A property lawyer is a professional that specializes in the legality of property ownership, whether that's actual real estate or tangible property, meaning things you own. When having a dispute or contention about property ownership, it's good to use the services of a property lawyer. Note a few common situations that may recommend the use of such an attorney.
1. If You've Purchased Something from Someone Who Did Not Have the Right to Sell It to You
As a buyer it's typically your responsibility to perform a certain due diligence in ensuring that all ownership paperwork is in place before buying anything. In some cases a person can be charged with receiving stolen property if it should have been obvious to them that property was stolen before they purchased it.
However, if you've been the victim of fraud or you did everything reasonably expected of you, then you may have certain protections under the law. In either case, it's best to consult with an attorney so he or she can represent you in such a case.
2. You Want to Sell Something You Don't Have Complete Ownership of or Rights to
In most cases, property can only be sold if all owners agree to the sale, but there may be exceptions that a property lawyer can advise on. You may be able to sell your rights or partial ownership of certain properties without the consent of other owners. Before you make any assumptions however, you want to consult with an attorney so you know your rights during such a sale.
3. You've Suffered Property Damage, or Have Damaged Someone Else's Property
Minor damage to property can sometimes be settled between neighbors or friends, but often it's good to consult with an attorney in these situations. You may reimburse a neighbor for a window you've broken, but then find out that he or she is suing you for more extensive damage. If your neighbor has damaged your property, an attorney can help you file a suit against them for reimbursement if your homeowner's insurance does not cover this damage. This can ensure the situation does not drag on longer than necessary and you are reimbursed for the damage as quickly as possible.
In any situation when you have a question about property ownership or damage, it's good to consult with a property lawyer. He or she can advise you of your rights and help you through any legal process related to your property.