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I was referred to James Heard for help with a permit appeal for a residential remodel in San Francisco. The matter included a complex mix of SF permit procedures, engineering and land use issues, and California civil code.
James was extremely generous with his time, even before I officially retained him. He exchanged ~20 emails with me, did preliminary research, and offered strategic advice. I talked to several other lawyers, and none were as helpful or knowledgable as he was in the pre-hire phase.
I did not end up needing to make use of James' services, but if I am ever in need of a Land Use lawyer again (heaven help me), I would definitely contact him first.
In our case, James was astute from the outset that immediate action needed to be taken in order to (rightfully) keep our only estate asset (my Mom's house) in the Trust. We were "victims" of predatory real estate schemers who would manipulate mortgage "defaults" and then swoop in and pay cash for the small amount of the loan, claiming ownership. James immediately conducted the appropriate research and we worked as a team compiling information to substantiate our case. Within only a month's time and due to James' perseverance, we were able to "reclaim" our property. James was also thorough in taking care of all the follow-up details.
Jim was thorough, conscientious, and reasonable.
Kept me apprised of all material developments, and answered all communications promptly.
His fees were also very reasonable.
I would entrust him with any matter of consequence and size, and look forward to working with him again.