WEEKS & IRVINE,LLC
An Established Real Estate Law Firm in the Lowcountry
Focusing on Real Estate Law
At Weeks and Irvine we have just one goal: to remain the go-to law firm for existing and potential real estate clients in South Carolina. Our commitment to service and to our clients is deep and well established in the tri-county area (Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester) and is demonstrated by our long-term relationships with our clients and with many of the area’s top real estate brokerages and lenders.
Experienced Legal Representation
The law firm of Weeks and Irvine, LLC offers experienced representation to clients ranging from the buyers and sellers of residential property to some of the largest developers and homebuilders in the region and country.
We focus on real estate law, and we have done so since the founding of our firm. With decades of real estate legal experience, we can provide knowledgeable assistance in a wide range of property-related issues.
South Carolina Law Requires an Attorney to Oversee All Real Estate Closings
The South Carolina Supreme Court has determined that an attorney is required to supervise all transactions involving real estate located in South Carolina. The Court went on to state that performing a title search, preparing title and loan documents, and closing a loan without the supervision of an attorney constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. Protection for the public was the Court’s paramount concern in this decision.
Attorneys Oversee More than just the Signing of Real Estate Documents
Not only are attorneys required to oversee the actual signing of the real estate documents, they are also involved in the pre-closing and post-closing process, including:
Title: The attorney ensures the seller has a good and marketable title to the property and may have to assist in clearing up any defects, such as liens, unpaid loans, levies, administered estates and various other issues that may arise.
Documents: The attorney oversees the preparation of closing documents, including the deed, promissory note, security agreement, settlement statement and any other documents required by the lender or South Carolina state law.
Disbursements: The attorney makes sure the appropriate parties are paid before and after the closing. There are many parties in a real estate closing, including lenders, lien holders, home owners associations, taxing authorities, real estate agent and many others who are required to be paid in relation to a real estate transaction.
Recording: The attorney ensures the deed, mortgage and other relevant documents are recorded in the county in which the property is located and the recording office is paid the appropriate recording fees.
For experienced legal help in the Charleston, South Carolina area, contact Weeks & Irvine, LLC. To contact us, call 800-553-7449. All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about our firm, our services and the experience of our attorneys. Communication by or through this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, may not be current and is subject to change without notice.
W. Christopher Haynes
Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Law School: University of South Carolina School of Law
Bar Memberships: South Carolina Bar
Joined Weeks & Irvine: 2014
Personal: Currently living in the West Ashley area.
West Ashley Office
873 Orleans Road, Suite 102 1/2
Charleston, SC 29407