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Real Estate Attorney in Lawrenceville, New Jersey

When it comes to real estate matters, you may be dealing with one of the most significant investments of your life. I understand that behind every real estate issue lies not just a significant financial stake but also personal dreams, aspirations, and sometimes, hard-earned life savings.  

Whether you're buying your first home, selling a property, or caught in a legal dispute, I recognize the weight of what's at stake and the importance of every decision you make. With over 30 years of hands-on experience in the field, I, James P. Manahan, am dedicated to delivering personalized legal solutions tailored to the unique needs of homeowners, real estate developers, tenants, landlords, and more. 

My firm serves a diverse client base across New Jersey, including Trenton, Pennington, Mercer County, Burlington County, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County. With offices in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Newtown, Pennsylvania, I am well-positioned to assist clients wherever they may be in the region. 

Real Estate Law Services My Firm Offers

Real estate transactions and disputes can be highly intricate, often requiring an assertive and seasoned attorney to handle the proceedings. My services encompass but are not limited to: 


The act of transferring property ownership is critical, requiring careful attention to detail to ensure a seamless process. I oversee every step of the closing process, from reviewing contracts to the final exchange of keys, with a sharp eye to safeguarding your interests. 

Easements and Property Rights

Understanding and establishing legal rights to your property, or dealing with issues like right-of-way or access, demands a lawyer who can firmly assert and protect your real property rights. 

Contract Drafting and Review

Whether you're drafting an agreement for a sale, lease, or another type of real estate transaction, I create and scrutinize contracts to prevent future legal challenges, ensuring they align with your intentions and protect your interests. 

Partition Actions

At times, co-owners of property may not agree on the future of their shared investment. Through partition actions, I help clients reach equitable solutions, whether that means physically dividing the property or negotiating a buy-out. 

Commercial and Residential Purchases and Sales

I represent both buyers and sellers in transactions, providing guidance from the initial offer through to closing, ensuring due diligence is performed, and advocating for my clients' best interests at every turn. 


Developers require an attorney who understands local zoning laws and can maneuver through the regulatory landscape. My local experience equips me to facilitate development projects from inception to completion. 

Landlord-Tenant Law

Whether drafting lease agreements, managing disputes, or handling eviction proceedings, I represent clients on either side of the equation, striving for fair and lawful resolutions. 

Addressing Liens and Title Disputes

Property ownership can be jeopardized by liens and title disputes. I have the experience and knowledge to tackle these challenges, working diligently to clear titles and resolve disputes in your favor. 

For Experienced Legal Counsel

Overview of New Jersey Real Estate Law

Fully grasping New Jersey's real estate law requires a deep understanding of both state-specific regulations and the nuances of local ordinances. New Jersey stands out due to its comprehensive environmental regulations, complicated zoning laws, and requirement for attorney involvement in real estate transactions, distinguishing it from many other states.  

For instance, the New Jersey Attorney Review Clause in real estate contracts grants parties three business days to have their contracts reviewed by a lawyer, offering a unique layer of protection.  

Additionally, the state's laws on property tax appeals, landlord-tenant relationships, and coastal development under the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) add layers of complexity to managing property within its borders.  

Whether you're dealing with residential or commercial real estate, consulting with an experienced lawyer will lead to a stronger understanding of the state’s laws and how they impact your situation.  

Why Clients Trust My Firm

Working with me means receiving attentive, direct service—I don’t pass off cases to associates. My commitment to delivering a highly personalized level of representation is steadfast.

My clients appreciate my approachable nature and my ability to demystify complicated legal matters, making them understandable. Efficiency and empathy drive my practice, ensuring matters are resolved with compassion and without unnecessary costs. 

With over three decades of experience practicing law in New Jersey, I have cemented deep relationships and developed an intimate knowledge of this region’s real estate law environment. This, coupled with my solo practice model, affords clients the benefit of my undivided attention and the assurance of consistent, high-quality legal counsel. 

Get Started With a Free Consultation

In this field, having an experienced real estate attorney who embodies both experience and dedication can significantly impact the outcome of your legal matters. I invite you to schedule a free 30-minute consultation where you can familiarize yourself with my approach, learn about my services, and discuss your specific real estate legal needs and goals.  

To arrange an appointment, contact my office in Lawrenceville or email me. I look forward to partnering with you to facilitate successful real estate transactions and resolve disputes expediently and favorably.

Real Estate Attorney Serving Lawrenceville, New Jersey

For accessible and affordable guidance in real estate matters, contact me, James P. Manahan, your dedicated attorney ready to safeguard your interests and support your real estate endeavors in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and beyond. My service is rooted in delivering strategies and results tailored to your specific real estate requirements and interests. Put my experience on your side by reaching out today.