Legal Dream Team

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From listening to a number of BP podcasts, it is obvious that smart legal representation is a must. When starting out, what would you say are the essentials needed for legal advice? Real estate attorney, tax/estate planning attorney are the ones that immediately come to mind, but are there any others worth looking into and why?

@John Hixon

@Douglas Dowell


@Account Closed

John and Douglas are great attorneys.

I "vet" attorneys for my coaching clients.

I ask questions like:

Are you familiar with the following:

-Real estate brokerage laws

-Rehab contractor agreements (scope of work)

-Sub2 and land trusts

-lease options

-wrap around mortgages


-dodd frank

-safe act

-installment sales


-what the Attorney Generals Office does not care for (eg foreclosure rescue programs)

-eviction processes

-joint venture agreements

-Reg D Securities

-private lender issues

Not 1 attorney can handle all of these, and it is my 30 year opinion that most re attorneys can only do traditional cash sales.

@Darrell Shepherd

@Josh Caldwell

@Brian Gibbons

  I appreciate the mention but I am not an attorney.  Possibly you meant to mention @John Chapman I know he is an attorney in the Dallas area.

Thank you for the mention @Brian Gibbons .   I agree with the sentiment that you need several attorneys at a certain point in your career.  

I agree with Brian that no one attorney can handle all of the above.  

I think the first team member should be a CPA.   In my mind CPA's are great for tax efficiency planning.  Tax/Estate lawyers are really a different in that they are best used in dispute resolution not really for the average investor imho.

The VAST majority of attorneys even with white glove firms are NOT going to like creative finance. Why? Malpractice issues. Therefore, I would ask around the local REIA who the investor/attorneys are or at least the ones who are active in the REI will be much more familiar. You might be told "that's not legal" by attorney who is just being overly cautious with their own ticket. Therefore, ask around.

Once you wonder off into the commercial real estate realm is where you are likely going to want counsel for lease issues in addition to the CPA for due diligence/tax efficiency planning.   For sure if you are doing development work

Finally, if you are going to raise outside capital a securities attorney who specializes is MUST.

@Brian Gibbons

 you are correct as always, not one RE attorney can handle all of those situations.  At least not one that I have ever met.  The last count I had was that I use a total of 11 local RE lawyers.

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