In September 2012 SeniorLAW Center launched a pro bono “practice group” partnership with Cozen O’Connor to expand legal services to senior homeowners victimized by unscrupulous home repair contractors. We trained several litigation attorneys to handle contractor fraud claims and much to our delight, Cozen attorney, Dan Luccaro, has scored the first win for a client.
Before coming to SeniorLAW Center this client had taken out a reverse mortgage to pay for roof repairs, aluminum siding and new windows for her home. As a single woman, age 69, she was living on $675 per month disability and knew of no other way to finance the repairs. The work took about one month to complete and the homeowner was disappointed with the result. She complained to the contractor that the windows were not caulked, there was no insulation installed behind the siding and there were leaks into the house from the roof. The contractor refused to return and fix the problems and the homeowner turned to SeniorLAW Center. We investigated the case and referred it to attorney Dan Luccaro at Cozen. Dan met with the client, inspected the work and arranged several meetings with the contractor. As a result of the attorney’s intervention, the contractor retuned to the job, installed the insulation, caulked the windows and patched holes in the roof.
But Dan did not stop there. He reviewed the closing documents for the reverse mortgage and discovered that the mortgage broker had wrongfully retained $2,537.36 in loan proceeds that belonged to the senior! Dan negotiated with the broker and the title insurance company and recovered the full amount for the senior.