Hockessin, DE asked in Real Estate Law for District of Columbia

Q: Lease agreement help

I am planning to buy a condo in dc for renting for secondary income. Can you help to get this done properly and legally. What are your fees? Thanks

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1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Under Justin’s terms of service as well as the ethical rules of our profession, this site isn’t a “hiring hall” as in the union trades. We aren’t permitted to respond to calls for employment. Here are some ideas for finding a lawyer:

I’ve written this same answer several times on Quora, and I don’t have enough time to rewrite it, so, I’m offering a re-publication from September 2, 2018:

“Lawyers are supposed to aid in the administration of justice, so here are a few ideas:

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4. Try a local Bar referral service. I don’t know of a referral service operated by the ABA, and the ABA is a voluntary membership organization that at least half of all lawyers don’t join. Local Bars maintain referral lists for the same reason that I’m answering this question, but the lawyers who pay (a fairly small amount, usually) to get listed there may or may not be the best lawyers. Referral from a Bar referral service is not an endorsement of that lawyer.”

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