As a buyer, is it illegal to contact the seller’s attorney for any reason?

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As a buyer, is it illegal to contact the seller’s attorney for any reason?

I am in the process of buying a condo. I had to fax an amendment to the purchase agreement to the seller’s attorney. When I called the seller’s attorney to see if she received it the attorney freaked out on me saying I can’t call her. Is it illegal to contact the seller’s attorney even for a simple follow up? I wasn’t asking for legal advice or trying to manipulate her in any way.

Asked on December 3, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No...it is most definitely NOT illegal to contact the other party's attorney; indeed, that's what you are *supposed* to do...when a party to a transaction is represented by counsel, the other party (or the other party's lawyer) is supposed to go through, speak with, deal with, etc. the lawyer. (After all, there's be little or no point in having an attorney if he/she would not speak to the other side!) I cannot account for the attorney's reaction to you...even if  you were asking something the attorney could not answer, the appropriate response is not to say you cannot call her, but to indicate that she cannot answer that question.


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