William D. Tucker, III

William D. Tucker, III: Attorney with Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. (Palmyra Office)


Charlottesville attorney William D. Tucker, III is the founding partner of Tucker Griffin Barnes, and one of Charlottesville-Albemarle's leading experts in real estate law. Mr. Tucker's 40 plus years of experience as a real estate lawyer, and his business acumen have helped create the success of Tucker Griffin Barnes. People seek out "Tucker" (as he likes to be called) for his real estate and business expertise.

Tucker received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and then earned his JD from the University of Virginia. He was subsequently admitted to the bar in both Virginia and Florida. Tucker resides in Charlottesville with his wife of 30+ years, Elly, and their children, Dory, an elementary school teacher, and Josh a twelfth-grader at Tandem Friends School. His eldest son, Tee, is a realtor in the Charlottesville area.

Tucker is an active member in the community - literally. Every Sunday he perfects his jump shot with a group of aging basketball players. Tucker is also an avid supporter of the local performing arts and is a dedicated member of Congregation Beth Israel. Currently, Tucker serves as a board member of the Piedmont Housing Alliance, Tandem Friends School and Camp Albemarle.

Under Tucker's keen eye, his dedicated real estate staff handles traditional real estate transactions - purchases, refinances and sales - with such professionalism and courtesy that many clients return for future transactions or refer their friends to Tucker and his team.

Tucker offers valuable advice to buyers and sellers. For example, his instructions for buyers include the following:

1. Select an experienced real estate agent and settlement agent early in the process.

2. Shop for Homeowner's insurance and include your car in the pricing as some discounts may be available.

3. Understand that the actual amount of cash needed to close may not be known until just before closing (sometimes not until the day of closing).

For smooth selling, Tucker urges all sellers to (among other tips):

1. Select an experienced real estate agent who has knowledge of your local market.

2. Provide a copy of the title insurance policy and physical survey to your listing agent.

3. Leave the utilities on until the actual settlement and transfer of title.

Every week, Tucker publishes "Tucker's Tips": his tips and advice for local Realtors and lenders. These tips cover topics from dealing with homeowner's association dues to selling distressed properties.

In fact, Tucker is locally known as a distressed property expert. He has established a team of paralegals who deal entirely with short sales. He and his short sale paralegals offer legal advice to involved parties, negotiate with lenders, and handle the closings for what can often be a stressful situation.

If you need expert help call Tucker today. His motto is "We Create Solutions."

Areas of Practice (29)

  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Community Association Law
  • Condominium Association Law
  • Conveyancing
  • Easements
  • Homeowners Association Law
  • Land Acquisitions
  • Land Sales
  • Quiet Title
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Exchanges
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Leasing
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Mediation
  • Real Estate Sales
  • Real Estate Settlements
  • Real Property
  • Real Property Acquisitions
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Residential Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Residential Real Estate Sales
  • Right of Way Easements
  • Waterfront Development

