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What are lawyers really? To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there's a problem, the lawyer is the only person that has actually read the inside of the top of the box.

-- Jerry Seinfeld       =EFF Blue Ribbon Campaign =


A. Joseph Ross

The Law Office of A. Joseph Ross, J.D. is a general civil practice active in the areas of residential real-estate (including landlord-tenant, home purchases and sales, condominium associations), housing discrimination, and consumer litigation. We can make referrals to competent specialists in many other areas that we don't handle ourselves. We are also happy to consult or work with other attorneys in matters within our areas of expertise.

An office consultation is generally $125.00 for an hour, though sometimes we can help you with a telephone consultation at no charge. We generally charge a flat fee to represent clients in the purchase or sale of a home. We charge a contingent fee, usually with an up-front minimum, for civil litigation where we feel there is a good claim for damages. We charge an hourly rate for most other matters, including litigation where a contingent fee is not possible.

We explain our fee structure at the first meeting and enter into a written, signed fee agreement, which is in plain English. We encourage clients to discuss fees with us and to ask questions at any time.

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***NEW***Moving Tips for Tenants (Revised, September 2019)

How to Be a Landlord and Avoid Legal Trouble (Revised, August 2017. Further updated September 2017) 

How to Be a Tenant and Avoid Getting Ripped Off (Revised, August 2017. Further updated September 2017) 

What to Do When the Heat Goes Off (Revised, November 2016)

Charging Tenants for Water (Revised, April 2015)

Being a Tenant in a Foreclosed Property (April 2015)

Tenants and Domestic Violence (April 2015)

Buying a Home (Revised, November 2011)

Selling Your Home (Revised, October 2009)


Information on false court notifications, bankruptcy, and  IRS scams.


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