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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Real Estate Attorney

Everyone knows that it is a big advantage to have an experienced real estate attorney in your corner when purchasing or selling property. However, most people are unsure of how to actually choose an attorney. In order to help get you started, below are some questions you should ask your prospective Connecticut real estate attorney during your initial consultation. 

Have you handled cases like mine in the past?

Although there is some variation, most real estate transactions and cases are relatively similar. Therefore, it's important to find out whether your prospective attorney has handled cases like yours in the past. This is another way of gauging a prospective attorney's real estate experience. Also, don't be afraid to ask your attorney about his or her past results. 

Can you provide references?

Related to the previous question, your prospective attorney should be willing to provide you with references. By speaking to current or former clients of your attorney, you'll quickly be able to determine whether he or she is the right lawyer for you. If an attorney is unwilling to provide you with references, then it's possible that he or she either isn't experienced in the area of law that is relevant to your case, or his or her past results simply aren't up to par. 

Will anyone else besides you be handling my case?

It's important to know who will actually be handling your case when you choose a law firm. For example, larger firms often assign work to inexperienced junior associates without telling their clients, sometimes resulting in unacceptable outcomes. An advantage of a small firm is that you are virtually guaranteed to receive personalized attention from your attorney, and you won't be left wondering who is actually working for you. 

How much do you charge?

Attorneys have different fee structures. For example, some charge an hourly rate, while others charge a flat fee. Make sure you determine how your prospective attorney charges at the onset, and don't be shy about asking for an estimate. But remember, although price is an important consideration when choosing an attorney, it shouldn't be the only one. 

Connecticut Real Estate Attorney 

Real estate transactions in Connecticut, whether residential or commercial, can be extremely complicated, and it’s important to ensure that no important details are overlooked during the process. At the Law Office of Benjamin S. Proto, Jr., our experienced and capable Connecticut real estate professionals keep both buyers and sellers apprised of their rights and duties as they navigate the residential and commercial real estate transaction processes in Connecticut.

If you are contemplating a purchase or sale of residential or commercial property in Stratford, Bridgeport, Milford, Trumbull, Shelton, Fairfield, Orange, Derby, New Haven, or anywhere else in Connecticut, please contact our office today for an initial consultation.

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