Austin & Pethick Law Firm is a growing Real Estate, Business, and Estate Planning firm in Aiken, SC.  Our Firm strives to be a healthy team, driven by faith and integrity to honor our families and community with a legacy of service.  You can visit our website at Please send all resumes to Curt Hanna, our Executive Director.  His email is  Thank you for your interest.

I. Position Identification 

Position Title: Associate Attorney (Residential Real Estate) Reports to: Sr. Attorney for legal responsibilities. Executive Director for administrative responsibilities. Salary Grade: Full-Time Plus Incentive Bonuses 

Experience: This Candidate needs to have 3 or more years of direct experience in residential real estate and the ability to independently supervise the closing process from start to finish. 

Licensing: SC Bar License Required 

II. Purpose of the Position 

This Attorney will be responsible for representing both buyers and sellers through the residential closing process. He or she will be responsible for completing a thorough title examination and issuing a title commitment, ensuring that all documents are drafted correctly, ensuring that each document is explained clearly to each client, and that all closing documents are executed and recorded properly. In order to manage this area of practice, the candidate will need experience in independently handling residential closings and all aspects of the closing process, including drafting and reviewing contracts, loan documents, settlement statements, affidavits, deeds, promissory notes, assignments, corporate resolutions, and other documents associated with residential real estate transactions. This candidate must also be confident and comfortable interacting with clients during the closing process and at the closing table. 

III. Essential Attorney Functions 

A. Maintains document files. 

B. Reviews real estate closing statements and other closing documents. 

C. Reviews title, drafts legal opinions and issues title commitments. 

D. Conducts closings. 

E. Performs research on applicable regulations, laws, and legal scholarship. 

F. Drafts formal legal documents, such as contracts and agreements; as well as correspondence with clients and other parties. 

G. Reviews and approves documents before they are filed with the RMC, court, and other parties. 

H. Attends meetings with clients and other attorneys. 

I. Contacts clients to keep them apprised of the matter's status. 

J. Works closely with paralegal staff to ensure accurate, complete and quality work product. 

K. Reviews research of public records. 

L. Cross-checks and validates information. 

M. Checks and edits legal forms and documents for accuracy. 


V. Required Behaviors 

A. Dependable, prompt, and regular in attendance. 

B. Positive attitude and a team player. 

C. Ambitious and goal oriented. 

D. Pleasant personality. 

E. Tolerance for stress of simultaneous demands. 

F. Oral communication skills to represent the Firm successfully and clearly to the public. 

G. Administrative recall of procedures, organization, priorities, and work in progress. 

H. Cooperation with public, clients, staff, and attorneys. 

I. Sensitivity to others. 

J. Attention to detail. 

K. Ability to learn. 

L. Planning and organization to accomplish tasks within normal workday.