Real Estate Legal Services in Edmonton
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Located in Edmonton,Alberta, our experienced and knowledgeable staff at Umbrella Law make buying, refinancing or selling a home enjoyable.
We believe that when we put our clients first, trust develops and that is why we have grown dramatically. We know that buying or selling a home can be daunting, stressful and yet an enjoyable task, that is why we pride ourselves in making that process hassle free.
We offer exceptional services at a reasonable low flat rate. We encourage you to give us a call and see firsthand how Umbrella Law is different. Call us at: 780-953-7001, or contact us below.Contact Us
Why Use a Real Estate Lawyer?
The majority of individuals are unaware of the role a real estate lawyer plays in the buying and selling process. Property law is unique and raises particular issues and problems that are not typically found in other legal transactions.
Working with an experienced real estate attorney in Edmonton will go a long way in ensuring the sale or purchase of your home is smooth and hassle-free.
At Umbrella Law we:
- We will be working closely with your Realtor and mortgage broker to ensure all documents are both on up to code, meet all legal requirements and consider everyone’s best interests.
- You’ll receive professional counsel on Edmonton & Alberta Real Estate Law. Since the law surrounding the purchase and sale of property is constantly evolving it is important to have expert advice in order to secure your investment,
The Benefits Of Hiring An Real Estate Lawyer Edmonton
Working with a real estate lawyer in Edmonton is pretty straightforward. Assuming you’re comfortable with your attorney it’s often as easy as leaving your transaction in their capable hands. Your legal adviser will ensure all the correct paperwork, research, and general details are handled with care so you don’t have to spend the time and energy worrying about them.
Real estate attorneys in the greater Edmonton area concentrate on facilitating the smooth exchange of a property from one party to another. Additionally, we may effectively limit the disagreements between two or more parties over a specific estate and are experts when it comes to mortgages, leases, deeds, and other documents related to the property. These law practitioners usually enroll in classes on property law, commercial as well as residential estate and tax laws while studying their degree. There are a number of real property attorneys who usually enter into
Such practitioners of this form of law will have in-depth knowledge and will devote their studies/professional development into this niche. This includes Alberta property law, commercial as well as residential estate and tax laws.
In terms of buying or selling real estate properties like a house or building, many prefer professional counseling from a real estate lawyer, as they will help you professionally in dealing with the buyer and fixing all the necessary paperwork. The job of a lawyer who specializes in houses, establishments, and lands is to make sure that the rights and interests of his client are sufficiently protected. He or she will also review the contract in selling or purchasing the property or land. This has to include a review and analysis of the terms of the contract and the risks entailed in the transaction.
It is the role an attorney with a specialization in estates or houses, establishments, and lands to make sure that the rights and interests of his client are sufficiently protected. He or she will also review the contract in selling or purchasing the property or land. This has to include a review and analysis of the terms of the contract and the risks entailed in the transaction.
The real property lawyers at Umbrell Law in Edmonton effectively and successfully negotiate any number of transaction terms and seamlessly bridge the concerns of both the buyer and seller to everyone’s mutual benefit.
Why you should hire real estate lawyer in Edmonton
Here’s an instance where having legal advice comes in handy:
When you must handle the negotiation of price, forecasted closing date, exclusions and, contingencies, as well as other matters. In some cases, you might encounter problems with the ownership of the property or the title concerns such as an outstanding lien that remains unsettled. In this case, your lawyer will settle the character of the title matters.
Your attorney can also acquire and review the insurance title policy since this policy provides insurance and assurance that there will be no claims for the property once the sale is closed and that the buyer has full ownership of it. Among the duties of real property lawyers are to ensure that the client’s interests are well protected. The lawyer must make follow-up meetings with the client after the property has been sold as the transaction’s settlement statement will be provided to show the distribution of funds.
Now, if you are new at buying or selling a property without the help of agents, we can answer your inquiries and help you negotiate as well as settle details about the transaction of a house or land. Just make sure to consult an experienced lawyer to help you manage buying or selling your house smoothly.
Solve Landlord/Tenant Issues
An Edmonton based real estate lawyer can also help prepare a lease agreement for renters of both residential and commercial properties. In addition, your attorney can also mediate and settle any issues that may arise between a landlord and his tenants.
Buy Commercial Real Estate
Whenever you are planning to buy a building or office space that will benefit your business, you should consult with a real estate attorney who can carefully review and negotiate the terms of your loan and all of the documents associated with the purchase of the property to ensure that the sale is in your best interest.
Sell Commercial Real Estate
Similarly, if you are selling a commercial real estate property, you can also benefit from having an experienced lawyer who can assist you in negotiating with possible buyers to ensure that, even in this poor economy, you are still benefiting from the sale.
