Top Real Estate Attorneys

Alaskans are serious about property and real estate rights – and so is 907 Legal. When you need to assert or defend your property rights, count on our trusted, experienced litigators to protect your interests.

 

50+ years of combined litigation experience

Top-class real estate litigators

Experienced in quiet title & boundary disputes

Free eviction consult & flat fee services

907 Legal is dedicated to fighting for the property rights of Alaskans whenever they are under assault. We’ll defend your real estate and property rights from abuse by the State of Alaska or from private citizens.

Contract & document review

We use our experience litigating contract disputes in the courtroom to keep you out of it. Our attorneys know firsthand how poor contracts can lead to expensive and lengthy litigation – 907 Legal will use that experience to draft concise quality contracts that keep you out of boiling water.

easements

Disputes over the scope of easements and to whom they are provided are common and without diligence and professional advice, important property rights can be forfeited. At 907 Legal we can help you protect your most important property – your land. Call us for a free consult on your easement issues.

evictions & property damage hearings

We handle evictions and property damages from initial service to the final hearing for a flat fee so you know exactly what it will take to recover your property and adjudicate your damages.

 

Ask about our:
$1500 flat-fee eviction filing
$2500 eviction filing with damages hearing

neighbor disputes & nuisances

Property line, nuisance, and noise disputes with a neighbor can bring conflict to the place you want it least – your front door. If you have a problem neighbor or they’re taking you to court, give us a call at 907 Legal for a free consult.

property line disputes

Ignoring property line disputes can jeopardize your property rights and give rise to nasty and contentious neighborhood conflicts. While these issues seem as simple as what’s written on the deed – they’re not. Call us at 907 Legal for your free property line consultation.

quiet title

In an action for quiet title, the court is asked to determine who has rights to a piece of real property and what types of rights that person has. Property disputes can be complex and involve many parties who have competing interests in the same piece of property. At 907 Legal we can help you cement your rights, and “quiet” those competing for title in your property.

trespassing & squatters

“It’s a civil matter,” is a familiar refrain for anyone who has contacted the police about trespassers and squatters that don’t fall under the landlord & tenant statutes. This gap in Alaska law can leave people feeling helpless while their property is invaded. At 907 Legal we have confronted this issue over and over and have developed a number of quick, creative and cost-effective strategies for getting people out of your home and off your land.

50+ years of combined litigation experience

 

Top-class real estate litigators

 

Experienced in quiet title & boundary disputes

 

Free eviction consult & flat fee services

I was wrongly accused by a state institution…When representatives of the state institution opted to play hardball, Josh knocked it out of the park.

Amazing service – best lawyers on the Peninsula!

Real estate & property rights FAQs

How long do I have to wait to file for an eviction?

Like most things in real estate: it depends. The reason for the eviction will dictate whether you can file 24 hours, 5-days, 7-days, 10-days, or 30-days after providing notice. The Alaska Landlord & Tenant Act provides for strict notice requirements and the failure to follow them can restart the clock. 907 Legal will handle evictions and property damages from initial service to the final hearing for a flat fee so you know exactly what it will take to recover your property and adjudicate your damages.

Under what grounds can I file an eviction?

Generally you can terminate for late rent, deliberate infliction of substantial damage to the premise, illegal activities, failure to pay utilities, breach of duties, and simply by choice in a month-to-month tenancy, however, each grounds has its own notice period that must be strictly complied with. 907 Legal will handle evictions and property damages from initial service to the final hearing for a flat fee so you know exactly what it will take to recover your property and adjudicate your damages.

What are the steps of an eviction?

Identify your grounds, serve the appropriate notice, wait for the appropriate time to expire based on the grounds, file a case with the court, and wait for the court to set a hearing on eviction – a separate hearing may later be had for any damages. The notice and service requirements are strict under Alaska’s Landlord & Tenant law and are dependent on the grounds under which you are filing. 907 Legal will handle evictions and property damages from initial service to the final hearing for a flat fee so you know exactly what it will take to recover your property and adjudicate your damages.

Can I sue my neighbor?

You can. Property line, nuisance, and noise disputes with a neighbor can bring conflict to the place you want it least – your front door. If you have a problem neighbor or they’re taking you to court, give us a call at 907 Legal for a free consult.

Can I evict someone on my own?

