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I am frequently asked if I represent sellers, realtors and inspectors who are being sued for disclosure issues or other real estate matters. That is how I began my practice in this field. In 1991, I was hired by an insurance company to represent pest control companies. Most of the cases I defended involved claims made in the purchase process of the home including disclosures. I have literally sat through several months of real estate purchase trials including one case that caused me to begin accepting cases for homebuyers.
After a month of trial that should have only taken a week, the jury completely exonerated my client but found damages against the seller, a bank selling a foreclosure. The home buyers' attorney could barely find the front door of the court house and the jury still rewarded him and his client handsomely. My insurance carrier paying my fees only paid about half of what the home buyer attorney made and I realized that juries would always favor the home buyer in a good case.
If a lawsuit or claim is being brought against you, I know the inside from my time on the defense and I know what a Plaintiff has to prove. I have presented the Post Purchase Home Sale continuing legal seminar through the State Bar over the last 4 years.
The facts of a case determine the probable outcome, not the lawyer or the law firm. However, as a Defendant, it is imperative you have an attorney who knows what is coming and how to fend it off.
I represent sellers, realtors and inspectors on an hourly basis. If you are a seller, realtor or inspector and you have been sued, you need to act fast to find an attorney. In Texas, you have to file an answer on the Monday after the expiration of twenty days. So you have roughly three weeks to get an answer filed.
You should not speak to anyone about the facts of the case until you have hired an attorney. When you are considering hiring an attorney, you will want to consider whether you may have an insurance policy that covers you and will pay for your legal fees. When you hire an attorney, you can discuss this with them to explore your options.
Typically, a defense attorney will charge between $150 and $250 per hour. It is very common to be required to pay an initial retainer. Additionally, you should anticipate that in a home sale case, the defense costs will be between $30,000 -$40,000 through a trial, and that is only your defense costs. If you lose at trial, you will also be faced with what the jury or trial judge awards the Plaintiffs.
You can contact me about your case for a consultation.
I have tried over 30 civil jury cases defending home inspectors, termite inspectors, realtors and home sellers. I have been defending and prosecuting home sale litigation cases since 1991. I have saved my defense clients thousands of dollars in trial and have had juries attempt to award my attorneys fees incurred representing defendants.