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Real Estate Lawyers

There are now over 813,900 lawyers throughout the US. When you need help with real estate, however, you’ll need to narrow down your options. Finding a qualified real estate lawyer could save you valuable time and stress in the long run.

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Real estate law is especially common in California and Nevada, two of the most populated states in the United States. With the covid-19 pandemic in 2019, we saw a surge of people moving to the Western states, especially Nevada. Many were looking for larger homes and larger land that was half the cost of their homes on the East Coast, such as their New York apartments. Our real estate attorneys are skilled in both commercial and residential land transactions.  We advise our clients in all aspects of real estate transactions or ownership of private residences. We prepare all the legal documents necessary for any real estate transaction.

Real estate law is a very specific niche and a real estate lawyer should be very experienced in order to pursue legal claims on your behalf. A real estate lawyer should be very well-versed with the laws located in your state. Each state has different property laws, and it is very important to have a skilled attorney fight aggressively for your rights.

 What are some examples of real estate law?

  • Agent Representation
  • Broker Representation
  • Individual Homeowner Representation
  • Landlord and Tenant Representation (Commercial Leasing and Residential Leasing)
  • Homeowner Association
  • Property Management Companies
  • Construction: we advise our clients on the full range of construction issues, including land use and natural resources involved.
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Purchases Of homes
  • Sales of homes
  • Financing of homes
  • Loan Negotiation and Documentation
  • Entitlements and Development
  • Fire Losses
  • Identity formation: we help our clients determine the best legal entity for their real estate organization.
  • Environmental impacts on the Lend
  • Developments of land

Who Do Our California Real Estate Attorneys Represent?

We represent a variety of different clients, including:

  • Owners
  • Investors
  • Developers
  • Pension funds
  • Traditional lenders
  • Private Partnerships
  • Builders
  • Landlords
  • Tenants
  • Contractors

What Do Our California Real Estate Attorneys Assist with?

We could assist with a variety of different real estate transactions, including:

  • Financing
  • Ground Leasing
  • Property Management
  • Air Rights Leasing
  • Property litigation
  • Bankruptcy

What Does a California Real Estate Lawyer Do?

The skilled California real estate attorney should be able to help you in understanding and highlighting specific claims in the contract. Getting involved in a contract could be very risky, and another party may be trying to take advantage of you. That is why it is very important to hire an attorney who understands the contract being signed.

 A real estate attorney should be knowledgeable about all aspects of:

  • Zoning issues
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Overseeing the transfer of deeds and titles
  • Negotiating for land on your behalf
  • Verifying whether a commercial or residential property has a lien by looking at the property history
  • Determining if a property has a restrictive covenant or other issues
  • Dakshin defects
  • Pursuing claims for nuisance or trespass
  • Securing easements on to others property
  • Title defects
  • Ownership disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Grant deed and quitclaim deed Issues
  • Miss representation of financing
  • Escrow frauds
  • Broker negligence
  • Commercial real estate fraud
  • Commercial lease disputes

When Should I Hire a Real Estate Lawyer?

California and Nevada real estate lawyers could be hired by people or corporations. Usually, home owners hire real estate lawyers when purchasing a home since it involves high risk. Our real estate attorneys will help you through every step of the way in buying a home. We will negotiate the transaction and guide you through the rest of the legal process. Some states even require having a real estate attorney to be involved in the purchasing of a home.

Are Attorneys Required to Represent Buyers or Sellers in Nevada?

Nevada does not require that the buyer or seller retain an attorney to handle the transaction. However, it is important to note that a residential contract may have several different claims that should be read by an experienced property attorney. If you are a buyer, and you choose not to hire an attorney, it is important to note that you could essentially be the only one that is acting in your favor. A real estate attorney will be able to pursue your claims for you and defend your rights.

Are Attorneys Required to Represent Buyers or Sellers in California?

California does not require an attorney in the transaction of properties. However, a real estate attorney will help you in reviewing the form, especially those that have been drafted by the California Association of Realtors. If the transaction is especially complex, it is important to seek the legal advice of an experienced real estate attorney.

What Do Our California and Nevada Real Estate Attorneys Provide?

1. Experience and Expertise

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing real estate clients. Whether you are involved in purchasing, leasing, or buying a property, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to help you throughout the legal process.  You should be very confident that our attorneys will be able to provide that real estate expertise.

