2010 Year End Update on Rental Registration Cases

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

As we approach the end of the year and look back on our progress on Western Pennsylvania rental registration cases, it has been both a busy and a productive year. In Pittsburgh, City Council is considering the revised draft ordinance which PROA, ACRE, WPREIA, RAMP, Landlord Service Bureau and the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh all participated in negotiating. Click here to read more »

Seller Beware of PA’s Disclosure Law

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

The latin maxim “caveat emptor”, or “Buyer Beware”, was long the standard for the purchase of real estate. This was mostly true in Pennsylvania until the passage in 2000 of the “Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law, 68 Pa. C.S.A. Section 7301, et. seq., also known by the acronym RESDL.

Today, it is critically important for both buyers and sellers of real estate in Pennsylvania to know who has to disclose, what has to be disclosed, when disclosures must be made, and for buyers, what they can do if the seller failed to disclose material defects in  the property to the buyer. Click here to read more »

Seven Rules on Screening, Hiring and Working With Lawyers

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

I am not only a real estate investor and lawyer marketing my law firm to others. I am also a consumer of legal services from other lawyers, and I help my clients to find lawyers in other states and other areas of practice, even in Pennsylvania, to help me to help them. From over 20 years of giving and getting legal advice, I have developed a perspective on how to screen, hire, and work with lawyers, and how not to do those things. These comments apply to hiring any lawyer, anywhere you need one, in the United States at least, and in any discipline of law. For that matter, some of the comments apply to hiring other professionals as well. Click here to read more »