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Illinois Real Estate Attorney

Q: My friend bought a place without an attorney. Why do I need one?
A: The same reason you need a real estate agent, and an inspector. We are your team working together for you. You are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home. It's the biggest investment you will ever make. Don't you think it's worth the extra money to make sure your interests (and earnest money) are protected?

Q: What about fees? I know an attorney who will close my property for much less.
A: First of all, there are many attorneys out there that charge more than I do, and many that charge less. I focus on personal service. I am the only person you will ever speak to. You will never deal with a secretary or paralegal who may or may not know the details of your file. I am accessible most of the time even outside business hours and I check voicemail and e-mail frequently. As they say, you get what you pay for.

Q: What about if I change my mind after I've signed the Contract?
A: Technically, once you sign the Contract, it is legally binding. You should treat it as such. If there are instances that arise where you need to terminate the Contract, those instances are treated on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What about the loan process? What should I be aware of?
A: Part of my responsibility is to assist you with tracking your mortgage contingency deadline that is in the Contract. Make sure that you are comfortable with the broker or bank that you choose, and that your point person is accessible and willing to answer questions. Also, get it in writing. The law requires that anyone offering you a mortgage provide you with a Good Faith Estimate and Truth in Lending statement outlining all the costs associated with the loan and whether there is a pre-payment penalty. Be wary of someone who will not provide you these items.