Valuable Services - Real Estate
If you are wondering whether you should consult an attorney regarding a real estate dispute, consider the following services that a dispute resolution attorney can provide:
Investigate and determine whether the circumstances of your case require the representation of an attorney.
Review and analyze all available documentation that you, your agent or your transactional attorney can provide about the real property, transaction(s) and the dispute (i.e., contracts, deeds, plats, listing agreements, etc.) so that informed recommendations and decisions can be made.
Take immediate steps through court and/or administrative processes, as appropriate, to protect real property rights and interests.
Investigate the legal status of all involved business entities.
Investigate and identify possible concerns regarding business and professional licenses (i.e., brokerage, real estate, home inspection, home improvement, new home builders, etc.) and evaluate the impact of such licensing concerns on the dispute.
Identify possibilities for insurance coverage (i.e., title insurance, home owners insurance, umbrella insurance, other forms of liability insurance, etc.)
Identify responsible parties and possible remedies including, in some case, complaints that could be filed against licensed individuals and claims that could be made against guaranty funds administered by various agencies of the State of Maryland.
Research and identify the applicable law.
Research land and zoning records, public records, conduct witness interviews and/or identify experts (i.e., surveyors, appraisers, inspectors, etc.), depending upon the needs of a particular case.
Provide you with straightforward advice at the outset and throughout the course of a case about its strengths and weaknesses based on the information then known to us, so that you can make informed decisions to resolve some or all issues and/or surgically target issues of particular concern. Remember that realtors are usually excellent resources when buying and selling property. However, when a dispute arises, they are not qualified to provide legal advice.
Resolve cases through negotiation if that is possible and/or pursue mediation if the parties have agreed to mediate, because litigation is the least efficient means of resolving disputes.
Take cases to mediation if that is appropriate, inasmuch as mediation can be an effective tool to reach informal resolutions in cases, including those that may be particularly difficult to settle.
Prepare and pursue a case in court or arbitration if it cannot be resolved informally.
Remember Ben Franklin’s old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Investing a little time and money at the outset of an undertaking to do things right can help you save money in the long run. It is not unusual for contentious real estate disputes to result in years of litigation, which might have been avoided by an earlier consult with qualified counsel.
A lawyer has years of training and expertise in the law. Consulting a lawyer will help you analyze your options under the facts of your particular case to help you obtain the best possible result.