Re: How to learn about state laws w/o RE Attny.? - Posted by JPiper
Posted by JPiper on March 12, 2000 at 09:34:55:
Your state laws are located on the internet?.as mentioned below. Hate to burst your bubble but learning real estate law completely on your own is highly unlikely unless you?re Clarence Darrow reincarnate. Remember that old saying ?The lawyer with himself as a client has a fool for a client.? Care to speculate on what might be said regarding a layman? It?s one thing to ?read? the law?.it?s quite another to interpret it. How laws have been interpreted in your state might be dictated by ?case law?.
I find myself wondering just exactly what law you feel you need to know. If you?re talking about things like ?what is a deed?, ?what do different types of deeds mean?, some of the basics in real estate law that will more or less carry through from state to state…?your library might be a good source for this information. Books like ?Modern Real Estate Practice? contain many of the legal aspects of real estate in a more general form?..a text book that is sometimes used for real estate licensees.
Another source of information that might be helpful to you is Bronchicks course called (I believe) Nuts and Bolts?.or some such thing. It used to titled ?How to Be Your Own Real Estate Lawyer?. I feel confident that you had this course, and understood it, that you would be well on your way in terms of ?concepts? that would be helpful to know.
Foreclosure laws may be unique in some ways to your state?.and therefore when you get to the point where you want to pursue this, then spending some time with a lawyer would be very helpful. Perhaps there is information available locally about foreclosure from a publication used for continuing education for attorneys.
But here?s where wisdom lies. Knowing just enough to know that you will never know ALL the law, and knowing when you don?t, and knowing when you need to seek advice. If you try to know ALL the law, all on your own, you?re never going to get out of the starting blocks.