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We start with a consultation to best understand our client’s situation and finances. The meetings are discreet and the information provided to us is subject to attorney client privilege. Our team of professional negotiators will listen to your story, properly prepare your file and negotiate to get you the best results.

The cost of an attorney is less than the cost of not having an attorney


I just had the opportunity to take a “Short Sales” class with PGCAR. This class was taught by Jill Pogach Michaels, the principal owner of Michaels Title & Escrow. The class was very interesting and full of good information. As you all know, REALTORS® should NOT negotiate short sales on behalf of the owner. I want to make sure everyone understands that there is no exception to this rule. One of the ways that REALTORS® attempt to get around this rule is to say that you are just a facilitator or a liaison between the seller and the bank but at the end of the day this is still considered as negotiating and unlawful practice of law. PLEASE make sure that when you take a listing that is a short sale you immediately direct the seller to hire a Real Estate attorney to handle the negotiations. I understand that some of you feel that you are very knowledgeable when it comes to short sales but you must also understand that every short sale is different, every bank is different and you cannot use the one size fits all approach. One mistake, no matter how well intentioned you are can prove to be fatal. We will have Mrs. Michaels attend an upcoming sales meeting where she can answer your questions and point you in the right direction. In the meantime, please feel free to contact her firm directly for assistance with your clients. Mrs. Michaels and her firm has successfully negotiated around 2000 short sales and I feel that her fees are reasonable for what they do.

– Thurman Fooks, Broker, Trinity Realty Group

From the moment we met you, you were warm, compassionate and sensitive to Larry and I and went above and beyond in helping us through a very, very complicated short sale!

Before we found you, we had spoken with several attorneys about assisting us through this unique and difficult transaction, each one felt it couldn’t be done. We were then referred to you by a mutual friend and colleague in the Real Estate industry who highly recommended your firm.

After reviewing our case and personally speaking to us as well as our lender, you agreed to help us as much as you possibly could! You were very honest from the beginning. You told us it was going to be difficult and there were no guarantees, but you would do everything in your power to help us keep our home!

Throughout the entire process, you Melissa were incredibly helpful, patient, knowledgeable, understanding and professional! Your constant follow up, your persistence, and legal expertise was outstanding and you were on top of every detail. You handled an extremely emotional and stressful situation with a great deal of compassion and care!

The lender rejected our offer multiple times and you persevered and continued resubmitting and countering our offer to the bank. Most other attorneys would have given up, but you hung in there with us and never gave up!

Melissa, without your personal involvement, your guidance, consistent follow up and complete professionalism we would have lost our home!

How can we ever “thank you” enough!

Because of you, we were able to stay in our home to raise our children and will be forever grateful!! We have and will always continue to highly recommend The Law Office of Jill Pogach Michaels to all of our friends, clients and colleagues.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


– Debbie, Larry, Austin & Jessie

I’m writing this testimonial to thank the Jill Pogach Michaels Law Firm for helping me with the short sale of my property. Dianne Faure did an excellent job keeping me informed from start to finish. She was always very professional, as well as very responsive when I called for updates in reference to my account. Dianne worked very diligently with the banks to get the job done. Dianne is definitely a great asset to the law firm. I will highly recommend Jill P. Michaels Law Firm to my colleagues and friends for legal counsel. Thanks for doing an outstanding job and making this a seamless transition.


– Tyronne

I wanted to thank everyone who has made this finally happen! I know it’s been a long journey, but it’s finally over! Thank you everyone for your hard work, dedication and perseverance, we were able to make it happen! I’m forever grateful!

– Blanca

I had been trying to sell my home for more than a year to no avail.  I was facing pending foreclosure and bankruptcy and didn’t know where to turn.  Thankfully, my realtor suggested I contact the Law Offices of Jill Pogach Michaels.  Jill and her team helped me navigate and negotiate the challenges of a successful short sale.  I highly recommend the Law Offices of Jill Pogach Michaels to anyone facing similar challenges.  Thank you, Jill!

– Tom