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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.


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.

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Deposit Disputes/Litigation and Mediation for Home Purchases

Do you regret putting down an inflated 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.