Q:

I have a real estate agent. Do I need an attorney to sell or buy a house?

A:

It is important that you have an attorney review any Purchase Agreement that you a thinking of signing.  The Purchase Agreement controls the entire sale or purchase process. Once you sign the Purchase Agreement, you are bound by its terms. Although most real estate agents are quite knowledgeable, there may be issues that only an attorney can assist you with – including problems with the title to the property.

Q:

Can you help me if I am selling my house on my own?

A:

Absolutely. We will counsel you on the terms of sale, which differ depending on every person’s unique situation. We will prepare a Purchase Agreement on your behalf, to insure that the transaction conforms to your desired terms of sale. We will then obtain a title insurance commitment and closing assistance from a reputable title agent. The entire process is not as expensive as you may think, and certainly is less expensive than paying commission to a real estate agent.

Q:

I’m wondering if a land contract makes sense in my situation. Can you help with my decision?

A:

Yes. We will explain the legal issues involved in buying or selling real estate via a land contract to you, and assist you in deciding if a land contract is right for you. We can also prepare a land contract on your behalf.

Q:

My parent is elderly and would like to avoid probate regarding their house. Can you help us?

A:

We can. We will explain the different legal methods by which you can transfer the house and avoid probate. We will then prepare the necessary instruments to insure the transfer is done correctly.

Q:

Can you assist me in leasing my house?

A:

Sure. We can draft a lease that is tailored to your individual requirements and handle the signing process to make sure that your rights are protected.

Q:

I just discovered a lien on my house that I don’t think should have been recorded. Can you help me?

A:

Yes, we can help you clear liens from the title to your house. We have had past success in obtaining the voluntary release of liens by preparing a letter to the party and advising them of the law and why their actions were improper. Unfortunately, sometimes parties do not cooperate, in which case we may have to file a lawsuit on your behalf. You may also be able to make a claim on your title insurance policy, which, if accepted by the title insurance company, means that the title insurance company will hire an attorney to clear the problem at no cost to you. We can assist you in determining if you have such a claim, and making the claim on your behalf.

Q:

My neighbor claims that he has an easement on my property. What should I do?

A:

You should contact us so that we can review the situation and advise you of your legal rights and remedies. These matters can be contentious, but we have had success in the past protecting our clients’ property rights.

Q:

I think that I am entitled to an easement on my neighbor’s property? What should I do?

A:

Likewise, you should contact us to review the situation and advise you of your legal rights and remedies.

Q:

I’m would like to evict my tenant. Can you help me?

A:

We can counsel you on the eviction of your tenant, and represent you in the eviction process.

Q:

I hold a mortgage on a parcel of real estate and need to foreclose on it. Do you handle this?

A:

Yes, we can handle the foreclosure of your mortgage and protect your rights to the property. We can then take actions to collect any deficiency that you may be owed after the foreclosure has completed.