The offer to purchase is only the beginning of the complex process of buying a home.
Once the vendor has accepted your offer, your lawyer starts to work on many fronts. You can expect your lawyer to ask you many questions about the specific property you plan to purchase and how you intend to use it. Over the following weeks, your lawyer will complete a series of legal inquiries, searches of records and extensive fact checking, to make sure that, on closing, you really own your home and that you will be allowed to live there (in other words, confirming that the present use of the property is legal).
Among many responsiblities, your real estate lawyer acts as your trusted advisor. It is your lawyer's job to check various details and advise you on a wide range of matters. For example your lawyer usually will:
To help make the transfer of ownership from vendor (seller) to you, the buyer, as smooth as possible, your lawyer may also: