A real estate attorney specializes in laws, rules and regulations that govern the sales, purchase and use of real estate. A real estate attorney might focus either on residential or commercial real estate.
You need a real estate lawyer if you are about to buy a home or any other landed property, you are faced with a foreclosure and want to know the best options available to you or you have a dispute with your landlord (or a tenant). You also need this type of lawyer if you are having problems with zoning issues; you want to expand your current business building and want to get approval as fast as possible.
A real estate attorney will help you by giving you legal advice that will help you avoid costly mistakes in the purchase/sale of real estate, help you comply with applicable laws and ensure that ownership change is done correctly. This type of lawyer will also provide representation in legal proceedings that have to do with real estate matters and help you avoid foreclosure.