Choosing a Closing Attorney

Real estate and property law since 2003

Understand Your Closing

An attorney is required to sell, refinance or obtain a reverse mortgage on any residential real estate in Georgia.

There are thousands of attorneys in Atlanta — but few who specialize in real estate transactions.

When it is time to choose a closing attorney, we recommend:

  • Choosing an attorney who has experience with real estate transactions
  • Getting all the title, settlement and attorney fees up-front
  • Looking at Section C on the Closing Disclosure for full disclosure of title and attorney fees.
  • Checking Section H on the Closing Disclosure for the cost of the owner’s title policy, if the transaction is a purchase.
  • Knowing who the attorney will be and how the closing will be scheduled. If you have any title questions, the easiest thing to do is simply call the closing attorney.

Are there advantages to working with Origin Title & Escrow, Inc? Yes!

  1. Experience. Each person at Origin Title has over ten years experience in real estate. We only handle title and real estate work.
  2. Fees. In today’s market, costs play an increased role in choosing a closing attorney. Origin Title’s online Closing Cost Calculator provides a quick, accurate quote for title fees that makes it easy to compare with other firms.
  3. Convenience. Clients can schedule the closing online.
  4. Constant Communication. It is important for lenders, agents, buyers, and sellers to be able to ask the closing attorney questions. Instead of having a delay due to ‘title issues’, we keep clients informed on what is happening with the file. Most title issues can be cleared quickly.
  5. Completing Files. There is no need to wait six months to get a title policy or recorded document. Origin Title minimizes the wait by filing documents in a timely manner and getting the policy completed as soon as possible. The county recording department may take some time to get the document recorded, however.

Loan Closing Locations


  • Purchase settlements can be performed in our office, the real estate broker’s office, or the mortgage consultant’s office.


  • Residential refinances can be handled after-hours and remotely — at the borrower’s home or office — anywhere in the Metro Atlanta area


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The Origin Title & Escrow Team

Attorney John C. Bennett has a top-notch staff to keep the office running smoothly and maintain his high-quality standards with closing documents.
  • John C. Bennett
    John C. BennettAttorney, Owner

    John C. Bennett graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and moved to Atlanta the same year. After serving as staff attorney for a medium-sized company for several years, he shifted his focus to real estate title and closings. Origin Title opened its doors in 2003.

    Outside of the office, he spends a lot of time figuring out new ways to injure himself on his mountain bike. John is currently on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity DeKalb, a member of the Georgia Bar, American Bar Association, ALTA and Rotary International. He and his wife Holly have one daughter, and in 2015 added a Boston Terrier to the family.

  • Melissa Hills
      Melissa HillsAttorney

      Melissa Hills graduated from Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia, and began her career working for the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. After moving back to Atlanta, she worked for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court as an Assistant Solicitor. She joined Origin Title and Escrow in the beginning of 2017. Melissa grew up in Atlanta and has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. She has two sons and lives in the City of Decatur.

      On her time off she loves playing. She serves on the Board for Community Advance Practice Nurses (CAPN), a non-profit organization that provides access to health care for Atlanta’s medically underserved.

    • Ann Dugan
        Ann DuganParalegal

        Ann Dugan is a real estate paralegal with 13 years experience. She has managed funding and post-closing for Origin since 2004. She also prepares settlement statements and other pre-closing documents. Ann graduated from Briarcliffe College with a degree in Paralegal Studies.

        Ann is originally from Long Island, NY. She relocated to Georgia in 2000 with her husband and their three children. She is on the board of directors of the Band Boosters and very involved with fundraising. In her spare time, Ann is a consultant for Scentsy Wickless Candles.

      • Pat Logan
          Pat LoganOffice Administrator

          Pat Logan has been a part of the Origin Title & Escrow, Inc. team for over 3 years.  She brings with her ten years experience in the insurance field and several years experience in real estate research.   She is in charge of the schedule, data entry, and post-closing document storage.

          Pat Logan is an avid gardener and enjoys sewing and needlework.

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        Origin Title:  Approved Closing Attorney

        These are a few of the more than 30 lenders who have approved Origin Title for residential loan closings on their behalf.

        Origin Title Body of Work

        Since 2003, John C. Bennett has performed thousands of closings.


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