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A Real Estate Lawyer Can Provide Land Use & Development Counsel

In today's complex and highly regulated land use development environment, landowners, stakeholders, and public agencies deserve trustworthy and reliable legal counsel.

An experienced real estate lawyer can provide comprehensive counsel regarding permitting, litigation, and appellate services for your land use and real estate development needs.

From early-stage pre-approval planning and due diligence to defending entitlements in the courts and every step in between, our Stockton, CA, attorneys stand ready to provide the guidance you need.

The Benefits of Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

Make Sense of Paperwork

Any real estate transaction or dispute involves creating and reviewing extensive legal documentation. Without legal training, making sense of contracts, mortgages, deeds, or other documents can be immensely difficult. When you hire one of our real estate attorneys, he or she will ensure that all paperwork is properly drafted, signed, and submitted.

Cover All Bases

If you are buying or developing real estate, any discrepancy in the documentation could lead to major problems and stress in the future. If you are disputing the use of land in your community, you want a trained lawyer on your side who can use viable legal strategies to advocate for your cause. Whatever your real estate law needs, a real estate attorney from our Stockton, CA, law firm will make sure that all of your legal bases are covered.

Protect Your Rights

Whatever your land use or real estate law concern, our real estate lawyers are prepared to defend your rights and make sure you are treated fairly under the law. When you hire our real estate team, we can represent you at legal hearings, mediations, real estate transactions, or any other meeting related to your land. With a dedicated lawyer advocating for you, you can rest assured that your rights will not be violated.

Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP Is Equipped to Help You

Our law firm has built long-standing, productive relationships with developers, stakeholders, government officials, and environmental experts in the Stockton, CA, area. These relationships allow us to competently and skillfully address the specific land use needs of our clients. Whether you seek assistance obtaining a use permit for a small business, opposing the approval of an undesirable use in your neighborhood, or processing entitlements for a large-scale master-planned community project, our real estate lawyers are exceptionally equipped to help you.

Contact Our Real Estate Attorneys Today

our lawyersIf you are seeking counsel for an issue related to real estate law, we encourage you to contact Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, with offices in Walnut Creek and Stockton, CA, today. The attorneys at our law firm have many decades of combined experience in both residential and commercial real estate, and we look forward to serving your needs. 

To enlist the assistance of our real estate lawyers, please contact us online or call (209) 477-8171.

"A Consummate Professional"

Brett [Jolley] is a consummate professional who is very well versed in the area of land use law. He brings a general affability and substantive acumen to his legal practice. Clients uniformly have a high regard for his passionate and credible representation. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with him on very high stakes matters and have had the good fortune of prevailing, in no small part due to the analysis he is able to marshal in a written brief and the cogent arguments he delivers in person."

- 5-Star Peer Review on

Aspects of Land Use Law

Our attorneys represent business owners, developers, trade associations, non-profits, land owners, community groups, and public agencies in all aspects of land use and environmental law, including:

  • Permits and entitlements such as use permits and variances, subdivision maps, development agreements, specific plans, zoning changes, and general plan amendments as well as land use due diligence and obtaining zoning compliance letters.
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating all types of real estate agreements, including purchase and sale agreements, mortgage documents, ground leases, and commercial leases.
  • Legislative actions by local government such as ordinance amendments, as well as initiatives and referenda.
  • Appearing on behalf of clients and helping them develop strategies for administrative hearings before planning commissions, city councils, and county boards of supervisors. 
  • Agency and district formations, boundary changes, annexations, and detachments and oversight by Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCo's) 
  • Environmental impact assessment, mitigation, and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Land use litigation and appeals, including defending and challenging government decisions through the judicial process.
  • The Eminent Domain process, including representing clients opposing an agency's plan to acquire the client's property, ensuring that a land owner receives just compensation when his or her property is acquired by the government, and ensuring that the government complies with the law in acquiring private property through eminent domain. 

No matter what your land use issues may be, our accomplished legal team has the perspective and resources to help you handle your matter effectively. In addition to our experience within the field of land use law, we have complementary strengths in wealth and estate planning, business planning, litigation, family law, and appellate advocacy.

