3 Red Flags to Watch For When Choosing a Real Estate Lawyer

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If you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, you need to hire a real estate lawyer in order to protect your legal rights. However, not all lawyers are created equal. While you may be tempted to look solely at the legal costs, it’s important to consider other factors. With that in mind, here are three red flags to watch out for when choosing a real estate lawyer.

Choosing a Real Estate Lawyer

1. The Lawyer Is Not Organized

There are many moving parts in a real estate transaction, and your lawyer needs to be organized to keep everything on track. If you find that your lawyer constantly forgets important details, asks for paperwork that you previously submitted or rushes before deadlines, it’s a red flag that they may not be the right person for the job.

If you ask questions, are you following up on the answer? Do you receive answers that are incomplete or unsatisfactory?  This can be a sign that the lawyer is unorganized or does not have enough knowledge about real estate law.

2. The Lawyer Is a Poor Communicator

As lawyers, we are advisors and educators. For our clients,  we need to be able to clearly explain the law and how it applies to their situation. If you find that your lawyer is difficult to understand or doesn’t seem to be interested in answering your questions, it may be time to look for someone else.

Additionally, you want to be kept abreast of what is happening in your transaction. If you find that your lawyer is not returning your calls or emails in a timely manner, it could be an indication that they are not prioritizing your case.

If you are not satisfied with how things are going and you communicate that to your lawyer, how do they respond? Do they pass the blame to other members of your real estate team (or, worse, to their own staff), or do they take ownership and work towards a solution?

3. The Lawyer is Relying Only on Past Experience

While you want a lawyer with experience in real estate law,  you also want someone who will keep up with the constantly changing landscape.

For example, electronic signatures are now legally binding in Ontario, but not all lawyers are using them. If your lawyer still relies on faxes and overnight courier services to get documents signed, they may also not be kept up-to-date on the latest legal developments.

A Note for Real Estate Professionals: Your Reputation is On The Line

If you are a real estate professional, it is important to remember that your reputation is on the line when you recommend a lawyer to your clients. Make sure you only refer clients to lawyers you trust to handle your own real estate transaction.

When you give your stamp of approval to a professional who does not perform well, your judgment is called into question.  Not only will your client be unhappy, but they may also start to question whether you have their best interests at heart in all areas of their transaction.

Since this will be their final interaction with you, that is what they will remember first, and they will certainly think twice about recommending you to their friends and family.

The bottom line is that you need to be careful when choosing a real estate lawyer. The impact can ripple far beyond the closing table.

Beeksma Law – Excellence is Our Minimum Standard

Hiring a real estate lawyer is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. They will facilitate your most significant purchase or sale, and their expertise will be crucial in ensuring a smooth transaction.

At Beeksma Law, we pride ourselves on providing excellence from the moment we meet to closing your file. We are happy to provide a complimentary consultation so that you can get to know us and we can answer any questions that you have.

Notice what some of our past clients have said about their experience:

“The team at Beeksma are top-notch! Constantly keeping their clients in the loop during the mortgage transaction and providing sound knowledge and advice. They go the extra mile to make sure closing day happens smoothly.”

“Shayna and her team were wonderful to work with and accommodated us on some rush real estate and estate law issues with such kindness and patience.  They made navigating a complex process super easy and took the time to explain our transaction in plain language to all parties.” 

“Beeksma Law made our buying and selling experience stress-free and easy! Their knowledge and know-how made the entire process smooth and simple from beginning to end. They were there for us every step of the way and stepped up to support our best interests when needed.” 

To schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact us here. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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