Dale Sweet graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree is also from Saint Louis University.
Before attending law school, Mr. Sweet became interested in the relationship between delinquent real estate taxes and vacant buildings or deteriorated property. While in school, he extensively researched Missouri law in the area of tax sales: the forced sale of real property to recover back taxes. Mr. Sweet enjoys speaking to real estate clubs, investor groups, and neighborhood meetings, where he provides presentations that demystify land tax sales and that address the various lien and title problems that can result when highly technical requirements are not followed exactly. As a tax sale attorney, Mr. Sweet represents the interests of purchasers, lienholders, and taxpayers. Mr. Sweet handles sheriff’s land tax sales in the City of St. Louis, where court confirmation is required. Mr. Sweet also works extensively in Missouri counties, where he dispatches redemption notices and obtains Collector’s Deeds, followed by filing quiet title lawsuits to increase the marketability of title derived from a tax sale.
In addition to tax sales, Mr. Sweet enjoys cleaning up title defects and clouds on title caused by the indiscriminate use of downloaded Internet forms and office-supply-store legal documents.
Mr. Sweet also handles a variety of legal matters including real estate litigation, small business setup, land use, quiet title actions, estate planning, ordinance violations, and real estate closing due diligence. He is known for his humorous, no-nonsense analysis of complicated matters.
Prior to co-founding Beck Ostrom Sweet, Mr. Sweet worked with Mr. Beck in handling a variety of matters including general civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, and representation of not-for-profit entities.
In earlier careers, Mr. Sweet managed historic movie theaters and served as a legal assistant to Clayton family law attorneys. A longtime City resident, Mr. Sweet participates in volunteer efforts designed to strengthen St. Louis’s historic, diverse neighborhoods. A believer in progressive improvement to urban quality of life, he is also a serial residential rehabber.