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My landlord is withholding my deposit ($3750) for damage wood flooring caused by a burst pipe under the kitchen sink. He claims that it was caused negligently by a sealed container containing chlorine.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

Sure, it is in Harris County, Houston Texas.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Not yet. I am awaiting the final paperwork but I know that they will make significant deductions for the flooring, which they are replacing.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Sure. I just want to know what it will cost to estimate the likelihood of winning my case, and what information the lawyer will need.

Lawyer's Assistant: It can cost anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on the type of issue and how much of the Real Estate Lawyer's time your question is expected to take (how complex and lengthy an answer you require).

Okay, thanks.

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