Hiring an experienced real estate attorney could make or break your real estate transaction. Someone who lacks the experience you need, on the other hand, could waste your time and could result in several thousands of dollars of losses on your end.

2. Recent Work

 Our attorneys have decades of experience representing real estate work. You can visit our recent results here. We have detailed knowledge of the law in California and Nevada. Our attorneys have been born and raised in California and Nevada, and so are very knowledgeable in real estate property laws.

3. References and Reviews

Our attorneys have several different references and reviews that address real estate law practice. For more information, visit our review page here.

4. Schedule a Consultation

We offer a free no risk consultation where we discuss your real estate law claim. During this real estate law consultation, we will discuss:

  • What situations we handle most often
  • Whether we were able to accomplish your goals
  • How long we practiced real estate law
  • How long we have practiced in the area

 We want our clients to be confident in our abilities. We make sure that each client gets our utmost attention and individualized feedback from our attorneys. We will be able to handle your case and defend your interest. During this free no risk consultation, we will discuss the different legal strategies we can take to make sure your claim is protected.

Hiring a Real Estate Lawyer: Everything You Need to Know Beforehand

Hiring a real estate lawyer can give you peace of mind before you buy or sell real estate. Don’t rush to hire the first lawyer you find, though.

Want to discuss your situation with a team you can rely on? We’re here to help. Contact us today at Heidari Law Group for a free case evaluation.  Our real estate attorneys are available by phone, by email, or in person. We have offices located in every major city in California and Nevada. That’s our real estate attorneys today to provide you assistance with every stage of ownership and purchasing land. Our diligent legal representation could result in very successful real estate negotiations. Real estate law is very broad, it is very important to hire an experienced real estate attorney that is knowledgeable in California and Nevada laws.

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?

A real estate lawyer’s job is to understand the rules and regulations involved with real estate transactions. They can use their knowledge to help clients understand contracts and other essential legal documents.

What does a real estate lawyer do, then?

Your real estate lawyer can also help with:

  • Zoning issues
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Overseeing the transfer of deeds and titles
  • Negotiating on your behalf
  • Verifying whether a commercial or residential property has a lien
  • Determining if a property has a restrictive covenant or other issues

Real estate lawyers can work with either corporations or individuals. Purchasing a home or real estate is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. A real estate lawyer can help you through every step. They can negotiate the transaction and guide you through the rest of the legal process. In fact, some states even require you to have a real estate lawyer present during closing.

Even if your state doesn’t hire one, you might want someone there to represent your best interests. Your real estate lawyer can review the necessary paperwork in advance. They can also advise you regarding any problems or omissions you need to consider. 

Real Estate Law

Real estate law covers the purchase and sale of real property. “Real property” covers both land and any structure on it.

These laws also encompass any legal issues related to what’s attached to a structure or property, such as fixtures and appliances. They cover property taxes, estate planning, zoning, titles, and deeds, too. 

Remember, some states require lawyers to supervise real estate transactions. These laws can vary based on the local and state government. When choosing a real estate lawyer, make sure they’re licensed to practice in your state.

Your residential or commercial real estate lawyer will need to keep up-to-date with any relevant laws and procedures. Otherwise, new state or local developments can impact your real estate transaction. 

Hiring a lawyer will ensure all parties follow the property procedures.  

When to Hire One

First, determine whether or not your state requires you to have a real estate lawyer present. These “attorney closing states” include:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia

Some states are considered “attorney title opinion states.” These states include:

  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

In these states, a lawyer is necessary to certify the title.

If the transaction is completed in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohia, you’re not required to have a real estate lawyer present. However, lawyers in these states are usually involved with transactions according to local practices. 

If you don’t live in the states mentioned above, it’s up to you whether or not to call a real estate lawyer. Hiring one will ensure someone keeps your best interests in mind, though.

If you don’t have a broad understanding of real estate law, consider consulting a real estate lawyer. They can help you navigate any complex situation.

For example, you might want to call a lawyer if you’re dealing with a short sale or foreclosure.

You might want to hire a lawyer if there are any out-of-the-ordinary elements involved in the contract, too. Your lawyer could help minimize the number of contractual issues in the future.

