Real Estate Transactions

For most Americans, the family home is the most valuable asset they will ever own. Many of our clients in Montana, Idaho, and Utah owe their entire livelihoods to real estate like ranches, farms, and businesses. For 30 years we have developed a marked expertise in real estate issues and transactions.

Buying and Selling Real Estate

When buying and selling real estate, there is so much at stake that you cannot afford to make mistakes. We have drafted hundreds of deeds, working hand-in-hand with a number of title companies. We know the issues that can arise and will ensure that the transaction goes as smoothly as possible, whether you are the buyer or the seller.

Commercial and Agricultural Leases

Many commercial and agricultural businesses rely on lease agreements. A lease might give you the opportunity to live and work on a farm or ranch without needing the capital to purchase it. Or a lease might represent a crucial stream of income for you or your business. Maybe you need a little more land to graze your livestock. Whatever your purpose, we can assist you by drafting the commercial lease or agricultural lease and negotiating its terms with the other party. Or we can review your current lease, using our training and experience to spot problems and loopholes in the agreement. If you have already entered into a dispute over an existing lease, we can represent your interests in the conflict, too.

Tax-Deferred Exchanges Under Section 1031

Do you know what you'll pay in capital gains taxes on the sale of your investment or income producing property?

Did you know you may not have to pay ANY of those taxes?

We have a special expertise in tax-deferred property exchanges, also known as "1031 exchanges," named after Section 1031 of the Tax Code. Our senior partner, Max A. Hansen, is the founder of American Equity Exchange, Inc., one of the first tax-deferred property exchange intermediaries in the region. Max is one of the leading authorities in the nation on 1031 exchanges. With his experience and that of our savvy staff, we help property owners preserve their equity and defer capital gains and related taxes by exchanging their properties for other income or investment properties. Taxes on your property sale that may amount to 25% or higher can be deferred for many years, and in some cases, permanently.

For more information on tax-deferred exchanges, visit or read our newsletter on how to "Save Tax Dollars With a Section 1031 Exchange".