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Whether you are buying or selling real estate, have landlord and tenant concerns, or have a boundary dispute, having a lawyer in your corner is critical to the success of any real estate law issue. We handle over 2,500 real estate matters annually.  With more than 25 years of experience handling real estate closings and litigation, our experienced real estate lawyers know what it takes to ensure that your rights are protected. From our headquarters in Pittsburgh and our network of affiliated offices throughout Pennsylvania, we assist Pennsylvania clients with all real estate concerns.

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Clover Lane Settlement Services is a real estate title agency providing clients with the smoothest closing experience possible.

Michael Fiffik, Esquire and Susan Green teamed up to create Clover Lane Settlement Services because after years of working as an approved attorney for various title companies, Michael found that having his own title agency would help eliminate pain points throughout a transaction.

With almost 40 years of combined experience in the real estate settlement and property management businesses, Michael and Susan are well adept at achieving clean, seamless transactions, whether they be for $10,000 lots, $20 million corporate deals, or anything else in between.


The process of buying property can be complicated. A recent report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau describes real estate closings as confusing, stressful, time-pressured, and filled with delays. A settlement agent or title company will be involved in the closing. You have the right to choose who will provide those services. Choosing the right settlement agent is critical to avoiding these common complaints. Take control of the process by allowing one of our experienced real estate attorneys to serve as the settlement agent.


We help residential real estate clients with the following: 

  • Draft and review sales agreements

  • Conduct title searches

  • Assist for sale by owner (FSBO) sellers

  • Prepare deeds

  • Add names to and make changes to deeds

  • Review settlement statements and closing disclosures

  • Serve as a settlement agent or title company for real estate closings

  • Issue title insurance policies

  • Negotiate title and boundary disputes

  • Advise on condo and homeowner association rights and fees

  • Defend foreclosure notices and lawsuits

  • Advise on right of way matters

  • Fences, overhanging tree, and other boundary matters

  • Respond to zoning and municipal citations

  • Prosecute and defend real estate lawsuits

Buying a home is exciting, but it can be an extremely complicated process. Click below for a free toolkit from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It's a booklet that can help you make better choices along your path to owning a home.

Throughout your home purchase, third parties—such as your real estate attorney and your mortgage lender—have performed services. Closing costs include the fees these professionals (as well as others) charge for these services to finalize the real estate transaction and your home loan. Click below to get an estimate of closing costs on your home purchase.



Commercial property makes for quite a significant investment market. Our experience goes beyond residential properties; we help our clients navigate the tricky world of renting, owning, and leasing commercial properties. At Fiffik Law Group, we will help you through the process with ease. Our real estate attorneys have a lot of experience when it comes to buying/selling commercial property.  

Commercial property is used for non-residential activities such as hotels, office space, retail shops, industrial buildings, public facilities, etc. Similar to residential property, the owner can operate a business from the commercial property they own or lease some or all of the space to tenants. This makes commercial property quite a significant investment market. Our expertise goes beyond residential properties; we help our clients navigate through the tricky world of renting, owning, and leasing commercial properties.

Our team of real estate attorneys has been approved by:

  • the First American Title Guaranty Company

  • Fidelity National Title Company

  • Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company

  • Chicago Title Insurance Company

  • Conestoga Title Insurance Company.

Vacation Home Trusts


Do you have a cabin or lake house  that you want to keep in your family? Divorce. Bankruptcy. Quarrelling children. An heir with a disability or special needs. A lawsuit against one child. These are just a few things that can wreck your family legacy. A Vacation Home Trust protects against these issues.


4 in 10 Americans own a family vacation home–a lakeside cabin, a beachfront condo–a place where parents, children and grandchildren can gather for vacations, holidays and a bit of relaxation. In many cases, the owner wants to ensure that the vacation home remains within the family after their death.  It’s easier said than done – and we’re speaking from experience.


The responsibility of inheriting these properties can cause terrific friction, and families find themselves in probate court, fighting over shares, taxes, upkeep and who mows the grass. One child freezes their siblings out of the home.  The others get frustrated and soon nobody is talking to anyone.  That’s not the legacy you envision, is it?  A Vacation Home Trust is designed to solve these problems before they start.


1.  Avoid Probate.  

Property left in your name at death must go through the probate process to pass to your family. This is a process that can take many months and cost thousands of dollars. It also allows for claims and litigation. You could avoid probate by signing a deed making your beneficiaries joint owners while you are alive. That’s almost always a mistake.  This would result in a loss of a step-up in capital gain cost basis - which, with escalating property values, could cost your family far more than even the cost of probate. There are many hidden problems associated with putting someone else’s name on the deed.  A Vacation Home Trust avoids probate and the negative consequences of using a simple quit claim deed.


2. Your Kids’ Personal Problems. 

Divorce – half of all marriages end up in divorce. Bankruptcy. Kids who don’t get along. A child with a disability or special needs (owning a home could disqualify them for valuable government benefits). A child with addiction challenges. These are quite common family issues for most people. Do you really want your ex-daughter or son-in-law to get a share of your family home in a divorce? 


3. Protection from Nursing Homes. 

One of three people end up needing care in retirement facility at some point in their lives. In 2024, the average monthly cost of nursing care is about $12,000.  A prolonged stay in a nursing home can quickly erase a lifetime of savings. While your primary residence is currently protected from long term care costs in Pennsylvania, a second property is not. It must be sold to help pay for these costs if you seek government assistance for your care. A Vacation Home Trust is designed to protect against this scenario. Property in the Vacation Home Trust is not countable against nursing home costs, provided it is completed sufficiently in advance of this need.


4. Avoids Family Conflict.

While you’re here, it’s your house, your rules.  That doesn’t have to end when you’re gone.  If your goal is to leave your cabin to your kids, they are going to need a rule book. If not, conflicts can begin as soon as you are gone. What if two families want to use the cabin Labor Day weekend? What if one won’t pay their share of the taxes, insurance and maintenance costs? Who is going to decide if the roof needs to be fixed? What if one child wants to sell their share because they need money? What if one of them drives off with the boat and won’t tell anyone where it is? Won’t happen in your family?  Think again.  We’ve been called upon to help families with every one of these problems and getting attorneys involved is expensive.  Solving problems after the fact is always expensive.  Planning for them in advance will not only save your family from unnecessary conflict but also unnecessary expenses.


We have experienced estate planning and real estate attorneys at Fiffik Law Group who would love to help you achieve your dream for the family vacation home.  You’ve spent considerable time and money on the property.  Don’t skip this crucial step of putting a plan in place that will allow your family many years of conflict-free enjoyment of your vacation home.  Download our free Vacation Home Trust discussion guide today and get started today.

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