Real Estate or Property law covers a lot of ground and often overlaps with Contract Law. It is regulated by federal and state statutes, as well as common law and encompasses more than just land and structures on that land. It can also involve interests people may have in the land, the air above the land, drilling rights, or rights to live on the property.
While primarily a transactional field, there may be occasions when a real estate attorney may appear in court to handle zoning disputes or to represent a client threatened with foreclosure, for example. Of course, attorneys in this field also deal with related issues like landlord-tenant issues, title issues, home loans and foreclosures and more. It is a very complex area further complicated by inconsistent laws throughout cities and states.