Otherwise, consider hiring a lawyer for peace of mind. You’ll have confidence that, if anything goes awry, they’ll step in to help.

You can rely on their professional experience and expertise to make more informed decisions moving forward. 

Finding the Right Lawyer

Now that we’ve answered the question “what does a real estate lawyer do,” let’s discuss finding the right lawyer for your needs. Here are a few simple tips that can help you find a residential or commercial real estate lawyer.

With these tips, you’ll have an easier time narrowing down your options. You’ll have peace of mind knowing a qualified lawyer is there to help.

1. Experience and Expertise

Start your search by speaking with people in your inner circle. Ask if any of them can refer you to an experienced real estate lawyer. If they can’t, head online.

Check your local bar association website and the Martindale-Hubbel directory. Start making a list of lawyers to research further. 

Make sure the lawyers on your list have years of experience working with real estate law. You can have confidence in the abilities based on their prior experience.

Determine how long each lawyer has worked in the industry. Consider how long they’ve specialized in real estate law, too. If they only recently switched specialties, consider looking for someone with relevant experience.

Make sure the lawyers you consider have experience specific to your needs, too. For example, you might want to look for a commercial real estate lawyer. If you’re buying a home, look for a residential real estate lawyer instead.

Choosing a lawyer who falls under the right specialty will ensure they understand the laws relevant to your situation.

Someone who lacks the experience you need, on the other hand, could waste your time. 

2. Updated Qualifications

Check your local bar association website to make sure each lawyer on your list has their credentials in order. If their license isn’t up-to-date, scratch them off your list.

Make sure they’re licensed to practice law in the state where the transaction will take place. Remember, some laws can vary based on your location. Look for someone who has years of experience practicing in your state, too. 

3. Recent Work

Handling real estate paperwork is the number one problem for about 20% of buyers. You’ll have peace of mind knowing a qualified lawyer is there to help. Before making your choice, ask each lawyer about their recent results.

You can make sure they have the know-how necessary to handle your situation.

For example, you might only need to find a real estate lawyer who can help prepare the documents you need. Maybe you need them to negotiate with a lender instead.

Make a list of the services you’re interested in. Then, find a real estate lawyer with experience handling those situations.

For example, can they help with real estate closing and quiet title actions? Choose someone with the know-how and abilities you need.

4. References and Reviews

If you want to find the best real estate lawyer in your area, head online. Look for references and reviews. You can check their BBB and Google My Business listings as a place to start.

You might find one or two negative comments. That’s normal. If the bad reviews overshadow the good, consider scratching that lawyer off your list.

You can also ask the lawyer if you can speak with some of their recent clients. Ask each client about their experience. Would they hire that same lawyer again?

5. Schedule a Consultation

Schedule a consultation appointment with at least three lawyers on your list. Ask them any questions you weren’t able to answer through your own research. Have a list of questions prepared ahead of time, such as:

  • What situations do you handle most often?
  • Were you able to accomplish your client’s goals?
  • How long have you practiced real estate law?
  • How long have you practiced in the area?

Make sure you feel confident in your lawyer’s abilities. Ask about their availability as well. If they’re juggling too many clients at once, they might pass you off to a junior lawyer.

Make sure you know who will handle your case. 

6. Compare Costs

How much does a real estate lawyer cost?

Costs can vary based on which services you need. How the real estate lawyer plans to bill you can impact the cost, too.

For example, some lawyers will charge you a flat fee for specific services. Others might choose to work based on an hourly fee.

For example, a lawyer might charge anywhere between $150 and $350 an hour.

Ask at least three real estate lawyers on your list for a quote and copies of their contracts. Gathering multiple quotes can help you better gauge the average. Don’t make your choice solely based on price, though.

Instead, make sure to review the rest of your notes. Make sure to choose a real estate lawyer who has the right qualifications and experience.

Hiring a Real Estate Lawyer: Everything You Need to Know Beforehand

Hiring a real estate lawyer can give you peace of mind before you buy or sell real estate. Don’t rush to hire the first lawyer you find, though. Instead, use these tips to vet your options. You’ll feel confident in your lawyer’s abilities to keep your best interests in mind.

Want to discuss your situation with a team you can rely on? We’re here to help. Contact us today at Heidari Law Group for a free case evaluation. 

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