In Georgia, all real estate closings must be done by a licensed attorney. At WHGM we have a team of experienced real estate attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and title abstractors who are dedicated to ensuring that your real estate transaction is easy and free of legal complications. Sometimes, however, you may need a real estate lawyer before or after the sale closes. Real estate agents are well-versed in your state’s laws and regulations. However, there are instances when hiring a real estate lawyer is beneficial.
For Sale by Owner
If you are buying directly from a homeowner or selling your home by yourself, hiring a real estate lawyer will ensure you aren’t being cheated and that the transaction is legal. For those selling their home, it is essential that you follow all real estate laws, or you could face liability. A lawyer will make sure you don’t inadvertently break the law.
Interferences in the Real Estate Deal
If you are close to selling your home or buying a new one, small missteps, intentional or otherwise, can postpone the process. If a homeowner all of a sudden seems reluctant to sell, hiring an attorney will ensure you are protected. If you’re trying to sell and the buyer becomes difficult to work with, a real estate lawyer will know if forcing a transaction is worth it or not.
If you discover problems such as foundational issues, water damage, or mold upon moving into your new home, it’s possible the seller wasn’t completely honest. This is definitely time to hire an attorney. You’ll need to decide what your options are and if you should pursue a lawsuit.
Realtor.com provides a list of situations that could call for a real estate attorney. If you find yourself in any of the following positions, contact the attorneys at WHGM and schedule a consultation.
- Are you buying a property that is short sale or bank-owned?
- Are you buying a property that is part of an estate sale?
- Are you buying commercial property?
- Are you selling a property that has several major issues?
- Do you have judgements or liens?
- Are you the executor of a property whose owner is deceased?
- Are you selling a house with a non-cooperative partner?
For additional information, visit Realtor.com.