Selecting your real estate closing attorney

By Attorney Chesley Oriel, Framingham Real Estate Lawyer

Many times, for first time home buyers, the Lawyer they choose to help them with their purchase, will be the first lawyer they have had the need to hire. It is not uncommon for buyers to ask their real estate agents for the names of lawyers who they recommend. Although the real estate agents may be a good source, it is important to take the time to speak with a few lawyers to see which one is the right match for you.

Never be afraid to ask questions about the lawyer’s practice, their availability, their fees, and any references. Many times real estate lawyers can help you find a mortgage lender who provides good competitive interest rates and reasonable closing costs. Generally if you are a buyer, you want the mortgage lender to use your lawyer to close the loan. If the mortgage Lender refuses to accommodate your request, then you should get a written statement setting forth all of the legal fees, recording fees, and title insurance costs from the mortgage Lender’s attorney and ask your Lawyer for an opinion as to whether such fees/costs are reasonable, and if they are not, then let your Loan Officer know that you may have to look elsewhere for a mortgage because you are not happy with the Lawyer fees and costs you were quoted.

Because of the internet and fax machines, it is not uncommon for a real estate buyer to choose a lawyer by a telephone interview and to meet the Lawyer for the first time at the Closing.

Many lawyers today will travel to the local Registry of Deeds to handle a purchase closing, so where the lawyer’s Office is located should not be a factor in deciding your choice of a lawyer, unless you have the need to go to the Lawyer’s Office.

Whatever lawyer you decide to use, it is important to obtain from him/her a written statement as to the fees and costs. Most Lawyers can provide you with a set fee for what is called the “Closing fee” (services provided by the Lawyer to “close” the purchase), plus a title search fee. The other fees are recording fees (set by the State) and title insurance (set by the title insurance company), so there really is no reason why you should not be able to obtain a firm quote for the lawyer’s fees and costs.

The bottom line is that just as for any other kind of service, you need to feel comfortable that the Lawyer you choose will provide you with the kind of legal services you are looking for.

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