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THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ATTORNEY IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS:
SELLING, BUYING, CLOSING, TITLE SEARCHES,
INSURANCE, BOUNDARY ISSUES, LAND USE, LIENS,
DEVELOPMENT, MORTGAGES, CONTRACTS, OTHER SERVICES


As a seller or buyer of real estate, there are many details that an attorney can help you organize and consider. A real estate attorney is also generally aware of local practices and resources that can help move the transaction along, and may also be able to help in locating properties, assisting with financing documents and procedures, and performing other services.

THE SELLER'S ATTORNEY
If you are selling, an attorney can help study your ownership situation, determine and undertake corrections that may be required for the title to pass without difficulty, advise you of your undertaking as you sell the property to others, and prepare documents that may be necessary for the sale and for managing the proceeds. At the time of a sale, you may also need to plan and organize other related assets as well. A real estate attorney can study your situation and work for you to determine what needs to be done and what else should be done.

THE BUYER'S ATTORNEY
From the beginning, you should have an attorney to prepare a purchase agreement and help you study the details requiring your consideration. If you are borrowing to pay for the purchase, the lender will have various requirements and may have an attorney working on its behalf to study the title, call for any needed corrections, and organize other details. An attorney will prepare a formal study and opinion of the status of the title, and the lender may require that this opinion be backed by insurance; in some situations, the buyer's own attorney can be involved in these steps.

EVERY TRANSACTION IS UNIQUE
Just as all properties are unique, so too are all transactions different. If you are a potential buyer, your attorney can help you locate properties, study them individually, and prepare offers on those that interest you -- whether "for sale by owner" or "listed" by professional salespeople. If you plan to sell real estate, your attorney can help study the situation and get things prepared for a smooth and professional sale.

** ALWAYS HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THESE IMPORTANT AND COMPLEX MATTERS. **


GERALD HASSELBRINK, Attorney at Law
of the Minnesota Bar and United States District Court

INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL, LEGAL SERVICES
PRACTICING REAL ESTATE LAW IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA
MEMBER, REAL PROPERTY SECTION OF THE MINNESOTA BAR ASSOCIATION


St. Joseph - St. Cloud, Minnesota
Phone (320) 363-4569 / (320) 251-0222

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