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“Tess is very professional and always easy to reach no matter the time of day for the many questions we had purchasing our properties, doing refinances and for our legal agreements. I have used other Lawyers in the past and no one comes close to the service Tess provides or has taken the time to explain everything like Tess does! I would highly recommend anyone needing a lawyer for real estate hire Tess ”
“Tess was recommended to me from a very good source. I had never had the privilege of working with Tess before but I’m certainly very grateful that I decided to do so. Tess was so caring and thoughtful and detail oriented and made a transaction of an international sale for real estate go as smoothly as it possibly could. Tess was very patient and also explained everything to me, in the most comprehensive terms so that there was no mistaking I understood everything that was going on. I would also like to mention that I am a non-binary human being and from the very minute I let Tess know what my pronouns are, she respected them every step of the way from there on in. Moving forward I will only use Tess in all of my transactions that she is able to do. ”
“We worked with Tess for the sale of our old house and the purchase of our new home. She clearly outlined the process for us every step of the way and was always available when questions came up. When dealing with a sizeable transaction it's very important that you feel comfortable asking all your questions and that your representative understands your concerns and needs. Working with Tess was the smoothest part of our journey to the new home and we will absolutely be recommending her to family and friends.”
"We have recently closed two real estate transactions with Tess as our lawyer. She handled the process with knowledge and professionalism. Everything was completed in a timely manner. We plan to continue to use tests as a lawyer for future transactions."
"I have recently had the pleasure of working with Tess Dookwah as she assisted my son and his family in securing a new mortgage for their home. Tess not only demonstrated competence in this transaction, she did a very good job of explaining all of the related documentation. I highly recommend Tess."
"I recently worked with Tess Dookwah on the purchase of my new home. Tess was incredible to work with and took away all of the stress related to closing. She was highly knowledgeable, professional and patient. I would highly recommend Tess and the Dookwah Team!"
Areas where we assist
1. Can all parties in the real estate transaction use the same lawyer?
In a refinance transaction, the same lawyer can be used by the clients and the mortgage lender. Similarly, in a purchase transaction the buyer and the lender can use the same lawyer. However, the buyer and seller cannot.
2. Do we need to pay a retainer upfront?
It depends on the transaction. In real estate transactions, the fee for legal services will be paid directly from the mortgage advance or at the close of the transaction. For all will and estate services, there will be a retainer paid upfront, as detailed in the retainer agreement.
3. What documents can be signed virtually?
All meetings can be done virtually (i.e., via Zoom) and all real estate documents can be signed electronically. All wills and powers of attorney must be signed with wet-ink - whether done in person or printed, signed and scanned back from the comfort of your home!
4. How many days before the closing date do we need to retain your services?
I require at least 5-7 business days before your closing date to ensure all documents are signed and returned to the mortgage lender for review on-time. Exceptions can be made in emergency circumstances, but it may be subject to an additional fee.