Who Needs a Real Estate Attorney?

Real estate and property law since 2003

An Attorney is Required

  • Anyone selling, conveying, obtaining a reverse mortgage, or refinancing real estate in Georgia needs an attorney to conduct the closing.
  • Conducting the closing is more than witnessing and notarizing documents at the closing table. It requires the attorney to review the closing and title documents, prepare the settlement statement, and collect and disburse funds through an attorney escrow account.
  • An attorney is required even when buying real estate from a bank or lender, selling the property by owner, obtaining a reverse mortgage, or refinancing an existing loan on the property.
  •  Estate and probate attorneys working with administrators or executors need a real estate attorney to transfer real property from an estate to heirs or buyers. Estate attorneys also often need to get a title search to show how title to certain properties vest.
  • Commercial Real Estate Attorneys need a reliable and quick title company to provide accurate title reports and to mark up title commitments at closing.
  • General practitioners often prefer to be the agent conducting the signing part of the real estate closing. Having an experienced real estate attorney prepare the closing disclosure, write the title insurance, disburse funds, and review title can keep the trust of their clients and help them make sure their settlement is done properly.

Loan Closing Locations


  • Purchase settlements can be performed in our 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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        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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