Should I consult my local solicitor before making a reservation in the USA?

3rd September, 2014
  • The simple answer to this question is 'no'. A solicitor based in the UK is no more qualified to practise US law than an American lawyer is able to dip into the British legal system. The same applies to any nationality, regardless of whether you're Canadian or Cambodian. 

    Your local lawyer won't possess the necessary knowledge or training to take part in any of the homebuying negotiations. Assuming they agree to represent you, they will likely avail themselves of a US attorney to do most of the work on their behalf. They will usually work off recommendations, so there's no guarantee they will be getting the best service available or getting it at reasonable price. The process can prove costly and as the end client you will be left to foot the final bill. 

    The only instance you should really call upon a UK solicitor (or any non-US lawyer for that matter) for help is if you cannot read and need the sales and purchase agreement or other contracts explained to you by another person. 

    In this instance you are probably better off having a family member or friend explain these to you. These are usually relatively simple contracts and a solicitor will overload you with legal jargon, leaving you more confused than you were to start with.

    US real estate transactions are rarely that complicated and most people find buying a home or an investment property in the the USA to be a relatively easy and straightforward process. We would, however, advise that you spend some time getting your head around the different terminology that's used as this can sometimes be confusing to a first-time investor. 


    by: Prime Asset Investments

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