Real Estate Law

Dagger Law Real estate attorneys provide experienced representation to both individuals and businesses in residential and commercial real estate issues.

The Real Estate Attorneys at Dagger Law are able to assist with drafting, preparation, and execution of the following:

  • Real estate investment opportunities
  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Real estate construction and development
  • Farm acquisitions and sales
  • Lease Agreements
  • Landlord/tenant matters
  • Land use
  • Zoning, Re-zoning, and variance requests
  • Eminent domain
  • Financing
  • Refinancing
  • Mortgages and foreclosures
  • IRC §1031 exchanges
  • Minor and major subdivisions
  • Promissory Notes
  • Purchase and Option Contracts
  • Rights of First Refusal
  • Deed Restrictions
  • Easements and Shared Driveway Agreements
  • Deeds
  • Transfer on Death Affidavits
  • Memoranda of Trust

It is better to consult with a real estate attorney before entering into a real estate contract. While some issues can be resolved at closing, certain contract language may be needed to best protect your interests.

Dagger Law is affiliated with Hocking Valley Title Agency, Inc., which has been serving Fairfield and surrounding counties for more than 25 years. Because Dagger Law and Hocking Valley Title, Inc. share such a close relationship, we are able to expedite real estate transactions. Because Dagger Law Real Estate Lawyers are next door to the title agency, we are able to provide prompt and creative solutions to issues that sometimes arise during the process of buying or selling real estate. Our experienced attorneys are able to provide a true one-stop-shop for all of your property questions, issues, and transactions. Whether you are dealing with access/easement matters, zoning matters, mineral rights (oil & gas), eminent domain, estate/title matters, and mortgage/lien/foreclosure issues; we have you covered from start to finish.

Hocking Valley Title Agency, Inc. is a full service real estate title insurance company and is a policy insuring agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., and is conveniently located at 136 E. Main Street, directly adjacent to Dagger Law. Though Dagger Law, and Hocking Valley Title Agency are located in Lancaster, Ohio, we are able to provide real estate and title services in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. We pride ourselves on being detail-oriented and providing our clients with the very best in customer service. For more information about title work, please call (740) 654-8266 or visit their website at

Hocking Valley Title offers:

  • Residential title, escrow,  and closing services
  • Commercial title, escrow, and closing services
  • Residential sales and refinance transactions
  • On-site facilities for closings
  • Real estate title examination services
  • 1031 tax-deferred property exchanges
  • Owners and lenders title insurance. 
  • Certificates of title
  • Preliminary judicial reports
  • Judicial commitments

Buyers often receive an Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance when they purchase real estate, but it is not an automatic part of the closing process. Instead, it is something that is usually negotiated between the Buyer and Seller along with the other terms of the purchase contract. 

An Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance may take one of two forms- a Standard Policy or a Homeowner’s Policy. A Homeowner’s Policy provides more insurance coverage than a Standard Policy, but a Homeowner’s Policy is only available when an individual purchases land improved with a 1 to 4 family residence. Because a Homeowner’s Policy provides more coverage, the insurance premium is slightly higher than the premium for a Standard Policy. Hocking Valley Title Agency, Inc., issues their Owner’s Policies through Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

The Owner’s Policy is usually issued in an amount equal to the real estate’s purchase price. The premium for the policy is set by the Ohio Department of Insurance and is paid one time, at the real estate closing. The title policy lasts for as long as the buyer has an interest in the property and, in some cases, even after the sale of the property.

Only an Owner’s Policy fully protects the buyer should a covered title problem arise with the title that was not listed as an exception during the title search. A title insurance policy will cover both claims arising out of title problems that could have been discovered in the public records, and those so-called “non-record” defects that could not be discovered in the record, even with the most complete search. 

To see a list of potential title issues that could arise, and that would be covered by a title insurance policy issued by Hocking Valley Title Agency, please visit THIS PAGE

Looking to list your home as “For Sale by Owner?”

While real estate agents can provide many valuable benefits when selling your home, there are compelling times to avoid listing your home with an agent. Whether you have already identified a buyer, or want to sell your home through an alternate means (land contract, lease with option to purchase, or seller financing), an experienced Real Estate Attorney can be a cost effective way to sell your home while ensuring that all the legal requirements are met. Real estate lawyers can prepare the purchase contract, provide you with the real property disclosure forms that are required by law, conduct a title search, and prepare and/or review the closing documents, and conduct the closing. Real estate lawyers are particularly helpful if you choose to sell your home in a manner other than in an absolute sales transaction. All of this can typically be done at a fraction of the price you would pay a real estate agent, making it very affordable and ensuring you keep as much money as possible from the sale of your home. 

Dagger Law attorneys can provide a full range of services for people wanting to sell their home on their own, including:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Contract drafting
  • Handling the completion of a title examination
  • Preparing the closing documents
  • Assisting with the closing 
  • Disbursement of funds, either by check or wire transfer
  • Recording the deed after closing
  • Represent buyers, or sellers, with respect to contract negotiations
  • Arranging inspections 
  • Other due diligence matters specific to your property and method of sale
  • Reviewing the title commitment and the exception documents referenced in the title commitment
  • Ensuring that you are fully informed and understand the details of your transaction

Contact one of these Dagger Law Real Estate Attorneys for assistance.