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Georgia Real Estate Attorney Requirements

As of May 2, 2012, pursuant to Georgia Senate Bill 365, a licensed Georgia real estate attorney must oversee, close, and fund the transaction, as well as be physically present at the time of the closing.  Any individual or entity in violation of this section shall be liable for damages and also be guilty of a misdemeanor. See O.C.G.A. § 44-14-13. Only a licensed real estate attorney in Georgia can prepare documents conveying title, including security deeds and deeds to secure debt. See also Formal Advisory Op. No. 86-5 (86-R9) (May 12, 1989); Formal Advisory Op. No. 00-3 (Feb. 11, 2000); and Formal Advisory Op. No. 03-2 (Nov. 10, 2003)."