Buying or selling your home is known to be one of the most stressful life events - but a good real estate attorney can help the process go smoothly, bringing you peace of mind. Your home is likely to be the most expensive item you will ever purchase, so it makes sense to ensure that your real estate transaction is trouble-free by choosing a real estate lawyer with an excellent reputation. Here at the State Bar Attorneys Directory, powered by Best of the Web, we list thousands of real estate law firms across the United States - and with all of our listings verified and screened, you can confident in choosing a real estate attorney from our listings.

Seward Law Office, P.A.
3112 W Kennedy Blvd
suite c
Tampa, FL 33609

Prompt, personal service is a hallmark of our legal practice. Each and every time you contact the firm, you will speak directly with a lawyer who is well-versed in all aspects of real estate law. Attorney Alicia R. Seward is known throughout the Tampa Bay Area for cost-effective, solutions-oriented legal advocacy. She is always accessible and courteous, and she understands…

4.6
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Phone(813) 252-6789

Seward Law Office, P.A.
3112 W Kennedy Blvd
suite c
Tampa, FL 33609

Prompt, personal service is a hallmark of our legal practice. Each and every time you contact the firm, you will speak directly with a lawyer who is well-versed in all aspects of real estate law. Attorney Alicia R. Seward is known throughout the Tampa Bay Area for cost-effective, solutions-oriented legal advocacy. She is always accessible and courteous, and she understands…

Shulman Rogers Injury Lawyers
12505 Park Potomac Ave
Potomac, MD 20854

Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. is a full service law firm with 95 attorneys, headquartered in Potomac, Maryland.

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Phone(301) 230-5200

Shulman Rogers Injury Lawyers
12505 Park Potomac Ave
Potomac, MD 20854

Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A. is a full service law firm with 95 attorneys, headquartered in Potomac, Maryland.

Yesner Law
13135 W Linebaugh Ave
Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33626

Law office helps homeowners, borrowers, consumers and real estate investors buy, sell, protect and preserve homes.

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(813) 774-3013

Yesner Law
13135 W Linebaugh Ave
Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33626

Law office helps homeowners, borrowers, consumers and real estate investors buy, sell, protect and preserve homes.

The Law Offices of David P. Rankin P.A.
13000 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

Provides legal needs that involve Tampa area real estate or Florida administrative law, David Rankin is an attorney that can assist. From the The Law Offices of David P. Rankin P.A. website: Tampa real estate & administrative lawyer David P. Rankin provides representation in real estate transactions & licensed professional disciplinary proceedings.

4.0
4 Verified Reviews

Phone(813) 968-6633

The Law Offices of David P. Rankin P.A.
13000 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618

Provides legal needs that involve Tampa area real estate or Florida administrative law, David Rankin is an attorney that can assist. From the The Law Offices of David P. Rankin P.A. website: Tampa real estate & administrative lawyer David P. Rankin provides representation in real estate transactions & licensed professional disciplinary proceedings.

Fiore Law Firm, P.C.
623 North Railroad Ave
Staten Island, NY 10304

Our law firm in Staten Island, NY specializes in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning, and Asset Protection.

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Phone(718) 351-3000

Fiore Law Firm, P.C.
623 North Railroad Ave
Staten Island, NY 10304

Our law firm in Staten Island, NY specializes in the areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning, and Asset Protection.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
3451 Bonita Bay Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Our Bonita Springs office provides a wide variety of services including Real Estate, Litigation and Estate Planning to our clients in southern Lee County and the Naples area. Unclaimed: Claim this business

5.0
1 Verified Reviews

Phone(239) 344-1100

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
3451 Bonita Bay Boulevard
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Our Bonita Springs office provides a wide variety of services including Real Estate, Litigation and Estate Planning to our clients in southern Lee County and the Naples area. Unclaimed: Claim this business

Sishodia PLLC
600 3rd Ave
#2nd
New York, NY 10016

Sishodia PLLC, is a boutique New York real estate law firm offering experienced, individualized legal solutions to clients ranging from first-time home buyers to seasoned real estate investors. We serve clients throughout NYC and surrounding areas, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Westchester, Long Island and the Hamptons. Focused almost exclusively on real estate transactions, we offer effective legal services designed… Unclaimed: Claim this business

5.0
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(833) 616-4646

Sishodia PLLC
600 3rd Ave
#2nd
New York, NY 10016

Sishodia PLLC, is a boutique New York real estate law firm offering experienced, individualized legal solutions to clients ranging from first-time home buyers to seasoned real estate investors. We serve clients throughout NYC and surrounding areas, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Westchester, Long Island and the Hamptons. Focused almost exclusively on real estate transactions, we offer effective legal services designed… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Ponist Law Group, P.C.
12250 El Camino Real
Suite 225
San Diego, CA 92130

