Real estate lawyers help their clients in a variety of ways with respect to commercial and residential real estate. Issues related to tenants, neighbors, zoning and property development also fall under the umbrella of real estate law. Real estate transactions require a considerable amount of complex legal documents, so most real estate lawyers spend quite a bit of time in an office reviewing and drafting contracts and other documents, and preparing consultations for their clients. Meticulous document writing is a key skill in this work.
Attention to detail and strong analytical skills are an absolute must for real estate lawyers who want to perform well in this field. Real estate lawyers also represent their clients in court. A typical property law case could involve a property owner who is suing a tenant for rent payment. Real estate lawyers file court documents, collect evidence to support the lawsuit, and interview witnesses to make sure their client has a strong case.
Trial lawyers are among the highest-paid legal professionals in the world. Thousands of people practice around the world, but civil litigants who handle high-dollar, high-profile, high-risk cases are the ones who best compensate. However, most U.S. law school graduates will have to settle for a more modest paycheck, even if they land a job in the relatively profitable field of corporate law.