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Bay Area Cities Implement New Eviction and Rent Control

Bay Area Cities Implement New Eviction and Rent Control Measures

In response to the affordable housing crisis, several cities passed ordinances, and rent and eviction control ballot initiatives became a hot topic for residents in several California cities in the 2016 election.

short-term rentals

The Ruckus over Airbnb: Local Governments Struggle to Control Short-Term Vacation Rentals

In high demand markets, landlords make more money from short-term rentals than from long ones. Plus, tenants can earn income by renting out part of their living spaces. Unfortunately, the same factors that benefit landlords can sometimes harm tenants, neighborhoods or communities.

Caveat Venditor - Expanding Disclosure Obligations of Residential Real Property Vendors

Caveat Venditor – Expanding Disclosure Obligations of Residential Real Property Vendors

California has enacted several new laws and revised existing statutes that impact sellers’ disclosure requirements. These developments affect not only sellers of residences with one to four dwelling units, who must complete a Transfer Disclosure Statement (“TDS”), but also those who are exempt from completing a TDS.

Bartell Practically Expands 1031 Exchange Period to Two Years

Bartell Practically Expands 1031 Exchange Period to Two Years

A recent tax case, Bartell, illustrates how “parking arrangements” may be used to, practically speaking, extend the timeframes in like-kind exchanges.

All in the Family: Leslie Johnson & Inga Miller

All in the Family: Leslie Johnson & Inga Miller

…as I worked with Leslie more and more to learn the ins and outs of title insurance law, I knew I wanted to do what she did – transactional work. There, you are building something for your client – value in their real estate.

Inside: High Demand, Low Supply, and Technology Converge on Local Real Estate

Inside: High Demand, Low Supply, and Technology Converge on Local Real Estate

…what an exciting time to be a real estate practitioner, particularly in our county. All factors seem to be pointing to Bay Area real estate keeping and hopefully increasing its long-term value.

Giving Back

Giving Back

So often we have the opportunity to use our legal backgrounds to repay favors from long ago or provide tremendous relief to a friend in need.
My message this month is to look for ways to give back. It feels right. You can make a difference. It will also enrich your life.

Ethics: All By Myself: Ethical Duties Prosecuting Quiet Title Actions When The Other Side Is Absent And/Or Unknown

Ethics: All By Myself: Ethical Duties Prosecuting Quiet Title Actions When The Other Side Is Absent And/Or Unknown

How do you give ex parte notice to parties whom you cannot even identify, or to those whom you know but cannot find? Of course, you can’t. Instead, it is your duty to the Court to show a diligent (but ultimately unsuccessful) effort to identify and/or locate these defendants.

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

Where can low and moderate income residents across the State of California, including immigrants, go for advice and legal help on a vast array of consumer problems? Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) is the go-to resource. Headquartered in Oakland, HERA addresses issues ranging from student loan problems, homeowner concerns and automobile loan problems, to […]

Pro Bono Spotlight: Kathleen Day-Seiter

Pro Bono Spotlight: Kathleen Day-Seiter

The Pro Bono Committee of the Contra Costa County Bar Association is pleased to announce the quarterly Pro Bono Spotlight winner. The goal of the Pro Bono Spotlight is to recognize individuals in our community who are dedicated to improving civil legal aid and access to justice in our county. We are fortunate to have […]

Installation Luncheon January 27, 2017 [photos]

Installation Luncheon January 27, 2017 [photos]

Members of the Contra Costa County Bar Association came to celebrate the installation of new Board President Philip Andersen, a new Board of Directors, new Section Leaders and to honor two retiring judges and celebrate their service. It as a beautiful day and there was a festive vibe in the air as new leaders took […]

CCCBA New Mission Statement

CCCBA New Mission Statement

At the February Board of Directors meeting, your Board voted on and approved its new Mission Statement to guide our actions and decision-making: Empower our members to deliver outstanding legal service to our community. That mission statement is informed by our vision: The CCCBA empowers our members to build thriving legal practices that deliver outstanding […]

Food from the Bar - Comedy Night, May 18, 2017

Food from the Bar – Comedy Night, May 18, 2017

February 2017 - Contra Costa Lawyer

February 2017 – Contra Costa Lawyer

Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine: LGBTQ / Diversity and the Law Download the e-version of the February magazine here (pdf) Visit the February archive TABLE OF CONTENTS Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, February issue, guest-edited by Summer Selleck:   Articles: California Law Protects the Rights of LGBTQs – What You Can Do to Help Protect the Civil Rights of the LGBTQ […]

"Can We All Get Along?"

“Can We All Get Along?”

We can each do our part to understand each other better. We can all benefit from listening and appreciating the views and ideas of those who have backgrounds and perspectives which differ from our own.