October 01, 2016

Getting Started as a Real Estate Attorney

Joseph R. Fortunato Jr.

Reprinted with permission from Joseph R. Fortunato Jr., Getting Started as a Real Estate Attorney (2016), at 1-6. Copyright © 2016 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.


What Is a Real Estate Lawyer?

Before we get too far, it would be best to describe what I mean by a real estate lawyer and a transactional practitioner. With regard to a real estate lawyer, there is substantial overlap of the worlds of the transactional practitioner and the litigator, and I have attempted in my professional practice to try to inhabit both worlds. In addition, the elements of title insurance, property rights, agency law, taxation, domestic relations, and many more areas of law affect the rights and responsibilities of owners of real estate and parties to transactions. For this reason, an attempt to define what a real estate lawyer does by specific practice area is virtually impossible.

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