WORKING WITH A REAL ESTATE LAWYER Because the real estate market cannot offer a standard product or standard pricing, then how can the terms and conditions of any sale be executed with ‘cookie cutter’ standard legal forms? The answer is - they cannot! Albeit the procedures and means for the title transfer are somewhat standard, the execution and directions outlined in the terms and condition of the sale agreement are quite specific to each property – as they are to each respective Buyer and Seller. Just as a surgeon is well educated and experienced in the field of his/her profession; a real estate lawyer is well educated and experienced in the field of real estate law. Now then, if you required surgery, would you attempt it yourself with a standard first aid kit on hand? Why wouldn’t you want to look out for your interests and well-being by entrusting a medical specialist? The point of this suggestion is that good intentions can cause poor decisions which pave the way for disaster. Know your limitations by selecting a qualified real estate lawyer to protect your legal rights and interests in the disposition of your property. While holding your rights and interests as paramount, your lawyer is also working on your behalf by providing a “clear” property title to convey to the Buyer. This is accomplished by ensuring that any outstanding mortgage debts or claims on the title are satisfied from the proceeds that you direct to him from the sale of your property. Additionally, your lawyer is responsible for ensuring that proper adjustments are made to moneys owed to or due from a utility or property tax office up to the agreed point of sale. The cost to secure the services of a real estate lawyer varies by region. Typical rates for representing the sale or residential property range between $400 and $700 and do not include the costs of disbursements. Usually there is no fee for initial consultation with these professionals who will explain their role further and provide you with supplementary information regarding their services and rates. To assist you with contacting a real estate lawyer nearest you please refer to our national service directory located on the Home Page.