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Purchase Options & Fixed-Term Leases
Blog 3 weeks ago
Purchase Options & Fixed-Term Leases

By law, purchase options are not essential terms to a lease.  Tenants should take this into consideration before negotiating purchase options into...

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COMMUNITY REAL PROPERTY: SPOUSE OR DOMESTIC PARTNER JOINT OWNERSHIP
Blog 4 weeks ago
COMMUNITY REAL PROPERTY: SPOUSE OR DOMESTIC PARTNER JOINT OWNERSHIP

Each year, tens of thousands of California couples obtain a marriage license or register as domestic partners. If the couple does not have a prior...

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How Contractor’s Licenses Protect Homeowners and Contractors
Blog 1 month ago
How Contractor’s Licenses Protect Homeowners and Contractors

Many homeowners enter into agreements with unlicensed contractors because unlicensed contractors often provide the least expensive proposal... How...

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Basic Uses of Real Estate Appraisals
Blog 1 month ago
Basic Uses of Real Estate Appraisals

In California, real estate appraisals are conducted by licensed professionals and used to determine the fair market value of a real property. Basic...

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Statute of Limitations for Construction Defect Claims
Blog 2 months ago
Statute of Limitations for Construction Defect Claims

To determine the statute of limitations for construction defect claims, there are two types of construction defects: (a) patent construction...

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How Long Should You Wait to File for Probate?
Blog 2 months ago
How Long Should You Wait to File for Probate?

How long should you wait to file for probate? Should you file for probate right after the decedent's death? A year later? Months later? When is a...

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Avoiding Real Property Purchase and Sale Pitfalls
Blog 3 months ago
Avoiding Real Property Purchase and Sale Pitfalls

In this blog, we will discuss avoiding purchase and sale pitfalls by doing your due diligence, and disclosures. Buying or selling residential and...

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WHAT ARE TRADE FIXTURES FOR COMMERCIAL LEASES?
Blog 4 months ago
WHAT ARE TRADE FIXTURES FOR COMMERCIAL LEASES?

It is not atypical for commercial tenants to heavily invest into their leased premises to better suit the needs of their business. An issue arises,...

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The Difference Between a Lien and a Levy
Blog 4 months ago
The Difference Between a Lien and a Levy

Liens and levies are two different ways a creditor can collect on an outstanding debt against a debtor.  However, they are used in different ways....

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HOW TO AVOID PROBATE FOR SMALL ESTATES
Blog 4 months ago
HOW TO AVOID PROBATE FOR SMALL ESTATES

An estate that that does exceed $150,000.00 may avoid the normal probate procedures to distribute the estate’s assets to the beneficiaries or heirs...

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The Escrow Agent – Duties and Liabilities
Blog 6 months ago
The Escrow Agent – Duties and Liabilities

If you purchased a house, escrow was likely involved. Our prior blog, The Escrow Agent, discussed escrow’s limited role in the purchase and sale...

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Arbitration Clause and Terms to Consider
Blog 6 months ago
Arbitration Clause and Terms to Consider

Instead of resorting to the court system, parties can resolve their disputes through arbitration.  For the most part, arbitration is faster and...

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Leaking Ceilings? Wet Floors? What Should I Do?!
Blog 7 months ago
Leaking Ceilings? Wet Floors? What Should I Do?!

The recent large amount of rain Southern California has enjoyed has startled many residential tenants in apartment buildings. Given the amount of...

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HOW TO CHALLENGE AN ARBITRATION AWARD
Blog 7 months ago
HOW TO CHALLENGE AN ARBITRATION AWARD

There are two avenues to challenge an arbitration award. The first avenue is to file an application to correct the award directly with the...

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Three Reasons Why Arbitration Can Be Better than Litigation
Blog 8 months ago
Three Reasons Why Arbitration Can Be Better than Litigation

Arbitration or litigation? Which of these is better than the other? You may find yourself at a standpoint having to choose between arbitrating or...

