How does TIER Plus work?
Complete the Order Request (below). It will be emailed to a TC Certified attorney licensed in the jurisdiction of the property. Speak to the TC Certified attorney within two business days.
1st Attorney Call
Business Day 2
Discuss your concerns for seeking legal counsel. If you want to engage the services of the TC Certified attorney, a signed Fee Agreement and advance fee are required. Work begins when theses are received.
You are under no obligation to engage the services of the TC Certified attorney.
Document Review and Drafting
Business Days 3-12 (to start when all required documents have been received)
The TIER Plus® analysis will be delivered within ten business days of receipt of all relevant documents.
2nd Attorney Call
Business Day 14
The 2nd Attorney Call is scheduled within two business days of TIER Plus delivery. Your TC Certified attorney will call at the specified time. Discuss the results of your attorney’s legal analysis.
What is TIER Plus®?
TIER Plus delivers a written legal opinion of risks to the use of a property that are found in Federal, State, Tribal, or local rules, regulations or laws. TIER Plus risks generally are not related to documents recorded at the County Recorder’s Office. However, like TIER®, TIER Plus risks are important because you often can’t see them. TIER Plus risks are often not discovered for months or years after purchase.
Note. The law assumes you are aware of, and understand the legal effects of, all documents in the public record regarding a property. Depending on where your property’s located, there’s little legal recourse for not doing your homework.
Order Request. The first step is to complete the Order Request below. It will be emailed to a TC Certified attorney licensed in the jurisdiction of the property. You will receive a confirmation email with your Order Request, the TC Certified Attorney assigned to you, and Further Instructions.
Note. TIER Plus is covered by the attorney-client privilege and is subject to a conflict check.
1st Attorney Phone Call. The first attorney phone call will be held within two business days of Order Request. Discuss your concerns with the attorney. If you want to engage the services of the TC Certified attorney, a signed Fee Agreement and advance fee are required. Advance fee and hourly rates are subject to local conditions and are set by the TC Certified attorney.
Note. You are under no obligation to engage the services of the TC Certified attorney.
Document Review and Draft. If engaged to deliver TIER Plus, your TC Certified attorney will obtain all relevant documents. Once procured, your TIER Plus analysis will be delivered within ten business days. Read this document thoroughly to prepare for your second phone call.
Note. It can take up to thirty business days to procure relevant documents.
2nd Attorney Phone Call. A second attorney phone call is scheduled within two business days of TIER Plus delivery. Your TC Certified attorney will call at the scheduled time. Discuss the result(s) of your attorney’s legal analysis of the documents reviewed.
Types of TIER Plus® risks
- Airspace rights
- Building permits
- Chain of title
- Conservation restrictions
- Endangered species
- Environmental phase testing results
- Flood zones
- Grazing permits
- Pre-existing code violations
- Septic permits
- Timber tax exemptions
- Tribal laws or regulations
- UCC fixture encumbrances
- Water rights
What You Should Know
TC Certified Attorney. Your TC Certified attorney is licensed to practice law in the State where the subject property is located. Your TC Certified attorney has a minimum of five years’ full-time substantive real estate experience.
Fee Agreement. A Fee Agreement sets out the terms by which a client engages the legal services of an attorney. Fee Agreements can be quite detailed but usually address scope of legal service to be performed, financial terms (including advance fee and hourly rates), and confidentiality considerations involved in the attorney-client relationship.
Pricing. Advance fee and hourly rates are subject to local conditions and are set by the TC Certified attorney. The TC Certified attorney will discuss advance fee and hourly rates with you during the 1st Attorney Call.
Advance Fee. Advance fees are monies required in advance before legal services are rendered. Advance fee monies remain the property of the client until exhausted by invoiced legal services and expenses.
Trust Account. By law, advance fees for legal services are held in trust. Attorneys are barred from using client trust fund monies for anything except invoiced legal fees and expenses. Trust accounts are held to strict accounting standards.
TIER Plus® Order Request
Have the following ready.
- Contact information.
- County and State of subject property.
- Goals. Concise statement of what legal risks require analysis.
- Documents. Have electronic copies of documents requiring legal analysis ready for upload. If you don’t have them, your attorney will obtain them.
Confirmation Email. You will receive a confirmation email within minutes.
Check Junk Mail. Monitor your email closely for your confirmation email, including junk mail.
At Timely Contract, we have local real estate attorneys who have experience throughout Idaho, including: Boise, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Moscow, and Sandpoint.
We also have local real estate attorneys who have experience throughout Montana, including: Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, and Kalispell.
Limited-scope legal services restrict the involvement of an attorney in a client matter to a predefined set of legal services. Timely Contract’s suite of limited-scope legal services address common transactional problems encountered in the real estate industry.
Limited-scope legal services do not meet the needs of every legal client. If a potential client’s legal need is beyond the scope of the Timely Contract solutions, your TC Certified attorney will recommend traditional legal services.