how do I find a good attorney to help with my private sale?

Asked by Bill Jones, 08003 Wed Aug 8, 2007

I'm selling a home in the Philadelphia area to a friend of the family. I'd like to find an attorney that can help us though this process and protect our interests. Outside of the yellow pages, is there a good way to find a *good* attorney?

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Kendra Garcia…, , Easton, MA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
I will suggest you to call real estate agents, a local or your own mortgage company. Family, friends or if you had a smooth transaction when you purchased that house before with the closing attorney try to reach him.
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Melissa Manc…, Agent, Plainville, MA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
Hi Bill,

I think Kendra covered all of the bases here! I would only add to ensure that each referral is board certified in real estate law.

Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
Web Reference:  http://MelissaBMancini.com
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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Wed Aug 8, 2007
I would call 5 title companies and ask each for their referral. Title reps know which attorneys are familiar with real estate closings and have closings that go smoothly. Ask the title companies why they recommend that attorney and how many closing they have done with the individual.

You will beocme a prospect for the title companies who will now want to do your closing. Work with your attorney in choosing the title company.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Wed Aug 8, 2007
You could call a realtor and ask for a referral. You could also call the bar association and ask for a referral. Personally I would only use an attorney who is board certified in Real Estate law. Others can do it and are often willing to do it, but I always find the real estate attorneys are much more in touch with issues of the day. For example here in Texas mineral rights and water rights are big issues today. Radon gas was a hot topic at one time and mold issues are still on the horizon. Any good attorney can write a contract, but I would think the ones who are writing and dealing with real estate contracts every day are the ones you'd want to use.
Web Reference:  http://www.teamlynn.com
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Carrie Crowe…, Agent, Southaven, MS
Wed Aug 8, 2007
Do you have any friends or know a Real Estate Agent? They can refer you to an Attorney's office or a Title Company that can handle the closing for you! If you don't have that, call a few agents and ask them who they would choose to close their own property. Take a poll. Use the Attorney or Title Company that gets the most stars*****.
Web Reference:  http://carriecrowell.com
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Edmund Choi, Agent, Paoli, PA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
Ask friends and family for a referral first. If that doesn't pan out, you might consider the services of a REALTOR to act as a transaction licensee (no advocacy or representation; just there to facilitate the transaction).
Web Reference:  http://MainLineandBeyond.com
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Jim Walker, Agent, Carmichael, CA
Wed Aug 8, 2007
In your reference section at the library, there are directories of attorneys describing their specialties. One of the publishers for my state of California is "Parker's directory" I think optimus is one publisher in Pennsylvania
Web Reference:  http://pa.optimuslaw.com/
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