Yes, but for those unfamiliar with the process it is important to remember that the Alaska Landlord & Tenant code must be strictly complied with – a failure to follow the letter of the law can result in significant and costly delays.

What is quiet title?

In an action for quiet title the court is asked to determine who has rights to a piece of real property and what types of rights that person has. Property disputes can be complex and involve many parties who have competing interests in the same piece of property. At 907 Legal we can help you cement your rights, and “quiet” those competing for title in your property.

Am I liable if someone gets hurt at my house?

You certainly can be – especially if your act or failure to act can be classified as “unreasonable” and “foreseeable” and it led to the injury.  If someone is injured on your property, your actions immediately afterwards can have a direct impact on your liability. Contact 907 Legal immediately for a free consult to determine how to protect your assets and interests.

How can I prove that someone has encroached on my property line?

A professional land surveyor working with special equipment and a legal description of your property can identify your property boundaries and any encroachments. If you have an encroaching neighbor, or need help identifying the legal description of your property, call 907 Legal for a free consult.

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Peter R. Ehrhardt

Attorney at Law

Peter graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska the same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel. He founded 907 Legal to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Katie A. Elsner

Attorney at Law

After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, Katie continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office and then with Alaska Legal Services and as a contract attorney on the Peninsula.

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Josh B. Cooley

Attorney at Law

Josh shaped his practice in Miami, where in his first year he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, he moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney.


Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: peter@907legal.com

Peter R. Ehrhardt

Peter Ehrhardt, Attorney at Law, graduated from the University of Minnesota law school in 1980. He moved to Alaska that same year and began working for a small personal injury firm in Bethel, Alaska. In 1983, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Sitka, Alaska, and worked for a small general practice firm there. In 1984, Mr. Ehrhardt moved to Kenai, Alaska, where he resides today.

In 2002, Peter started a Kenai law firm to meet growing demand on the Kenai Peninsula. Since then, the office has expanded to include three local attorneys committed to providing honest, accommodating, and timely service throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Peter continues to fight for his clients’ rights and support the staff to this day.


Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: katie@907legal.com

Katie A. Elsner

Katie completed her undergraduate education in 2004 at New York University where she graduated cum laude. Katie then went on to the prestigious Northwestern University School of Law. It was here that Katie learned, while working on death penalty cases, that the client is the most important focus in each and every case.

After graduating cum laude from Northwestern Law, she continued developing her practice at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office. During her five years in Miami, she represented thousands of adult and juvenile clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, like DUI and assault, to life felonies, including homicide and sexual assault. She was a founding member of the Task Force on Forensic Litigation and received national attention when she was featured on an episode of the A&E TV show ‘After the First 48’ where she successfully convinced a judge to dismiss her client’s murder case.

Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado, Katie ultimately decided to leave Miami for the scenery and seasons for which Alaska is so well known. Since arriving in the Kenai area, she has worked for Alaska Legal Services, where she expanded her practice to include civil litigation in areas such as divorce and custody, child in need of aid, probate, protective proceedings and estates and later provided the same services as a contract attorney at Walton, Theiler & Winegarden. From attacking eye-witness identifications and the forensic sciences to resolving a family dispute, Katie is adept at litigating the particular issues involved in your criminal or civil case. With experience trying dozens of jury and non-jury trials, negotiating hundreds of case resolutions, and taking thousands of depositions, Katie is a vigorous advocate who will fight for you.


Phone: (907) 283-2876
Fax: (907) 283-2896
Email: josh@907legal.com

Josh B. Cooley

Josh Cooley, Attorney at Law, graduated from the The George Washington University Law Center in Washington, D.C. While in Law School, Mr. Cooley fell in love with criminal defense and Alaska while interning at the Alaska Public Defender Office here in Kenai.

Immediately after graduating, however, Mr. Cooley set out to shape his criminal defense and litigation practice in one of the biggest and busiest markets in the country: Miami. In his first year, he received the Statewide Public Defender College Best Advocate Award. In less than five years, Mr. Cooley moved from the Juvenile and Misdemeanor Crimes Divisions to being an “A” Felony Attorney handling only murder, attempted murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and “capital” sexual battery cases. Those first four years of Mr. Cooley’s practice helped shape him into the seasoned, aggressive, and strategic litigator that he is today.

