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Do You Need An Attorney To Buy A Home?

Do you need an attorney when you buy a home? | FL Real Estate Lawyer

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Reasons To Speak with a Real Estate Attorney

When you buy real property, there’s much at stake.  To achieve the outcome you want, it makes sense to have a trusted advisor and advocate at your side. An attorney is best positioned for this role and can help you face changing circumstances that come up in the process of buying property.


In a real estate transaction, there are a series of functions which require an attorney’s professional expertise.  An attorney can have a significant role in advising you in the following areas:


Legal Agreements

The brokerage agreement, the purchase and sale agreement, and other legal documents that are part of the process need to be reviewed. Your attorney can advise you on the meaning of items included in these contracts.


Preliminary Negotiations

While price is often the main concern of the parties, there are other issues such as the terms of payment, mortgage contingency clauses, the status of fixtures, personal property, and risk of loss by casualty that your attorney can advise you on.


Determining the Status of Title

This is usually the part of the transaction that your attorney will focus on the most. A title search needs to be ordered and examined, and title insurance issued. Your attorney can explain to you any limitations or exclusions in the title policy and what that means to you.


Eliminating Title Problems

If there are limitations, exclusions, or the title is otherwise clouded, your attorney can work with the underwriter to determine if there are any remedies available to make the title marketable for closing.


Document Drafting and Preparation

It is the attorney's responsibility to draft the instruments necessary to convey the property.


The Closing

Your attorney's firm will oversee the execution and exchanging of documents, disburse the require funds, memorialize, and record the transaction.

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Do I need a lawyer for my closing?

It is not required by Florida law that you use a lawyer at closing, however it is a good idea to at least consult with a real estate attorney. Further, if you are buying property subject to a mortgage, the lender will require title insurance. Not all title agencies are law firms.


At Taft Street, we are a fully licensed title agency as well as a law firm, so we can issue you title insurance to protect your investment and we can advise you on any legal issues that arise during the process of buying or selling real estate.

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