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are you SURE you want to use a personal injury lawyer to close?

I recently got a call from a buyer asking me to "change" the closing attorney on the contract. So I did that, but not before I asked questions.  LOTS of question. I'd never heard of the attorney and when the buyers said this same attorney was handling a personal injury claim for a friend I was more than a little concerned.

 

I mean really. Buying a home is likely the largest investment one will make in their lifetime. Georgia is an attorney close state. That means any attorney that is a member of the Georgia bar can by law close a real estate transaction.  BUT... it is in your best interest is to use an attorney that specializes in real estate. 

I've encountered in my career attorneys who

  • ended up having court dates change and they couldn't be available for the closing
  • were not familiar with title insurance
  • had no idea how to retire a manufactured home title
  • had no idea how to get a bonded title
  • failed to ask clients in what manner they wanted to take title to the property
  • failed to explain the closing documents

So when my buyer decided to "go his own way" I decided to let him know he was going his own way without me on board for that. I have a recommended list.  The attorneys on my recommended list are there for the benefit of my buyers. They DO real estate. They do nothing but real estate and real estate related manners.

 

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Comment balloon 19 commentsTammy Lankford • July 01 2015 09:47AM
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