Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I have a real estate attorney and risk management attorney on retainer. 

Jul 11, 2020 10:34 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Our office has an attorney for real estate related issues. I do have a LegalShield account as well which does help with tickets or if a need a letter for something or simply legal advice. I've had it for awhile so it's only $9 or $10/mo.

Jul 11, 2020 09:55 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Fred yes we did have an attorney on record for the company as well as E & O Insurance.  Never had to use either one except for a few questions to the attorney over the years.

Jul 11, 2020 08:46 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Our brokerage has E & O and I have the Legal Hotline phone number! I also have a good attorney friend who can help.

Jul 11, 2020 11:24 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have Prepaid Legal for 25 years for 'ticket fixing, writing nastygrams etc.' not real estate.

I am in an attorney's system, a RE broker for 20 years before becoming an attorney. No retainer, haven't needed her yet, I would simply pay her hourly to consult or a retainer to represent me. 

Legal Hotline for 'stupid things' I need on the fly.

And yes, my E/O has an attorney as well. 

Jul 11, 2020 10:03 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Like Better Call Saul? This would not cross my mind to do. 

Jul 11, 2020 09:35 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers


I carry E and O insurance, which comes with a free attorney...never had to use it...yet.


Jul 11, 2020 08:40 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast


We have FREE legal advice two ways.

1. C.A.R. provides a legal hot-line

2. Big Block Realty ownership partnership contains lawyers. One call or email to my office manager and I'm covered.

Jul 11, 2020 02:20 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Not on retainer but I have an excellent real estate attorney who handles my personal real estate matters when the need arises. Legal hotline is included in our dues for day to day questions about transactions or ethics.

Attorney retainer fees vary widely here depending on a number of things such as the attorney's experience level. Expect to pay more for a partner or specialist than for a general attorney or lower level of experience. The type and frequency of work is also considered in setting the retainer fee so there is no "typical" retainer. 

Unless you are a habitual offender (think DUI, traffic, criminal cases) or a full time real estate investor, you probably don't need to be on retainer. It would be a good idea though to have a consultation and get set up with a general attorney and real estate attorney so that when the need arises, they can either refer to a good specialist or handle the matter in a timely fashion.


Jul 11, 2020 12:12 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

In my past experiences some retainers where negotiable (you would have to take the initiative to negotiate). In other cases it would be an exact (or near) cost to do "XYZ" and I'll make sure the service inclusions and exclusions are spelled out in black and white...IMPORTANT! Currently searching for 2 types of attorneys now.

Also in my experience, retaining an attorney per "legal incident" is different than retaining an attorney for advice and consultation (if needed for specialized advice or consultation, as most of of us know some advice and an initial consultation is usually complimentary).

Much of my legal needs where for other businesses or personal reasons. Just used legal consultation only when representing others in real estate as an agent.

Jul 11, 2020 11:14 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No, but they know attorneys that they can call if needed.

Jul 11, 2020 11:10 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Our broker is an attorney. As such, he is a great person to bounce ideas and issues off of.

He is not so hubris filled that he thinks he knows everything. He seeks legal advice elsewhere when needed for specific real estate issues.

I don't pay the bill so I don't know the cost.

Our state association also offers help with questions regarding legal issues.

Jul 11, 2020 11:05 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not enough of an outlaw to keep any on retainer, however I do have dozen of them in my Rolodex.


Jul 11, 2020 09:48 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Our agency has a whole slew of blue suits lined up.

Jul 11, 2020 09:00 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We did have access to a real estate attorney at a preferred rate.  We used him twice in 20 years...And a couple of times for our meetings to go over standard docs and rule changes.  As long as we had coffee and breakfast goodies, those talks were pro bono.  A

Jul 11, 2020 11:05 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, when I managed for a large national firm we had legal beagles on the staff. As a sole practitioner, I represented myself and never had to make the call!

Jul 12, 2020 05:51 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

On retainer no, but on call, yes.

Jul 12, 2020 05:36 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I have one yes but with no retainer. Can't give you an idea as to what they would be.

With the recent change in office mgmt I decided I needed better advice than what my office broker was spewing. 


Jul 11, 2020 11:50 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

$2,500 min for real estate

$5,000 min for criminal 

No, no, I did not use any. :)

Jul 14, 2020 10:55 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

No eye deer

Jul 12, 2020 01:25 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Not something I'd know about as I've never had the need.  We Canadians always giggle during tv shows or movies when the actor says "Let me call MY attorney!"    That's not ever something you'd hear a Canadian say, lol  

PS  we don't have "attorneys" up here, we have lawyers.

Jul 12, 2020 09:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Jul 12, 2020 05:53 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I pay $295/year to Coldwell Banker in lieu of E&O insurance. It goes into the legal fund. If there's ever a lawsuit my office hires the "baddest" lawyers available to defend. 

Jul 13, 2020 11:36 AM