Practice Areas

Commercial Real Estate Law

Commercial real estate law governs real property – immovable property such as land, buildings and fixtures operated for profit. Commercial real estate includes any income-generating property such as offices, shopping malls, restaurants, industrial parks, retail stores, and factories. Commercial real estate transactions are regulated by both federal and state laws. Although commercial real estate investment may be very profitable, there is always an element of risk involved, such as non-payment of rent or depreciation of the value of the property. Confession of judgment clauses can also have serious consequences and should be understood thoroughly before entering into commercial real estate transactions. As a published columnist, lecturer and real estate law professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business (undergraduate), Attorney Dimmerman is well-versed in commercial real estate law matters.

Defamation

Defamation claims may arise out of false statements made concerning one’s character, real estate (slander of title) or even business (trade libel). These statement may be spoken (slander) or reduced to a writing (libel). Attorney Dimmerman also handles invasion of privacy and commercial disparagement litigation. If you believe you have been the victim of a defamation claim, you should contact a lawyer immediately. The statute of limitation for such claims in Pennsylvania is only one (1) year. Attorney Dimmerman has litigated various defamation matters, both inside and outside Philadelphia County. He truly enjoys the constitutional law implications in these types of cases.

Homeowner Association Law

A Homeowners’ Association (HOA) is a legal entity that governs a subdivision, condominium or townhome development, or planned community. HOA membership is mandatory for all property owners within the development. The HOA is run by a board, which is bound by the HOA bylaws, and board positions are filled by election or appointment. The HOA collects a fee assessment from all owners to maintain common areas, address legal and safety issues, and enforce restrictions that are applicable to that particular residential area. The HOA also provides residents with a platform to address common concerns of the community. Attorney Dimmerman’s vast knowledge of real estate law, as both a practitioner and a professor, are particularly useful in this area. Attorney Dimmerman recently handled major condominium litigation in Philadelphia County, bringing suit on behalf of approximately thirty (30) unit owners as a result of allegations of fraud against the developer. He has also represented individuals against the Association and an Association against a management company. Attorney Dimmerman is also equipped to handle issues involving cooperatives and personally served on the Board of his own condominium Association, giving him even greater insight into the process.

Landlord and Tenant Law

Tenant rights and landlord disputes typically are governed by state property and contract law. A lease or a rental agreement defines the length of the rental term, the price paid, penalties for late payments, and the amount of notice required before either the landlord or the tenant may cancel the lease. The landlord law invokes the duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition in view of all the circumstances. Additionally, state or local landlord tenant law sets the requirements for evicting a tenant, which may occur for only a limited number of reasons before the tenancy expires. In Philadelphia County, it is vital that the proper licenses be obtained; he can assist with this prior to entering into a contract. Attorney Dimmerman handles both commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters, including drafting leases. Parties to commercial leasing arrangements should be keenly aware of confession of judgment clauses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Attorney Dimmerman has been successful in litigating confession of judgment and commercial lease disputes.

Legal Malpractice/Conflicts of Interest 

When an attorney’s negligence causes harm to a client, that party may have legal redress in the form of a legal malpractice claim. Attorney Dimmerman considers both Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey malpractice cases for contingency fee representation. The statute of limitation for negligence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is two (2) years and the aggrieved client must bring suit within this time period; the period ordinarily commences on the date the client discovered or reasonably should have discovered the error, even if that client is still being represented by the same attorney. Thus, it is vital that you contact Attorney Dimmerman now for a case evaluation. For example, the statute of limitation would begin to run when your attorney loses at the lowest court level, despite the fact that the matter may be on appeal. In Pennsylvania, it may also be possible to recover malpractice damages under the four (4) year statute of limitation. If you believe that your lawyer made a mistake that caused you financial harm, you may be entitled to compensation. Finally, if you have knowledge that your lawyer’s representation of you or your company was in conflict with another party, you may also have a valid basis to file suit.

Litigation & Lawsuits

Attorney Dimmerman’s boutique litigation practice can accommodate the needs of a whole host of litigants in a highly cost-effective setting. Whether a dispute is in its infancy or has escalated into mature litigation, Attorney Dimmerman always strives to achieve the most sensible and cost-effective outcomes. His responsiveness and attention to detail is second to none, as clients over the past approximate decade have discovered. Municipal (Magisterial District), Common Pleas, District Court and various Appellate level matters shall be considered, along with flexible fee structures. Attorney Dimmerman handles litigation in both the state and federal court systems. Examples of the litigation matters Attorney Dimmerman handles are as follows: personal injury (new area), real estate litigation, legal malpractice (new area), conflict of interest litigation, commercial disputes, civil defense, quiet title matters, partition suits, adverse possession, ejectment, boundary dispute, small claims court matters, defamation, foreclosure defense, confession of judgment, TIC litigation, seller disclosure fraud, consumer protection matters, sheriff sale/tax sale challenges and other types.

Residential Real Estate Law

The sale or purchase of a home is one of the most important legal transactions to which you might ever be a party. Understanding the process and legal requirements is absolutely essential, especially to avoid future litigation. Attorney Dimmerman encourage his clients to confer with a lawyer in advance of signing any legal documents which form part of the real estate transaction. Real estate agents may act as a seller’s agent, a buyer’s agent, or as a dual agent, representing both the seller and the buyer in a single transaction. Under state law, real estate agents must provide you with written consumer notice that details your relationship with them. As a long-standing real estate law columnist with The Legal Intelligencer, lecturer to other attorneys and real estate law professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business (undergraduate), Attorney Dimmerman is extremely well-versed in residential real estate law matters.

In Pennsylvania, once a real estate contract is signed by the respective parties, cancellation is no longer an option. Certain conditions must then be satisfied and frequently disputes arise, even when litigation seemed highly unlikely. Therefore, is it imperative that you confer with a real estate lawyer before signing anything. Call now: (215) 545-0600 or email: harper@hjdlaw.net

 

 

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