Legal: Hiring a Real Estate Attorney for Retainer

by Benjamin Urrutia 03/22/2020

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When you need a real estate attorney, be sure to do your research. Don’t just hire an attorney because your friend or a relative sings the attorney’s praises. The referred attorney may be great in the practice area they helped your friend or relative in, but they may not have the experience needed for your case. In addition to researching the attorney’s knowledge, you should also make sure you get along with the lawyer and make sure they don't have bar complaints lodged against them.

Practice Areas

Real estate is an encompassing practice area. It has many sub-practice areas, such as boundary disputes, buying and selling real estate, probate issues, easements, title issues and more. If you need legal advice for a boundary dispute, you need an attorney who has experience with boundary disputes. Another example: If you were left property by a loved one who died, the property needs to go through probate. You should retain a real estate attorney who has experience in probate law. If not, you might have to retain a real estate lawyer and a probate lawyer, which will cost you more money.

Reputation

Once you determine the real estate lawyer has experience in cases like yours; you will need to check the attorney’s reputation. Always check the state’s bar website to make sure the attorney is in good standing. You may also check other sites for reviews, including peer reviews. Once you determine that the attorney is in good standing and handles your type of case, you are ready to schedule a consultation.

The Consultation

Once you schedule the consultation, gather any documents you have that are related to your case. You will also need to jot down several questions for the attorney. Some questions are to help you determine the attorney’s experience and how they interact with their clients. Questions might include:

  • How many cases like mine have you handled?

  • Of those, how many cases had a positive outcome?

  • What are the ways I can contact you? (The answer should be phone and email. Some attorneys even give out their cell phone numbers.)

  • What is your fee schedule? If the attorney charges a flat rate, be sure you understand what is included in that rate, whether it’s to negotiate your case or go to trial, if needed.

  • If the attorney charges by the hour, ask what the retainer is and how much they charge on behalf of their staff. For example, the attorney may charge $125 for work that a legal assistant does and $175 per hour for work that a paralegal does.

  • Review the attorney’s contract before you sign it.

Personality

Finally, if everything else is to your satisfaction, only retain the attorney if your personalities do not clash. When you retain someone you do not get along with, your case could suffer because of the differences between you, the lawyer and the staff. If you do not have a personality clash, then you are ready to retain the attorney.

About the Author
Author

Benjamin Urrutia

About Benjamin:

“His leadership, business, and real estate knowledge make it possible to achieve a win, win for his clients. It is clear that his MBA helps make a property decision a better decision for his clients.”

Timothy M. Ricke –
Entrepreneur of the Year
  • “Would it serve you better if your Realtor(R) were also a real estate investor with an MBA?”
  • Why choose Benjamin?
  • * Full-time real estate professional
    * Specialized in the residential sector in metropolitan Orlando
  • * Commercial Properties (Shopping Centers, offices, land, multi-families)
    * Bilingual Spanish & culture provides quality service to his clients.
    * His background is decisive to ensure that you get the best deal ever.
    * He has over a decade of experience.

*Technology Resources – He has the technology and resources to generate demand for your property, provide buyers with the detailed information they desire, and have the ability to respond instantly to online inquiries.

Benjamin's Specialties:

  • International customers • Relocation • First Time Buyers • New Homes • Buyer;s agent • Short Sales, bank-owned properties • Investment properties – Commercial Properties.

Additional Continuing Education

  • Analysis of Income Producing Properties
  • Introductory course on Commercial Real Estate
  • Foreclosure properties for buyers and sellers
  • Certified on International Transactions, TRC.
  • Certified Relocation Specialist.
  • Five Star Institute bank-owned properties certified.
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification

Professional Associations:

  • Orlando Regional Realtors Association, ORRA
  • Florida Realtors, FR
  • National Association of Realtors, NAR
  • Orlando Regional Commercial Council
  • Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors
  • Budget and Finance Committee of the Orlando Regional Association of Realtors
  • Global Real Estate Council, GRECO. International buyers and sellers
  • National Assoc. of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, NAHREP

Other Associations:

  • Toastmasters International, past Winter Park FL club president
  • Financial Executives Networking Group, FENG
  • Rotary Club of Maitland, Paul Harris recipient, President 2019-2020
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Orlando Regional Realtor Association Honor Society
  • Gold Key Certification on providing superior service to customers
  • Art and History Museums of Maitland - Maitland Florida - Board Member

As a practitioner and advocate of quality customer service, Benjamin is reliable, loyal, dependable and intelligent real estate expert. His academics include engineering (BS Civil Engineering – University of Illinois), MBA (Majoring in Finance – Loyola University of Chicago), and a Marketing degree (ICESI University – Cali, Colombia)