Lucas Real Estate and attorney Devin R. Lucas offers unique expertise in residential real estate matters. Mr. Lucas frequently lectures, 教, mediates and occasionally still litigates residential real estate disputes, with the primary goal being to avoid costly litigation for either party.
Mr. Lucas has extensive litigation and trial experience representing homeowners, landlords, 租户, 买家, developers, contractors, homeowners associations, HOA boards and property managers.
Mr. Lucas has been involved in hundreds of real estate lawsuits, pre-litigation disputes, transactions, 销售, lease agreements, mediations, arbitrations and countless court hearings and depositions, including multiple matters through jury trials, post-trial attorney fee award proceedings, and various appeals.
Mr. Lucas is a past Director of the California Association of REALTORS®, a past Director of the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS®, an active member of multiple local and statewide REALTOR® committees, the 2020 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Real Estate Section, the 2017 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Section, on the panel of mediators available via the California Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers, was named the “2014 REALTOR® of the Year” by the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS®, and the list continues.
Running a residential real estate brokerage and property management business, Lucas Real Estate knows California residential real estate and landlord-tenant laws. As California is an overwhelmingly consumer friendly and “tenant friendly” state – where nearly all the laws favor the tenant – it is critical to have a competent and well-versed real estate attorney on your side.
Modern real estate contracts (especially those drafted by the California Association of REALTORS®) contain detailed and express provisions pertaining to cancelations, return of deposits and the like. Common misunderstandings or misconceptions prevail, despite and overwhelming body of case law addressing most common real estate disputes. Failure to property understand contractual provisions can cause costly mistakes.
We take on an extremely limited number of real estate disputes and only for – frankly – exceptional cases where our confidence is high in your ability to prevail. If you have a real estate dispute, we may be able to assist.
Common Real Estate Disputes:
- Non-disclosure and fraud contentions
- Deposit and cancelation disputes, including initial earnest money deposit disputes / release of deposits / cancelations / liquidated damages clauses
- (New) Cancelation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Specific Performance claims
- Landlord-tenant disputes, security deposit disputes, mold and habitability claims
- Boundary, fence and tree disputes
- Neighbor disputes
- Construction disputes
- Commission and fee disputes between parties and their REALTORS®
- REALTOR® to REALTOR® (or brokerage to brokerage) disputes, including commissions, procuring cause and the like
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