Excerpted from The "Real Dirt":Practical Skills: for the Real Estate Lawyer, Nov 2000.
About this Seminar Perhaps no other area of law is more dominated by the use of forms than that of the real estate practitioner. In fact, the successful residential real estate practitioner will often utilize the same forms time and time again and only change the parties and the property involved in the transaction. This being the case, it is important the real estate practitioner develop and maintain a complete set of forms which may be utilized in his or her real estate practice. In addition to acquiring a complete set of forms, the real estate practitioner should also be knowledgeable as to when to use certain forms and what forms are available. The real estate practitioner is especially blessed by the fact that the North Carolina Bar Association has created several forms which are encountered in the day to day practice of the real estate practitioner. Knowing what these forms are and what they say can make the difference in a successful and efficient practice or one weighted down by time constraints. In addition to the standard forms which have been drafted by the North Carolina Bar Association, it is also important to have forms which handle problem issues which arise in the normal course of a real estate practice. By maintaining a set of forms which handle normal problems encountered in a real estate practice, the attorney can efficiently modify the form to fit the particular circumstances surrounding the present transaction. The use of forms thereby allows the attorney to represent his or her client in a professional manner, while at the same time allowing the attorney to handle the problem in a cost efficient manner. The purpose of this manuscript is to identify those forms which the North Carolina Bar Association offers to assist the residential real estate practitioner and to supply example forms for problem situations. In identifying these forms the manuscript also attempts to shed light on the content of the forms and the proper times in which to use them. The manuscript does not intend to go into detail on each provision of the forms, but seeks to identify to the reader the basic content of forms and at which times to use them. In many instances the forms actually provide the attorney with guidelines as to the proper step by step method to handle the real estate transaction. Another purpose of this manuscript is to provide to the real estate practitioner different items of consideration which should go into the preparation of each type of form: This consideration necessarily brings ethical rules into play.
"Entertaining speaker. Well spoken. Great reminder
of the important provisions of standard forms." (Charlottesville, VA)
"More CyberCLE choices would be appreciated." (Cary, NC)
"Good job -- entertaining speaker!" (Apex, NC)
"The program was effectively and efficiently presented. I was able to view the program materials along with the oral presentation as if I had been sitting in the classroom. The program materials were logically arranged, and will prove to be a valuable resource.
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"Good job" (Wilmington, NC)
"The seminar was very informative and useful- good practice tips! Speaker was easy to listen to, follow and held my interest." (Greensboro, NC)
"Mr. Edwards did a good job presenting the topic. Thorough and complete. Thanks." (Charlotte, NC)
"Speaker's personal experience was extremely valuable. He was also interesting and amusing." (Charlotte, NC)
"Good presentation. Effective speaker. I hope the NCBar approves more cyberCLE hours in the coming years as this is a great way to complete the required hours without taking time off to travel to sit in a room to watch a video." (Winston-Salem, NC)
"The seminar was a wonderful review of the forms we use everyday and a great reminder of some of the things you may overlook when doing multiple closings.
The online availability is very convenient and easily accessible." (Raleigh, NC)
"I like the fact that we can "rewind" the lecture if we don't understand something. You can't do that in live lectures." (Greensboro, NC)
"Very good presentation. The forms are very useful." (Shallotte, NC)