Some Frequently Asked Questions
So where are you located?
Gaul Law P.C. is physically based in Rockland County, New York, on the west side of the Hudson River, across from Westchester County, New York, and just north of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York City is about 35 minutes away unless it’s a Friday afternoon.
Attorneys with Gaul Law P.C. are admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
That said, Gaul Law P.C. can go with you, and we represent clients on leasing deals across various states with the assistance of local counsel. An supervising attorney is currently in place for work in Connecticut.
Wasn’t Amanda living in Boston?
Yes, she was, until 2016 when her life was flipped-turned upside down. She then spent most of 2017 in the greater Washington, DC area. In November, 2017, Amanda moved to Rockland County, New York to live near her sister, Angie Gaul, who had settled in Rockland and runs her own business, Milestone Images (http://www.milestoneimages.us/), and to be a hand-on aunt.
Amanda has remained connected with the Boston area and Massachusetts since then, working for Holiday Law Firm P.C. (https://leaselaw.com/) based in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She was a Senior Associate until 2019, when she was promoted to Of Counsel.
Amanda also represents clients based in Massachusetts through Gaul Law P.C.
Amanda grew up in Lancaster County, PA and went to Boston in 1995 to attend Boston College (a place she loved so much she stayed for 8 years and 3 degrees). She settled in Boston after graduate school and law school, where she remained until late 2016.
How do legal fees work for transactions?
Gaul Law P.C. strives to provide the most cost-effective representation possible, and to that end, we will discuss upfront the particulars of the transaction and provide each client with a Project Budget. Time is then billed hourly (in tenths of an hour) at the agreed on rate and the client is updated as milestones in the Project Budget are met. Flat fee arrangements are generally not done, although they may be done for certain routine transactions.
In our opinion, flat fee arrangements are not in our clients’ best interests for the types of transactions we do. Commercial real estate and business law transactions are complex and multi-faceted, and it’s just not possible to anticipate and foresee all the complications that will arise in any one transaction. When complications do arise, we believe counsel must be in a position to raise and address the same without any incentive (or disincentive) to do so.
So what’s the big deal with a lease?
Glad you asked! A lease can be a very big deal for a tenant, particularly a small tenant. Landlord’s draft the leases and there is generally no standard form (really, even if it says “standard form”). First drafts of leases are often brutally and grossly in favor of the landlord. It takes skilled and experienced counsel to negotiate with the landlord to bring that lease document back to where it’s simply reasonable. If a tenant isn’t careful, it can end up paying rent for space it doesn’t need or use month after month after month. Or worse.
Why represent “most landlords” and not all landlords?
We say “most landlords” because we like to be precise (that is our job!). Certain types of commercial real estate across the United States, particularly enclosed malls, are owned by a handful of real parties in interest. If Gaul Law P.C. represented one of those parties, thereafter it would be conflicted out of representing tenants negotiating leases in those malls, which could be a fairly large number of properties. Since the landlords in questions are already well represented, we prefer to stay available to assist tenants as they expand their operations.
Do you do residential real estate?
No. Gaul Law P.C. does not represent clients in connection with transactions that involve residential real estate.