When buying or selling a boat, it is important to hire the proper professionals to assist with each step of a complex vessel transaction, and also to understand the roles of each individual, which may include brokers, documentation agents and maritime attorneys. Of course, whether an attorney is involved depends on the complexity of a transaction. Normally it isn’t necessary to hire an attorney for the purchase or sale of a bay boat; on the other hand, yachts and high-end sport-fishers are highly technical, expensive and movable assets, which come with an array of tax and legal considerations. There is a place for every type of maritime professional in a complex transaction, and each provides significant value to a customer. However, buyers and sellers must be cautious when a non-attorney provides legal advice.