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