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Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® Legal Hotline

Key Information for PAR REALTOR® Members:

  • Legal Hotline – 1-800-PAR-Legl (1-800-727-5345)
  • Hours – Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

About the PAR Legal Hotline

The PAR Legal Hotline is offered through the Harrisburg law office of Caldwell & Kearns. Here are some points to remember during your call:

  • The Hotline cannot substitute for your own legal counsel; it only provides legal information.
  • Names or other parties or REALTORS® who may be involved in a particular transaction must not be mentioned.
  • If you do not understand the information given, ask for further explanation.
  • Hotline answers are based only on facts you provide. If facts are disputed, or if facts are not mentioned, Hotline answers could be different.
  • The Hotline cannot provide legal guidance for your clients or customers. Advice is intended for your sole use. In case of legal dispute, suggest that the parties retain their own legal counsel.

When it’s available

The Hotline is available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Who can use it

Any REALTOR® member of the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® in good standing can utilize the Legal Hotline.

What you can ask

The Lawyer who takes your call will be prepared to answer questions pertinent to the brokerage of real estate and membership in the REALTOR® organization:

  • Act 112 (New Agency Law) and Act 47 (Agency Law Amendments)
  • Pennsylvania Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA)
  • Rules and Regulations of the State Real Estate Commission
  • Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act
  • Conduct of real estate brokerage
  • PAR Standard Forms
  • Document review
  • Association operations
  • Due Process (Board Executives or Officers only)

What you cannot ask

No question will be answered on matters unrelated to real estate or on matters currently in legal proceedings. Ethics or Arbitration questions should be directed to Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® staff at (717) 364-3200. Questions from unauthorized callers will be refused regardless of content.

For more information, please contact the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®.


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