A property lawyer in Massachusetts should be an expert with knowledge and experience related to any and all real property issues, from standard transactions to disputes between buyers and sellers.
Real estate law regulates the purchase and closeout of real property—that is, of land and anything connected to it; for example, buildings and other structures. It additionally incorporates whatever is included in the building, such as appliances, heating and ventilating systems and other types of equipment and fixtures. This kind of property law has nothing to do with personal property, just the real estate, or “real” property.
An experienced property lawyer such as the Law Office of David Rocheford provides complete real estate transaction services, including:
- Preparing and reviewing purchase agreements, mortgage documents, title documents, and transfer documents
- Resolve title insurance and environmental issues
- Represent the buyer or seller if a real estate transaction or issue ends up in court
- Assist with closings
Despite the fact that a property lawyer is not required for all transactions, a prudent homebuyer will engage a property lawyer anyway to help ensure there are no complications through the process. A few states even expect purchasers to retain a real estate buyer attorney, so it’s a good idea to confirm legal requirements with your real estate agent in the event that you need an attorney. In some cases, real estate agents who specialize in real estate law can take care of any legal need, but it’s important to know that they charge by the hour for their service, or get paid a flat fee, depending on the transaction, which may be an additional expense that you need to consider when purchasing property.
Keep in mind that having a property lawyer on your side who is knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate law can help you avoid any issues that can cause delays on your end. That could end up costing you more because you have to deal with something that should have been a minor issue but blew up into a major problem because you didn’t have a good property lawyer or real estate buyer attorney.
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