Why do I need a will?

A will is a legally-binding document that lets you determine how you would like your estate to be handled upon your death. If you die without a will, there is no guarantee that your intended desires will be carried out. Having a will helps minimize any family fights about your estate that may arise, and also determines the “who, what, and when” of your estate.

Why do I need an attorney for real estate matters?

Having an attorney for all of your Real Estate matters is a crucial element to making sure your transaction goes smoothly.

For the buyer an attorney can

  • Further help you understand and clarify your purchase contract, to make sure your interests are protected.
  • Help you understand how you will take title.
  • Be sure the title is clear.
  • Work with your lender to ensure a timely loan.
  • Closely review the adjustments, including taxes owing, prior to the actual closing.
  • Prepare any legal documents.
  • Attend the closing and review and help you clearly understand all the documents you will be required to sign.
  • Ensure title insurance is in order.

For the seller an attorney can

  • Review the contract and its terms and make any necessary modifications to protect your interests.
  • Prepare all of the closing paperwork, including deed and power of attorney.
  • If a title agent, order title and ensure it is clear.
  • Deal with title issues if they occur.
  • Attend the closing on your behalf if you choose to pre-sign, or review all the papers with you at closing that you will be required to sign.
  • Arrange for insurance certificates if required.
  • Manage and disburse earnest money if held in escrow with the attorney instead of listing office.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Feel free to give us a call at 512-756-4100 or email info@hillcountrylegal.com.