Paul Clay

About Paul Clay

Attorney Paul O. Clay, Jr. has been serving southern West Virginia since 1976. Paul O. Clay Jr. was born in 1951 in Charleston, West Virginia. Find out more on his about page at
2010 December, 31

Choosing a Lawyer

Finding a lawyer is not difficult; they are on television daily, in the newspaper, yellow pages and on the internet. The problem is not finding a lawyer; it is choosing the right lawyer for your particular case or situation.

When I need to find a lawyer for a client in another state or jurisdiction where I do not know anyone, I go to what I consider the only proven rating system for lawyers,

2010 November, 26

WV Real Estate Law and Practice


Purchasing real estate can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the process.

Here in West Virginia we pride ourselves on keeping our word and the validity of the handshake, but established real estate law through the Statute of Frauds, which has come down to us through the centuries from England, requires that a writing signed by the seller is necessary for any agreement respecting real estate to be enforceable. To establish the terms of a real estate transaction the parties should enter into and sign a written contract. If there is a realtor involved, the realtor will present a contract form for the parties to sign. Consider it carefully. Is the real estate agent working for you or the other party? If there is not a real estate agent involved, have an attorney prepare a contract for you to establish the terms and bind the parties.

A real estate contract should set forth at least the following terms: