When considering whether to hire a flat fee eviction attorney, be sure
to ask a lot of questions. The fee quoted assumes that the eviction will be
uncontested. In other words, the flat fee quoted will only apply if the tenant ignores
the fact that the landlord has filed an eviction action and simply lets
a default judgment be entered against him/her/it. In our experience this
almost never happens. No matter how hopeless a tenant's situation
is, almost every tenant does something to avoid being evicted. Wouldn't you?
Some important questions you should ask the flat fee eviction law firm include:
Who is handling my matter? A paralegal, secretary or an attorney with years
of experience doing evictions?
At Rosenthal Law Group we never have paralegals or secretaries handle evictions.
All work is done by attorneys.
Is the fee quoted for residential or commercial evictions?
At Rosenthal Law Group we exclusively handle commercial evictions. The
laws are quite different. In fact, often times a residential eviction
isn't even filed in the same court as a commercial eviction.
What is the fee if the matter is contested?
Once the matter is contested (i.e., any paper is filed by the tenant opposing
the eviction), the so called flat fee eviction is no longer a flat fee
eviction. You can expect to pay much more than originally expected since
you will be charged on an hourly basis. No two lawyers charge the same
per hour and certainly the hourly rate is usually commensurate with the
level of experience of the attorney. However, if you assume that your
eviction matter will be contested, you should ask what you will be charged
per hour and consider whether you are comfortable with the experience
of the attorney handling the matter at the hourly rate being charged.
What is the timing of obtaining an uncontested eviction?
At Rosenthal Law Group we expedite all evictions. After all, the Florida
law is written specifically to make the process quick if you take advantage
of the available rights and remedies. However, sending paperwork to the
court by mail and letting the process work its way through the system
usually is a less expensive way to handle the eviction process but inevitably
delays even an uncontested eviction by many weeks. Some flat fee law firms
state that the uncontested eviction could take 4-6 weeks or more to evict
a tenant in an uncontested eviction. While there are never any guarantees,
an uncontested eviction can be accomplished in far less time if the process
is expedited. While the cost may be slightly more, time is money, and
the quicker you regain possession of your premise the sooner you can re-let
it and start making money.
Does the flat fee eviction law firm have experience in commercial evictions?
Rosenthal Law Group is a business law firm that handles all types of commercial
matters including complex commercial litigation. Commercial evictions
are just one of the areas where we have extensive experience. We do not
handle residential evictions, but focus our attention on what we do best
- commercial evictions. We have handled hundreds or commercial landlord
tenant disputes. We provide unmatched experience handling all aspects
of commercial evictions including distress for rent, suits for damages,
enforcement of lien rights, emergency hearings, and defense of counterclaims
filed by tenants. Alex Rosenthal has lectured on the subject of commercial
landlord tenant actions and remedies and has authored substantive written
materials relied upon by other experienced attorneys in the area of commercial
landlord tenant law.
Does the flat fee eviction firm provide you immediate and regular contact
with a lawyer handling your matter?
At Rosenthal Law Group you will speak directly with our attorneys and have
immediate access by phone and email at all times to get regular updates
on the status of your eviction. Constant communication is important no
matter what your matter is and we pride ourselves on maintaining a high
level of communication with our clients. Your eviction is the most important
matter you have and we will treat it as such in our firm.
Does the flat fee eviction firm provide legal representation and advice
on your business and lease generally?
When you retain Rosenthal Law Group to handle your matter, whether it is
a general commercial dispute or a landlord tenant eviction, we believe
you are hiring us to be your attorney for more than a single isolated
matter. We will listen to you and consider anything we believe relevant
to your business and suggest helpful advice to improve your situation.
The eviction may be your current issue, but it can't be considered
in a vacuum. This can only occur when your matter is handled by attorneys
as opposed to paralegals and secretaries.
Contact the attorneys at Rosenthal Law Group for a complimentary consultation
to discuss your matter.
Alex P. Rosenthal, Esq.
Rosenthal Law Group
2115 North Commerce Parkway
Weston, FL 33326