For most real estate owners, hiring a sellers’ attorney is one of the best investments that they can make. When selling a property, there are many documents that need to be drafted, negotiated and executed. Names, dates, and property specifics, among other details, need to be consistent across all documents. An issue in any of the documents can hold up the sale, or worse, can potentially render the sale invalid if not caught prior to closing. To help alleviate much of this concern, and to ensure that your interests are fully protected, retaining an experienced real estate lawyer with law services for sellers can save you hours of headache and tens of thousands of dollars.
At Palumbo Law, our lawyers are experts in real estate transactions, having helped hundreds of individuals, families and investors throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut buy and sell real estate in an efficient and painless process. We are highly specialized in real estate law – we are not general practice lawyers dabbling in real estate. We give each real estate transaction the legal expertise and individual attention that it requires. Through our highly-skilled and hand-selected team of real estate legal professionals, we offer a streamlined service for real estate sellers. Our attorneys regularly receive industry recognition for outstanding legal practice and our clients agree. Our industry recognitions include Martindale Hubble Platinum Client Champion Award; Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating 5.0 out of 5.0; AVVO Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0; invitee for America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement Award; and Top Lawyers in Rhode Island. If you are considering selling real estate in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Do I need a lawyer when selling real estate?
Retaining a lawyer to represent you in selling real estate can avoid years of headache and costs – lawyers protect you throughout the selling process, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating documentation; ensuring that any legal issues are cleared up prior to closing; and many other duties necessary to ensure a proper and timely closing.
In recognition of the demands and complexities of real estate transactions, some states require that a lawyer be involved in all real estate transactions, while other states do not. Massachusetts requires the involvement of a lawyer in all real estate transactions under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 221 §46a.
For states that do not require a lawyer to be involved in all real estate transactions, some still require lawyers to engage in certain aspects or stages of a transaction, such as being present at closing. Connecticut is an example of a state not requiring a lawyer for every real estate transaction. In Connecticut, lawyers are legally required to be engaged for buying and selling real estate if title insurance is involved. Similarly, only lawyers can draft the certain transaction documents. Similarly, Rhode Island requires lawyers to conduct title examinations, draft documents, and other important aspects of a real estate transaction deemed “practice of law”. In a practical sense, buying and selling real estate in Connecticut and Rhode Island requires the involvement of an attorney.
What real estate law services does Palumbo Law provide for sellers?
At Palumbo Law, our attorneys help sellers through every stage of the process: from initial due diligence on a property, such as title review, to assisting with the closing and ensuring that you are protected at every step.
When representing sellers, our attorneys negotiate, draft and/or review:
- Purchase and sale agreements
- Closing disclosures
- Power of attorney documents
- Deed transfers
- Loan agreements
- Title searches
- Title reports
- Local government records
- Surveys and building plans
- Legality of structures on property
- Compliance with planning and zoning regulations
- Legal opinions
We work with you to ensure that all transaction documents, such as the purchase and sale agreement, reflect your agreement with the buyer. Similarly, we ensure that you understand each document, and what each clause means for you.
Additionally, we offer escrow services, provide a location for the closing, and provide counsel throughout the entire residential real estate transaction and closing process. Real estate sellers’ attorneys provide much more than just a presence, they ensure that the entire transaction runs smoothly and on time – protecting your interests, and saving you time and money.
Real Estate Lawyers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut
At Palumbo Law, our team makes the difference. We understand the needs of our clients based on our personal experiences and use our real-world experience to produce real results. As a real estate investor, senior attorney Richard Palumbo has bought, sold and managed hundreds of properties. Attorney Palumbo understands what individuals, investors and businesses are experiencing and what they need from a real estate law firm. Similarly, senior paralegal Julie Aldrich is one of the most experienced real estate paralegals in Rhode Island. Julie brings nearly 25 years of experience to ensure that real estate transactions are painless and close on time. Additionally, our real estate attorneys, such as Senior Attorney Glenn Robinson, offer multi-faceted real estate experience that is second to none.
At Palumbo Law, we are more than one attorney – we are a team of real estate professionals protecting your interests, time and money. If you are seeking to sell real estate in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Connecticut, please call our office today to set up a consultation or complete the contact form on our website. The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can help.