Protect the Largest Purchase of Your Life
Buying and selling real estate involves huge, life altering decisions. Having an attorney help you steer clear of landmines and protect your financial well-being is important.
For as little as $24.95 per month, you can get legal assistance with a variety of real estate related issues such as negotiation, mortgage documents and resolving disputes.
Every Part of Real Estate Law is Covered
Your legal plan allows you to contact your attorney to get legal advice and support with any area of property law.
Buying a Property
Selling a Property
Ensure a Smooth Transaction When Buying or Selling a Home
While brokers can assist with most parts of a real estate transaction, there are situations where you may need advice from an experienced real estate attorney to get the deal done. This includes working out a fair deal when hiring a broker in the first place.
Some states require a real estate attorney to be at the closing. Sometimes there are problems found during the inspection that are not easily resolved. Also, it’s common for problems to pop up with appraisals, liens or other issues that can bring a transaction to a screeching halt. Tight timelines and the large amount of money involved can turn small hiccups into stressful situations.
LegalShield plans allow you to get advice about any aspect of your transaction to help keep things moving to and through closing. If you are the buyer, your attorney can even draft your loan documents for no additional fee. Keep your transaction friction free by having a real estate attorney in your back pocket.
Use an Attorney to Upgrade and Protect Your Investment
If you’re about to hire a home improvement contractor, you may have questions about their license, whether you need to pull building permits or whether their contract is fair and legally binding. Since the home contracting industry has a relatively high rate of complaints, it’s a good idea to have an attorney involved to prevent problems down the road.
Refinancing, dealing with HOAs and building codes are other common areas of concern for many LegalShield members. LegalShield plans allow you to send your attorney any documents (up to 15 pages each) for review and feedback. Don’t go it alone. Our provider attorneys are here to help you protect your rights and the value of your investment.
Have an Attorney Help You Settle Real Estate Disputes
If you’re having a dispute with a neighbor, a contractor, a bank or any other individual or organization related to your property, you probably just want it to end as soon as possible. You have three options.
- Get legal advice from an attorney to help negotiate a settlement.
- Have an attorney write letters or make calls to settle the dispute for you.
- Initiate a lawsuit to force a resolution.
All three options are covered by a LegalShield membership.
Your legal plan comes with unlimited consultation with your attorney on an unlimited number of legal matters, letters and calls on your behalf to settle disputes and 25% off hourly rates for representation at trial. If you are a named defendant in a covered civil suit, your plan includes trial defense time for no additional cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pre-paid legal plan and how does it work?
Instead of paying an attorney by the hour, you pay a small monthly fee (starting at $24.95) and have access to an independent attorney that will provide a huge variety of legal services without a huge legal bill. Services like consultation with an attorney, document review, drafting of debt collection letters and defense at civil trials are included as standard benefits. Using the plan just once can save you literally thousands of dollars. Watch the video on our home page for more information.
Using the plan is as simple as signing up and contacting our team. Once you’re a member, customer support will connect you with an independent attorney in your area who specializes in the specific legal issue with which you need help. Also, you can download our super simple app to quickly access your legal benefits and member perks anytime
How long after I join can I use the plan?
You can use your plan as soon as your membership application is reviewed and your account is set up. The review process takes 12 - 24 hours (or less) from the moment you purchase your plan (on regular business days). Once accepted, you can be in contact with an attorney in 4 hours or less and begin to use the plan benefits and member perks outlined in the membership agreement right away.
Do I need a real estate attorney at closing?
The answer to this question depends on your location. While state laws are always changing, there are approximately 20 states which require you to have an attorney at the closing. Join LegalShield and your attorney can help you determine what the real estate laws in your state require. Whatever legal support you need, it’s covered by your plan one way or the other.
Can’t my broker handle everything? Do I really need a real estate attorney?
The short answer is no. Experienced brokers can certainly handle many aspects of real estate transactions. However, there are a variety of circumstances that require the help of a real estate attorney. For example, if you’re selling a property and there is a lien that you can’t get removed, you may need an attorney to help you resolve the situation so you can complete your transaction. If you’re a buyer, you may need/want an attorney to represent you if you’re not physically present in the state in which you’re buying property. While many transactions are completed without attorneys, sometimes there is no better way to get the deal done then by involving a lawyer.
How much can I save with a membership?
The average attorney in the US charges between $150 - $400 per hour. If you use your membership for even just a few hours a year you could easily save over $1000. If you have a bunch of small legal issues or one rather complicated issue, you can easily save multiple thousands of dollars over hiring an attorney directly. Not to mention the stress you’ll save by having an attorney on call instead of trying to handle legal issues yourself. Also, the attorneys in our network often help our members recover thousands of dollars of damages or avoid thousands of dollars in fees over what they would have experienced had they tried to resolve the legal issue themselves. Obviously every member and usage situation is different, but when used correctly, your membership can easily save significant amounts of money. Not to mention savings from our member perks.
How can I receive all these legal services for only $24.95?
If attorney’s charge hundreds of dollars an hour, how can I receive hours and hours of legal services, document preparation and trial defense, plus insane retailer discounts, for such a small fee? We get this question a lot. The answer is actually pretty simple.
We have have 4.1 million members. Most of them do not need legal help each month. As such, the fees we collect allow us to pay the law firms monthly to provide services to the members that do need it and still make a profit. Also, retailers want to partner with us to expose their services to our membership. You save. You get protected. The attorneys and LegalShield make a fair profit. The retailers get new customers. It’s a win win win win win all the way around. Few things in life are that good. LegalShield is.