Sunday, July 17th, 2016
United Policyholders is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states. If you have been affected by disaster, especially a fire loss at your home or property in California, please visit their website for a guide on how to start the claim process.
Ward & Hagen is proud to be a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, representing clients who are treated unfairly and illegally by their insurance company. If you have a problem with a loss and/or insurance claim, please contact Peter Ward for a free consultation.
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Attorney Jacob Bell of Ward & Hagen, LLP has designed and published www.fixmyhouse.org, a website for homeowners in California to use as they face construction defects. Owners of homes often are not aware that California law provides a clear path (and requirement) that the builder be given notice and opportunity to make repairs to homes they have built and sold within the past 10 years. Fixmyhouse.org provides homeowners the forms, steps and information they need to start the repair process without having to retain or pay an attorney.
Attorney Bell said: “One of the goals of the California Right-to-Repair law enacted in 2003 was to avoid attorney involvement in those circumstances where it was unnecessary. While our law firm continues to advocate and fight for homeowners’ rights, we also believe that individuals should be empowered under the law to act on their own behalf when a builder is willing to step up and make the proper repairs.”
The project is ongoing and changing as more responses from all over the state are received. Questions and comments are welcome and invited via email or phone.
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Ward & Hagen represented the owners of a 170,000 sq ft. commercial shopping center in Riverside County. Built in 2005, the center was facing potential construction defects related to slab leaks, roof leaks, window and door leaks. A team of forensic construction experts established evidence of the problems over two years of litigation. A significant settlement was reached after multiple mediations with over 15 parties, including acceptance of a policy limits demand by the general contractor’s insurance company, allowing the owners to repair and continue leasing their property.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Peter C. Ward, Christopher H. Hagen and Ralph W. Peters were listed among the “2013 Top Lawyers in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine this month. Founding partner Chris Hagen stated in response: “The success of Ward & Hagen LLP is not solely a result of the work of Peter and I, but it is a reflection of the perseverance and intelligence of our attorneys and staff. We are proud of the results achieved for our clients in 2012 and look forward to new challenges this coming year.”
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Ward & Hagen is pleased to announce that in 2012 its attorneys have recovered over $10 million for their clients. The firm successfully resolved a variety of construction defect cases involving custom homes, groups of single family homes and high rise condominiums. Partner Christopher Hagen stated: “We have great attorneys and a strong support staff that allow us to successfully litigate cases of all sizes. They have been fundamental in obtaining the success we’ve had this year for our clients.”
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Groups of homeowners in Oceanside, Menifee and Victorville, California are currently fighting for funds to repair defects in their residences built by KB Homes. After retaining Ward & Hagen to manage the communication, the homeowners allowed KB Home to attempt repairs under the California Builder Fix-It Law (Civil Code § 895, et seq.). KB Home chose to make some minor repairs, rather than actually address all the issues pointed out by the homeowners. The homeowners are currently in litigation with KB Home in an attempt to recover damages for all the necessary repairs to their homes. Ward & Hagen fights for homeowners throughout California, both in situations where a builder chooses to actually repair defects, or if it is necessary to go through litigation to reach those repair goals.
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
A group of homeowners in Indian Wells, California retained Ward & Hagen when it became evident that the foundations of several of their homes were cracking and shifting. Ward & Hagen hired geotechnical forensic experts to diagnose the cause of the problems, both in the soil compaction and the method of concrete installation. A cost to repair was established and after two years of litigation, a confidential settlement was reached. Ward & Hagen continues to represent homeowners who face construction defects of all kinds throughout California.
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
The owners of Class A office buildings in Escondido retained Ward & Hagen to negotiate funds for the repair of exterior slate tile walls. Partner Peter Ward managed the case in an efficient manner, using experts to create a detailed cost of repair that led to a quick settlement. The client is now able to repair the buildings and continues to lease the space.
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Ward & Hagen’s clients were sued for non-disclosure of construction defects after the sale of their home. Without admitting any liability and in the interests of settling the case, our client offered $22,500 to the Plaintiff. The offer was refused and Ward & Hagen successfully moved the case from the courtroom to arbitration. Before the arbitration could occur, Plaintiff’s counsel filed a succession of appeals. After finishing the appeals, Ward & Hagen still won the arbitration, our client owed $0 to Plaintiffs, and we received an award of over $325,000 in attorney fees from the Plaintiff.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
A landscape architect and pool contractor retained Ward & Hagen when the million dollar landscape project they had been working on was cancelled by the owner of the home in Los Angeles County. The owner of the home, a well known professional athlete, denied that any contract existed and refused to acknowledge the work that was already complete. After taking several out of state depositions, a settlement for a confidential amount was reached.