Saturday, September 9, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Firm receives numerous calls or e-mails a week from tenants who complain about health related issues arising from what they perceive to be "black mold." According to one expert I spoke with recently, there are hundreds, if not thousands of mold types. Moreover, mold is all around us (inside and outdoors). Additionally, black mold can range from harmless to deadly.
People react differently to different types of mold. Someone with allergies may be particularly susceptible to most molds. If you believe your apartment or rental unit has mold, you should seek the advice of three specialists:
(1) a certified mold expert to collect samples and send those samples to a lab.
(2) an allergist or another health care provider who can tell you if mold is causing your health problems; and
(3) an experienced toxic mold attorney.
There are several do it yourself mold testing kits. Those tests may be a start, but you need a certified mold expert to work with your attorney to write a report and testify in court (if necessary). His testimony will be needed for collection methods, chain of custody, and analysis.
Similarly, an allergist or other health care provider will work with your attorney to prepare a report and testify by way of deposition for court or in preparation for a settlement.
Mold experts and doctors are expensive. Therefore, if your personal injuries are not substantial, it may not be worth pursing the health claim. However, other claims may still be available to you. This is why an experienced toxic mold attorney is essential to analyze your case to place a value on the matter.
If you don't have a health claim, you may have a property damage, breach of contract, negligence, failure to repair, and/or other tort claims.
The McGill Law Firm handles non-health related claims relating to water intrusion that causes mold and mold related damage. However, it does not handle toxic mold matters. If you don't know of anyone who can refer you to a toxic mold attorney, Google "toxic mold attorney" and your city or county. Most times, you will pull up at least 10-20 attorneys to call and interview.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Effective May 1, 2017 and for the foreseeable future, with the exception of family law and employment (disputes, termination packages, and discrimination claims) in Maryland, the attorney will not be taking new cases in Maryland, New York, or DC that have to be litigated in court.
I will still accept other non-litigation cases in those states if the matters can be handled remotely from my Georgia offices.
If you are looking for a landlord-tenant attorney in Maryland, DC, or New York, I recommend you go to the several websites such as attorneys.com, lawyers.com, and avvo.com and interview several attorneys about their background and experience before hiring one.
Cases in Georgia
Cases in Georgia will still be handled and litigated as normal. Go to demandingjustice.com to learn more about the The McGill Law Firm, LLC. The attorney will still represent clients who happen to live out of state, but have cases in Georgia. Approximately 30% of the Firm's small landlord clients live out of state.
This decrease in travel will allow the attorney more time to handle Georgia landlord-tenant, family law, employment, and contract litigation matters.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
(1) the tenant has examined the premises;
(2) the tenant is satisfied with the physical condition of the premises before taking possession; and
(3) Everything is in good working order (except as noted).
So, if you haven't examined the premises by doing a complete walk through, why would you sign the lease? Do the walk through, make sure the checklist becomes part of the lease, and make sure there is a time is of the essence provisions for those material concerns. At the minimum, the checklist should be made a part of the lease, and you should receive a copy that day of the lease and all referenced attachments.
If the manager tells you "we don't give keys until the lease has been signed", tell him or her to keep the keys and do the walk though together. If the manager still refuses your request, you should assume there are major issues that need to be repaired. The safest thing to do may be to walk away. This is another reason to sign the lease at least a week or two before you intend to move into the new property. It's easier to walk away if the moving truck isn't outside the door with the meter running.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017