Whether your next real estate transaction goes through smoothly or hits a few legal snags, it’s always best to have a real estate attorney in your corner. After all, if everything is smooth, you likely have them to thank for that. And if something goes wrong, it can be handled swiftly if you have someone with experience in these situations looking out for your best interests.
You’ll never be short on options for real estate attorneys. But how do you know you’re choosing the right one?
Here are 5 questions to ask a real estate attorney before hiring them:
Key Questions to Ask
How much experience do you have in real estate law?
Beyond the number of years the firm has been in business, it’s important that they can demonstrate the skill, training, and experience necessary to handle a variety of case types. For example, Christman | Daniell Attorneys, has represented buyers and sellers in a variety of commercial and residential real estate contracts. We’ve also assisted parties in negotiating contracts, advised clients on title and property matters, and represented residential and commercial real estate developers. We also litigate boundary disputes, contested appraisals, suits arising out of breach of contract, condemnation proceedings, failure to close, title defects, breach of warranty, construction defects, liens, foreclosure, adverse possession, condemnation, and recording issues.
Who will be handling my case?
Depending on the size of the firm you meet with and each lawyer’s existing caseload or specialty area, the real estate attorney you initially meet with may not handle your case. Knowing who is actually in charge of your case and being able to meet and speak with them is very important and could determine which firm you ultimately choose to represent you.
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Have you worked on cases similar to mine?
Not every aspect of a real estate transaction is black and white. There can be quite a bit of gray area in there, which can make determining the right course of action extremely complicated. So, you can imagine there’s peace of mind knowing the real estate attorney you ultimately hire has worked on similar cases. Once the details of your case are made known, they should be able to relate the complexities of your case to what they’ve handled and explain how they plan to approach your case.
What is your fee structure?
Do they charge by the hour or by the case? Real estate transactions can become costly, so knowing your real estate attorney’s fee structure in advance will tell you right away if you can afford them and ensure there won’t be any surprises down the line.
What’s the potential outcome of my case?
No real estate attorney can say with absolute certainty whether you will succeed in your case. You should consider looking elsewhere if someone attempts to do that when you meet them. That said, they can refer to previous cases similar to yours and give you a good indication of potential outcomes. A quality real estate attorney will want to know all the details of your situation so they can properly advise you on what you should and should not expect if you choose to move forward.
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