Brian Xavier Pendergraft

Brian Xavier Pendergraft

The Pendergraft Firm LLC
  • Real Estate Law, Landlord Tenant, Business Law
  • District of Columbia, Maryland
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The Pendergraft Firm helps real estate investors and businesses with ABCDEF: Agreements, Business entity formation, Closings, Deeds, Evictions, and Foreclosure. For all of your real estate legal needs, it's as simple as ABC, work with me.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa and Mastercard.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
The Pendergraft Firm LLC
- Current
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. (2013) | Law
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Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
B.S. (2010) | Philosophy & Religion
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
DC Bar Association
- Current
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Maryland State Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Real Estate Ladies Rock The Rehab, Real Estate Ladies Rock The Rehap, Washington, DC
Real Estate Ladies Rock!
Real estate investing class for women. I spoke on joint venture agreements and LLCs for real estate investors.
Websites & Blogs
The Pendergraft Firm, LLC
The Pendergraft Firm LLC Law Blog
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. My stepdad died 2009. Mother pays mortgage. Loan in stepdad name & deed in both. If mom dies, which kids gets property.
A: The Bad Answer: Assuming the deed is a marital deed between your mom and stepdad, once your stepdad died the property was solely hers. If she dies without a will, then the property passes down to her heirs. This can be just you, or both you and your stepsibling if she adopted the stepchild.

The Good Answer: Your mom could just do an estate plan to decide how her estate is divided when she dies to avoid fighting amongst heirs and to minimize expenses.
Q. I purchased a foreclosed home at auction. I found that someone lives there. How do I evict them?
A: You can still evict them. I would first attempt to evict "the owner and all occupants" using a forcible/entry and detainer action. If the person living on the property ends up being the former owner then congratulations! If the person living on the property is not the former owner, then they may have some defenses (tenants in foreclosure situations have certain notice requirements that may or may not have been met in your case but I don't know since I did not do the foreclosure), but they should still come to court. You can ask him or her who they are and go from there.
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Contact & Map
6411 Ivy Ln. #402
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Telephone: (301) 888-6256
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