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Lastrapes, Spangler & Pacheco has had a tradition of providing ethical and professional legal services to our clients since 1989.  With over 30 years of combined experience, our lawyers provide comprehensive legal services in all areas and aspects of business law, construction law, real estate law, zoning law, probate and estate planning.  Our firm’s clientele ranges from New Mexico’s largest builders and developers to individuals seeking assistance with basic estate planning and probate issues.  We help our clients achieve there legal goals in connection with the following practice areas:

Real Estate Law

For over 30 years Spangler, Pacheco, & Werbelow, P.A., Rio Rancho’s oldest law firm, has successfully represented numerous clients throughout the State of New Mexico in a wide range of residential and commercial real estate transactions from small to large.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with New Mexico’s real estate laws and regulations and have assisted clients in all aspects of residential and commercial development including construction loans, commercial financing, mortgage lending, acquisitions and sales of commercial and residential real estate, leasing, and landlord-tenant matters.

SPW Legal has represented clients in large projects including hotel and destination resort properties, manufacturing plants, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial sites, solar and alternative energy projects, ranches and mixed-use projects.

We continue to represent, developers, property managers, insurance companies, real estate investors, homeowner associations, real estate firms, residential home buyers and more.

Because of our firm’s extensive experience in structuring, negotiating and closing multi-million-dollar business and real estate transactions, we can help clients take their projects from conception to completion.

Land Use & Real Estate Development

At SPW Legal we takes great pride working with our clients to best position them regarding real estate and land use matters. We have an extensive background in land use and real estate development in and around the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area.

Our firm has worked with clients on subdivision approvals for residential housing developments, land development approvals for new offices, industrial and commercial developments, land development approvals for renovations and expansions, re-zonings, special use zonings, conditional use approvals, and variances. We have successfully litigated many cases regarding land use and real estate matters.

We help clients in the following:

  • Acquisition
  • Annexation
  • Comprehensive plans
  • Condemnation
  • Construction
  • Environmental considerations
  • Financing
  • Grazing leases
  • Land use approvals
  • Leasing
  • Management
  • Master planned communities
  • Master plans
  • Private infrastructure
  • Public infrastructure
  • Sale
  • Sector plans
  • Site development plans
  • Special use permits
  • Subdivision
  • Utility extensions
  • Zoning

Our thirty year presence in the community has resulted in strong working relationships with federal, state, regional tribal and local governmental entities. We are accustomed to working closely with planners, engineers, surveyors and lenders to assist clients in all aspects of their land use and real estate needs.  

Construction Law

For more than thirty years our attorneys have routinely represented a wide range of construction entities around New Mexico.

Spangler, Pacheco, & Werbelow, P.A. has represented construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and across New Mexico. The firm represents clients regularly with negotiating bids, procurement issues, construction liens, public improvement districts, government regulations, constructions laws and regulations and drafting residential and commercial construction contracts.

Business Formation & Commercial Law

We recognize the responsibilities and complexities of operating a successful business.  For that reason, our firm provides our clients with innovative, efficient and economical solutions in matters of business and commercial law.

We represent many small and large businesses in and around New Mexico. SPW Legal regularly counsel clients through the process of entity formation, management and dissolution. Formations include corporations, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, partnerships and nonprofit corporations.

Our firms’ lawyers are well-versed in a variety of corporate related transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint venture transactions, franchising, cooperate governance, business operations and regulatory compliance with federal and state securities issues.

In addition to the formation of entities our firm works with accountants and other advisors to provide complete business planning


Probate is the procedure whereby a deceased person’s estate is brought before the court for administration.  Our attorneys and staff are well versed in helping a family deal with end-of-life issues resulting from a death of their loved one.  We can help you navigate through the insurance claims, pension plan options, social security claims and other legal issues.

Trust, Wills & Estate Planning

Our attorneys can help you devise a plan to distribute your assets after your passing, document your end-of-life healthcare decisions, and appoint responsible persons to care for your minor children in the event of your death. We counsel families regarding the importance and use of trusts, including revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts and Medicaid planning trusts.

Our attorneys can guide you step-by-step through guardianship and conservator-ship proceedings for adults and minors in need of such services.  With the compassionate support and dedication of SPW Legal, you can rest easy knowing your well being is in good hands.

Contract Law

Our attorneys work to negotiate contracts that’re both beneficial to our clients while remaining reasonable to ensure a strong working relationship with other parties to the contact

We represent clients through each juncture of the contacting process, from the initial negotiations, drafting and finalizing of the contract. Our attorneys will walk client’s step by step through the implementations and enforcement of the rights and obligations outlined within a final contract to guarantee clients interest are secured at their best.