Mr. Cooley has conducted over 1,000 depositions and defended more than 50 cases at trial. Mr. Cooley has defended clients charged with crimes including: murder, attempted murder, DUI, armed robbery, theft, burglary, home invasion robbery, mortgage fraud, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding, drug possession, distribution, and trafficking, assault, sexual assault, and all manner of domestic violence allegations. While in Miami, Mr. Cooley was a founding member of the “Task Force on Forensic Litigation,” and conducted presentations and training to attorneys on how to defend against weapons and drug charges.

Peter’s Cases of Note

EXXON VS. BAKER

Peter was a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team which obtained a $5 billion verdict in the Exxon Valdez litigation. For his work on that case, Mr. Ehrhardt, as a member of the trial team, received the 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a national organization of trial lawyers.

GLACIER BAY

Peter was co-council in Re: Glacier Bay, a class action arising out of a 1987 oil spill in upper Cook Inlet which resulted in a $51 million settlement.

SITKA PULP MILL

Peter and a very small team of lawyers aggressively researched and challenged the odds to win the fight against the pollution causing factory in the early 90’s.

Katie’s Cases of Note

STATE V. SOSA-PALMA

Mr. Sosa-Palma was accused of murdering his brother. If convicted, he would have spent the rest of his life in prison. By challenging and attacking the forensic, medical, and crime scene evidence, Katie was able to successfully convince the judge that, despite the State’s theory of the case, Mr. Sosa-Palma was acting in self-defense. When the Judge granted Mr. Sosa-Palma’s request for immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Mr. Sosa-Palma’s murder charge was dismissed and he was released from jail.

STATE V. RANDALL

Successfully challenged a CSSD administrative child support order leading to the reversal of tens of thousands of accrued child support arrearages, invalidating an administrative driver’s license suspension for non-payment of support and securing a dismissal of criminal charges for driving while his license was suspended.

MERRILL V. MERRILL

Prevailed on a theory of equitable rescission at trial resulting in the client keeping sole possession of all of the property acquired during the marriage without having to divide anything with his former spouse.

STATE V. WASHINGTON, ET AL

Challenged the constitutionality of Florida’s controlled substance laws and obtained a court order on behalf of over 30 defendants finding the statutory scheme unconstitutional and dismissing their cases. Although a stay was entered and the trial court reversed on appeal, the cases were able to resolve with negotiated resolutions that avoided felony convictions and lengthy prisons sentences for the defendants.

Josh’s Cases of Note

STATE V. T.D.

T.D., a juvenile, was charged with multiple sexual assault charges carrying mandatory minimum penalties upwards of 20 years per charge. Mr. Cooley was able, through the use of an expert and pretrial management, to provide substantial mitigating evidence to the District Attorney. In the end, T.D.’s case was handled in juvenile court and he was placed on probation, avoiding a lengthy adult prison sentence and a lifetime of sex offender registration.

STATE V. HYATT

Hyatt was charged with assaulting his wife with a kitchen knife. Mr. Cooley vigorously prepared the case for trial and presented his defense through cross examination of the State witnesses. At the conclusion of the State’s evidence Mr. Cooley was able to convince the Judge that no reasonable juror could find Mr. Hyatt guilty and the Judge dismissed the case.

The State, upset at having the assault thrown out, then sought to charge Mr. Hyatt with a DUI from an accident nearly a year prior. Mr. Cooley prepared legal briefing and filed it with the Court, arguing that too much time had passed to pursue the DUI. The State was eventually forced to dismiss the DUI as well.

STATE V. HENSEL

Hensel was charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence after being contacted in the driver seat of a truck stuck in the snow near Kasilof: he faced a minimum sentence of 3 years. At a pretrial hearing, Mr. Cooley was able to elicit testimony from the officer that conflicted with his prior reports and helped to show that Mr. Hensel had not in fact been driving or in physical control of the truck. Mr. Cooley was able to use these newly uncovered facts to convince the District Attorney to drop the charges.

STATE V. WHITAKER

Whitaker was charged with two counts of Murder in the shooting death of two individuals outside of a Chili’s restaurant in Miami. Through the use of expert witnesses and tireless preparation, Mr. Cooley was able to present evidence at a pretrial hearing that Whitaker had acted in self-defense. The Trial Court refused to grant Whitaker immunity from prosecution, but the Court of Appeals was persuaded by the evidence Cooley put forth in the hearing and granted Whitaker immunity from prosecution.