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Career Story: Self-Employed Real Estate Attorney

Self-Employed Real Estate Attorney

Job Title: Lawyer

Type of Company: I am a self-employed attorney. I sometimes work with another attorney in a nearby town, covering legal cases for one another.

Education: BA, Psychology, Temple University •• JD, New England Law School

Previous Experience: I worked as a law clerk while in law school. When I graduated I worked as a lawyer for the City of Boston. I worked on trials defending the city and city employees who were being sued. I usually went to court about two times a week.

Job Tasks: One of my jobs is to represent people who are buying or selling a house. A client will call me to review an offer on a house. Then I negotiate the written contract of sale called a "Purchase and Sale Agreement" to be sure that all the elements that my client needs are included in the contract. After the house passes inspections and any mortgage loans are approved, I go to the real estate closing and we sign all the important documents, some of which I record in the local registry of deeds.

I also draft wills for my clients. People want to leave their property to the people they care about after they die. So they come to me and tell me who they want to leave their things to. I then write up there wishes in a legal document that they must sign according to state law.

Sometimes people want to buy or sell a business so they come to me. We explore all their concerns while examining the existing business. Then I draft or write a written contract that spells out all the details of the sale. I negotiate all the terms of the contract to make sure that all the laws are followed and that my client's needs are met. All the documents are then signed or executed and filed with the appropriate officials and departments.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is meeting good people and making sure that all of their interests are met. Most of the time my clients are very happy.

I do not like it when I have to deal with unreasonable or mean people and they act to obstruct a deal that should be easy.

Job Tips: If you are interested in a career in the law, take a varied course load in college. Try to take courses to learn about many different subjects to widen your knowledge and experience. I would also try to take English and writing courses that will help you in law school. History is also a subject that will prove helpful, but do not feel as if you have to concentrate on political science courses unless it is something that really interests you.

Additional Thoughts: I think that you have to have a great deal of honesty and integrity to practice law effectively and always serve your clients well.

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