Question: Should I have an attorney when buying or selling a home?

The Sauk Prairie Eagle – Ask The Professional Column.  (Jared Walker Smith)

Answer:  Buying or selling a home is one of the most exciting and stressful times in your life. An experienced real estate attorney can help give you peace of mind during this time, so you can enjoy more and worry less. Whether you are buying or selling, you are about to enter into some of the biggest contracts and financial obligations of your life. On the broadest scale, an attorney gives you legal advice and ensures that your interests are protected from the time you sign the first contract with a seller, buyer or broker, through closing. An attorney reviews the broker and purchase agreements, loan and title insurance documents, and deed, among other documents, so that the terms are fair, legally sufficient, completed as written, and understandable to you. By coming to a real estate attorney early in the process you can avoid many common pitfalls and know that when the unexpected happens you have someone looking out for you.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided as general information, not as legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship. Before making any decisions regarding legal matters, individuals should consult with a qualified attorney.

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