property, whether on a public or private road
  • boundary disputes
  • access to a body of water
  • survey disputes
  • private roads
  • title insurance claims
  • ownership issues

If you’re simply looking to put utilities on your property, Gil can create a beneficial easement for you.

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  • Closed $900 million transfer of nuclear power plants on Lake Ontario
  • Closed financing and land transfers for $435 million Shopping Center expansion
  • Testified as expert witness in commercial boundary dispute
  • Certified title to 35 mile electric transmission line, including lands under water
  • Supervised title examination for $20 million transfer of oil and gas rights
  • Certified title for 88 turbine wind farm
  • Closed the acquisition and financing for the largest acreage transaction in recent Jefferson County, NY history
  • New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section Executive Committee – Member at Large
  • New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair (Upstate), Title and Transfer Committee
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV ratedChairman, Real Property Law Section, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, Membership Committee, Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Past Chairman, New York State Bar Association Title Standards Subcommittee; passed first revision of New York State Title Standards since 1958
  • Member, NYS and Onondaga County Bar Association, and former member OCBA Board of Directors
  • Frequent faculty member at CLE programs throughout New York State, including the Broome, Tomkins, Jefferson, Onondaga, and Oneida County Bar Associations, New York State Bar Association, New York State Land Title Association, and the National Business Institute.
  • Former Member, Law and Forms Committee of the Title Insurance Rate Service Association, Inc.
  • Associate Member, New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors

 

Education

  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Syracuse University, Cum Laude

Admissions

  • New York


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