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University City Real Estate Attorneys

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Goldson Hoekel, LLC
from 17 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Connie L.
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Marshall is one of the best lawyers who I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is calm, cool, and collected which is just what my husband and I needed. He took care of our legal issue quickly and his price is more than reasonable. If we ever need legal help again, Marshall will be the first person we call. Thank you very much, I am so happy I reached out to your website for help in finding our lawyer.

Koonce Law, LLC
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Shel W.
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Attorney David Koonce is a rare fine in today's legal community. He came to my home numerous times to assist me in planning my estate and worked incredibly hard to make me feel comfortable with my estate planning. I highly recommend Mr. Koonce you will find him to be a hard worker and devoted to his client.

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael W.
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Amy is a top notch lawyer with a heart and skill. She will work tirelessly to ensure the most favorable outcome for her clients. She has the compassion to understand her clients situation and the tenacity to do something about it. Always available to give advice and handle any situation that may arise almost 24/7. I cant begin to thank her enough for all the time and work she spent on my case. Most amazing lawyer and incredible woman


Our lawyers practice in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and real estate. We provide a level of affordable service unparalleled by other firms.

  • 20 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

We care about our clients and treat their case, just like it is our own. Our desire to win your case and achieve your stated objective is our goal. My ability to be an advocate for those who's voice has been ignored.


I have wanted to be a lawyer all of my life. The allure was that the practice of law combined several occupations, all of which appealed to me, both as a child and as an adult. Counselor, quasi-minister, skilled technician who could improve some aspect of another’s life, gunslinger defending others in some fashion. Originally I was a trial lawyer ( I suppose that “gunslinger” image stuck with me for quite awhile). Over time I came to conclude that a “counseling” practice better suited my personality, once I had grown up. Regardless of area of practice, however, my image of a lawyer always embodied the concept of a trusted family advisor, the person to whom a family could resort when they needed sage advice on any number of issues that from time to time confront a family. As I shifted the focus of my practice from that of litigation to counseling, I gravitated to the practice of estate planning and administration. I liked that image of trusted family advisor and concluded that estate planning law would best enable me to help people in an area of substantial personal need, protecting their children and loved ones in trying circumstances and preserving family wealth (be it large or small in amount) for their benefit. As I learned the technical requirements of this area of law, I also learned the “business” of estate planning. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the business model I found because it seemed to negate the very aspects of the practice that drew me to it. Far too many “estate planning” attorneys treated their practices as “document mills”; fitting people into preconceived forms that, through the magic of computerization, could be pumped out quickly , with little thought at great profit to the attorney. I decided, however, that an estate planning practice could fulfill my desired goals and still be a business that would support my family. The key to success is staying true to the goal. So, if you seek a trusted advisor, well skilled in his craft, who can provide you with peace of mind know that your advisor will be there: to listen to your particular family situation, hear your concerns understand your desires for your family members over time; to develop a plan to best protect your assets, income and loved ones from the particular challenges confronting you and your family; As part of the estate planning process, often it happens that an agreement between those about to be married is often required in order to protect each partner's assets and income in the event of death, disability or divorce. This is particularly the case when divorcees seek to marry again. In such circumstances it is not unusual to draft a prenuptial agreement to establish each persons rights and obligations in such circumstances and then incorporate the terms of such agreement in appropriate estate planning documents. Unfortunately, not every marriage results in lives lived happily ever after. In such circumstances my office can provide representation to, as amicably as possible, resolve the issues that commonly arise in divorce. In those rare circumstances where an agreement cannot be reached I can provide skilled representation in Family Court to assure a fair result, including the most important aspect of many such engagements, assuring the role of each parent in the raising of children, post divorce. The ability to really help people in meaningful ways; both financially and psychologically and more. Estate planning is more than simply numbers on a page. It is accomplishing the final step in your life's work; planning for the protection of the ones you love most taking into considerations strengths and weaknesses and special needs.

  • 8 years in business

Ted D. Disabato is the managing member of TdD Attorneys at Law LLC and broker/general counsel of Premier Saint Louis Properties LLC. Before forming his family of real estate companies, Mr. Disabato held the position of president and general counsel for Bankers and Lenders Title LLC, a regional default servicing title company serving clients in all counties of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. He served as the underwriting counsel in the St. Louis office of First American Title Insurance Company, National Commercial Services, where he was an integral part of complex commercial transactions throughout the country, some in excess of $200 million, including the key Saint Louis landmark buildings of Saavis (now Scottrade) Center and One Bell Center (The AT&T building). Mr. Disabato also served as manager for the National Residential Real Estate Division of the Citigroup Private Bank in New York City. In that position, he managed a group of attorneys and paralegals, who handled real estate loan closings for private banking clients; these clients included international dignitaries, individuals appearing in Forbes' top 100 wealthiest people, famous television and radio personalities, and professional sports stars. Finally, Mr. Disabato began his career as a law clerk and then as an associate attorney for Millsap & Singer, P.C., a foreclosure law firm representing national mortgage lenders in foreclosure and title litigation matters. Mr. Disabato is a regular speaker for continuing legal education classes and Realtors in St. Louis, as well as for the Missouri and Kansas Land Title Associations. His areas of practice include the following: * Business and Commercial Law * Construction Law * Land Use and Zoning * Litigation and Appeals * Real Estate Law * Foreclosure * Landlord/Tenant * Title Insurance * Partition * Condemnation * Tax Sale * Mechanic Liens * Wills * Trusts * Estate Planning * Probate and Estate Administration * Collections * Creditor's Rights * Small Business * Bar Admissions * Missouri, 2003 * Kansas, 2003 * U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2003 * U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2003 * U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2003 His education includes the following: * Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri J.D. * Saint Louis University School of Business * M.B.A., Master of Business Administration * Saint Louis University School of Arts and Science B.A., Major in Chemistry He received the St. Louis Business Journal's "Top 30 under 30" as an honor/reward. He speaks English as his primary language.

