It is great to be supported by a closing attorney that uses forward thinking technology to make the closing experience more enjoyable for our clients and smooths out potential hurdles for my agents before it becomes an issue. Southoak has definitely assembled a winning team.
Business Center Director
I can’t say enough good things about the people who make South Oak what it is. Working with this group has been a great experience. The turnaround time for title is first rate and the concierge style service is second to none. They have gone above and beyond what I would’ve expected and have definitely won my loyalty.
At South Oak Title & Closing Services we create a better title and closing experience for clients by using cutting-edge technology and customer service that we tailor to meet our client’s needs. Every title company claims to have excellent customer service, but at South Oak Title we deliver. Using state of the art closing software we have transformed the way our client’s do business into Alabama's best title experience. Imagine being able to access all of your closing documents from your smart phone or tablet. That is just one of the many ways we make the closing process easier and more enjoyable for our clients throughout Alabama.
Although we are conveniently located off of Highway 280 in the Greystone area near the Lee-Branch shopping center, we also offer free travel closing services for all of our clients in the greater Birmingham area, Alabaster, Chelsea, Trussville, Pelham, Pell City, Sylacauga, Talladega, Gardendale, and Tuscaloosa. Just tell us when and where you’d like to close and we’ll be there. With three closing attorneys at our disposal, anytime is a good time for your closing.
South Oak Title can provide title insurance and closing services in every county throughout Alabama. We have experience in both commercial and residential transactions.
Richard Duell III Owner/Closing Attorney
Richard maintains an active presence in the state, national and international legal communities – advocating client’s rights through a number of organizational and committee memberships. Mr. Duell is well respected by his colleagues having received a rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible from the universally recognized legal referral source.
He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. He is licensed to practice law in Alabama and before the United States Supreme Court, the 11th and 5th United States Courts of Appeal and all United States District Courts of Alabama. Mr. Duell has been active locally in the Birmingham Bar Association serving as Chairman of the Fee Arbitration and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Civil Court Procedure Committee and served on the Budget Committee, Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation Committee, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee and Special Assignments Committee.
Marcus Hunt Owner/Closing Attorney
Marcus has been practicing real estate law in the Birmingham area since 2004. He has helped both commercial and residential clients close real estate transactions throughout Alabama. He works with commercial buyers and sellers in performing necessary due diligence prior to closing as well as clearing title issues.
Marcus is a partner with Duell | Hunt law firm. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and has been admitted to practice in the State of Alabama and before the United States District Courts for Alabama. He is married to Rachel Hunt and has two boys, Caedmon and Levi.
Robert O. McNearney III Closing Attorney/Title Operations
Robert McNearney has been practicing real estate law since 2008. He brings a vast knowledge and understanding on issues that arise when dealing with real estate. He assists clients of South Oak Title with the clearing of title issues and the closing of real estate transactions.
Robert graduated from Birmingham School of Law in 2008 and has been an associate at the Duell Hunt Law Firm. In addition to managing operations at South Oak Title, Robert currently handles litigation for Duell Hunt and represents several homeowner’s associations in the greater Birmingham area.
Robert attended Auburn University where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He is married to Emily B. McNearney, a Nurse Practitioner at UAB Hospital and they have a son, Anderson. Robert and Emily are members of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Neki Garrett Closing Attorney/Title Administrator
Nedra "Neki" Garrett has been practicing law for over 10 years. She closes real estate transactions and helps process post closing documents for South Oak Title. After graduating from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2001, Neki worked in mass torts for an environmental litigation firm for many years. In 2008, she became Executive Director of Alabama Lawyers for the Arts, helping artists with their business and legal needs. She became a part of the Duell Hunt Law Firm which led to her position with South Oak Title and Closing Services.
Neki attended the University of Alabama where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. After graduating from UA, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham earning her M.B.A. in Management. Neki is married to Alvin Garrett, a full time musician and businessman, and they have two children, Grace and Greer. Neki serves on the scholarship board of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, enjoys teaching group fitness classes, and attends Church of the Highlands.