Hiring a real estate attorney is an important part when purchasing or selling real estate. Asking the right questions can make sure the attorney is a good fit for your transaction. Hiring the right attorney could make or break the deal.
The legal industry has become so complicated over the years that when hiring a lawyer for any legal situation you must hire an attorney that specializes in that area of law. Unfortunately, real estate law is an area of practice many attorneys think they can do without having a lot of experience in it. The reality is there are many nuances and pitfalls many attorneys fail to recognize if real estate is not an everyday practice area for them. If I were to hire an attorney for anything, I would be certain that the attorney I am hiring spends most of their time practicing in that particular area of law.
Below are questions that I have answered constantly over my career that could help you with your attorney search.
- Do you specialize in any specific area of real estate law (residential, commercial, foreclosure, etc.)?
- What is your billing process or fee structure (hourly, flat fee, etc.)?
- Who else will be working on my transaction?
- Do you have any online reviews or testimonials?
- How many transactions like mine have you handled?
- Are there any hidden costs I should be aware of?
- What is the best way to contact/reach you?
- How do you handle negotiations and disputes with other parties?
- How long have you been practicing real estate law?
By asking an attorney these questions upfront, you can gain a better understanding of that attorney’s specific qualifications and suitability for your needs. It’s essential to have an attorney you can trust who will represent your interests and protect your rights.
If you are looking for a real estate attorney, I would love the opportunity to represent you. I have been practicing real estate law for over 20 years in the Chicagoland area and if for some reason I can’t help you, I have numerous referral sources for attorneys who can.
Contact me today to get started.