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Electronic Service with E-Filing- Inconsistency Warning!
Blog 9 months ago
Electronic Service with E-Filing- Inconsistency Warning!

As you have probably heard by now, at the start of 2019 the Los Angeles County Superior Court now requires mandatory electronic filing for all...

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Los Angeles Passes Short Term Vacation Rental Law
Blog 11 months ago
Los Angeles Passes Short Term Vacation Rental Law

The City of Los Angeles finally passed its first attempt at vacation rental regulations. The new rules do not ban vacation rentals but they limit...

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Remedies for Defects on Recently Purchased Property
Blog 1 year ago
Remedies for Defects on Recently Purchased Property

Have you ever purchased what you thought was your dream home only to find out it was a total nightmare of a home? What can you do if you purchase a...

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What Happens to Property After the Death of Joint Tenants
Blog 1 year ago
What Happens to Property After the Death of Joint Tenants

What happens to property held in a joint tenancy after the death of one or more joint tenants? There are a number of ways that a property owner can...

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Real Estate Expert Witness Los Angeles
Blog 2 years ago
Real Estate Expert Witness Los Angeles

Sometimes in litigation you need an expert to formulate an opinion about matters outside the knowledge base of a typical person. For example, in a...

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Schorr Law Named one of the Top 20 Real Estate Law Firms
Blog 2 years ago
Schorr Law Named one of the Top 20 Real Estate Law Firms

Schorr Law has been recently notified that it was chosen as one of the Top 20 Real Estate Law Firms in Los Angeles by the team at Expertise.com! As...

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When Can a Landlord Keep a Security Deposit?
Blog 2 years ago
When Can a Landlord Keep a Security Deposit?

Many of us have been renters at one point in our adult lives, so most of us are familiar with security deposits.  A security deposit is there to...

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NEIGHBOR DISPUTES AND ATTORNEY FEES UNDER THE PENAL CODE
Blog 2 years ago
NEIGHBOR DISPUTES AND ATTORNEY FEES UNDER THE PENAL CODE

Neighbor disputes involving real property are never fun. To sustain your neighborly relationship with those who live next door, it is always best...

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Local (Local) Court Rules in Los Angeles County
Blog 2 years ago
Local (Local) Court Rules in Los Angeles County

Each judge tends to have his/her own set of local local rules. This is not a typo. Local local rules are rules the judge has typically published...

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Quieting Title to Real Property- Los Angeles
Blog 2 years ago
Quieting Title to Real Property- Los Angeles

Quieting title is the process through which a party tries to resolve disputes concerning the legal right, ownership and use of real property. At...

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Meet and Confer now Required before Demurrer
Blog 2 years ago
Meet and Confer now Required before Demurrer

Effective January 1, 2016 before filing a demurrer in a civil action the parties are required to meet and confer. The design of the statute is...

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LOS ANGELES REAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP DISPUTES – 3 IMPORTANT TIPS
Blog 2 years ago
LOS ANGELES REAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP DISPUTES – 3 IMPORTANT TIPS

Ownership disputes involving real property take many different forms. For example, if a party is claiming 100% ownership of the property the...

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 Effect of Bankruptcy Filing on Residential Unlawful Detainer
Blog 2 years ago
Effect of Bankruptcy Filing on Residential Unlawful Detainer

The general rule that the filing of a bankruptcy petition results in an automatic stay in a lawsuit and post-judgment collection is not as...

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What is an Equitable Servitude?
Blog 2 years ago
What is an Equitable Servitude?

In this blog post, our Los Angeles real estate attorneys talk about what an equitable servitude is. An equitable servitude is a legal term that is...

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MONETARY DAMAGES AS PART OF A SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE CLAIM
Blog 2 years ago
MONETARY DAMAGES AS PART OF A SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE CLAIM

When the buyer is awarded specific performance of a purchase and sale agreement, the buyer is entitled to be restored to the position it would have...

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