Real estate law covers every aspect of buying, owning and selling land and buildings. Owners and developers hire real estate lawyers to help them get the right permits to build on their land, meet legal requirements like environmental studies, and later sell the improved property. Individuals hire attorneys to protect themselves when they buy and sell homes and take out loans. Landlords may consult real estate attorneys to help them meet their obligations or legally change an important aspect of the property. And people involved in a dispute over land issues hire real estate litigators to help with a lawsuit seeking to prove their rights.