Real estate attorneys should not be confused with title companies, which insure good title to the property. A title insurance company insures that a title is free and clear of any encumbrances or clouds on the title that could negatively impact the value of a property. While this is an important service, title insurance companies do not practice law. Any lawyer that is working for such a company represents the title insurance company’s interests, not yours.

When purchasing real estate in Florida, it is important to assemble a team of professionals that will look out for your best interests. In addition to a seasoned real estate agent, many home buyers and sellers hire a real estate attorney to ensure that all legal issues are addressed and handled in their best interests. This professional can perform a number of services, including the following:

Review Documents

A real estate attorney can review an offer you make or receive. He or she can check for the legal responsibilities included in the offer and the effect contingencies can have on the transaction. Additionally, many real estate attorneys review deeds and other documents to ensure that the title is clear.

Draft Documents

A real estate attorney can ensure that all legal duties are clearly spelled out in the offer and purchase agreement. In case of legal trouble, it helps to have an attorney on hand who can help prevent ambiguity. While standard forms may work for many buyers and sellers, an attorney can draft an agreement based on the specific details of a transaction. A real estate attorney may accompany you to closing or advise you beforehand to ensure that all of the necessary documents are in order and accurate.

While you technically can buy or sell a property without a lawyer’s assistance, this may be the largest purchase of your lifetime, so it is usually prudent to ensure you have competent representation to protect your legal interests.

If you are interested in buying or selling property, call Isabelle Andrews at 305-546-5421, Alba Biondi at 305-323-2595, or email us at

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