Protecting Licensed Real Estate Professionals Against DRE Audits And Prosecution
With the recent housing crisis and near collapse of the real estate market, the Department of Real Estate or “DRE” has taken a closer look at real estate professionals and loan modification companies. Audits performed by task forces are common and often result in formal prosecution.
Century Law Group, LLP, provides experienced legal defense for real estate agents, brokers, lending companies and loan modification companies. We assist clients with all aspects of real estate licensure as well as provide aggressive defense of those who are in the process of being audited by the DRE or involved in lawsuits for alleged misconduct. Our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients in both residential and commercial real estate matters.
For more in-depth information about our DRE defense practice, please visit dredefense.com , our website devoted exclusively to the defense of California real estate professionals.
Experienced Defense Lawyers
We understand the direct impact license revocation or suspension can have on our clients and their businesses. Our attorneys provide informed counsel and experienced legal defense in a variety of concerns, including:
- Regulatory compliance and fair lending practice management
- Allegations of forgery or fraud
- Foreclosure defense and issues of “robo-signing”
- Lawsuits claiming breach of fiduciary duty
- Other violations of the Business and Professions Code
Our experienced legal team understands that most real estate professionals operate in compliance with DRE guidelines. If you have received notice of an impending audit, however, we can assist you in responding appropriately to requests for information and minimizing potential problems which could lead to further investigation. Not many law firms focus on assisting real estate agents and brokers.
For those clients already engaged in defense against prosecution, we offer strategic counsel and strong representation in civil or administrative disciplinary proceedings.
Licensure Admission And Reinstatement
The DRE has very specific licensure requirements for those interested in practicing in the real estate market in California. Our attorneys can help you understand these requirements, complete your application appropriately so as not to raise unnecessary concerns, and gather the necessary documentation to demonstrate your eligibility to practice.
Should your application be denied, particularly if it was denied out of concern for past criminal activity, we can help you take proactive steps to meet the criteria for demonstrating rehabilitation. For example, the DRE requires evidence that those who were previously convicted of drug use have been clean for at least five years. Our lawyers understand how to help you demonstrate that such conduct has been properly addressed and will not occur in the future.
Contact Century Law Group, LLP
Having experienced counsel on your side can be the difference between acquittal and having your real estate license restricted or revoked. For more information, contact our firm to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation with one of our California lawyers. We offer reasonable rates and flexible scheduling to accommodate our clients’ needs.