Don’t Risk It
“Normal” conversation about real estate law can contain legal information, and real estate agents must never be tempted to give legal advice. If you have given legal advice or done legal work as a real estate agent, call an attorney. Real estate clients do file complaints that agents have given them legal advice. Make no mistake: these complaints can have devastating consequences for your career.
Never attempt to deal with a complaint yourself. Any complaint that could affect your real estate license needs to be addressed by a lawyer right away.
What Should You Not Do?
As a real estate agent, you must not:
- Give real estate legal advice to anyone, even if you think you know how to help them or you have experience dealing with their problem.
- Draft or file legal documents.
- Do work that you would normally hire a real estate lawyer to do.
- Do anything else that could be considered the unauthorized practice of law!
What Could Happen?
In short, if you could lose your license. In North Carolina, these complaints are filed with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. An investigation is launched and ultimately an outcome is determined. In serious cases, a real estate agent can lose their license or face other consequences including license suspension.
The best way to protect yourself from these complaints is to never, ever, give legal advice or do legal work. If you think you may have done something that could be considered practicing law, you need to contact a lawyer immediately. An attorney experienced in real estate license defense can help you and will try to get any complaints dismissed. An attorney can negotiate a settlement and can represent you before the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.
Call A Real Estate License Defense Attorney
If you are a North Carolina real estate agent and you are being investigated, call the law office of Remington & Dixon. We are experienced professional license defense attorneys in Charlotte. The worst thing you can do is not make a complaint or investigation seriously. Call our office today.
Brandon double-majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Throughout his career, Brandon has received numerous awards and recognition from his peers and agencies that rate attorneys. A few of these awards are from The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015, Super Lawyers: Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019, and North Carolina Business Magazine: Legal Elite in 2019, among others.