You May Not Require a Real Estate Attorney, But…
The reality is that you don’t need to hire an attorney in Pennsylvania to buy, sell, or lease a commercial or residential property. But having a real estate attorney near you and on hand can help avoid major issues down the road.
A good real estate attorney can help represent you whether you’re a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, developer, property manager, or even a municipality.
Our real estate law firm is one of the best in this area. Real estate is a core practice area. We’ve helped clients with real property transactions in Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area including Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties.
Your Rights as Buyer or Seller
If you’re a seller, you have the right to have a real estate attorney review the listing agreement and sales agreement. You should also be aware that you may liable for the actions of your real estate agent.
If you’re a buyer looking to buy a home or lease a property, you have the right to have an attorney review the sales agreement and represent you during settlement. As a buyer, you should keep in mind the seller’s agent will look out for his or her client and not your best interests.
How a Real Estate Attorney Can Help
Having expert legal counsel during any kind of transaction just makes sense. An attorney can help sort out all the legal documents to give you greater peace of mind. Here are some ways a real estate lawyer can protect your interests.
Contracts: A real estate attorney will ensure the contract adheres to state laws. He or she can also look into potential issues relating to eminent domain or code compliance as well any language in the contract that may be problematic.
Title Searches: A title search protects you from any potential liens or judgments against the property. Equally important, it ensures that the seller actually has the right to sell the property. If the search presents potential concerns, a real estate lawyer can provide insight into a course of action better than a title company. He or she might also be able to negotiate a better deal owing to the issue.
Property Transfer: If the real estate transaction involves a corporation, trust, partnership, or joint venture, the contract will be more involved. A real estate attorney can make sure the contract adheres to state requirements.
Filing: Any real estate transaction must be filed at county and state levels. An attorney will be able to uncover any regulations that may impact your transaction like preservation issues. They’ll also help avoid income or estate taxes along with any building restrictions that could lead to fines or losing the property.
Discrimination: Sometimes buyers or sellers confront discrimination during the buying process. A real estate attorney can help address such an issue.
Our Real Estate Lawyers work at the Community and State Levels
Owing to our expertise, our real estate lawyers have been involved with real estate legal changes at the community and state levels. They’ve also advised municipalities on zoning and land use issues.
Our legal services associated with real estate are comprehensive. They cover an array of commercial and real estate transactions including:
- Affordable Housing
- Tax Credit Syndication
- Code Compliance
- Commercial Real Estate Transactions
- Construction Law Contracts
- Due Diligence
- Financing & Deal Structuring
- Purchase and Sell Agreements
- Condominium Development
- Construction Litigation
- Easements & Licenses
- Eminent Domain & Condemnation
- Environmental and Due Diligence Compliance
- Zoning, Land Use Development & Subdivisions
- Real Estate Litigation
- Real Estate Tax
- Residential Real Estate Transactions
- Agreements of Sale
- Lease Agreements
- Title Issues
Work with Experienced Real Estate Attorneys Near You
Even though you’re under no requirement to have an attorney on hand, it makes sense to have appropriate legal representation to avoid potential issues with a real estate transaction. Our real estate attorneys are well versed in local codes and state laws to guard your transaction.
Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, give our Doylestown or Norristown law offices a call to make sure your deal meets all the legal requirements.
You can also check out our real estate blogs for more insights into Pennsylvania’s real estate laws and how they can impact you. If you have additional questions, just give our law firm a call.