A. That is true. A real estate closing is not like discovering the genetic code to cure cancer. But, if you put down a deposit of $200,000 on a $2,000,000 condominium, do you care if you lose it? If you do, you should hire a real estate attorney with years of experience, the social skills to patiently explain everything to you and to listen when you speak to understand your goals and desires.
There is a huge difference between the criminal attorney on the corner that has done 100 real estate deals and a real estate attorney that has done over 1,000, 2,000 or 5,000 closings, who has a practice that is focused on real estate and has systems and procedures in place to ensure that no deadline ever approaches where your down payment becomes non-refundable, unless you have achieved every obligation and are ready to close.
If you select an attorney based on price, you might just find that the lowest price attorney was actually the most expensive when the down payment is lost.
A. Only if they are good! If you are unsure, call and ask to speak to them. Do they get on the phone immediately or if out of the office do they call you back within a reasonable time (a few hours)? More importantly, do they take at least ten minutes to explain the process to you and answer your questions? If they don’t answer your questions and patiently speak to you when you are considering them, they are not likely to be accessible to you after you select them.
We are all busy, but ignoring clients is the number one complaint most individuals have about their attorney. Many attorneys have no special skills and compete with other attorneys in the same field on price. Because they have agreed to a ridiculously low price, they cannot spend the proper amount of time necessary to do a great job. Life is too short. If you call and speak to an attorney, and find that he or she is not responsive and appears to be too busy to address your legitimate concerns, go find an attorney you can work with.
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