Real Estate Paralegal

Hinshaw & CulbertsonChicago, IllinoisFull TimeOn Site

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm, currently has an exciting full-time employment opportunity for a Real Estate Paralegal who will have the opportunity to work out of our Minneapolis, Rockford, or Chicago office. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

Position Summary:
Our Minneapolis/Rockford/Chicago office is seeking a Real Estate Paralegal who will perform a variety of duties such as, file management in real estate and commercial matters, timely submission of documents, document management in wide variety of real estate transactions, routine and complex, prepare and update closing checklists, prepare and review closing documents and escrow instructions; and coordinate closings.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and review basic real estate documents, including estoppel certificates, SNDAs, lease abstracts, memoranda of lease, affidavits, certificates of trust, deeds and title and closing documents.
  • Prepare for, coordinate and attend closings.
  • Prepare and manage critical date checklists, managing transactions deadlines.
  • Record and file documents in the county real estate records and Minnesota Secretary of State's office.
  • Order and review tract searches, ownership searches, judgment searches, judgment and tax lien searches, and UCC searches.
  • Order and review title commitments, surveys and other underlying title documents, policies and endorsements thereto.
  • Order duplicate tax bills and estimates of redemption; order entity documents such as Certificates of Good Standing, Articles of Formation and certified copies of recorded documents.
  • Prepare/answer title objection letters. Negotiate with title companies and other parties regarding title clearance matters.
  • Prepare and review/analyze mortgages, assignments of mortgage, and related financing documents.
  • Prepare and analyze loan documents and related due diligence materials.
  • Order and review zoning letters and reports.
  • Review due diligence matters.
Qualifications and Prior Experience:
  • Candidates must have a college degree and/or Paralegal certificate, with work experience as a real estate paralegal.
  • Minimum of three years of experience as a commercial/transactional real estate paralegal in a law firm environment, performing the noted job duties. APPLICANTS WITHOUT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • General corporate knowledge/experience (i.e. formation and organization of legal entities, filing annual reports, maintaining corporate minute books, filing EIN applications and UCC filings) a plus.
  • Must have the ability to read and understand legal descriptions, title reports, leases, loan documents, purchase agreements and other contracts. Familiarity with title company forms, escrow instructions, preliminary title searches, easement descriptions, liens and recorded judgments, policies of title insurance and endorsements, trust deeds and grant deeds.
  • Must be familiar with balancing escrow disbursements.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required to interact with staff, attorneys, opposing counsel, lenders, title companies, government agencies, and clients on a daily basis. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required to handle large volumes of work associated with each case and transaction. Must be able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
Note To Agencies and Applicants: At this time, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP will not be accepting applications submitted through search firms for this position. All qualified candidates must submit their own applications to be considered for this position.

As an EOE/AA employer, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law.

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