Noel J. Hebets -- Resume/Bio:
Background: Like my parents, I am an Arizona native, (born 1950) and raised in the Phoenix area with a substantial amount of my childhood, and later my adult recreational time, spent enjoying and learning about the natural desert environment.
Education: After 4 1/2 years of study (including 2 years at West Point), I received a BS from ASU's Engineering College in 1973. In 1976, I received a JD from ASU Law College. In 1979 I began studies in the ASU College of Architecture towards a Master's of Environmental Planning with an emphasis on energy technology, and have continued my studies with strong interest in this area.
Professional Experience: Since my admission to the Arizona State Bar in 1977, I have worked for over 38 years as a licensed Arizona attorney working in, around, and for Arizona's real estate development and construction industry:
In the late '70s, I worked as a commercial litigator, primarily handling construction and real estate cases.
Through most of the '80s, I worked directly in Arizona construction and real estate development, including 3 1/2 years as house counsel for the WM Grace Companies, and 2 years in a pre-lien business which I formed to improve the forms and procedures then in use.
In 1991, I began working in a solo practice from an office in Cave Creek/Carefree: Generally covering normal commercial matters; real estate, construction, small business, corporations, contracts, leases and liens, but with a major focus on legal issues, such as access, lot splitting & well sharing, pertinent to development of the natural desert and other rural areas of the state.
In late 2007, I moved into a home office near ASU, where I taught land use law to the planning students for several years. In late 2012 I moved my office to its current location on 48th Street between McDowell and Thomas Roads. However, my legal work continues to focus on issues like lot-splitting, well sharing, and access.
About: Subdivisions vs. Land Splits:
Here's some free legal advice . . . .
If you want to live in the natural desert, not just where it used to be, please note two important differences between: (a.) the formal subdivision process, more commonly used in the city, and (b.) lot-splitting or land splits (the repeated down-splitting of land into smaller and smaller parcels by successive owners) more commonly used in the natural desert areas around the city:
1. The formal subdivision process tends to create more density and eat up more of the natural desert, while land/lot splitting tends to give you bigger lots and leave much more natural desert around you.
2. However, the formal subdivision process includes a number of protections for the ultimate buyer, which are not necessarily included with land/lot splits.
So, if the parcel you are purchasing is not located in a formal subdivision, be sure to work with an attorney or other capable real estate professional who is familiar with the issues peculiar to the land/lot split process.