Real Estate

When Should You Hire a Real Estate Attorney?

Real estate attorneys, also known as real estate lawyers, are professionals who are licensed in the practice of real estate law. They have experience and knowledge to advise clients on the particulars associated with real estate transactions, such as home sales or short sales.

Whether purchasing or selling property, lawyers can ensure your rights are protected. If you aren’t sure whether you need a real estate attorney, keep reading to learn more.

What Do Real Estate Attorneys Do?

A real estate attorney has experience in the legal aspects of real estate transactions. They may be hired from the onset of a transaction to guide and advise throughout the process. Sometimes, they are hired later in the process when there is some sort of dispute. 

Real estate attorneys may further specialize in residential or commercial real estate law. The former can help manage and prepare mortgages, closing documents, and titles for homes. The latter works with companies to lease, sell, buy, and develop properties.

Should I Hire a Real Estate Attorney?

There are several things to keep in mind when deciding whether to hire a real estate lawyer. In some states, having a real estate attorney is required. However, in others, the complexity of the situation will determine whether an attorney is needed. For example, someone who is purchasing a residential property without any special complications may not need legal assistance.

When you choose to hire a real estate attorney, make sure to do some research. You should not let a real estate agent decide how to move forward. Agents work on commission and will often not want to bring in other people to the purchasing process. 

Below are a few times when it’s a good idea to hire a real estate attorney

  • Complex real estate situations – If the real estate purchase has complexities involved, it’s best to bring in an attorney. This includes transactions with surface or mineral rights, disclosure, titles, or tax issues. 
  • Transactions with disputes – If a dispute comes up during the process, an attorney is useful. They can negotiate, review, and draft amendments to be sure the purchase is fair.
  • Commercial transactions – There is additional risk in commercial real estate and a lawyer can advise you on structural conditions, easements, liens, zoning issues, and more. 

At Gandhi Selim Law Firm, we offer guidance and support when you need a real estate attorney. You can reach out to us to ask questions or set up a consultation. We’ll advocate for you in real estate and other matters while helping you reach your goals.

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