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Closings

In Georgia, real estate closings must be conducted by a licensed attorney. The closing attorney’s first duty is ensuring that the property being transferred has a clear chain of title, which requires a search of deed and lien records. The closing attorney is also responsible for drafting a closing disclosure that informs all of the parties to the transaction of the costs they will be paying. The closing attorney also must draft and file the legal documents that will convey the property (if it is being transferred to someone else). After the closing has been completed, the closing attorney will issue checks from the loan proceeds to pay any expenses and outstanding debts secured against the property. During this whole process, the closing attorney is also usually the one responsible for coordinating all of the parties (buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and lenders) to ensure that the closing occurs on time.

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Given the significant amount of work involved in residential closings, you should choose a closing attorney who is responsive, thorough, and dedicated to ensuring that your closing goes off without a hitch. Our office loves working with clients who are purchasing a home or refinancing their mortgage to make their closing both seamless and enjoyable.

For your convenience, we’ve assembled all of the forms needed to get your closing started with our office.

Simply fill out and submit the appropriate information form (buyer, seller, or refinance) and our office will get to work. Choose our office for you next closing and experience our professionalism and customer service first hand.

Landlord/Tenant

Our office works with both landlords and tenants because we recognize that each side has important interests to protect. As a landlord, your rental property represents a significant investment with the potential to build your wealth. However, these potential benefits can be spoiled if you fail to plan appropriately and, in some cases, if you choose the wrong tenant. Our office works with landlords at all stages in the planning process to help optimize the gain they realize on their rental property as well as to mitigate possible losses. Our services also include representation in dispossessory cases (also known as evictions) if it ever becomes necessary to remove a tenant who is in breach of their lease.

Landlords also have important obligations to their tenants, including the obligation to provide a safe and habitable home or apartment. When landlords fail to fulfill these obligations, or violate the lease or law in some other way, tenants have many options for obtaining relief (both informally and in court). Our office is available to provide tenants with general advice on these matters or legal representation if it becomes necessary.

Other Transactions

Real estate is an asset that provides countless planning and wealth-building opportunities. However, these opportunities can become traps for the unwary if not executed properly. Our office works with clients who need comprehensive advice and representation regarding their real estate. Our services cover a wide range of real estate transactions intended to defer capital gains taxes, such as 1031 exchanges, as well transactions with more specialized estate planning goals, such as qualified personal residence trusts. Our office provides assistance with these more specialized transactions as a standalone service to clients as well as an integrated part of our estate plans.

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