Should I pay the buyer’s attorney fees?

I am selling a house to my rental tenant. He has a real estate lawyer friend who is capable of performing the closing. The lawyer made it clear she is

Asked on July 7, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Forget about the language "seller's attorney's costs": that could be easily modified so that "seller" is crossed out and "buyer" penciled in. The real issue is, are you willing to pay this fee? If you are, it's legal: seller can pay the buyer's lawyer's fee (or give buyer a price reduction or credit to cover it, etc.). If you are willing, in order to get the sale done, modify the contract so it accurately state's whose  fee is being paid and pay it. If you are not willing to pay and are willing to potentially lose the sale, say "no" and see if the buyer will drop this demand. Or negotiate something you both can agree to--e.g. you split the costs.


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