Please Don't Involve Your Home Inspector In Your Divorce!

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Our inspection company got a certified letter from a law office in the mail the other day. I opened the letter and found a supoena of all things. I noticed the procescuting party had the same last name as the defending party. I noticed the attorney was a family law attorney. Really?! My lead inspector has been ordered to testify in a DIVORCE case?! We're going to lose a day's worth of work, $800 to $1000 while we wait for this case to be called. I called our attorney to see what recourse we had, none. I asked him why a divorce case would want a home inspector involved. He said more than likely the husband wanted our testimony that the wife wasn't keeping up the maintenance on the house. I would never have thought that doing a home inspection for someone involved in a divorce would have my inspector and records ending up in court. My inspector call the client and the attorney involved and informed them he would not be helpful in any way. After a few days, we got the call at the office that my inspector was released from the case. The universe is funny, though, the same day in the mail was a summons for me for jury duty.

Comments (3)

Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES - Charlotte, NC
Certified Residential Specialist

That's a funny story Pat in that you had jury duty the same day! As a broker, I've been summonsed to court a couple times over the years. My first thought was, SERIOUSLY???

Nov 07, 2013 06:25 AM
Pat Rentz
VIP Inspection Services Inc - Cary, NC

Thanks Mitch.  It's amazing what the public expects out of real estate professionals.

Nov 12, 2013 10:32 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have not heard of this either, but sue happy people could try to involve anyone they can to get their way!

Dec 26, 2013 10:48 AM