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We Are Here To Safeguard Your Real Estate Home Purchase

Georgia law and regulations, unlike in many states, require that all real estate transactions, including home purchases, be supervised and handled by a licensed attorney. This means that an attorney must be responsible for both the disbursement of funds in the transaction and the issuance of title opinions, except where waived. Be sure that you pick an attorney who will protect your interests and handle your money carefully. Although all attorneys have a professional obligation to act competently, not all will be responsive to your needs. At Bryant & O'Connor Law Firm, we pride ourselves on communicating well with buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and lender representatives, which makes for a much smoother transaction.

If you are buying a home, you get to choose the attorney who handles the closing. If you are using a lender to finance the purchase, let them know that you want the Bryant & O'Connor Law Firm to close your transaction. The lender might have to approve the attorney, but we almost always satisfy customary lender requirements. When a lender is involved, the closing attorney technically represents the lender because the lender will require that the settlement agent follow all of their closing instructions to ensure that the bank’s secured interest in your property is protected. However, the settlement agent also has an obligation to protect the interests of the buyer, subject only to the lender’s requirements for closing the loan.

How We are Different

Many title companies to which lenders refer borrowers for closings could be referred to as home closing factories. These places may be good at churning out many closings for cookie-cutter deals, but when something outside of the box arises, they often are not prepared to help, and you end up having to hire a separate lawyer. While not every problem can be fixed easily, we do everything that we reasonable can to get contracts to closing. Our experience in probate law, estates and trusts, and business law, put us in a good position to handle common issues in these areas that arise.

If you are moving to our area, we also know local surveyors, lenders, home inspectors, and appraisers to whom we can refer clients when needed, as well as churches, restaurants, and schools when requested. We are big proponents of our local community, making our office a great place to kick off your move to the Vidalia area.

Area of Service For Residential Real Estate Closings

We primarily handle Residential Real Estate Closings for property located in the following Georgia Counties:

  • Toombs County
  • Montgomery County
  • Tattnall County
  • Treutlen County
  • Emanuel County
  • Wheeler County
  • Appling County
  • Jeff Davis County
  • Candler County
  • Laurens County
  • Bulloch County
  • Evans County
  • Telfair County

If your home purchase or refinance is outside of this area, feel free to give us a call and see if we can make it work.

Contact Us For Help With Your Real Estate Venture

If you are ready to get closer to closing on your home, give us a call and will pick up where you are. If you are working with a realtor, please have them email us your contract so that we can get familiar with your transaction. If you need a contract, often called a purchase and sales agreement, we can get the details of your contemplated purchase and get one drafted. Call our office at 912-788-5095 or send us an email to start the process.

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