Complete a Short Sale
If you can no longer afford your mortgage and are currently facing foreclosure, a real estate attorney can assist you in completing a short sale, which means that your lawyer can negotiate with the lender to allow you to sell the home for a fraction of the amount that you still owe because of personal or economic hardships. Successfully completing a short sale keeps the home from succumbing to foreclosure.
Negotiate a Loan Modification
If you have recently found yourself consumed by mounting debts, then a real estate lawyer may be able to alleviate some of the stress by negotiating a loan modification with your lender. In a loan modification, the terms of your agreement are altered to lower your monthly payments to a more manageable level. This can help decrease the amount of debt you have and possibly keep you from having to file for bankruptcy.
Solve Board and Condo Association Disputes
Some of the most common situations that require a real estate lawyer in Edmonton have been related to Home Owner Associations (HOA) and Condo Association disputes. In some instances, a group of residents may hire the service of a real estate attorney if it feels that it is being mistreated or misrepresented by the appointed associations. Other times, it may be the association itself that hires a real estate lawyer to represent the organization or assist in the legal aspects of dissolution of the group as a whole.
Remember, consulting with an attorney can be an excellent first step if you have lengthy legal documents you need to have reviewed, would like assistance in negations or are looking to resolve a complicated real estate matter before it enters litigation.
Here’s a sample of what your real estate attorney will do for you in Alberta:
When Purchasing a Home:
- Evaluation of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale and Status Certificate where applicable and keep in mind any due dates to make sure the offer proceeds as set up
- Arrange for and evaluate the title search
- Find other needed searches– tax defaults, typical costs, zoning, work orders, and so on
- Get information regarding complete satisfaction of conditions/deliverables (i.e. billings to reveal repair work finished, tidy water test acquired, septic license).
- Prepare and send appropriation letter and closing files needed from Sellers and Sellers counsel on or prior to the appropriation date.
- Request and acquire title insurance or supply a viewpoint on the title.
- Prepare transfer for review and completion by seller’s counsel.
- Prepare draft Charge as instructed by Lender for review and execution by the customer.
- Participate in with customer for review and execution of closing files and get staying closing funds from the client.
- Go into escrow closing arrangement with the attorney for the sellers.
- Get mortgage funds and rest of closing funds in trust.
- Review Statement of Adjustments and prepare certified cheques for sellers as directed by counsel and in keeping with the Agreement of Purchase and Sale.
- Get secrets and provide to the client when released, release closing funds.
- Register Transfer and Charge as soon as released from escrow.
- Report purchasing clients.
- Report to the Loan provider.
- Encourage municipality of modification in ownership.
- Follow-up with counsel for sellers to ensure that discharge of the previous charge has been signed up.
When Selling Your Home:
- Evaluation the Contract of Purchase and Sale and note any due dates to ensure the offer proceeds as arranged.
- Acquire and examine parcel register.
- Acquire real estate tax information from the customer or from City.
- Receive, examine and react to appropriations, which may consist of following up with customers about things the clients are expected to look after before closing.
- Provide an endeavor to the purchasers and their lawyer to pay out existing encumbrances (as offered and consented to in the common Agreement of Purchase and Sale).
- Acquire mortgage payout declaration if there is a home mortgage.
- Review draft transfer and total missing info.
- Attend with the clients for review and execution of closing files and obtain secrets from customers to be held in escrow.
- Prepare and provide Declaration of Adjustments to the attorney for the buyers.
- Enter escrow closing arrangement with the legal representative for the buyers.
- Deliver the closing package to the legal representative for the buyers, including secrets.
- Receive closing funds in escrow and in trust (to be launched just according to the terms of the escrow arrangement).
- Review and release transfer.
- Work with your bank to prepare certified cheques from Trust Account to pay out existing Charge and other liens or encumbrances needed to be discharged on closing.
- Address payment of existing Charge so regarding release the existing Charge (or mortgage) as well as of other liens or encumbrances required to be paid.
- Prepare payment for and provide payment of property commissions owed.
- Payment closing proceeds as directed by the customers.
- Report to the client.
- Take care of or ensure discharge of existing mortgage is signed up.
- Advise township of modification in ownership.
Common fees, disbursements, and payments:
- Legal Fees
- HST, Title Search
- Property Tax Certificate
- Registration Fees
- Land Transfer Tax
- Title Insurance
- Zoning and work order searches (where applicable)
- Mortgage insurance such as CMHC.
- Legal Fees
- HST Subsearch of Title
- Property Tax Certificate
- Registration Fees
- Administration fee by mortgagee to discharge existing mortgage
- Courier charges
- Realtor Commission
- Sub search of Title
Terms used in a common property transaction:
Below are some terms and a standard description of what they mean. The meanings are not full and complete, however, they will assist a purchaser or seller understand the terms.
Conditions: Items that have to be satisfied prior to a deal to acquire ends up being a firm offer, for example, the arrangement of financing satisfactory to the purchaser.
