Real Estate

Buying, Selling, Defense

Whether you are buying or selling a home, the experience can be exhilarating, but stressful. The attorneys at Doherty Smith have the experience you need to help navigate the rough waters of real estate sales, including defending your home from foreclosure. Contact us to find out what
we can do for you.

Home Buyers

Purchasing a home involves having the best possible credit score, negotiating contracts with the realtor and seller, securing a mortgage and getting through the closing.  Sometimes, it's not so easy.  The attorneys at Doherty Smith have experience with every facet of the process.  From eliminating harmful errors on your credit report, through contract negotiation and closing, we are there for you every step of the way.  Contact us (hyperlink to contact form) today and we can help get you started.

Home Sales

Whether it's a starter home or a beloved family home, selling a house isn't easy.  Doherty Smith can help you through the process, from negotiating a realtor's services through the often anxious day of closing.  Contact us today and see what we can do to make selling your home a less stressful experience.

Foreclosure Defense

Sometimes it's hard to keep  up with all those monthly bills and your family's home can be in danger.  Contact Doherty Smith to see how we may be able to help, even after your home has already been foreclosed upon.

Employment Law

Jobs are hard to find; sometimes they are even harder to keep. At Doherty Smith, we often hear from workers who believe they deserve overtime pay, are being forced to work without pay, or who were unlawfully terminated. We have successfully helped workers prevail in legal action against some pretty big employers, and we may be able to help you, too.  If you want to receive a free consultation about your rights as an employee, contact us today and we can get started.

Estate Planning

Wills, Trusts and Probate

Whether you are getting married and starting a family, or need to settle the affairs of a beloved family member, estate planning services are a necessity of responsible adulthood.  At Doherty Smith, we understand that.  We've got the experience and the temperament that helps when you're assessing the legal needs of your family.  Contact us and see how we can help.

Wills and Trusts

An estate plan isn't the sexiest purchase you'll ever make, but time after time, our clients say they sleep better at night knowing their family won't end up sorting through a messy estate at a difficult time. From a Simple Will through a complete Estate plan with Trusts and Powers of Attorney for health care and finances, the attorneys at Doherty Smith can help anyone from newlyweds to senior citizens make sure that their final wishes will be granted.

Wills and Trusts

An estate plan isn't the sexiest purchase you'll ever make, but time after time, our clients say they sleep better at night knowing their family won't end up sorting through a messy estate at a difficult time. From a Simple Will through a complete Estate plan with Trusts and Powers of Attorney for health care and finances, the attorneys at Doherty Smith can help anyone from newlyweds to senior citizens make sure that their final wishes will be granted.

Trust Implementation and Probate

Too often, the passing of a loved one is further complicated by the lack of a coherent estate plan or the absence of a will and subsequent need to probate the estate.  If you need an attorney to advise on how to interpret and implement an estate plan, or - in the absence of any will at all - someone to handle the probate estate of a loved one, Doherty Smith can help.  We promise to do our best to lighten your load at a time when things are already heavy enough.  Contact us and hopefully, we can help.

Fair Credit Litigation

Inaccurate Consumer Reports

 

Inaccurate consumer reports can prevent you from obtaining a loan (credit reports), cause you to pay higher interest rates (credit reports), prevent you from leasing an apartment (tenant reports), pay higher insurance premiums (insurance reports), and even keep you from getting a job (employment background reports). Fixing errors on a consumer report can be very frustrating. We help with that frustration. Creditors and credit reporting agencies have a duty to correct inaccurate information. If they don’t, you have the right to take them to court.

 

We offer free consultations and free dispute letters to help end inaccurate consumer report hell. If the letters do not work, we work on a contingency basis. That is, we only get paid if you get a favorable result and we get paid directly from the folks we sue.

Negotiation, Arbitration and Mediation

Litigation can be avoided. At Doherty Smith, we have years of experience in negotiating contracts, arbitrating claims and helping to resolve claims both large and small through mediation.  Whether you are an individual or small business, it might be worthwhile to contact us and see how we can use our experience to help you resolve your problem before going to court.

Negotiation

We all enter into contracts with large corporations on an almost daily basis.  However, for a small business owner, there's usually more at stake. Whether you're seeking financing for your operation or looking to close that big deal, the company you're dealing probably has an attorney on their side; you may need one too.  At Doherty Smith, we have negotiated countless deals for small business owners, who have realized that the costs of hiring an experienced attorney rarely outweighs the benefits.  If you'd like to talk about what we can do to help your business, contact us today.

Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitration clauses are almost commonplace in contracts for businesses and individuals.  In fact, we often recommend inserting them in the contracts of our small business clients to minimize the costs of future court action. And yet, there aren't many attorneys who have experience in arbitration and mediation.  At Doherty Smith, we're different.  We've litigated the legality of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, inserted them into business contracts and successfully advanced complex claims against major corporations in arbitration.

We have also experienced mediators who have led mediations that resulted in settlements valued in the millions of dollars. We've been hired by clients looking to maximize their results in mediation, including other attorneys who aren't experienced in the mediation process.  If you have questions about Arbitration or Mediation, contact us and maybe we can help.

"The success of my small business depends on negotiating complex media contracts with television networks and film distributors. These contracts encompass product deliverables, revenue sharing, governmental regulations, and layers of technical submission requirements. As my attorney for the past ten years, Richard Doherty has successfully negotiated these contracts on my behalf every time. The agreements that he produces are so comprehensive, streamlined and fair-minded, that the network or distributor consistently incorporates new language that Richard developed in our negotiation into future contract iterations for their clients. I give fair-minded approach and deal closing skills make him a pleasure to work with and he is a great asset to my
growing business."

William Siegel
Director and Founder of Projecto Willis LLC