Finding a lawyer

Buying a home involves piles of legal documents. You need someone to translate the 'legalese' and ensure your best interests are protected. Your lawyer is here to help you. Ask questions if you don't understand anything. Explaining legal jargon in plain language is a big part of their job. There are many, many legal steps to transferring ownership of land from one person to another. Even if pitfalls like fraud, government legislation, zoning issues or unpaid taxes don't come up, your lawyer will make the legal transfer of the home a smooth one.

There are lots of experienced real estate lawyers out there. Ask your friends or co-workers. I will happily give you the names of several lawyers experienced in real estate. Be sure you ask your lawyer how they structure their fees, and get an estimate of the other legal costs you can expect.