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September 2013 - Real Estate Edition

September 2013 – Real Estate Edition

Highlights of the September 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about redevelopment agencies, discretionary land use, eminent domain and more.

Inside: Guest Editor's Column, Sept. 2013

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, Sept. 2013

There are many indicators that appear to show recovery: The number of active projects and construction sites is without doubt increasing.

A Meeting to Remember

A Meeting to Remember

The meeting of the Board of Governors of the State Bar in October promises to be one of great significance. The board will consider some proposals that could have a large impact on the practice of law.

Redevelopment Dissolution:  The End of an Era

Redevelopment Dissolution: The End of an Era

All the California redevelopment agencies ceased to exist by February 1, 2012. They were replaced by newly created “successor agencies,” which were charged with duties such as preserving the assets of the former redevelopment agencies, continuing to pay valid obligations and ultimately winding down the affairs of these agencies.

A Look at Discretionary Land Use Approvals

A Look at Discretionary Land Use Approvals

Here are two attempts to gain discretionary approvals; one personifies ‘best practices,’ the other—not so much.

The Supreme Court Answers: “What’s a Taking?”

The Supreme Court Answers: “What’s a Taking?”

The U.S. Supreme Court held that the withholding of a development permit unless an unreasonable sum of money was paid was a denial of the right to use private property.

Added Incentives for 1031s

Added Incentives for 1031s

Effective January 1, 2013, federal capital gain rate has increased in some cases to 20 percent (from 15 percent previously).

New Requirements on Accessibility and Energy Use Disclosures

New Requirements on Accessibility and Energy Use Disclosures

Commercial landlords must now decide whether to have a CASp inspection of the premises and disclose the results in the lease or to disclose in the lease that no CASp inspection has been undertaken.

Real Estate Ethics

Real Estate Ethics

You have to know going in to the representation that real estate law is the highest legal malpractice claim area right now.

Law Libraries: An Attorney's Best Resource

Law Libraries: An Attorney’s Best Resource

Open to everyone and with a wealth of resources, the county law libraries in the Bay Area have much to offer busy trial lawyers and their staffs.

Family Law Section Events [photos]

Family Law Section Events [photos]

The Family Law Section held an MCLE Luncheon on July 10, 2013, and their Summer Fling on August 9, 2013.

All Sections' Mixer [photos]

All Sections’ Mixer [photos]

On June 27, 2013, the Women’s Section hosted the CCCBA All Sections’ Summer Mixer at the Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek.

Real Estate Section MCLE Breakfast [photos]

Real Estate Section MCLE Breakfast [photos]

The Real Estate Section held an MCLE Breakfast on June 21, 2013.

Coffee Talk: What signs of real estate recovery are you seeing?

Coffee Talk: What signs of real estate recovery are you seeing?

I see much of the venture capital and associated development plans (that suddenly went off the table during the recession) back on the table.