Once you've found your perfect home or your perfect buyer and are ready to start working on a deal, you'll want to trade in a real estate agent for a lawyer. A lawyer can help you through the closing process, which can often turn out to be tedious and complex. Remember that you're looking for someone to work for you, not the other way around, so you want to make sure that whoever you hire is dedicated to ensuring you walk away from the deal as happy as possible. There are a few things you can do to make sure that happens.
Find the right lawyer for you - Hiring a lawyer is a lot like buying a house, you want to know all about what you're getting into before you sign anything. It's important to be sure that your potential representative has all the knowledge and experience necessary to make you feel comfortable enough to employ them. There's a lot you'll want to ask before you even start discussing your own business.
The first question that comes to you might be how much will this cost? Inquire about their rates and other associated fees. You'll want to know about their background in the field. How long have they been working in this area? How have they handled situations similar to yours, and what might need to be done differently? What type of work needs doing and how long will it take? You'll also want to know if they'll be handling your case on their own or if it will be covered by someone else.
How you can help your lawyer make your life easier - Once you've found a lawyer who meets your specific needs and budget, you can expediate their process by providing them with as much relevant information as you can about your situation. One thing that they may ask for is the names of the other involved parties, because if they are already represented by that lawyers firm, they will likely be unable to represent you due to conflicts of interest. It will also be useful for them to have any documentation you can find about the property in question. The more information you can provide to your lawyer, the better equipped they will be to further your interests, whether it be getting a great deal or ensuring that there's nothing about your home and its history that will come back to bite you later on.
Perhaps the most important part of being ready to meet with your lawyer is making sure that all the information you've got for them is well organized. A stack of labeled folders will take a lot less time to sort through than a box of loose documents, and this can make the difference between a painless hour-long meeting and a tedious three hour slog wherein two of the hours are spent leafing through papers trying to find the relevant one. As we all know, a great way to save money is by saving your lawyer time, and as an added benefit it enables them to do a better job for you.
Founded in 1992 by principals John Mullin and Peter DeMeo, Mullin DeMeo maintains one of the busiest real estate law practices in British Columbia and certainly on Vancouver Island. Every year Mullin DeMeo processes more real estate transactions than any other firm in the Victoria area. Our firm also provides services in the area of development and construction law, corporate and commercial transactions, trademarks and copyright, and some family law matters.
Our lawyers are supported by a staff of experienced legal assistants and conveyancers, a land title agent, electronic filing capabilities, and advanced technology, all dedicated to providing excellent legal services in real estate matters and in other legal matters. The goal of our firm is to provide a level of service that will ensure that you are fully satisfied and that will encourage you to remain a long-term client.