The legal services to be provided include the preparation, negotiation, and/or review of the Contract of Sale and any amendments thereto; review of title reports, survey and other documentation; preparation and review of closing documents; securing payoff information on any existing mortgages; preparation for and representation at the closing; and postclosing followup. In addition I will be available to answer any questions that you might have regarding all the documents that you must execute and handle any problems which occur at the settlement table.
Responsibilities as a Seller
As mentioned, I will handle preparation of the legal documents necessary for you to attend the closing. However, it is important that you also perform certain tasks. Please remember to contact the telephone company, the utility company, the water company, the cable company, and the alarm company (if applicable) to advise them that you are selling the premises and to order a "shutoff' of service. In addition, please advise me promptly of the scheduled closing date or any changes in the closing date as my calendar fills quickly.
If you are selling the property with a mortgage you will be responsible to obtain a "payoff" from your mortgage company prior to closing. This office will gladly obtain this for you if you send to this office as soon as possible copies of any monthly mortgage payment slips or lines of credit that you have on the property so this office can call for the payoff amount. If you need assistance with this, please advise me and I will be glad to help. You will also need to obtain from your township a Certificate of Occupancy, a smoke detector inspection, and possibly a sump pump certification.
If you are a widow(er), you will need to bring a copy of your spouse's death certificate to the Closing. If any of the Sellers who sign the Agreement will not be attending the closing please advise immediately and I will prepare a limited Power of Attorney so that the attending Seller can sign for both parties.