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Attorney –Mankato, MN

Blethen, Gage & Krause, PLLP, a 12-attorney law firm is seeking an experienced attorney in their transactional law department.  Candidates for the position should have five to ten years of experience with an emphasis on real estate, estate planning, wills, trusts and probate and business transactional experience.  Candidates should have excellent academic credentials, strong writing skills and professional recommendations.

Candidates for an associate attorney position must possess an LLB or JD from an ABA accredited law school and be admitted to practice in a given jurisdiction. An associate is a lawyer employed by the firm who is under consideration for partnership or ownership status.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provides legal advice to clients in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Achieves requisite revenue targets.
  • Provides quick turnaround and high quality output in oral and written communications.
  • Is active or committed to business development.
  • Is involved in training, education, technical and personal development activities to meet the strategic goals and objectives of the firm.
  • Works effectively and efficiently within designated teams.
  • Supports other lawyers as directed.
  • Actively seeks professional guidance and development from senior lawyers where appropriate.
  • Involved in appropriate professional and community organization.

Closing Agent – Mankato, MN

The Closing Agent is a non-exempt position that is responsible for pre-closing, coordinating with lenders, preparing closing statements, scheduling and conducting closing, issuing title policies, preparation and recording of documents, making appropriate disbursements associated with the settlement process, and coordinating all activities related to 1031 exchanges.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Title Services:

  • Perform title searches, title exams
  • Identify title defects and concerns
  • Work with attorneys to establish clear title
  • Draft title insurance commitments
  • Prepare closing disclosures, settlement statements and deeds when applicable
  • Order bring downs and tax certifications
  • Process incoming and outgoing documents for recordings and letters of indemnity
  • Ensure operations are in compliance with regulatory issues
  • Ability to handle transaction from order entry to funding and disbursing
  • Coordinate closings with all parties involved – process and close real estate transactions
  • Establish escrow accounts and maintain all documentation of accounts
  • Prepare transaction documents and review all other documents
  • Perform closing, initiate wires, issue policies and forward closed packages to lenders

Exchange Services:

  • Open exchanges
  • Review purchase agreement and/or escrow instructions
  • Send exchange agreement and opening package
  • Process mail/update files
  • Monitor time deadlines and closing dates
  • Prepare assignments, amendments, indemnities, etc. as required
  • Review closing statements and deeds for approval
  • Acceptance/disbursement of funds
  • Maintain high level of customer satisfaction

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Some college preferred (two years minimum)
  • 2-5 years of closing experience
  • Extensive working knowledge of title transaction processing
  • Title industry software knowledge, preferably SoftPro
  • Notary or ability to obtain within 90 days
  • Quick learner with ability to adopt to a fast paced, high volume environment
  • Proactive – ability to multi-task and work under pressure – deadline oriented
  • Solid mathematical and analytical skills
  • Intermediate level MS Office experience
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill

Pay commensurate with experience.

The firm offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program.

Applying to Blethen, Gage & Krause Law Firm

Please mail your résumé and cover letter to:

Director of Office Administration
100 Warren Street, Suite 400
Mankato, MN 56001

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