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
434-214-4518  Phone
434-973-7474  Phone
434-973-3227  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.S.B.A., with high honors, 1968
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, J.D., 1971
Year of First Admission:
1972, Virginia and Florida
Charlottesville Bar Association; Virginia State Bar; The Florida Bar; Charlottesville Real Estate Bar Association
Special Agencies:
Birth Information:
Miami Beach, Florida, January 30, 1946
Real Estate Closings and Short Sale Approvals (Visit www.TGBLaw for detailed Short Sale information.); Experienced Real Estate Settlement Attorney with offices located in Charlottesville and Lake Monticello Why people choose Tucker Griffin Barnes for their Purchase, Sale or Refinance settlement; Buyers, sellers, and real estate agents often seek counsel from Tucker Griffin Barnes with real estate closings at our Charlottesville and Lake Monticello real estate offices. They know we fully understand real estate law, and can guide them through any pitfalls that may arise during property transfer. Our Charlottesville and Lake Monticello real estate attorneys and staff provide closing/settlement services for the following transactions: Sales, Purchases, Refinancing, Deed Drafting, Construction, For Sale By Owner, 1031 Exchanges, Reverse Mortgages, Title Problems, Partition Suits, Right of Way, Boundary Disputes and Family Land Disputes; What to expect when you close with our law firm; Responsive Communication. Consistent contact with everyone involved. Phone calls or emails returned same day or within 24 hours - we want to avoid all surprises; Solutions to Problems. Creating solutions when the unexpected happens - it's what we do best. Family Friendly. Casual environment with play areas for children - a unique law firm with deep roots in the community; What some of our clients have said "I cannot thank you enough for all your work. I wish everyone had your work ethic and attention to detail and level of customer service. This would never have gone through had you not been on the case. We thank you from the bottom of our heats." - Kenneth L.; "With the given situation it has been a blessing to work with such a professional and dedicated group of people. We truly thank you all for all that you have done to keep this as painless as possible."- Julia W; Why should I close with a law firm versus a settlement company? Attorneys can protect your legal rights. Closing are more contentious now than ever before; Attorneys can help when needed most. They can often keep your closing from falling apart if unexpected legal problems develop. Settlement companies can only watch you sign papers. They are not allowed to give you legal advice, even if they notice something is not in your best interests; Settlement companies quote purchasers low closing fees as a hook. They then require you to purchase their expensive title insurance; Should I order a survey when purchasing property?; Yes. It is not uncommon to discover a fence is not the boundary line or a neighbor's shed is on your property. Without a survey, you are buying the seller's problems. A settlement company will not advise you to get a survey, since surveys identify any legal problems with the property. If a survey identifies a problem, settlement companies are not allowed to point out the problem, or provide advice on which course of action you should take; Should I use Cashier's Checks or Bank Wires? For many years, it has been local practice to require certified or cashier's checks for all closings. Recently, the Federal Reserve has been putting random holds on these checks, thus causing local banks to sometimes not give immediate credit when deposited into escrow. This Federal Reserve policy is due to the recent increase in counterfeit cashier's checks; One way to avoid the difficulties, and delays these holds can cause is to use bank wires instead of cashier's checks. After consultation with your settlement attorney, buyers should arrange with their bank to be able to wire to the settlement attorney the necessary funds to close. As long as buyer's arrange for the wire ahead of time, this practice may actually be easier for the buyers, as they do not need to rush to their bank to get a cashier's check. Also, as the exact amount needed to close may not be available until just before closing, the final amount of the bank wire can be adjusted accordingly; What happens if my Good Faith Estimate (GFE) changes?; We work directly with your lender to assure that the settlement charges estimated on the GFE are not exceeded by the allowed tolerances, and in fact may be less than estimated. But if a changed circumstance occurs, we will work directly with your lender to ensure your best interests are protected; Will I have help understanding the Settlement Statement (HUD-1)?; he HUD-1 form is a statement of all the actual settlement costs. It also provides a comparison of the GFE amounts and any HUD-1 changes. We will guide you step-by-step through the settlement statement and help you understand the numbers; What is involved in recording the title? When you purchase real property, you receive the deed that transfers ownership or title of the property to you. The conveyance of real property is not complete until the deed is delivered to you or your authorized agent. The deed should then be filed with the recorder in the county or city where the property is located for public notice that you own the property. When title insurance is purchased, the title insurer checks the change of title to determine whether any defects occurred in prior conveyances and transfers-defects may then be pointed out and excluded from coverage. It is critical to ensure that each time the property was transferred, the previous purchasers obtained clear title; What is your fee structure? We handle most closings on a flat-fee basis. Please contact us for specific costs; Tucker Griffin Barnes - Where deep insight equals powerful advantage.
Hobbies & interests:
Active supporter of the local performing arts.
Payment Information:
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Other - Check and Debit Card

Peer Reviews

Client Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (17 reviews)
  • 100% (17 recommendations)
  • Platinum Client Champion
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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 03/03/15 in Real Estate.

    Everything went the way we were told!

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 11/10/14 in Banking Law.

    He did a fabulous job on a very complicated short sale for me. He was outstanding! I would recommend him to anyone. I would use him again if I ever needed to (which hopefully I will not!).

    He did a fabulous job on a very complicated short sale for me. He was outstanding! I would recommend him to anyone. I would use him again if I ever needed to (which hopefully I will not!). Read less

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