Conflict of Interest: A legal representative can in some cases continue to act even if a conflict of interest exists or emerges. A lawyer might represent both the Loan provider and the Customer in a normal house purchase deal. Nevertheless, an lawyer cannot act for both the Supplier and the Purchaser in a typical arms-length Purchase of a home.
Encumbrance: Something that connects to land that decreases the value of it, such as a home mortgage, a construction lien, a writ of execution or even an access.
Escrow Closing: A method to permit legal representatives to receive files and funds in a kind of trust plan before the last closing happens.
Fees: The cash a legal representative charges for the work.
Key (for Electronic Pc registry System): An electronic data file with passwords.
Land Transfer Tax: A tax that is paid by the purchaser when a residential or commercial property is acquired.
Mortgagee: The individual who provides the cash, likewise called the Lending institution. Frequently the morgagee is a bank, however, a private or a business that is not a bank can likewise lend money.
Mortgagor: The person who borrows money, also called the chargor.
Planning Act: A piece of legislation that is utilized to assist control the manner where land is subdivided.
Registration: At the time it was all done at a registry office, now we may exchange documents, secrets, and money from legal firm to another electronically. As soon as everybody has what they require, the documents get registered digitally (with the exception of the few residential or commercial properties that stay in the old paper windows registry).
Retainer: An arrangement with your lawyer relating to the services that he or she will offer, and the quantity of money you will pay as a deposit towards fees and disbursements.
Tender: Form of currency.
Title Insurance: A type of insurance that protects property owners against things like unpaid property taxes or unidentified flaws on the title.
Title Search: A search to recover files on a piece of real estate in order to figure out whether there are any outstanding encumbrances and what the nature of the encumbrance is if there are any, whether the person who declares to be offering the property is the registered owner, and whether or how the buyer will be able to get to the property.
Statement of Adjustments: A documents that demonstrates how much loan the buyer needs to pay including pre-paid property taxes.
Note: This article is for informational purposes only. You should not rely on this article as a legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances, and you should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. Publication of this article and your receipt of this article does not create an attorney-client relationship.
What Your Real Estate Lawyer Does For You
If you are considering selling your house, you need to get a real estate lawyer. The buyers will have their own lawyer. The roles of each lawyer is not set in stone, but the traditional role of the sellers’ lawyer include:
- Reviewing the sales contract
- Making sure the titles and documentation for any chattels included in the sale are in order.
- Reviewing mortgage information and ensuring the calculations are correct.
- Reviewing property tax bills.
- Pro-rating to the adjustment date any utility costs, municipality fees and/or condominium costs.
- Determining the amount of any refunds due.
- Preparing a statement of adjustments.
- Preparing the transfer deed.
- Making sure you can deliver a clear title to the buyer on the closing date.
The buyers’ lawyer typically completes the title search and verifies that there are no encumbrances on the property.
It is important to give your lawyer all the necessary information. Some of the documentation your lawyer will ask for includes:
- A legible copy of the accepted offer.
- The latest property tax bill.
- Utility bills for the past year.
- All your mortgage information.
- Any transfer documents available from when you purchased your home.
- Documentation for any items you agreed to leave in the house for the new owners
- Any additional information that is relevant to the condition or ownership of your property.
Giving your real estate lawyer all the information he needs will help make sure your deal closes as smoothly as possible.
After the sale of your home, you need to keep some money aside to cover the closing costs. Here is a list of some of the fees that will have to be paid.
1. Commission– If you used a real estate agent, you can expect to pay the agreed upon commission. Always check to be sure the amount is correct.
2. Transaction Fee– Some real estate agencies have started to charge a transaction fee in addition to commission. Check your original agreement. If you didn’t agree to pay a transaction fee, be sure to challenge this charge.
3. Taxes-You are required to pay the taxes related to the period of time from the beginning of the year to the closing date.
4. Insurance– If the buyers are taking over your fire and homeowners insurance, be sure to get reimbursed for the unused portion.
5. Liens and assessments– You’ll normally be expected to pay off any liens or assessments before the title can clear. Make sure to check that all the dollar amounts are correct.
6. Title Insurance/Escrow Charges-You should know in advance what portion of the title insurance and escrow charges if any, you need to pay. Be sure that you aren’t being overcharged.
7. Inspection fees-These include termite inspection fee, termite removal costs, recording deed costs, home warranty plan costs, attorney’s fees, documentation preparation fees and mailing costs ( if any).
At Umbrella Law we offer highly competitive rates to ensure our services are always affordable and obtainable. The cost of our legal services may be cheap, but we deliver outstanding results.
There may be other fees and costs in addition to those listed here. There is not much you can do to eliminate the costs, but you can watch out that you are not being overcharged, or being charged for things that weren’t done.
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We service the Greater Edmonton Area, including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Morinville, and Leduc.
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