Real Estate Attorney
"The best part of my practice is that I am able to combine my entrepreneurial spirit, interest in real estate, and the law into a job where I enjoy walking into the office each and every morning." It is difficult to predict professional career is going to take you, but a review of my past indicates I was always headed towards forming Rick Davis Legal. Instead of heading straight to college after high school, I spent time managing and owning restaurants and bars and continued in this area until after graduating from law school. When I decided to return to college, I ended up at the University of Kansas where I spent as much time much time in the school of business as I did working on my political science major. It was law school when I first developed my passion for real estate, and particularly real estate investing. At the beginning of the summer prior to my first year, my wife and I decided to purchase a foreclosed home that we would fix up and live in during law school. We had anticipated the project to be finished by the start of classes, but unexpected surprises – like discovering that trash had been thrown into all of the air conditioning vents and plumbing issues that were discoverable only after the drywall was removed — extended the project significantly beyond our initial timeline. We transitioned to landlords when I moved to Florida to help start a firm formed by a partner from my previous law firm and my wife and I experienced the challenges of insurance claims when the same house burned down while we were still living halfway across the country. All of these experiences and more have come together to help form Rick Davis Legal and the best part of my practice is that I am able to combine my entrepreneurial spirit, interest in real estate, and the law into a job where I enjoy walking into the office each and every morning. Moreover, the freedom that comes from working for myself provides me the flexibility to slip out of the office for one of my three children’s preschool recital and to ensure that I am able to balance the challenging work-life demands of being a lawyer.
- 2013 State Bar of Kansas
- 2016 State Bar of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri
- 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Fellow - American Bar Foundation - 2018
- AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale-Hubbell - 2017
- Best Real Estate Law Firms in Kansas City - Prestige.com - 2016
- AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale-Hubbell - 2016
- Who's Who in American Law - Who's Who In American Law - 2012
- Magna Cum Laude - Washburn University School of Law - 2012
- Letter of Recognition - United States Air Force Jag - 2011
- Who's Who in American Law - Who's Who In American Law - 2011
- Top Grade - Legal Analysis, Research and Writing II - Washburn University School of Law - 2010
- Top Grade - Civil Procedure - Washburn University School of Law - 2009
- Top Grade - Torts Washburn University School of Law - 2009
- Top Grade - Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I - Washburn University School of Law - 2009
In Kansas, a landlord is required to send a notice to a tenant at least seventy-hours prior to filing an eviction action as the result of non-payment of rent. The purpose of this notice is to provide the opportunity to pay the rent prior to being evicted.
No matter what you call it — Contract for Deed, Lease to Own, Seller Finance – these non-traditional real estate transactions come with risks that are often not fully understood by the parties entering into these contracts. In this post, I am going to discuss three real contract for deed horror stories that were experienced by real potential clients that have visited my office.