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South Carolina Real Estate Attorney Requirements

Each phase of a real estate transaction must be supervised by a licensed South Carolina real estate attorney.  This includes preparation of legal instruments and abstracts, being physically present at the closing, and recording of instruments. See South Carolina v. Buyers Serv. Co., 357 S.E.2d 15 (S.C.1987); Doe v. Condon, 568 S.E.2d 356 (S.C.2002). Real estate and mortgage loan closings completed without the supervision of a licensed South Carolina real estate attorney constitutes the unauthorized practice of law, and bars the lender from equitable relief, including foreclosure. See Matrix Financial Services Corp. v. Frazer, 714 S.E.2d 532 (S.C. 2011).