NAR Legal Resources

Legal assistance is one of the many benefits of being a REALTOR®. Here are some of the ways the our legal affairs department works for you.

  • Comprehensive Risk Management Guide. NAR sells "Managing Legal Issues”—a publication created by Legal Affairs to help educate and guide brokers through the many legal issues they face on a daily basis, including independent-contractor relationships, agency policies, and disclosure. The publication is in its second edition and is meant to serve as an educational tool for brokers.
  • Legal Scan. The Legal Scan is available for free to all NAR members at An ongoing research project commissioned by NAR, the scan tracks the legal subject areas that impact NAR members, ranging from fair housing laws to commission disputes to property management. The project involves compiling all relevant judicial decisions, statutes, and other regulations in these subject areas, as well as surveys completed by attorneys, regulators, and other leaders in the real estate industry. These results are tabulated every two years and then compared with the prior scans.
  • NAR Legal Affairs. The attorneys employed by NAR provide legal counsel to NAR leadership, committees, and staff, as well as state and local associations, on the programs and policies of the association. They defend or supervise litigation where NAR is a party and author amicus curiae briefs in cases of significance to the real estate industry. They also administer various risk management programs for REALTORS®.

    • The attorneys’ extensive association experience makes them uniquely qualified to counsel on issues relating to association law, NAR policies, or other areas of the law where NAR attorneys have developed specialized knowledge. NAR attorneys are precluded from providing legal counsel to members or employees on issues relating to their individual business or personal needs due to legal and ethical considerations.

Finley Maxson is Associate Counsel in NAR's Legal Affairs Department. He is editor of The Letter of the Law newsletter and works on internal NAR legal matters.

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