A real estate lawyer can help you protect your interests when leasing, buying, or selling real property.
Why Hire a Real Estate Lawyer
Real estate law is a specialty. If you decide to consult a lawyer for your real estate transaction, you’ll want to find someone who focuses only or almost exclusively on real estate law, rather than using a general practice lawyer or a lawyer who concentrates on some other legal subject.
Resources for Finding Real Estate Lawyers
Here are some recommended ways to find a real estate lawyer:
Ask around. Without a doubt, the best way to find a good lawyer is to ask friends, family, work associates -- anyone you know and trust. Even if they don’t personally know a real estate lawyer, they may know another lawyer they like. And that lawyer may be able to direct you to a good real estate attorney.
Ask your local bar association. The New York State Bar Association maintains a lawyer directory. This directory can provide you with names of real estate lawyers in your area who are in good standing with the bar association. Do keep in mind, however, that the bar association doesn’t screen the lawyers for the amount of experience they have or for their competence. It’s up to you to interview each attorney to find out whether they have the experience you need.
Online lawyer directories. Here are a few websites that offer directories of attorneys serving . Because different attorneys list with different directories, we offer you a choice so you can consider a selection of real estate lawyers. Like bar association directories, these lawyers have probably not been screened for their qualifications or competence. Lawyers usually self-report their information, so be prepared to do your homework and ask each lawyer about their experience before hiring anyone.
- Nolo Lawyer Directory of Real Estate Attorneys
- Justia.com State Real Estate Lawyer Directory
- Findlaw Directory of Real Estate Lawyers
Low-cost legal aid services. If your income is low, you may be able to get real estate law assistance or advice from a local legal aid organization.
- Free legal services in State from LawHelpNY
- Your local law school may have a free legal clinic where law students, supervised by their professors, offer legal help. Click on your state to find the law school closest to you.