The Ponist Law Group, P.C. was founded with the goal of providing superior representation of clients in all aspects of real estate, construction and business litigation matters. The firm's legal knowledge and trial expertise allows the firm to achieve better settlements before trial and better results at trial when settlement is not possible. We have substantial experience in matters involving… Unclaimed: Claim this business

4.0
4 Verified Reviews

Phone(858) 412-1211

Ponist Law Group, P.C.
12250 El Camino Real
Suite 225
San Diego, CA 92130

The Ponist Law Group, P.C. was founded with the goal of providing superior representation of clients in all aspects of real estate, construction and business litigation matters. The firm's legal knowledge and trial expertise allows the firm to achieve better settlements before trial and better results at trial when settlement is not possible. We have substantial experience in matters involving… Unclaimed: Claim this business

The Suttles Law Firm LLC
1711 North Main Street
Summerville, SC 29486

Attorney Brent W. Suttles, Sr. founded The Suttles Law Firm with the vision that residential real estate closings and commercial real estate closings could be understandable, convenient, and enjoyable for buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and lenders alike. The guiding principle of The Suttles Law Firm LLC is to make every effort to provide buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and… Unclaimed: Claim this business

3.8
10 Verified Reviews

Phone(843) 636-8841

The Suttles Law Firm LLC
1711 North Main Street
Summerville, SC 29486

Attorney Brent W. Suttles, Sr. founded The Suttles Law Firm with the vision that residential real estate closings and commercial real estate closings could be understandable, convenient, and enjoyable for buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and lenders alike. The guiding principle of The Suttles Law Firm LLC is to make every effort to provide buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Adler Wellikoff, PLLC
1300 N Federal Hwy
Suite 107
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Founded on the guiding principle of providing big-firm service in a personalized and client-focused manner, Adler Wellikoff, PLLC, offers access to an attorney in a way that only a boutique law firm such as ours can do. Our firm, based in Boca Raton, represents individuals and businesses in real estate, transactions and litigation, and we also provide legal guidance regarding…

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Phone(561) 923-8600

Adler Wellikoff, PLLC
1300 N Federal Hwy
Suite 107
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Founded on the guiding principle of providing big-firm service in a personalized and client-focused manner, Adler Wellikoff, PLLC, offers access to an attorney in a way that only a boutique law firm such as ours can do. Our firm, based in Boca Raton, represents individuals and businesses in real estate, transactions and litigation, and we also provide legal guidance regarding…

Akay Law
100 Pine Street
Ste 2700
San Francisco, CA 94111

With nearly three decades of experience under his belt, you can rest assured that attorney Doug Akay knows how to handle the legal concerns his clients bring forward. If you are looking for knowledgeable, understanding, and effective legal counsel, Doug is the man for the job. To learn more about his services — which include matters of real estate law,…

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Phone(415) 764-1999

Akay Law
100 Pine Street
Ste 2700
San Francisco, CA 94111

With nearly three decades of experience under his belt, you can rest assured that attorney Doug Akay knows how to handle the legal concerns his clients bring forward. If you are looking for knowledgeable, understanding, and effective legal counsel, Doug is the man for the job. To learn more about his services — which include matters of real estate law,…

Akay Law
333 Bush St
Ste 2250
San Francisco, CA 94104

With nearly three decades of experience under his belt, you can rest assured that attorney Doug Akay knows how to handle the legal concerns his clients bring forward. If you are looking for knowledgeable, understanding, and effective legal counsel, Doug is the man for the job. To learn more about his services -- which include matters of real estate law,…

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Phone(415) 764-1999

Akay Law
333 Bush St
Ste 2250
San Francisco, CA 94104

With nearly three decades of experience under his belt, you can rest assured that attorney Doug Akay knows how to handle the legal concerns his clients bring forward. If you are looking for knowledgeable, understanding, and effective legal counsel, Doug is the man for the job. To learn more about his services -- which include matters of real estate law,…

Aldrich Legal Services
276 South Union Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

At Aldrich Legal Services, we are committed to providing each of our clients with quality legal representation. We are an established firm with a strong reputation for integrity, professionalism and trusted service. From our office in Plymouth, Michigan, and in courts throughout southeast Michigan, our lawyers work closely with clients to provide highly personalized, accessible and responsive representation in legal…

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Phone(734) 404-3000

Aldrich Legal Services
276 South Union Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

At Aldrich Legal Services, we are committed to providing each of our clients with quality legal representation. We are an established firm with a strong reputation for integrity, professionalism and trusted service. From our office in Plymouth, Michigan, and in courts throughout southeast Michigan, our lawyers work closely with clients to provide highly personalized, accessible and responsive representation in legal…

Alvarez & Gilbert, PLLC
14500 N Northsight Blvd
# 216
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

