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Agreements of Sale for Real Estate

Are you in the process of buying or selling residential or commercial real estate? You have the right to have a qualified attorney review the deal and to draft the necessary documents. Putting too much money down or not having the necessary contingencies, could lead to problems after the contract is signed. What if you cannot even the real estate as a legal triplex, for instance?

Botched Home Inspections

Did you recently purchase a home, only to discover that there are defects in your home, which the inspector failed to note in the Report? These defects might have altered your decision to buy the house or at the minimum, led to a negotiation for a reduced price or repairs by the seller? What do you do now? You may have the right to pursue the home inspection company for damages.

Commercial Real Estate Leases

Do you have a new business? Were you just presented with an incredibly detailed and one-sided lease? Are you the personal guarantor? Is there a confession of judgment clause? Do you feel like you lack bargaining strength because the location is good or the zoning fits with your business? Contract law can be one of those most damning areas of the law when things so wrong. Do not sign anything until a competent attorney reviews that lease. You could be setting your business up for failure before it even commences…

Confession of Judgment Litigation

Did your commercial landlord or lender confess judgment against you, where you have a perfectly valid reason for not remitting payment? Are your personal assets in jeopardy now? Mr. Dimmerman has successfully litigated confession of judgment matters, which can be extremely time-sensitive and challenging.

Deposit Disputes/Litigation and Mediation for Home Purchases

Do you regret putting down an inflated security deposit for a house? Here you thought you were making your office appear more enticing to the seller. Little did you realize that the Seller would resist your having these large sums refunded when you discovered you could not obtain the mortgage you needed? Maybe the house did not appraise for the purchase price? Maybe you gave the seller more time to fix something and a dispute ensued related to the Reply to Inspection and associated Addendum. As a former Mediator with the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors and Realtor, I understand these issues and can assist with your dilemma.

Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice

What follows is a snippet of the law courts in Pennsylvania will apply to a claim for legal malpractice: In a trespass [legal malpractice] action, the plaintiff [the aggrieved client] must establish three (3) elements in order to recover: (1) the employment of the attorney or other basis for duty; (2) the failure of the attorney to exercise ordinary skill and knowledge; and (3) that the attorney’s failure to exercise the requisite level of skill and knowledge was the proximate cause of damage to the plaintiff. Bailey v. Tucker, 533 Pa. 237, 246, 621 A.2d 108, 112 (1993). An attorney will be deemed “negligent” if he or she fails to possess and exercise that degree of knowledge, skill and care which would normally be exercised by members of the profession under the same or similar circumstances. Collas v. Garnick, 425 Pa. Super. 8, 13, 624 A.2d 117, 120, appeal denied, 535 Pa. 672, 636 A.2d 631 (1993). If you believe you have been aggrieved by the conduct of another attorney, contact Mr. Dimmerman for a free evaluation.

Personal Injury Defense

Are you a landlord without insurance being sued for an alleged injury at your property? Are you a property manager being sued for the injury of a tenant or guest? Are you a home inspector being sued for an injury, where the victim alleges your inspection was a cause in the case? Mr. Dimmerman may be able to assist.

Landlord-Tenant Consultations

Just because you have a legitimate gripe with your landlord, that does not mean withholding rent is necessarily the best option. If you are confused about how to approach the situation and need guidance on the law and facts, reach out to Mr. Dimmerman. Winding up in court can only add insult to injury. You could even get stuck paying the landlord’s legal fees.

Philadelphia Housing Authority Appeals

Do you believe that the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has unfairly evicted you? Is PHA claiming that you breached the lease when the infraction was de minimis and you have otherwise been a stellar tenant in good standing? If you are of this mindset, then you very well may have the right to a trial by jury. Mr. Dimmerman wants to assist you for a reduced fee or even pro bono, on a case-by-case basis.

Commercial Real Estate Commission Litigation

Are you being sued for commercial agent commissions? Perhaps you bought a building and got stuck with the prior owner’s commission contract as to the rentals? The commissions can be quite significant and even continue indefinitely. Mr. Dimmerman can assist with this type of litigation.

Partition Litigation

Did you add the wrong person to a deed? Are you the only one paying the bills while the other person is living in the jointly owned real estate, rent-free? Does the person refuse to buy you out or be bought out for a reasonable price? Partition litigation may be your only option to force a sale.

Mechanics’ Liens  

Did you hire a contractor who walked off the job and then asserted a mechanics’ lien for money to which you believe the contractor is not entitled? Mr. Dimmerman may be able to help you.

New Construction/Flip/Rehab Defect Litigation 

Real estate has become something of a “gold rush” in Philadelphia. Everyone seems to be trying to cash in on this craze. Did you buy a new home with defects or did you close on a “flip” with serious quality issues? Mr. Dimmerman may be able to assist.

Seller Disclosure Fraud Litigation in Pennsylvania

Did the seller conceal defects from you? Would you have negotiated a lower price or not even purchased the home in the first place, had you known the truth about the condition? Contact Mr. Dimmerman for an evaluation.

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