Affordable Housing – Commercial Real Estate Paralegal – Legal Assistant
Up to $100,000 with bonus
9:00 am to 6:00 pm M-F with occasional paid overtime
Hybrid model of 2 days a week onsite in DC and 3 days remote
1320 billable hour requirement
This Real Estate focused national law firm with over 40 lawyers seeks an affordable Housing – Commercial RE Paralegal with solid real estate and/or affordable housing practice experience to support several great attorneys with their busy and growing practice in the DC office.
This position will be partially remote. Currently with TWO days a week onsite in a COVID safe environment following all COVID safety protocols. The in-office presence is subject to change as the firm revises its COVID-19 protocols.
As the Commercial RE – Affordable housing paralegal, you will provide paralegal support to attorneys in all aspects of complex commercial affordable housing transactions, including initial review of title and survey documents, drafting formation, transaction and closing documents, reviewing due diligence documents, coordinating with title companies, surveyors and zoning consultants, forming and maintaining business entities, ordering and reviewing lien and judgment searches, and preparing and managing the drafting, exchange with other parties and finalization of real estate documents from beginning through closing and post-closing.
Essential Job Functions:
· Document preparation and review:
Ø Assist with drafting documents and basic contracts required in connection with real estate transactions, including abstracts of title documents, corporate resolutions, secretary and officer certificates, and other ancillary transaction documents
Ø Review due diligence documents and share findings with supervising attorneys or paralegal manager
· Transaction management:
Ø Maintain checklists/closing agenda
Ø Prepare documents for closing/signing, including managing, finalizing, and ensuring completeness of complex sets of exhibits
Ø Attend and manage document signings and maintain checklist through closing
Ø Assist with the preparation of closing binders, indexes, and compile documents
· Title and Survey:
Ø Initial review of title and survey documents under the supervision of supervising attorneys or paralegal manager
Ø Assist with coordinating receipt and revisions with title companies, surveyors, architects, and zoning consultants
· Handle third-party/government requirements:
Ø Prepare documents for recording in various jurisdictions
Ø Prepare and file entity formation documents in various jurisdictions, draft operating agreements/bylaws, and prepare EIN and related filings with IRS
Ø Order good standing/legal existence certificates and certified organizational documents, and work with multiple jurisdictions to resolve good standing and related issues
Ø Order UCC/judgment/lien searches and interpret results
Ø Order municipality certificates in various jurisdictions (municipal lien certificates, water/sewer certificates)
Ø Travel to government offices in the vicinity (e.g., Secretary of State, Registry, City Hall, IRS), as necessary
· Maintain completeness and organization of firm document management system by uploading documents circulated by external parties or posted to online websites, as well as by observing internal naming and filing policies and procedures
· Interact with colleagues, clients, government agency personnel, and other third parties with a high degree of professionalism and a can-do attitude; foster collegial, productive relationships at all times
· Perform research assignments as needed
· Record time spent on projects for clients in a timely and accurate manner in the firm’s time and billing system
Knowledge of real estate documents, including title policies, surveys, and closing documents.
Knowledge of corporate formation documentation.
Knowledge of government agency recording processes and procedures.
Commitment to the mission of preserving and developing affordable housing and empowering communities.
You must have experience as a real estate/corporate paralegal in a law firm or other relevant experience. College degree required. ABA certification in paralegal education is a plus. Must have 1-2 years experience as a real estate/corporate paralegal in a law firm for junior level position; 2+ years for mid-level position.
The firm culture is upbeat and team-focused with a total of 45 attorneys firmwide.
The firm offers a competitive salary up to $100,000 with paid overtime, PTO, incredible benefits, learning, and growth.