You know your business better than anyone else. When you experience an issue that threatens your bottom line, you want to be sure that you are taking the appropriate measures to protect your interests. Similarly, if you are injured in an accident, you want to work with an attorney who is committed to helping you maximize the compensation you recover…

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Phone(602) 263-0203

Alvarez & Gilbert, PLLC
14500 N Northsight Blvd
# 216
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

You know your business better than anyone else. When you experience an issue that threatens your bottom line, you want to be sure that you are taking the appropriate measures to protect your interests. Similarly, if you are injured in an accident, you want to work with an attorney who is committed to helping you maximize the compensation you recover…

Attorney Janet Davis Hocker
6626 East 75th Street
#410
Indianapolis, IN 46250

At Hocker & Associates, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana, we have designed our law firm to provide you the level of service you deserve. Since our establishment in 1993, we have made a point of going above and beyond when providing services. Attorney Janet Davis Hocker is the managing partner of Hocker & Associates, LLC and personal works real estate and…

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Phone(317) 559-4473

Attorney Janet Davis Hocker
6626 East 75th Street
#410
Indianapolis, IN 46250

At Hocker & Associates, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana, we have designed our law firm to provide you the level of service you deserve. Since our establishment in 1993, we have made a point of going above and beyond when providing services. Attorney Janet Davis Hocker is the managing partner of Hocker & Associates, LLC and personal works real estate and…

Barak Lurie
12121 Wilshire Blvd
#300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

At Lurie & Seltzer, we have one goal, fighting for what's right. Whether it's prevailing at trial, negotiating a favorable settlement or carefully structuring deals, we constantly strive to put our clients in the best possible position for success. Every law firm promises results, but our record speaks for itself. If you are looking for the personalized service of a…

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Phone(310) 478-7788

Barak Lurie
12121 Wilshire Blvd
#300
Los Angeles, CA 90025

At Lurie & Seltzer, we have one goal, fighting for what's right. Whether it's prevailing at trial, negotiating a favorable settlement or carefully structuring deals, we constantly strive to put our clients in the best possible position for success. Every law firm promises results, but our record speaks for itself. If you are looking for the personalized service of a…

Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix Llp
701 Poydras Street
#3650
New Orleans, LA 70139

We are a boutique firm in New Orleans, LA and have built a national reputation for over 35 years thanks to one simple philosophy: our clients come first. We provide comprehensive legal services for our clients, whether they be in the Greater New Orleans area or across the country. We can help clients with injuries from accidents, defective products, and… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Phone(504) 524-3300

Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix Llp
701 Poydras Street
#3650
New Orleans, LA 70139

We are a boutique firm in New Orleans, LA and have built a national reputation for over 35 years thanks to one simple philosophy: our clients come first. We provide comprehensive legal services for our clients, whether they be in the Greater New Orleans area or across the country. We can help clients with injuries from accidents, defective products, and… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood, P.A.
200 Providence Rd
Suite 106
Charlotte, NC 28207

At the Charlotte law offices of Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood, P.A., our attorneys will work as hard as you do in order to resolve your legal concerns. Founded on the belief that every client deserves excellent legal services at competitive rates, we do not take shortcuts as we provide counsel in everything from personal injury claims and real…

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Phone(704) 376-6527

Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood, P.A.
200 Providence Rd
Suite 106
Charlotte, NC 28207

At the Charlotte law offices of Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood, P.A., our attorneys will work as hard as you do in order to resolve your legal concerns. Founded on the belief that every client deserves excellent legal services at competitive rates, we do not take shortcuts as we provide counsel in everything from personal injury claims and real…

Benson, Mucci & Weiss, PL
5561 North University Drive
#102
Coral Springs, FL 33067

The Coral Springs construction and real estate law firm of Benson Mucci & Weiss P.L. represent contractors, tradespeople, subcontractors, suppliers and others in the construction industry throughout South Florida and statewide. The firm's legal team, which boasts more than 75 years of combined experience, includes a board-certified construction law attorney and a Florida state certified mediator. Benson Mucci & Weiss…

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Phone(954) 323-1023

Benson, Mucci & Weiss, PL
5561 North University Drive
#102
Coral Springs, FL 33067

The Coral Springs construction and real estate law firm of Benson Mucci & Weiss P.L. represent contractors, tradespeople, subcontractors, suppliers and others in the construction industry throughout South Florida and statewide. The firm's legal team, which boasts more than 75 years of combined experience, includes a board-certified construction law attorney and a Florida state certified mediator. Benson Mucci & Weiss…

Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC
1019 Assembly St
Columbia, SC 29201

Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC is dedicated to providing excellent legal services to our clients regardless of the complexity of the case or compensation involved. Our Columbia, SC-based law firm is committed to client service and to developing an intimate knowledge of each client's needs and objectives. Throughout a broad spectrum of practice areas, we strive to offer each client professional…

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Phone(803) 799-7900

Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC
1019 Assembly St
Columbia, SC 29201

Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC is dedicated to providing excellent legal services to our clients regardless of the complexity of the case or compensation involved. Our Columbia, SC-based law firm is committed to client service and to developing an intimate knowledge of each client's needs and objectives. Throughout a broad spectrum of practice areas, we strive to offer each client professional…

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What Does a Real Estate Attorney Do?

