Do I need an attorney?


I’m often asked by nonprofits if it’s necessary to hire an attorney if they want to do a house raffle fundraiser. People who purchase homes, don’t necessarily hire an attorney. So for the most part, it is not necessary to hire an attorney in order to  purchase a home through a house raffle. The primary legal document consists of a real estate purchase agreement with a few contingencies. For example, the nonprofit does not sell enough tickets to pay for the home, then what? The winner takes the cash prize alternative instead of the home, then what? And the contingency that the nonprofit will set-up an escrow account to hold all the funds coming in from ticket sales. This last contingency protects the homeowner from a nonprofit that may start spending the money during the raffle time-frame.

Therefore, hiring an attorney is not necessary, but if board members of a nonprofit have never purchased a home, the help of a real estate agent or a real estate attorney may be useful. Check out Step 9 in my book, titled, “Sealing the Deal.”

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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