No, by law, you do need a lawyer to review your contract to purchase a home in Illinois. However, by law, there are a number of things that an attorney can do in the buying and selling process that, legally, a real estate agent cannot do for you.
A realtor cannot draft legal documents, cancel a contract, or give legal advice. Only attorneys can do those.
Attorneys who do not practice real estate law every day will not have the same expertise in drafting the legal documents, or dealing with the other side’s attorney during the attorney review period. However, yes, any attorney can represent you in a real estate transaction.
23 Legal prides itself in translating the language of the contract, to regular, everyday wording that our clients can understand and be comfortable with. If you ever have a question about what something in a contract means, please call 23 Legal and we will gladly explain whatever confusion or uncertainty you may have.
Yes, the attorneys discuss any issues found during the inspection and will sort out the issues either monetarily or by addressing the issue. Real Estate Attorneys are well versed in the attorney review process, and are here only to represent you, and not your lender or realtor. ONLY our client.
We will be able to contact the city, village, or municipality and make sure any bills, fines, fees, or encroachment issues are addressed and dealt with. We do this hundreds of times every year, so we know what each area needs to close on the sale and ensure your fees surprise you on the back end.
Absolutely! We handle city and state tax forms, and yes they can be complicated. However, 23 Legal will handle that for you, so you have one stressor off your plate.
Yes we can! We offer rates for a buy sale transaction, and we will help you through both closings!
Please don’t hesitate to call or email us! Even after our legal relationship has ended, we will be sure to answer any questions or address any concerns about your buy or sale that are coming up.
An As Is purchase still proceeds through attorney review. While you will be responsible for any issues in the house that the inspection uncovers, you also still retain the right to cancel the contract within that attorney review period should the issues be more than you would like to handle. Remember, only attorney’s have the power to cancel a contract contract and draft a cancellation letter during the attorney review process.
We can draft wills, trusts, power of attorney and other estate plan documents. Please reach out to us any time to help!
23 Legal charges a flat rate when we represent a client buying or selling a house. The fee is paid at closing.
A survey for a traditional real estate transaction mainly ensures there are no encroachment issues with the land. A professional surveyor will take care of the survey, but 23 Legal will handle the process for you!
We do not.
We routinely handle residential real estate transactions throughout Chicagoland. From Zion to Joliet and from Crete to Woodstock, we’ll be there when needed.