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Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm has a long and storied history of litigation in the state courts throughout western Pennsylvania. Beginning in the 1930s with the firm’s founder, Robert M. Dale, and continuing through the present, the firm has obtained some of the largest verdicts in Venango County history and has also successfully defended many individuals and businesses. Based in Franklin and representing clients throughout Venango County and Northwestern Pennsylvania, our team of experienced and successful litigators is committed to offering top-tier legal services to plaintiffs and defendants. We understand the complexities and importance of civil disputes and are dedicated to representing our clients with diligence and expertise.

See below for a brief description of our firm’s expertise in a range of civil matters. If you find yourself embroiled in a civil dispute and litigation is on the horizon or has already begun, contact Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm to review your case and craft a winning strategy with our experienced and successful civil litigators.

Expertise in Real Estate Disputes

Real estate related disputes form another critical aspect of our civil litigation. There are various types of disputes involving real estate that can require the counsel of an attorney well-versed in real estate litigation. We have years of experience pursuing and defending a myriad of these types of claims in court.

1. Boundary Line Disputes: These types of disputes occur when there is a disagreement between adjoining owners regarding the location of the boundary lines of a piece of real estate. There are many reasons why these types of problems can arise from conflicting land surveys to incorrect descriptions in deed. Sometimes people can make claims of what are commonly known as “squatters rights” that can impact not only the property lines of a piece of land, but also the ownership of the property. Our attorneys are experienced in representing individuals in these types of disputes and work timelessly to ensure that our clients valuable property rights are protected in the courts,

2. Rights of Way and Easement Litigation. A right of way or easement is a right to use the property of another person. Normally these rights are to gain access to a piece of land but can be for various other purposes from the use of a shared water source to the installation of a utility line. We provide expert legal assistance to individuals and companies with all matters related to rights of way including the negotiation, creation, and enforcement of easements and rights of way.

3. Partition Actions. People can own a fractional interest in land of a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately joint owners of real estate can have disputes related to the upkeep, taxes, and ownership of jointly owned property. Our attorneys can assist with all of the legal problems associated with joint ownership including partition actions, which are lawsuits that can force the sale of an interest in all of jointly owned property.

Expertise in Construction Disputes

Construction disputes are a significant area of our civil litigation practice. These disputes often arise from disagreements related to construction projects, including issues such as construction defects and lien/payment disputes.

  1. Construction Defects: These disputes involve situations where construction work is alleged to be subpar, defective, or in violation of contractual agreements or regulatory standards. Our attorneys are skilled in navigating these complex scenarios, ensuring that our clients’ interests are robustly represented, whether they are property owners, contractors, or other parties involved in the construction process.

  2. Liens/Payment Disputes: Our law firm is adept at handling disputes arising from non-payment for construction services. This includes filing or defending against mechanic’s liens, a legal claim against a property by a contractor or subcontractor for unpaid work. We guide our clients through the intricacies of lien laws in Pennsylvania, ensuring that their rights are protected.

Our Approach to Civil Litigation

Our approach to civil litigation at Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm is client-centric and results-oriented. We understand that each case is unique and requires a tailored strategy. Our team works closely with clients, providing them with informed advice at every stage of the litigation process. We strive to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively, whether through negotiation, mediation, or courtroom litigation.

Contact Our Office for Help With Civil Disputes in Northwestern Pennsylvania

For individuals and businesses in Franklin, Pennsylvania, and throughout Venango County and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm stands as a beacon of legal excellence in civil litigation. Whether you are dealing with construction disputes, insurance disagreements, or other civil litigation matters, our team of skilled attorneys is here to support and guide you through every step of the legal process. Call 814-432-2181 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs.

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