The Real Estate Division handles legal matters regarding the County’s acquisitions and sales of real property. This includes legal research and drafting of legal documents for the purchase, sale, lease and operation of real estate including land title examinations, contracts, leases and concession agreements for parks and county buildings, roads and other public purposes. This division also litigates matters regarding real property, which includes the County’s acquisition of property through the power of eminent domain, declaratory judgments and inverse condemnations.
The office also includes the Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library, which is a public library that serves the legal information needs of self-represented litigants, legal professionals, the judiciary, and County and other governmental officials. Public access to legal information is a critical component of open and equal access to the justice system. By order of Commissioners Court it is a part of the Harris County Attorney’s Office and is funded by a fee accessed on all civil suits filed in the county and district courts of Harris County.