Real estate is one of the biggest investments that most people will make in their lifetime. So, when problems arise with real estate that you own – or a property that you are buying or selling – it can be overwhelmingly stressful and scary.

If you are facing a potential real estate-related legal issue, you should seek counsel from an experienced real estate attorney as soon as possible. Proper and timely legal advice is of critical importance, as mishandling the matter could end up being financially, and emotionally, devastating.  

At Coover Law Firm, LLC , we have extensive experience in both residential and commercial real estate law in Maryland. For over 30 years, we have been representing the interests of home buyers, home sellers, builders, developers, renters and investors in Columbia, MD and beyond.

Maryland Residential Real Estate Law


According to, in April 2018 the median value of homes in Howard County, MD was $435,998 … more than double the national median of $213,146.

Why does this matter? Because, quite simply, it means that you must put a lot of money on the line when you choose to purchase real estate in the Columbia, MD area. Therefore, when problems arise with a property that you own, or are buying or selling, you need an experienced real estate attorney on your side, that you can trust to represent your interests and protect your investment.

For example, here are a few examples of common issues that arise relating to Maryland residential real estate:

  • A buyer purchases a home, only to later discover that the home has major (and expensive) structural problems that were not disclosed by the seller.
  • The seller backs out of the contract prior to settlement, and is refusing to return the buyer’s earnest money deposit. The buyer feels that not only are they entitled to a refund of their deposit, but that the seller is guilty of breach of contract.
  • A buyer purchases a new construction home, and later finds evidence of sub-standard construction by the builder.

Fred L. Coover, Esquire has a long history of representing clients’ interests in residential real estate matters. In addition to advocating for clients in his private practice, Mr. Coover also serves as a mediator for the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR).



Maryland Commercial Real Estate Law


Commercial real estate refers to property that is used solely for business purposes, such as office complexes, hotels, restaurants, apartment complexes, shopping centers and convenience stores.

Coover Law Firm, LLC has extensive experience representing Howard County, MD builders and developers in matters relating to the purchase, sale, lease and/or development of commercial real estate in Maryland, to help ensure that the process goes smoothly. We are skilled in the following areas:

  • Securing project financing
  • Entity formation
  • Land acquisition
  • Contracting with subs
  • Litigation of disputes, should they arise

Coover Law Firm, LLC is well-versed in all areas of construction law and land use and zoning law, from obtaining permits to understanding liability for violations. Likewise, we are highly knowledgeable regarding liability for injuries occurring on private property, as well as other civil litigation matters.

Commercial Real Estate Litigation

When a dispute arises over commercial real estate, time is often critical. Knowing where to go to get things done early on in the process can make a huge difference in the ultimate outcome. At Coover Law Firm, our extensive experience handling commercial real estate matters in Howard County, MD allows us to react quickly, and effectively, on our clients’ behalf.

While we always encourage our clients to try to resolve matter at hand without intervention by the Court – often by utilizing mediation and/or arbitration – sometimes the parties are simply unable to reach an agreement. In cases where litigation becomes necessary, Coover Law Firm aggressively advocates for our clients’ interests, both in and out of the courtroom.

We are highly experienced in a wide range of commercial real estate-related conflicts, including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Construction defects and mechanic’s liens
  • Construction Trust actions
  • Environmental compliance issues
  • Fraud, misrepresentation and nondisclosure
  • Land use and zoning disputes
  • Little Miller Act Claims
  • Payment Bonds/Performance Bonds
  • Real estate partnership and joint venture disputes
  • Recovery of earnest money
  • Title insurance litigation
  • Establishing real estate partnerships & joint ventures
  • Wrongful foreclosure

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If you are looking to develop commercial property, or find yourself facing a real estate dispute that requires legal intervention, call us today at (410) 553-5042 to schedule a consultation with an experienced commercial real estate lawyer, Fred L. Coover. Our office are conveniently located in Columbia, MD adjacent to the Columbia Town Center and Merriweather Post Pavillion. For directions, please click here.

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