Home inspectors who are sued or asked to give testimony or provide physical evidence will probably be served with a subpoena. Learn about what a subpoena is and the legal force behind it, as well as how you can protect yourself so you can keep on top of any legal action you may become involved in by reading What Home Inspectors Need to Know About Subpoenas.
One unfortunate truth for home inspectors is that it’s less a matter of whether you’re going to get sued than when. The time to choose an attorney for your business is before that happens. And there are other times and reasons you’ll want legal advice. Read our latest article to help you navigate one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make: Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: How to Choose the Right Lawyer.
Home inspectors are about to be convinced of how easy it is to up-sell mold testing, as well as why it’s a sound business practice that can actually protect you. Read How Home Inspectors Can Up-Sell Mold Testing before your next inspection.
InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen has some simple advice for home inspectors with websites who want to avoid legal hassles with unhappy former clients down the road — advice that he’s given to harried inspectors 95% of the time! Read Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: Prevent a Stink, Include a Link.
Ever been involved in a lawsuit? If you have, it’s likely that you have also been deposed. When you are deposed, you must answer questions posed by the opposing lawyer. Every word spoken at this meeting is recorded to be used later in trial. Inspectors, since their profession requires a lot of liability, should know how to prepare for depositions. Some basic strategies include pausing before answering, being as brief as possible without being dishonest, and ignoring the opposing attorney’s attitude. For other tactics that can be used by a witness at a deposition, check out our new article on deposition preparation.