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Preliminary Hearings – Why you should be prepared

If you are an attorney or appearing without an attorney in an arbitration, you should be well prepared for the preliminary hearing.  Due to the little detail provided in a demand to arbitrate, it is essential for you to understand that arbitrator usually sets essential dates for the arbitration.  Since...

Dispute Resolution Options for Lengthy Title Claims

Title Insurers and Policyholders Can Move Their Claims Forward by Using an Experienced Neutral to Resolve Even the Most Difficult Disputes Policyholder Issues Title insurance claims are on the rise in this pandemic.  Communications between the title insurance companies and their insureds making claims are focused on several issues that...

2 days to apply for rent funding – deadline 2/28/21

SMALL PROPERTY OWNERS AND TENANTS:    ON FEBRUARY 28, 2021, THE WINDOW WILL BE CLOSED FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN A NEWLY ENACTED RENT FUNDING PROGRAM   In late January 2021, California passed legislation to assist landlord and tenants with back rents accrued since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced...

Do you need Title Insurance? Who does it protect? What is it for?

WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE?  DO YOU NEED IT? What is title insurance, other than words that sound expensive? Here is how title insurance works, how to decide whether to purchase a policy, and the costs you can expect to pay. What is title insurance? Title insurance is protection from a...

Title Insurance Valid Claims – Do you have one?

DO YOU HAVE A VALID TITLE INSURANCE CLAIM? CONDITIONS, STIPULATIONS, EXCEPTIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY APPLY PRECLUDING COVERAGE.   Title insurance can help provide the home buyer and/or the mortgage lender necessary protection against losses resulting from unknown defects in the title to property that occurs prior to the closing of...

Why You Should Obtain Title Insurance

As a real estate attorney with over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, I am often asked the question: “Do I Really Need Title Insurance?” Recently, with all of the Dodd Frank changes in the real estate industry and the requirement that settlement agents ask the buyer...

Requirements For a Valid Lis Pendens

California law requires those who engage in litigation involving real estate to record and file a lis pendens, which is a notice of pending litigation. In a January court case, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District issued a ruling dealing with the proper procedure for recording a lis pendens, and...

Chinese Investors and the California Real-Estate Market

Over the past several months, the Chinese stock market and economy have been in a downward spiral. This has led many Chinese investors to seek other investment options outside the country. Over the past several years, one area that has been particularly popular with many investors is California real estate....

The NLRB adopts a Broader Standard For Joint Employment

By: Claudia Mourad, Esq. In its August 27, 2015 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California, the National Labor Relations Board refined its standard for determining joint-employer status. In the 3-2 decision, two or more entities are joint employers of a single workforce if: (1) they are both employers within the...