In the Real Estate practice area of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Charlotte office, Melanie is responsible for the administrative aspects of the firm’s Real Estate practice. With more than 25 years of real estate experience, she works closely with attorneys, clients, title companies, lenders, and real estate brokers on residential and commercial real estate matters, including leasing, purchase/sale, and financing transactions.
A North Carolina Certified Paralegal, Melanie is skilled in drafting and coordinating closing documents for real estate transactions, which includes closing checklists, deeds and transfer documents, consents, and closing certificates. She also reviews surveys and title reports, prepares title opinions, conducts Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) searches and files UCC financing statements, oversees and updates due diligence, and manages the firm’s real estate trust account.
Beginning her legal career as a legal assistant in New York, Melanie realized she enjoyed immersing herself in the diverse work and research she was doing. The ability to help others while being allowed to continually grow and learn new things led her to continue her work in Virginia and now North Carolina. Her travels have given her exposure to many areas of law, work styles, and office environments, as well as personality types, which have allowed her flexibility in dealing with different situations.
Community involvement is important to Melanie, so she generally helps out where she can, whether by walking for a cause, caring for animals, helping with fundraisers, or promoting local community events and businesses. One such cause she has joined is her local beekeepers association.
Because loved ones are so important to Melanie, she chooses to spend her time away from work with her husband, two children, and close friends. She and her husband love to stay active, so they spend time outdoors whenever possible, especially getting away to the mountains or beach. In her quiet time, Melanie enjoys drawing, reading, and watching movies.