  • 20 years in business

Our law firm has over 25 years of experience handling civil litigation and real estate matters. We provide cost effective legal solutions for individuals and small businesses. Each prospective client receives a written assessment of their matter and litigation budget prior to representation which provides a road map for the resolution of your matter. Each client has 24 hour access to their electronic client file, including document, calendar, status notes, etc. I have extensive trial and appellate experience with over 250 civil and criminal trials in the Circuit Courts of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Washington County, Ste. Genevieve County, Scott County, New Madrid County, Cole County, Calhoun County, Miller County, and Jasper County, 30 appellate cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, and multiple appearances before the Missouri Supreme Court. I am licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, and am admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. We are problem solvers, take great pride in the development of successful strategies for the resolution of our client's legal problems, and focus on practical, cost-effective solutions. When we accept a case for representation, we provide the client with a detailed assessment memorandum that outlines the risk, benefits and costs of litigation. In addition, with broad based experience, we are able to identify and resolve collateral issues. Our strongest asset is a well-informed client who can actively assist our firm in the prosecution and/or defense of a matter and is able to make informed decisions.

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How do you find a good real estate lawyer?

If buying or selling property feels overwhelming and the thought of finding a good real estate lawyer seems daunting, you’re in luck. There are some simple steps to follow for finding a trustworthy, affordable real estate lawyer to help with your property and legal needs.

  • Determine what kind of real estate lawyer you need. Many states require a real estate attorney to handle sale closing documents. For more complex matters such as a real estate deal gone awry or foreclosure, you’ll want to find an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours.  
  • Look for online reviews of real estate lawyers in your area. Verify that they have proven experience closing or winning cases like yours and that they are in good standing with the state bar association.
  • Choose two or three lawyers to interview. Many offer a free consultation to learn about your case and provide information about rates. For standard real estate closing services, in-depth interviewing might not be necessary.
  • Ask about their rates and whether they charge by the hour or provide services for a flat fee. Ask whether a retainer is required, and what the total bill should be for a case like yours.
  • Ask for a write-up of the services that will be covered by the projected costs.
  • Make sure you like the real estate agent and they treat you with respect. Confirm whether they or another person will be working on your case and make sure you’re comfortable with all members of their team.
  • Pay the retainer and hire your lawyer.  

What does a real estate lawyer do?

A real estate lawyer represents their client’s best interest in all matters related to the sale, purchase and ownership of real estate. They are experts in real estate law. In states that require a real estate lawyer to close home sales, the lawyer must review and finalize all documents before the deal can be legally completed. Real estate lawyers also help clients legally protect their rights when entering, exiting or renegotiating a real estate deal. You can hire a real estate lawyer as an individual or as a business. A real estate lawyer can help with negotiation, addressing mortgage fraud, managing foreclosures and bankruptcy, transfers of titles and deeds, property ownership disputes, zoning issues, creating a co-ownership contract for joint purchase of a property, and much more. Real estate lawyers can also protect you from issues that result when a known problem was not properly disclosed by the previous owner. Overall, real estate lawyers are an added cost when it comes to buying and selling property, but they also ensure your best interests are met, and that you and the people you are doing business with comply with the law.

Do I need a real estate lawyer?

Whether you need a real estate lawyer depends on what kind of legal assistance you need. In many states (such as Vermont and Maine), you are required to hire a real estate lawyer to handle the closing documents of a home sale. The lawyer may prepare the deed, examine the title, review purchase and sale paperwork, work directly with the lender, and more. In title states such as California and Nevada, you do not need a real estate lawyer to buy or sell a home. Typically sales are handled by escrow agents, title companies or lenders. However, you may opt to hire a real estate lawyer to handle closing — even if it’s not required — to ensure your interests are protected.

You may also need a real estate lawyer are when you are negotiating a large property purchase or development deal, or if you are declaring bankruptcy or have a property that’s going into foreclosure. If a property dispute has escalated beyond mediation, a real estate lawyer can advocate for your interests. If you prefer to remain (relatively) anonymous in property ownership, you may have a real estate lawyer represent you and negotiate deals for you. It can be a costly investment, with national average hourly rates ranging from $150 to $350 or more, but legal representation can offer peace of mind and protection of your financial interests.

How much do real estate lawyers cost?

The cost to hire a real estate lawyer depends on your needs. The national average cost for real estate lawyers ranges between $350 and $550, although prices can vary greatly based on the individual case. Many states, such as New York and Georgia, require that a real estate lawyer handle the closing documents when buying or selling a house. Real estate lawyers may have closing packages that start around $500 and go up. The packages may include deed preparation, title examination, review of purchase and sale paperwork, working with the lender, and more. For more complex cases, real estate lawyers may work on an hourly rate and require a retainer. Hourly rates for real estate lawyers may range from $150 to $300 or more. Geography can also affect your costs; attorneys’ rates will typically be lower on average in Georgia than in New York City.

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