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Lawyer for Bill of Sale: When Do You Need One?

If you want to ensure that you have a record of the terms of a transaction for the sale of property, you’ll need a bill of sale. This document certifies that you're selling the property to another person, and it should be signed by both parties. A bill of sale is a legal document that proves ownership of an item.

What is a Bill of Sale?

A bill of sale is a document that describes the terms of a transaction for goods and services. The goods sold may be tangible (such as real estate, vehicles, or goods) or intangible (such as patents). A bill of sale is a legal document that protects both the buyer and seller in case of any dispute over the transaction.

A bill of sale also provides proof of ownership to both parties. For example, if you buy an expensive vehicle from a private seller and do not obtain a bill of sale, you may face difficulty proving ownership if the vehicle is stolen. The content of a bill of sale varies depending on its purpose. It typically includes:

  • Buyer's name and address
  • Seller's name and address
  • Vehicle information (make, model, year)
  • Price paid
  • Date purchased
  • Signatures from both parties

Why Do You Need a Bill of Sale?

A bill of sale will help ensure that both parties are clear on what they are buying and selling, as well as confirm both sides are protected in case something goes wrong after the transaction has been completed and paid in full by both parties involved. For example, if the buyer discovers that the goods they bought are defective, a bill of sale could be used as evidence when filing a lawsuit against the seller.

A bill of sale can be created in several ways, depending on your situation. If you're selling a car, boat, or another vehicle, you'll need to submit a title transfer form with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This form works as your proof of ownership and will allow you to sell your vehicle without paying taxes on it again. You can also create a bill of sale by filling out a two-party agreement that details all information about the transaction. This option allows you to track all property transactions and helps prevent any disputes from occurring later on.

Types of Bill of Sale

There are two basic types of bills of sale:

  • Absolute Bill

    An absolute bill of sale transfers all rights and interests in the property to the buyer. It includes full ownership and any other rights or interests associated with ownership of the item being sold (such as warranty rights). An absolute bill of sale does not require further action from either party after its signing; it is final and binding on both parties immediately upon signing.

  • Conditional Bill

    A conditional bill of sale is valid only when both the buyer and the seller have fulfilled all the conditions listed in it. If one party fails to fulfill these requirements, then the conditional bill of sale becomes invalid and cannot be used to register your vehicle with any government agency.

Who Provides a Bill of Sale?

The seller usually provides the bill of sale, but there are exceptions. Some states require that both parties sign off on the transfer at a licensed dealer's office. In this case, you'll need to provide your copy of the signed document after you receive it from the dealer. If there's no requirement that both parties sign off on the transfer at a dealership, then either party can complete the transaction and provide their copy of the signed Bill of sale as proof.

The Need for a Lawyer for a Bill of Sale

The Bill of Sale serves as proof of ownership and can be used for any disputes or misunderstandings regarding the transaction. This is why it is important to hire a lawyer for this purpose, especially in complex or high-value transactions. The lawyer will draft the bill of Sale based on your needs and conditions so that all information is clearly stated in the document. Another reason you need to hire a lawyer is that they are familiar with legal terms and procedures related to the bill of sale drafting process.

A lawyer will also ensure that you include all necessary clauses in your contract so that there are no loopholes that could lead to issues later on. Finally, if something goes wrong during the course of a transaction, your lawyer will be able to help you deal with it efficiently as they know all about these matters and how they should be handled legally.

How Do You Get a Lawyer for a Bill of Sale?

The first step to getting a lawyer for a bill of sale is to decide whether you want to buy or sell. If you're selling, then you'll need to find out how much the product or commodity, for example, a car is worth and how much money you can expect from it. If you're buying, then you'll need to determine whether or not the car is worth the price being asked and whether or not it's something that would be worth buying even if it did cost more than expected. Once this decision has been made, you'll need to find a good lawyer specializing in vehicle sales or contract law.

You can search online for lawyers in your region who specialize in this area or ask local dealerships or garages if they know of any reputable lawyers who specialize in automobile sales. Once you've found a lawyer specializing in automobile sales, gather all necessary documentation, including proof of ownership (title), insurance information, and other necessary documents, including any outstanding fees or bills due on the vehicle (such as registration fees). You may also need to bring along any other documents relating to the sale, such as receipts, invoices, and other financial records related to the transaction.

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Key Terms

  • Warranty

    A warranty is a guarantee by the seller that the product purchased will perform as it was advertised. A warranty can be transferred from one owner to another but cannot be transferred to a third party. Warranties are often included in the sale of new and used vehicles, as well as other types of consumer goods.

  • Binder

    A binder is a temporary agreement between two parties that sets out the terms for an eventual contract. Binders are often used in real estate transactions, such as when buyers and sellers negotiate over the purchase price and other details before they sign an agreement to purchase and sell the property.

  • Bonded Title

    A bonded title is a title that has been backed by insurance in case the owner defaults on payments or fails to make timely repairs to their vehicle. The bond guarantees that the lienholder will be repaid if the owner does not fulfill their obligations under their contract with the lender.

  • Quitclaim

    A quitclaim deed is a document that transfers whatever interest the grantor has in the property. A quitclaim deed is not a warranty deed, which means it does not guarantee that there are no other outstanding interests on the property. Quitclaim deeds can be used when transferring real estate between family members or close friends, but they should not be used for any other type of transaction.


The law varies from state to state regarding the terms and conditions listed on a bill of sale. Some states require specific wording, while others may permit more flexibility in what you include on your document. It's important to understand any specific requirements before signing a document; otherwise, it could invalidate your claim; when in doubt, visit the ContractsCounsel website and contact our attorney or legal professionals.

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