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    Stuart, Florida 34994



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Experienced Florida Attorneys Assist with Title Insurance Matters

Reputable Stuart lawyers handle concerns that arise during property sales

Even sophisticated real estate purchasers might not be familiar with the importance and intricacies associated with title insurance. Some might note that non-lawyers write title insurance and wonder what advantage there is in having an experienced Florida real estate attorney handle this task. In fact, non-lawyers are prohibited from giving legal advice. Failing to review title matters without the assistance of a lawyer is like getting your medical information only from a nurse and not a doctor and having your X-rays viewed only by a paramedic. At McCarthy, Summers, Wood, Norman, Melby & Schultz, P.A. in Stuart, we are also skilled at reviewing surveys for possible errors in property descriptions. We also evaluate and explain the legal significance of title exceptions. Whether a concern exists regarding a lien, boundary issue or a dispute over ownership, we have the knowledge and experience to safeguard your interests.

Firm represents clients in cases involving liens, title defects and surveys

When making a real estate purchase, it’s important to make sure the property is free of encumbrances, such as:

  • Title defects — Various flaws can cast doubt on the title to a real estate parcel, including erroneous property descriptions and even forgeries in legal records. By examining the relevant documents and investigating all discrepancies, we act effectively to cure any title defects.
  • Liens — If a taxing authority, contractor or some other creditor has attached a lien on the property, we determine its validity and work to resolve the issue.
  • Claims from purported owners — Even a meritless ownership claim can doom a real estate deal. Should someone allege that they own all or part of the parcel at issue, our firm investigates the situation and works to keep the transaction on track.
  • Faulty surveys — Our ability to evaluate surveys and assert our clients’ legal rights enables buyers and sellers to correct mistakes relating to misplaced property lines.
  • Encroachments — We outline your legal options when a neighboring landowner makes an improvement that encroaches on your property. From there, we vigorously pursue an appropriate outcome.
  • Unauthorized improvements — You might face unnecessary expense and legal difficulty if you purchase real estate that contains an improvement that wasn’t properly permitted.

The real estate lawyers in our firm safeguard your interests as a buyer of real property by reviewing land surveys and conducting thorough title searches and examinations to uncover any possible title defects. We look for probate issues, encroachment, easement matters, adverse possession or other encumbrances and act promptly to clear the title. In addition, our firm includes approved agents who write title insurance through the major, well-regarded companies that provide reliable coverage.

Knowledgeable counselors outline the importance of title insurance

Title insurance is a one-time purchase that protects you against expenses that may arise due to title defects and encumbrances. It provides benefits for legal defense and any losses you suffer, up to the full value of your property. While title companies can provide insurance coverage, our clients get the coverage they need plus the benefit of experienced real estate attorneys, often at little or no more expense than what title companies charge.

Contact a skillful Florida attorney about title insurance and related legal services

Throughout the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches, McCarthy, Summers, Wood, Norman, Melby & Schultz, P.A. in Stuart assists clients with title insurance matters and other issues associated with real estate law. To schedule a meeting at our Stuart office, please call 772-286-1700 or contact us online