Technology is Changing the Real Estate Transaction and Creating New Opportunities for Lawyers
This session will focus on the impact of technology on the process of selling real estate and the affect it will have on lawyers working with these clients. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of homeowners choosing to forgo the services of a real estate agent and represent themselves. Many of these customers have little if any experience and fail to understand the risks and legal exposure. To respond, lawyers must become more engaged in the entire selling process not simply at the end of the transaction. There are definite new revenue opportunities for lawyers that make this change.
Terry Welton is President of Softext Publishing Inc. a software development company and web developer since 1987. The company specializes in the production of investment management systems for the financial firms across Canada. Mr. Welton is also COO of Lawyers Web Propertyshop Ltd. a company servicing the private-sell real estate market.
Michael Forcier is a sole practitioner in Owen Sound. He was called to the bar in 1986. He practises in the areas of real estate, estates, corporate and family law including collaborative law. He has taught at the local community college for Law Clerks Association and presented at Ontario Bar and Canadian Bar association seminars. He sits on the District Legal Aid Committee. He is one of the co-founders of Propertyshop.ca, which is a system that allows clients to sell their own property with the assistance of their lawyer.