Real Estate Paralegal

Thompson Coburn, LLP
Job Description
Real Estate Paralegal
Thompson Coburn LLP currently has a position available in our St. Louis office for a full-time Paralegal with Real Estate experience.  Qualified applicants will possess an undergraduate degree in paralegal studies or a paralegal certificate as well as two years of legal experience.  The person selected for this position must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
Job Responsibilities
Real Property – Due Diligence Responsibilities: Matters of Title
  • Orders and reviews a title commitment policy, or date down endorsement; responds to title company inquiries on structure of transaction.
  • Oversees title company activities.
  • Reviews and summarizes Schedule B title, prepares list of title objections and works with Title Company to resolve objections.
  • Orders and reviews survey, prepares list of survey objections, and works with surveyor to resolve objections.
  • Reviews legal description for the property.
  • Prepares drafts of deeds, deeds of release and other basic real estate documents for recordation.
  • Maintains liaison with county and municipal entities to obtain zoning letters and permits and reviews ordinances for requirements.
  • Arranges for discharge/satisfaction of deed trust/mortgage and obtains payoff figures.
  • Obtains flood certificates for the property.
  • Obtains reliance letter for Phase I and Phase II environmental reports.
  • Maintains liaison with client to obtain pertinent facts and documents.
  • Researches current recordation and filing requirements for various local and state government entities.
Real Property – Due Diligence Responsibilities: Purchaser/Seller Representations
  • Drafts documents for purchase sale transactions (i.e., UCC financing statements and amendments, deeds, releases, affidavits, estoppel certificates and other certificates resolutions, tenant notice letter, FIRPIX, and other closing documents) and maintains liaison with opposing counsel regarding changes and amendments to documents.
  • Obtains and assembles exhibits to transaction documents.
  • Obtains corporate organizational documents, and certificates of good standing.
  • Reviews corporate documents for prohibitions against borrowings, power of decision-making bodies, and so forth.
  • Works directly with client, surveyor and Title Company.
  • Orders or performs public records searches of the parties, including searches for judgments, tax liens, litigation, bankruptcy and UCC filings.
  • Reviews tenant roll and verify rentals, works with property Management Company to obtain information required for exhibits under transaction documents.
  • Prepares SNDAs and works with tenant to obtain signatures on SNDAs.
Real Property – Purchase Money Loan Closing
  • Coordinates various aspects of closing including assembly and preparation of documents for signature; closing arrangements with title companies and distribution of closing materials.
  • Assists with closing ensuring receipt of all required signatures.
  • Coordinates recording of real estate documents and filing of UCC financing statements.
  • Prepares and reviews complex transaction binders.
Real Property – Purchase Money Loan: Post-Closing
  • Coordinates with all parties concerning post-closing questions or documents.
  • Follows-up on recorded/filed documents and title policy.
Real Property – Miscellaneous
  • Prepares and files documents necessary for the organization or incorporation of business entities and any other document which may be filed at the Secretary of State.
Real Property – Foreclosures
  • Orders and reviews title commitment and exceptions documents.
  • Reviews survey.
  • Schedules sale date and corresponding deadlines.
  • Prepares appointment of successor trustee, publication, notice letter, IRS notice letter, trustee’s deed and other sale documents.
  • Engages and coordinates with successor trustee on executing documents.
  • Attends foreclosure sale and record trustee’s deed.
  • Prepares judicial foreclosure documentation for Illinois foreclosure sale.
  • Maintains liaison with client re status of sale process.
  • Acts as Successor Trustee (in limited matters).
  • Follows-up on post-foreclosure matters, i.e. obtain policy and recorded documents.
  • Reviews and obtains relevant documents located at city building department, including city meeting minutes, building applications, inspection reports, permits and drawings.
  • Identifies liens filed by contractor and/or subcontractors through review of county records.
Job Requirements
This position has the following requirements:
·         Must possess a high level of professionalism and interpersonal skills so as to be able to work well with employees at all levels within the organization and maintain all information in the strictest of confidence. Required to use tact and diplomacy when dealing with others.
·         Must have ability to read, write and communicate fluent English; ability to compose documents in the appropriate business style using correct grammar and spelling; ability to communicate clearly using proper grammar and diction over the telephone.
·         Must possess attention to detail, ability to balance multiple projects and have strong time management skills.
·         Must have ability to reason and apply common-sense understanding to situations encountered.
·         Ability to process routine daily functions while being able to resolve sensitive issues and complex assignments utilizing above average critical thinking skills.
·         Ability to work overtime as needed.
·         The physical demands of this position are representative of those that might be met by an employee in order for him or her to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  These include being both mobile and stationary throughout the workday, having the ability to transport 20 pounds and being able to operate a computer and other business equipment found in the office.
Thompson Coburn LLP is a large full service, multi-state firm with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Washington D.C.   At Thompson Coburn, our behavior and the expectations we have of ourselves are guided by the values that we hold in the highest regard: integrity, a passion for excellence, a focus on serving the client, a value of diversity, innovation, creativity, trust and loyalty.  Within the Firm, we value each other as people and colleagues.  In addition to the exceptional working environment and a competitive salary, Thompson Coburn provides the following benefit options to qualifying employees:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance & ADD policies
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Firm paid 401(k) & Profit Sharing plans
  • Parking/Transportation Stipend
  • Section 125 Plan (Pre-tax premiums, dependent care and medical reimbursement)
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • College Savings Plan Deductions (529 Plans)
  • Long Term Care
Candidates interested in applying are required to complete our online application which can be found by visiting the site below.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V 
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