Some real estate attorneys are involved only in reviewing and providing advice on real estate transactions. Clients will negotiate their own deals, sign a contract and then ask the legal expert to perform the "due diligence" on the deal. This means the legal expert will examine legal title issues, environment issues and reports and any of the contracts or other documents involved in the transaction. Real estate legal experts have training that allows them to spot issues that their clients do not recognize. In this role, the real estate legal expert plays guardian for the clients to make sure the clients don't fall into any unseen legal traps.
Real Estate Litigation
Real estate transactions don't always work out, and when they don't, it is common to involve the court in a lawsuit. Real estate legal experts represent their clients in real estate litigation. This includes drafting legal pleadings to file with the judge, participating in hearings and trial with the judge, and filing appeals if necessary. It also includes bargaining with opposing counsel to try and work out settlement agreements.