Legal

Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

We are buying a condo. Expect to make a down payment. Do we…

Customer Question
We are buying a...

We are buying a condo. Expect to make a down payment. Do we need a lawyer for this initial transaction? Do we need a lawyer to buy this property? We are not lawyers but have higher education (3 masters degrees in our fields).

Lawyer's Assistant: Where is the property located?

In In Suffern NY

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Not yet

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

We are the earliest stage of buying.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Legal
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 6 minutes by:
12/1/2017
Lawyer: ScottyMacEsq, Attorney replied 7 months ago
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 18,161
Experience: Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney
Verified

Thank you for using JustAnswer.

You don't ever need a lawyer to purchase property. Lawyers are good for drawing up contracts, etc... but so are realtors. You can even find a standard offer / sales contract online and use that as a template for the paperwork that you use. You can even go to the library and check out a book or two on purchasing property without a realtor and the process involved. In short, to answer your question, you don't need a lawyer for this. Having a lawyer (especially one that handles real estate law specifically) is a good idea if you're making a major commercial purchase (that is, you're buying the condominium building, rather than a unit, etc...) but otherwise it would be better to have a realtor or even do it on your own (with some education like I talked about above).

Hope that clears things up a bit. If you have any other questions, please let me know. If not, and you have not yet, please rate my answer AND press the "submit" button, if applicable.

Please note that I don't get any credit for the time and effort that I spent on this answer unless and until you rate it positively (3 or more stars). Look for the stars on your screen (★★★★★). You may need to scroll left/right/up/down to see these stars, but note that the rating is what closes out this question, so it is necessary that you do so.

Thank you, ***** ***** luck to you!

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask ScottyMacEsq Your Own Question
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 18,161
18,161 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

ScottyMacEsq is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,657 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

22,408 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

44,066 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Lawyer

300 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

17,183 satisfied customers

Multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation and administration.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
My husband was approved for SS (100% disability - stage 4
My husband was approved for SS (100% disability - stage 4 cancer) with an effective date of Feb 1, 2017. The award letter from SS indicated that payment would be 1 month in arrears and he should expec… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
22,408 satisfied customers
I live in a country club.i have no mortgage.i am out of
i live in a country club.i have no mortgage.i am out of money. can they kick me out of my condo? … read more
Maverick
Maverick
Doctoral Degree
6,136 satisfied customers
My daughter and I went to an open house on this past Saturday
My daughter and I went to an open house on this past Saturday afternoon looking for a long-term rental for her and her girlfriend. the condo was appealing to my daughter but her roommate was not prese… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
12,550 satisfied customers
Job Advertisement in my PERM: Title: H.S. Mathematics Teacher,
Job Advertisement in my PERM: Title: H.S. Mathematics Teacher, Teach College Math to high school students. Master Degree in Math or related field with at least 18 graduate hours in Math, Educator Cert… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,066 satisfied customers
I am in the early stages of a divorce. I have been married
I am in the early stages of a divorce. I have been married for 20 years. My wife owned a condo before we got married. We sold the condo after we got married and used the house proceeds as down payment… read more
TJ, Esq.
TJ, Esq.
Juris Doctor (JD)
11,423 satisfied customers
I own a condo in SC that the hot water tank leaked out and
I own a condo in SC that the hot water tank leaked out and did damage to unit below. My insurance came out and said that they will not cover damage to below unit because it is covered by master policy… read more
rvlaw
rvlaw
Judge
Juris Doctor
3,203 satisfied customers
NY Dom. Rel. Law 236 B(2)(b) prohibits the transfer of any
NY Dom. Rel. Law 236 B(2)(b) prohibits the transfer of any property, whether marital or separate, "without the consent of the other party in writing," "except in the usual course of business or for cu… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,452 satisfied customers
My husband is having a realtor show our condo , that we live
My husband is having a realtor show our condo , that we live in, to some buyers but he never told me anything about selling it in the first place! What are my rights ? Can I refuse him from doing this… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,452 satisfied customers
In 2005 we took a loan at 6% to buy timeshare credits.In 2007
In 2005 we took a loan at 6% to buy timeshare credits.In 2007 we added more points at 13.8%, The company wanted to roll it all together at the higher rate, but we said "no sale" . So they promised to … read more
Richard - Bizlaw
Richard - Bizlaw
Juris Doctor
3,770 satisfied customers
What type of lawyer do I need for this To whom it may concern;
What type of lawyer do I need for this? To whom it may concern; I have attended TUI University, formerly known as Touro, then TUI, now Trident in Cypress, CA since 2005. In June, 2006 I received my Ma… read more
Kaye Agento
Kaye Agento
J.D.
8 satisfied customers
I had to relocate to get anotehr job. I cannot make mortgage
I had to relocate to get anotehr job. I cannot make mortgage payments on the home I left. An individual has mentioned buying in on my property as an investment. The buy in would pay off the second mor… read more
Stephanie O Joy, Esq
Stephanie O Joy, Esq
Managing Lawyer/Advocate
Doctoral Degree
3,286 satisfied customers
Living in NH can you take someone, who fled to Mass., to small
Living in NH can you take someone, who fled to Mass., to small claims court for reimb. of legal fees to get a court order to short sale a condo. Our adult daughter hired legals in Dover, NH to the tun… read more
Andrea, Esq.
Andrea, Esq.
Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
10,512 satisfied customers
My Husband of 13 years asked for a dissolution of marriage
My Husband of 13 years asked for a dissolution of marriage about a year and a half ago. I discovered he has been having a long distance relationship with a woman he met about 3 years ago. For the last… read more
Marcy
Marcy
Attorney At Law
Doctor of Law w/ highest honors
165 satisfied customers
I have been out of work for 7 months and am facing the possibility
I have been out of work for 7 months and am facing the possibility of bankruptcy. I am receiving unemployment and applied for NYS SEAP program. I was refused primarily because I have a master's degree… read more
Marcy
Marcy
Attorney At Law
Doctor of Law w/ highest honors
165 satisfied customers
There is a battle of experts . Expert 1 has a PhD, has done
There is a "battle of experts". Expert 1 has a PhD, has done some research in the field and is published but has no "hands-on" clinical experience. Expert 2 has master's degree, is certified in the fi… read more
JD
JD
Doctoral Degree
1,328 satisfied customers
4 Years ago I claimed bankruptcy. It was the hardest thing
4 Years ago I claimed bankruptcy. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Since that time I have also had to live with the immense burden of my student loans. These loans are now becoming the bane … read more
MShore Law
MShore Law
Doctoral Degree
1,233 satisfied customers
I am a photographer who is working with an equipment leasing
I am a photographer who is working with an equipment leasing company. I signed a Master Lease agreement that disclosed the monthly payments and length of the term. Now that the broker has contracted w… read more
Maverick
Maverick
Doctoral Degree
6,136 satisfied customers
I came to USA last year on greencard with my family and i live
I came to USA last year on greencard with my family and i live in California State. Now my family is planning for my marriage with someone who is here is Usa on H1B visa. I want to understand few thin… read more
Leena R. Kamat
Leena R. Kamat
Attorney
Doctoral Degree

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x