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Why Would Someone Need a Real Estate Attorney?

Many people are still under the impression that a real estate attorney practices their craft during real estate transactions, drafting real estate contracts and documents, and are usually found at closings. That is still true in many states in the country and up until a few years ago, was even a common practice in the State of Florida. Today, many of the processes involved in real estate transactions are performed by the real estate agents themselves and the support network of title companies, mortgage underwriters, and brokerage firms. There are still many commercial and business law attorneys practicing real estate law, but what is it they actually do, and at what stage of the real estate transactions are they needed?  Since it is no longer necessary for them to be involved in the selling and closing portion of the proceedings, their role has been effectively limited to issues that arise after the ink is dry on the contracts.

 At Heekin Law, P.A. we have a tremendous amount of experience in the practice of real estate law, before and after our roles were limited due to changes in the laws governing real estate transactions and closings. Issues that surface on the sale of a property between buyers and sellers are usually items that are negotiated during the actual real estate transaction. Sellers have a responsibility to disclose seen and unseen issues that are known and can arise that could alter the price of a property for sale or require additional maintenance or repairs. Certification entities such as a septic tank inspection certification service or a residential or commercial inspection service also have a responsibility to conduct a review of elements of a property that are requested.

So where are real estate attorneys needed? As always when something goes wrong in either the construction of, the specific performance of a quality issue or even the disclosure of a specific element of the transaction that was not disclosed but now causes the buyer additional costs. With the limited inventory of homes available today in the Jacksonville marketplace and the frenzy of buyers trying to acquire them, the conditions are ripe for real estate or construction law attorneys getting involved after the fact as certain elements come to light. If you have a real estate issue and are seeking the advice and counsel of a real estate law attorney in Jacksonville fl or any of the surrounding communities give Heekin Law, P.A. a call. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and would love to hear about your issues or complaints involving any commercial or residential real estate transaction. We handle all aspects of real estate law including landlord and tenant disputes, boundary disputes, easements, and eminent domain issues, issues involving construction law, homeowner associations (HOA), and condominium associations (COA) collections, enforcement, and disputes.

We Pursue Positive Outcomes with Your Goals in Mind

At Heekin Law, P.A. our attorneys will handle any real estate law matter and take whatever action is necessary to achieve your desired outcome. As skilled negotiators we believe that a mutually agreed-upon settlement is the best course of action, resolving disputes amicably but are prepared to go to trial if an agreement is unobtainable. Give us a call at 904-355-7000 to discuss the facts in your case. We have many different types of appointments available including in-person, internet, and appointment conducted by phone. With over 40 years of shared legal experience let us put our legal knowledge and expertise to work for you.


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