An experienced real estate lawyer can provide comprehensive counsel including permitting, litigation, and appellate services for your land use and real estate development needs. 

Why Choose Us for Real Estate Law?

Commitment to Client Success

We believe that your success is our success. We want to see you and your business prosper, and one of the keys to prosperity is proper management of your real estate holdings. As your real estate attorneys, we will make sure you are in the best position for long-term success.

Care for the Community

Our law firm has been a fixture of the Stockton legal community for over 30 years, and our lawyers are involved members of the community. In fact, our attorneys serve on the boards of several charitable organizations that serve the Stockton area. We care about the people around us and want to see the residents of Stockton and the surrounding areas profit from their property.

Knowledgeable Legal Team

Each of our named partners has over 20 years of legal experience, and we work closely as a team on all matters. When you hire us for a real estate issue, you can trust that a group of accomplished lawyers collaborate to meet your legal needs.

"Always Good to Work With."

Brett [Jolley] is always good to work with on issues. His levelheadedness and work ethic is an asset to any team effort."

- 5-Star Peer Review on

The Value of a Trusted Real Estate Lawyer

Real estate development and land use matters can be trying for both individuals and organizations. It is important to ensure that your attorney has your interests at the forefront of their strategy and will apply their knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best outcome possible. To speak with a land use attorney who will understand your unique property development goals and work diligently to achieve them, please contact us online or by phone at (209) 477-8171 and schedule a consultation. We have offices in both Stockton and Walnut Creek.

Meet Brett S. Jolley

Our Head Real Estate Attorney 

Brett S. JolleyBrett S. Jolley leads our land use and real estate development practice group. He is available to help developers, property owners, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations with issues involving:

  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • The Subdivision Map Act
  • State Planning and Zoning Law
  • The Mitigation Fee Act
  • The State Elections Code
  • Eminent Domain Proceedings
  • Other Land Use Statutes and Ordinances

Mr. Jolley has represented some very important organizations, including several California counties, on complicated and high-value land use and real estate deals. If you have a legal need related to real estate, you will have a hard time finding a more qualified attorney in Stockton than Mr. Jolley.

Respected by Fellow Lawyers

One of the finest attorneys I know."

- 5-Star Peer Review of Brett Jolley on

Estate Planning and Real Property

If you or your business owns any amount of land (or has a mortgage on any real estate), you should have a plan in place for how it will be managed after you are gone. Our lawyers at Shore, McKinley, Conger & Jolley, LLP, with offices in Walnut Creek and Stockton, CA, offer comprehensive estate planning services that can provide you peace of mind and secure your legacy for future generations. These services include:

For more information about protecting your legacy through estate planning, contact our law firm today.

Relevant State Legislation in Land Use and Real Estate Cases

Real estate law in the state of California is complex, with over a hundred years of legislation at play. Some acts that our real estate attorneys regularly discuss with our clients include:

The California Environmental Quality Act

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is significant in many land use and real estate law cases. According to the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, CEQA "generally requires state and local government agencies to inform decision makers and the public about the potential environmental impacts of proposed projects, and to reduce those environmental impacts to the extent feasible."

Brett S. Jolley and his team of real estate lawyers are able to:

  • Help governmental agencies comply with CEQA regulations.
  • Represent communities who believe CEQA regulations were not properly followed by the government.

The Subdivision Map Act

The Subdivision Map Act is relevant to many of our developer clients. In essence, the Subdivision Map Act requires that a local government approve every subdivision of land. Achieving the necessary approvals for developing residential or commercial real estate can be a headache for some clients, but our real estate lawyers can help by drafting application documents, representing our clients at government hearings, and more.

The Mitigation Fee Act

The Mitigation Fee Act sets limits on the amount and kind of fees a governmental agency can impose as a condition of approving new land development. If you are a developer and you believe that fees you are being forced to pay by the government are unjust or exorbitant, the Mitigation Fee Act may provide you with a legal argument. Our lawyers can review your situation and help you determine if the fees you are facing are challengeable.