Contact your local apartment owner's association and ask who their members use. Your local bar association may also have some pro bono project dedicated to helping unrepresented tenants. These folks can tell you who does good clean work.
I agree with my colleague, if you are looking for an attorney who regularly represents landlords - contact the local bar association or local landlord association to see who others recommend.
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Dear everyone I have dealt with takes advantage?
I am an attorney licensed in New York. I do not practice law in Michigan.
I can empathize with the frustration of long-distance legal representation. All ordinary aspects of an attorney and client relation are strained by distance.
You certainly need a local attorney you trust as there is no practical way to protect your investment without a hands-on attorney. Your attorney may have information that may lead you to select a more dependable property manager.
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You have the right to negotiate your own fee arrangement with an attorney. You should understand that your attorney is not a business partner or a financier for your rental property business. In my experience, attorneys are loath to take on a litigation matter for a flat rate. Litigation does not easily fit into a one-size fits all. Each matter will take on its on life. Your tenant may be a handful and engage in many tried and true delays and stalls in a lawsuit. Your attorney should not necessarily be the one professional you hire who has to absorb the time (and expense) in dealing with a problem tenant, and a sacked and untrustworthy property manager. Your attorney needs some person with actual knowledge of facts to establish and prove your eviction case. If you insist on a flat fee, that might turn out to be far more than you would pay on an hourly rate charged against a retainer.
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Some ways to find an honest lawyer are by asking your family and friends if there is someone they recommend. You can also call the court and sometimes the court staff will recommend an attorney. Also, you can research attorneys to see if they've ever been disciplined by the state bar.
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I am sorry to hear about the problems you have had with previous attorneys and property management companies. We are located in Redford Township; about 2 to 3 miles north of Dearborn. We represent a number of landlords and do so on a cost per action basis as you have described.
We also have a property management division with very transparent costs that I believe you would find helpful. I have put links to our web sites below. If you would like further information, please email us through the web site. We would be happy to provide you with a sample fee agreement and property management agreement.
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First there honest earnest Attorneys out there. Also I do not doubt you may have been taken advantage of . However because you live literally on the other side of the world there would be some concern about receiving payment. As for the foul mouthed tenant possibly offer her some cash to agree to move out and leave the property broom clean. This approach is used by some financial institutions to prevent dispossessed persons from trashing a property.
I am only admitted to the MI bar therefore this is only general advice it is highly recommended to contact an attorney in your area for definitive guidance. Any advice given does not create an attorney-client relationship.