Do I Need a Real Estate Lawyer?
If you’re like most, purchasing a home is the biggest investment you will ever make. While the process of finding the right property and putting in a bid can be daunting, it pales in comparison to the mountains of paperwork required at every step of the journey from financing to completion.
As a means of saving time and money, you may be wondering if you really need the services of a real estate lawyer or if you can just rely on your real estate agent to assist you with the necessary documentation. But with so much at stake, it’s vital to ensure that every decision you make and document you sign is within your best interests and that you are protected in the event that something should go amiss. A real estate attorney can offer you the advice and expertise you need while avoiding the pitfalls that may cost you more than you bargained for.
The knowledgeable, experienced team of professionals at Matheson Law Firm, P.A., can help to reduce the stress associated with all aspects of buying or selling real estate by providing you with the sound legal advice and services you need to protect your interests every step of the way.
What Services Does a Real Estate Lawyer Provide?
A real estate attorney assumes a number of responsibilities during the course of the home buying process, including:
Contact us to learn more about the real estate transaction legal services we provide, or call (704) 439-1350 to speak with one of our experienced real estate lawyers today.
Why Do I Need a Real Estate Attorney?
Real estate lawyers are uniquely qualified in the field of real estate law and have a deep knowledge and understanding of the legalities and terminology associated with buying and selling property. They may be retained by the purchaser or the seller and will represent their best interests in exchange for a fee. Although this fee may be a deterrent to some, a real estate lawyer can help to prevent and resolve any issues that may arise during the course of the sale proceedings and provide the guidance and advice needed to ensure a smooth transaction.
A seasoned home buyer or seller may feel confident in their past experiences, and opt to rely on their own knowledge and that of the real estate agent in lieu of hiring a real estate attorney—but there are a number of situations where seeking legal counsel is a more prudent option, including:
- Complex property purchases
- Purchases involving multiple parties
- Out-of-town or out-of-state purchases
- Short sales
- Bank-owned properties or foreclosures
- Commercial real estate
- Purchase of an estate
- Homes with known issues
- Properties in a flood or disaster zone
- Selling during a divorce or separation
- Homes with multiple owners
- Short sales
- Property has a lien or encumbrance
- Home has a known defect including structural or environmental issues
- Selling a property that was inherited
Call Matheson Law Firm at (704) 439-1350 for expert legal assistance with your real estate transaction in the Charlotte area, or contact us online today.
Questions to Ask a Real Estate Lawyer
Before choosing your home, chances are that you took the time to do a walkthrough, get an inspection, and look it over to ensure it would be a good fit. Apply the same level of due diligence before choosing your real estate lawyer by asking the following questions:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- Is real estate law your specialty?
- What are your rates and how will I be billed?
- Do you have references that I can contact?
- Will you be working on the case yourself? If not, who will, and what is their experience level?
Contact an Experienced Real Estate & Closing Attorney in the Charlotte Area
Matheson Law Firm has been proudly serving clients throughout the Charlotte, Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson areas for over 20 years. Our personalized approach, strict attention to detail, secure document exchange, and convenient closing times have helped us earn our stellar reputation for excellence in service in all areas of real estate law.
If you are buying or selling a home in the Charlotte area, call Matheson Law Firm at (704) 439-1350 to speak with one of our real estate attorneys or contact us online and let us know how we can help.