Rick Davis

Rick Davis

Personalized legal services for the real estate industry.
  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Construction Law
  • Kansas, Missouri
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Summary

Even as a teenager, Rick opened every newspaper to the real estate section first.

He’s still passionate about the industry today because he recognizes that real estate is at the core for most people and for every city. For many, a home is their largest and most significant investment. For others, real estate is one of the best ways to gain wealth through investing. Commercial developers help shape the environment we live in by attracting new businesses that strengthen local communities. Contractors renovate old, dated properties, restoring their value and improving neighborhoods.

Rick’s focus on and commitment to real estate makes him the attorney of choice for mid-sized investors, contractors and commercial developers. Having personally invested in real estate and as a regular attendee at Kansas City-area real estate investor meetings and events, Rick is familiar with the unique challenges industry professionals face. This understanding allows him to provide his clients the best and most practical solutions to their issues, taking both legal and non-legal factors into consideration.

“Often, the best solutions are not the most expensive or legally intensive options,” Rick said. “By recognizing what could be, rather than just what needs to be done, I deliver creative solutions that create win-wins so all parties can move on with business.”

Besides being acknowledged by clients for his in-depth real estate experience, Rick has been recognized by the legal industry at a far earlier stage in his career than is typical. In 2019, he was named an associate fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America. In 2017, he was named a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and also received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating, the highest granted under the 150-year-old rating system, which is considered the gold standard in attorney rankings.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Kansas
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Missouri
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Levy Craig Law Firm
- Current
Levy Craig is a medium-size law firm focusing on representing businesses on a variety of legal matters. Our practice areas include civil litigation, corporate law, business transactions, fidelity and surety law, construction, real estate and family law. Our litigation attorneys have a particular focus on construction, banking/financial services, fidelity/surety bonds, and real estate. Our transaction attorneys regularly handle all aspects of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisition and financing, and securities work. Our family law attorneys handle all aspects of domestic matters, especially divorces involving closely held family businesses.
Principal Attorney
Rick Davis Legal
- Current
We are not your average law firm.™   We utilize technology so as to deliver better, faster and more efficient legal services.  We provide personalized attention to our clients so they are never left in the dark about what is happening with their case.  We provide honest and straightforward answers, even if it means lower profits for our firm.  We only practice real estate law so we have the knowledge and experience to obtain the best outcomes for our clients.
Partner
Greenstein & Associates
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Greenstein & Associates is a full service law firm located in Palm Beach County Florida. As managing partner, Rick was responsible for overseeing the operation of the law firm that during his tenure featured over 25 attorneys, making it one of the fifty largest law firms in South Florida.
Education
Washburn University School of Law
J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude; Top Grade awards in Legal Analysis, Research and Writing I & II, Criminal Law, Torts, and Civil Procedure
Activities: Managing Editor of Washburn Law Journal
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University of Kansas
B.A.
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Awards
Associate Fellow
Construction Lawyers Society of America
Fellow
American Bar Foundation
AV-Rating
Martindale Hubbel
AV-Rating
Martindale Hubbel
Best Real Estate Law Firms in Kansas City
expertise.com
Professional Associations
State Bar of Kansas # 25671
Member
Current
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Missouri Bar Association
Member
Current
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American Bar Association, Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section
Council/YLD Liasion
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Speaking Engagements
Obtaining Computer, Email and Internet Evidence
NBI
Ethics in Construction Law
NBI
Negotiating for Damages in Construction, NBI
Transfer of Title
NBI
Ethical Considerations
NBI
Ethics for Construction Lawyers, Construction Law from Start to Finish, Wichita, Kansas
NBI Seminars
Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession, Boundaries and Easements, Overland Park, Kansas
Halfmoon Education
Resolving Boundary Disputes, Boundaries and Easements, Overland Park, Kansas
Halfmoon Education
Public Forum on Aging Issues, Lawrence Kansas Public Library
Douglas County Association on Aging
Candidate Forum on issues for the elderly population
The CFPB and Practical Tips for your Practice, Palm Beach County Bar Association Offices
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Practical Tips and Advise on Complying with the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) Regulations.
Commercial Leasing, Paradise Grill
Johnson County Business Networking
Practical Tips and Advise on Commercial Leasing for Entrepreneurs.
Certifications
Title Insurance Producer License (Inactive)
State of Missouri
Real Estate Agent License (inactive)
State of Florida
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. Can I limit my liability as cosigner in a multi-tenant lease, with an addendum stating liability limits in dollar value?
A: Yes, if both parties agree you can draft an addendum to provide that you are guaranteeing only a portion of the total rent. As long as both parties sign it, it would be enforceable to limit your liability. *Please be advised that this answer is for information or educational purposes only and is intended to be general information, not specific advise in your situation the response is based only upon the limited information you provided in the question. For detailed advise about your specific situation, I would recommend that you schedule a time to speak with an attorney.*
Q. How easy or hard will it be to break a verbal contract involving the sale of some property
A: Generally, speaking a contract for the sale of real property must be in writing. There are very limited exceptions to this rule and they usually involve when a party has moved into the home and started making payments in accordance with a verbal agreement. I would also caution that it does not require a formal contract for an agreement for the sale of real property to be in writing. If you sent emails memorializing the terms or wrote basic terms down on a napkin, that may be enough to constitute a written agreement. *Please be advised that this answer is for information or educational purposes only and is intended to be general information, not specific advise in your situation the response is based only upon the limited information you provided in the question. For detailed advise about your specific situation, I would recommend that you schedule a time to speak with an attorney.*
Q. How long will it take me to register my new business as an LLC?
A: Registering an LLC only takes a few minutes and can be completed online. With that being said, if you have more than one owner in your business, you will likely want an operating agreement, which will take some time to draft depending on your specific needs. If you are going through an attorney, the other variable is the attorney's schedule, which could effect the timeline.
Q. 40 year lease states lessee can buy land for 25K. (value 40 years ago). They want to buy but it's worth 225K (39th year)
A: If the lease specifically says they can buy it at a set price, you are probably stuck. With that being said, an attorney can not really answer that question without looking at the document. I would recommend you have an attorney review the contract and provide you an opinion. It is going to cost you a couple hundred dollars, but that is a small price to pay to find out if you can keep from losing $200,000 in property value.
Q. Can use a picture of my work thru one company and use it for my own company website.
A: Who took the picture? When was it taken. If you did not take the picture than you can not use it without permission. If you did take the picture, but took it as an employee of the other company, they likely also have the rights to the picture as "employee work product." You would be best to take another picture to use on your website as then you do not have to worry about any issues.
Q. If a Homeowners Association owns a street because the city will not accept it, does the HOA also own utility lines?
A: Generally speaking, the Utility Company would own the utility lines and there would be an easement over the street allow them to run and maintain the line.
Q. How to obtain car title or court order for a car i just purchased?
A: The only way to obtain a title if he doesn't provide one is to file a quiet title suit. A quiet title suit is a legal proceeding where you ask the court to declare you the owner of the vehicle. Kansas legal services has a guide on how to file these suits. Here is a link to that information: http://www.kansaslegalservices.org/sites/kansaslegalservices.org/files/Quiet%20Title%20Packet.pdf. You can also hire an attorney to assist with the quiet title. As to the cost it is hard to know what he will have to pay as he may have penalties if he did not title it upon taking ownership. He would not need to drive to Topeka as it could be handled at the DMV in his county.
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Levy Craig Law Firm
4520 Main Street, Suite 1600
Kansas City, MO 64111
USA
Toll-Free: (816) 474-8181
Telephone: (816) 474-8181