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Devin Lucas is a Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Broker and REALTOR® assisting individuals and investors in all forms of residential real estate transactions in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and surrounding Southern California communities. Mr. Lucas is an expert in family real estate transfers and property tax considerations, including Proposition 19, and assists with intrafamily real estate matters daily. Mr. Lucas has broad experience representing a wide range of clientele from first time buyers and sellers, to families, executives, celebrities and other high-profile figures. Mr. Lucas has extensive experience representing buyers, sellers, developers, contractors, property managers, investors and homeowners alike. Mr. Lucas has been involved in well over a thousand real estate transactions in some form: sales, purchases, lease agreements, mediating disputes, document review and drafting, consultations, and, in previous litigation and lawsuit matters, countless court hearings, mediations (as counsel) and multiple cases through jury trials and appeals.
Mr. Lucas is a past Director of the California Association of REALTORS®, a past Director of the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS®, an active member of multiple local and statewide REALTOR® committees, the 2020 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Real Estate Section, the 2017 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Section, named “2014 REALTOR® of the Year” by the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS®, and on the panel of mediators available via the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers.
Mr. Lucas’ goal is to exceed client expectations and provide the type of broad guidance and planning that comes with real estate transactions, often the largest financial transaction an individual will undertake, and should, frankly, involve legal and tax knowledge. Mr. Lucas’ functioning as a real estate attorney and real estate broker allows his clients an edge, including complex purchase agreements with out-of-the-box strategies, confidentiality provisions, LLC formations to ensure privacy for owners seeking the same, liability protection mechanisms, and other forms of strategic planning.
Professional Affiliations, Community and Education:
California State Bar | Member | License No. 235891
California Bureau of Real Estate | Broker | License No. 01912302
Orange County Bar Association | Real Estate Section, Chair 2020, current Member and Executive Committee Member
Orange County Bar Association | Solo & Small Firm Section, Chair 2017, current Member
California Association of REALTORS® | Past Director; Professional Standards Committee and Transaction and Regulatory Committee Past Member; Ombudsman
Newport Beach Association of REALTORS® | Past Director; “2014 REALTOR® of the Year”; Volunteer Mediator; Political and Governmental Affairs Committee, Past Chair and Member
National Association of REALTORS® | Broker Member; Broker Involvement Program, Member and Participant; REALTOR® Party, Member and Participant
California Fair Housing Foundation | Property Management Training Certified
Pepperdine University | Mediation Training, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, “Mediating the Litigated Case”
Chapman University | Undergraduate degree, Alumni Association Member
Whittier Law School | Juris Doctorate degree, Alumni Association Member
Community Neighborhood Watch | Founder of Local Watch Program in association with CMPD
Practice Areas / Services:
Real Estate Sales
Real Estate Purchases
Family Transactions / Propositions 19, 58 and 193 (i.e. selling or gifting to children, grandchildren, etc.)
Trust, Estate and Probate Sales
Trust and Estate Administration and Management as to Sale of Real Property
Private Party Transactions and For Sale By Owner Assistance
Document Review and Revision (i.e. purchase agreements, ownership agreements, buy-out agreements, joint venture agreements, lease agreements, option agreements, etc.)
Formation of LLC(s) to Hold and Manage Real Estate
Deeds of Trust, Promissory Notes and Other Investor, Seller or Family Financing
Landlord – Tenant Matters
Legal Consultation Services
Dispute Resolution and Mediation
Mediation / Dispute Resolution / ADR Services:
Mr. Lucas is frequently retained to serve as a Mediator for voluntary dispute resolution – often required pursuant to purchase and lease agreements prior to filing suit. Mr. Lucas’ extensive legal background and active work in real estate sales and leasing provides a unique ability to work with parties in all forms of discord – from return of initial down payment money or security deposits, cancelation disputes, to specific performance claims on multi-million dollar estates to non-disclosure and fraud claims – and the myriad of other unfortunate events that frequently lend to costly litigation. Mr. Lucas is on the panel of mediators via the California Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers.
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