Heath Law PC is a professional, full service practice law firm specializing in real estate, business formation, sales and acquisition with estate planning for our clients.
We are dedicated to providing our clients and business partners with a complete transactional solution combining the decades of experience with the technology of today.
Residential Real Estate
Our goal is to make your closing a smooth, seamless process. Over the last 20 years, our attorneys and staff have handled thousands of transactions. We have the experience to tackle almost any problem involving real property while using the latest technology and tracking systems, all while working behind the scenes to make your experience as quick and easy as possible.
Under Georgia law, an attorney is required to prepare many of the important documents related to the closing on your property. The attorney will ultimately be responsible for insuring that your property comes complete with a clean, clear title in your name, with no liens or taxes owed from the past.
Your real estate agent guided you through finding the house, negotiating the price and signing contracts. Your mortgage broker then helped you find the right financing for your new home, getting you approved and working with you to get the final terms for your loan. Even though you probably have not even talked on the phone yet, the closing attorney has been working behind the scenes for weeks, coordinating between the lender, the broker and the agents. When you finally get to the table, what you see is the results of everyone’s efforts in completing the purchase of your new home.
If you imagined your home purchase as a football game, your closing is fourth and goal at the one-yard line. The closing attorney is the quarterback, he huddles everyone together at the closing table, makes sure everything runs smoothly and hands you your keys at the end….touchdown!
Legally, the attorney’s function at the table is to represent the lender. In the process, the attorney will explain all of the documents you will be signing, the significance of each and why they are important. He will explain the terms of your new note, ensure you understand you are using your home as collateral and that if you fail to make your payments as required under the loan you could lose the property in foreclosure. Georgia is a non-judicial foreclosure state, which means that the lender does not have to take you to court to foreclose if you fail to make your payments. Long story short, “You don’t pay, you don’t stay” or “No dough, gotta go!” There’s a lot of other little catch phrases, but you get the picture.
With the talk about foreclosure out of the way, you should be past the rough part of the closing. The rest of the time, the attorney will talk with you, maybe joke a little here and there, and keep your hand scribbling your name more times than you can count. Before you know it, you’re done, shaking hands and heading for the door. Don’t be surprised if you hear a sigh of relief from someone in your room, even yourself. Closings are stressful, it’s the attorney’s job to help make it as painless as possible. If you’re lucky, he’ll load you up with cokes and introduce you to the candy bowl. If you really get stressed, look up on the wall, Uga will smile down at you (you’ll see when you get here!)
The closing attorney examines the land records on file in the courthouse, checking the records for any defects on prior deeds to the property, looking for any outstanding mortgages, lawsuits, liens or other judgments that may have to be paid off or corrected prior to closing. This is necessary to ensure that you get your house without someone else’s bills.
YES. Title Insurance protects you from unforeseen or unknown claims against the property. It protects you from the time you close on your house until you sell it. There are a vast number of instances when title insurance comes in handy: forged or improper deeds, liens, lawsuits, missing heirs of an estate…the list goes on and on. Sometimes, it’s as simple as human error, something missed by the title examiner. The claims can be small liens or actions so severe that your property could be taken from you in a lawsuit. The title insurance company serves as your line of defense against these claims, representing your interests and covering you for financial losses. Title insurance is so important that every lender requires a title insurance policy for their loans. The lender’s policy pays them back for any loss they incur, but this does not cover any equity you may have in your home. Owner’s title insurance is a one-time shot, it lasts for as long as you own the property and the coverage is pretty inexpensive. Your closing attorney will include it as a service to you on any purchase. You can decline the coverage, but who would want to take the risk?
As a rule of thumb, certified funds in the form of a cashier’s check or money order is the preferred method of payment. In fact, the State of Georgia requires the attorney to take certified funds from you for any amount in excess of $5,000.00. We are able to accept a personal check of $500.00 or less. If you have to bring funds to close, bring in certified funds the amount given to you by your agent or broker. If you’re over, the attorney will refund you the difference. If you’re short, you will usually be able to write a personal check for the difference.
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Commercial Real Estate
In commercial real estate, you need an experienced attorney working with you to solve the complex legal issues that exist in most commercial real estate transactions. . Our firm offers representation for lenders, buyers and sellers across a range of commercial real estate related transactions. We have handled transactions ranging from small office condominiums to multi-million dollar office buildings and retail shopping centers. We invite you to speak with our attorneys regarding representation for the following:
Business & Corporate Law
Whether you are starting your first business or selling your last, the Heath Law, PC is here to assist in meeting your goals. Your job is to make your business great. Our job is to give you the legal tools to do so.
A sample of the services we provide includes:
Wills, Trusts, & Estates
Proper planning is an essential to protect your assets and provide for your loved ones while ensuring your wishes are followed. Let our attorneys help you craft a custom plan that meets your goals. As we and our loved ones age, its important to have your plan in place to protect those who need it most when you no longer can.
Services we provide include: