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Purchasing, Leasing Or Selling A Home - Documents To Bring To Your Attorney

It is especially important when a dispute regarding a real estate transaction arises that your attorney has an opportunity to review all the documentation relating to the matter. It will aid him or her in understanding the parties' positions and the chronology of events leading up to the dispute. Following is a checklist for you to use in gathering documents for your attorney that might be applicable to your situation.

____      Summons and Complaint from the other side, if any
____      ALL your files regarding the other party
____      ALL your files regarding the property
____      ALL your correspondence with or regarding the other party
____      ALL your correspondence regarding the property
____      Calendars or daytimers if they refer to the other party
____      Phone logs and message pads if they refer to the other party
____      Contracts with the other party, if any
____      Listing agreements
____      Representation agreements
____      Closing documents
____      Title documents and policies
____      Inspections and environmental reports
____      Bids or offers
____      Property tax statements
____      Leases and easements, if any
____      E-mails from the other side
____      Canceled checks
____      Receipts
____      Files from previous litigation
____      Files from previous attorneys
____      Any advertisements that led you to buy or bid on the property
____      Any advertisements placed about your property
____      Promotional materials given you by the realtor
Next Steps
Contact a qualified real estate attorney in your area.
(e.g., Chicago, IL or 60611)

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