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Chicago Attorneys Representing Professionals in the Real Estate Industry

Chicago Attorneys Representing Real Estate Professionals

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) ensures that professional licensure qualifications are properly evaluated, and that regulations are accurately applied and vigorously enforced. Zimmerman Law Offices represents real estate professionals, including: Appraiser, Home Inspector, Land Surveyor, Roofing Contractor, Real Estate Office, Real Estate Broker, Timeshare Acquisition Agent, Timeshare Developer, Timeshare Exchange Company.

Helping Clients Obtain Licenses and Defending them from Complaints

Attorney Thomas Zimmerman has substantial experience working with the IDFPR to help professionals obtain licenses and defend them from investigations and complaints. At Zimmerman Law Offices, our lawyers will aggressively protect your license. Due to the direct relationship between real estate professionals and the general well-being of the public, IDFPR maintains strict standards over the real estate industry. Are you being investigated for allegations of mishandling escrow money? You need an experienced attorney. Contact us by e-mail or call 1-877-440-0020 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Extensive Experience in the Real Estate Industry

Since 1996, attorney Thomas Zimmerman has successfully resolved a wide array of complex legal issues involving professional misconduct. Specifically, he has represented licensed professionals wrongfully accused of professional negligence, fraudulent billing practices, improper record keeping, and falsifying records or license applications. He has also aggressively negotiated with IDFPR to lessen the disciplinary action for a variety of serious offenses, such as:

  • Impairment due to alcohol abuse
  • Employing untrained and unlicensed operators
  • Failure to obtain a branch office license
  • Mishandling of earnest money
  • Practicing without a current Illinois license

Mr. Zimmerman has a strong background serving licensed professionals throughout Illinois since 1996, and is well-prepared to help you with a variety of legal needs, involving:

  • On-site audits
  • Business formation and assumed business names
  • Branch office requirements
  • Dual agency
  • Escrow accounts and earnest money
  • Employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Managing broker and sponsored licensee issues
  • Requirements for broker agreements and listing agreements
  • Informal disciplinary conferences
  • Formal administrative hearings
  • Appeals to the circuit and appellate courts

Contact Us for Aggressive Representation

The Zimmerman Law Offices provides experienced, effective representation regarding real estate license application denial or defense against charges of ethics violations, fraud or professional misconduct. Contact us by e-mail or call 1-877-440-0020 to schedule a free initial consultation.


Real Estate Appraiser Accused of Producing Deficient Appraisal Report

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) accused a real estate appraiser of failing to develop a credible cost approach and failing to support an opinion of the site value for the property he was appraising, in violation of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). We demonstrated that the physical, functional and external conditions that factored into the calculation of the effective age of the property, and the neighborhood and market conditions affecting the marketability of the property, were all set forth in the supplemental addendum attached to the appraisal report. Although the supporting information was not set forth in the appropriate sections of the appraisal report, it was included in the addendum. We convinced the IDFPR to close the file with no discipline taken against the real estate appraiser.


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