Real estate lawyers ensure the correct legal transfer of property between parties, most typically when you buy or sell your home. Your real estate attorney will prepare or review all of the necessary paperwork involved in the sale and will negotiate agreements between both parties. They will also represent you during the closing process. As well as the buying and selling of property, real estate attorneys also deal with other real estate matters, such as compliance, title issues, ownership, and border disputes. 

What Types of Real Estate Transaction Can a Real Estate Attorney Help With?

 

Real estate attorneys are licensed to deal with all kinds of real estate transactions. For most people, this will involve the buying or selling of their private home, although commercial real estate attorneys assist property developers, landlords, and companies buying and selling property.

 

Your real estate lawyer will be able to handle anything that rises in your house sale or purchase, including dealing with your mortgage paperwork, checking title, and ensuring that there are no outstanding liens on the property. 

 

Real estate attorneys also handle more complex or difficult real estate transactions, such as short sales or the purchase of investment properties. If you face foreclosure, you can also hire a foreclosure attorney to represent your interests during the process.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Real Estate Lawyer?

 

The cost of hiring a real estate attorney depends on your location, their experience, and the level of work involved. Some real estate attorneys offer flat fee rates, for example if they are only handling the closing. Typical costs for the complete handling of a private home sale or purchase are in the region of $2000 - $3000, but if your transaction involves complex title issues, you could be looking at an hourly rate of $500 or more. 

 

You will be expected to pay your real estate attorney’s fees either at or before closing.

 

Tips for Finding the Best Real Estate Attorney

 

Personal recommendations are a great way to find a trusted real estate attorney near you - find out who family and friends used for their real estate transactions, and whether they were happy with the price and the service.

 

Your estate agent may also recommend a real estate attorney they have a relationship with, although you are under no obligation to use their preferred lawyer. 

 

Another way to get recommendations is from our directory of screened and verified real estate attorneys across the United States.

 

Here you can easily narrow down your search to your state or city, and you can view reviews right here within the directory, to get a sense of who the best real estate attorneys are in your area.

 

Ideally, choose a real estate attorney who is very familiar with your local law, and who is personable, a good communicator, and experienced with your kind of transaction. 

 

FAQ On Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

 

1 - Do I have to hire a real estate attorney? 

 

That depends on where your real estate transaction is taking place.

 

More than 20 states have laws mandating the use of a real estate attorney when buying or selling a home, typically requiring their presence at closing.

 

Where a real estate lawyer is not mandated, you may still want to consider hiring your own real estate attorney to ensure that your transaction proceeds smoothly.

 

If you are the purchaser, you might particularly want to hire a real estate attorney if you are an out-of-state or out-of-town buyer, or if you are buying a short sale property or a property that is part of an estate. If your chosen property has structural issues or is in a problematic area - such as a flood zone or a tornado-prone area, it’s also a good idea to get your real estate attorney involved.

 

If you are the seller, you would benefit from a real estate attorney if the property you are selling is not in great condition, or if there are judgments or outstanding liens against the property. If you are the executor for a property owner who has died, or if you have inherited the property yourself, it would also be wise to seek counsel from an experienced real estate attorney.

 

2 - What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a real estate attorney? Why would I need both?

 

As mentioned above, many states mandate the involvement of a real estate attorney in your home purchase or sale. Even where this is not the case, however, real estate agents and real estate attorneys offer different services with different goals.

 

A real estate agent can provide you with support throughout the home buying or selling process. Their local knowledge is invaluable, and they are trained to support you up to and including the closing process. However, real estate agents are prohibited by law from providing you with legal advice.

 

A real estate attorney, on the other hand, is there specifically to provide you with legal counsel.

 

If your real estate transaction is very straightforward and an attorney is not mandated, you may be able to get away with relying on your real estate agent’s expertise alone. But if you fit into any of the categories mentioned above in Q1, a real estate attorney is strongly advised. After all, the financial commitment you are making is huge - it’s worth making sure that everything is watertight, for your own peace of mind.

 

3 - Is litigation the only way to resolve a real estate dispute?

 

Real estate disputes can arise for a wide variety of reasons, including property defects, boundary disputes, construction delays, and landlord-tenant disputes. Your real estate attorney will advise on your personal situation, but as a general rule, litigation is a last resort. The best real estate lawyers will work to resolve real estate disputes through negotiation first, and will only litigate if all else fails.

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