Seattle and Tacoma Real Estate Commission Dispute Attorneys

Helping you receive the commission you deserve

If you are a real estate agent, chances are high you will face some type of dispute regarding commission payments at some point in your career. At the Dickson Frohlich, our experienced real estate attorneys are committed to helping you settle commission disputes in the easiest way possible.



Common real estate commission disputes

Real estate commission disputes may arise in many different ways. Depending on the circumstances of the sale, either the buyer or seller of the real estate pays a commission to an agent, a broker, or both. Unfortunately, many disputes may develop regarding payment of commission, including the following:

  • An unlicensed agent or broker seeking a commission
  • An agent or broker seeking commission without a proper agreement or that conflicts with an agreement
  • Disagreements between agents and broker on how to divide the commission
  • Challenging the procuring cause1 of the sale (meaning the individual who actually made the sale happen and therefore deserves the commission payment

The livelihood of real estate agents and brokers often depends almost solely on commissions, so it is completely understandable that they would want to fight for hard-earned commission payments. However, home buyers and sellers should not be required to pay commissions that are not valid.

When such disputes arise, it often requires alternative dispute resolution2 such as mediation or arbitration to settle them. If there is no written agreement that sets out how disputes should be resolved, the dispute may often lead to legal action in civil court. In either case, it is highly important to discuss your case with an experienced real estate attorney as soon as possible.

The real estate attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich can help you

At the Dickson Frohlich, we have extensive experience helping real estate professionals settle commission disputes in the Seattle and Tacoma areas.

If you have a dispute regarding commission from a real estate sale, you should consult with one of our skilled real estate lawyers to discuss your potential legal recourse.

CALL 206-621-1110 OR 253-572-1000 FOR A FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION TODAY.



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    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Chris Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Daniel Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Alexander Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    George Knight

    George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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