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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.

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.

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.

June 2012 - Bankruptcy & Real Estate Edition

June 2012 – Bankruptcy & Real Estate Edition

Highlights of the June 2012 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include Keeping A Slice Of The Pie For Yourself: Exempting IRAS, 401KS and 529 Plans – David Arietta; Proprietor Beware: Corporate Refuge Can Ensnare – David Katzen; Family Law Attorneys Beware: Possible Exceptions to the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Discharge- Marlene Weinstein; Lien Strip Basics And The Evolving Law On “Chapter 20″ – Steven Knuppel; To file or not to file: How the timing of the bankruptcy can impact the exclusion of cancellation of indebtedness income – Mark Ericsson; Unintended Consequences of Preliminary Agreements – Roger Brothers, Dominic Signorotti and Ericka Ackeret

Inside: Bankruptcy & Real Estate

In this edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer, we explore and discuss the impact and significance of both time-tested and newly articulated aspects of both bankruptcy and real estate law. In these (still) troubling and unsettled economic times, it behooves almost all legal practitioners to have at least an awareness of certain basic tenets of bankruptcy law in order to have a general discussion concerning the prospect of a bankruptcy with one’s clients. In this issue, we have selected some of the lesser known, but significant, issues of which practitioners should be aware in the bankruptcy context. We also examine certain established and developing law in the area of real estate and its interaction with bankruptcy law.

May 2011 - The Real Estate Crises Edition

May 2011 – The Real Estate Crises Edition

Highlights from the Real Estate issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer include articles on California’s Redevelopment Agencies (Thomas C. Nagle), Receivership (Jerry Hunt and Chris Hunter), 1031 Foreclosures, NOL Tax Refunds, and Stiffing the Second (G. Scott Haislet), as well as Land Use Due Diligence (Michael Patrick Durkee and Thomas Tunny), Courthouse Step Auctions (Amanda Bevins), and Strategies for Settling Fees-Driven Cases (Malcolm Sher).

The Real Estate Crises: Challenges and Opportunities

The Real Estate Crises: Challenges and Opportunities

There is no doubt about it: these are challenging economic times. This is especially true with respect to real estate.

Like our May magazine cover? See the implosion in action…

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Real Estate Potpourri: 1031 Foreclosures, NOL Tax Refunds & Stiffing the Second

Real Estate Potpourri: 1031 Foreclosures, NOL Tax Refunds & Stiffing the Second

1) 1031 Exchanges of Foreclosed Properties

Tax code §1031 provides generally that no gain is recognized on exchange of like kind business or investment property. However, taxpayers sometimes lose 1031-qualifying properties to …

What do you think would have to change for the real estate market to turn around or stabilize?

The real estate market would stabilize if ordinary individuals were given the same incentives for real estate loan losses as the banks are given by U.S. Treasury–80% out of TARP funds to cover their …

Estate Planning for Digital Assets: Has Technology Taken Us Back to the Wild West?

Estate Planning for Digital Assets: Has Technology Taken Us Back to the Wild West?

Getting access to a decedent’s digital assets can be challenging without specific document language.

Succession Planning: How to Determine and Realize the Value of Your Law Practice

Succession Planning: How to Determine and Realize the Value of Your Law Practice

Be it a partnership, proprietorship, or corporation, the real asset of any law practice is the “book of business.”

Ownership of Real Property by Same-Sex Couples in California

Ownership of Real Property by Same-Sex Couples in California

As the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and same-sex marriage continues to work its way through our legal system, attorneys with real estate, family law, probate and civil litigation practices regularly encounter clients seeking legal advice or representation related to the co-ownership of real property by same sex couples. As with heterosexual relationships, breakup or death are the two possible endings for homosexual relationships. The manner in which property is held affects the outcome of co-owned property between same-sex couples, just as it does with opposite-sex couples.

Not Your Father’s Estate Plan

Not Your Father’s Estate Plan

Estate planning attorneys commonly hear war stories from clients who served as the successor trustee of their parents’ estate. Some stories are more memorable than others.

Getting Heard by a Real Person:  the Collection Due Process Appeal

Getting Heard by a Real Person: the Collection Due Process Appeal

As long as there have been taxes, there have been delinquent taxpayers. Twenty years ago, the delinquent taxpayer could plan on a visit from a local tax collector. The experience depended upon the collector, but the resolution was face to face.

Guest Editor's Column, October 2014

Guest Editor’s Column, October 2014

Sometimes you are at the corner of “I have a great case I am working on,” and “Oh no! My client just filed bankruptcy!” What do you do?

Commercial Tenants Who File Bankruptcy

Commercial Tenants Who File Bankruptcy

In the bankruptcy proceeding, the tenant lists the lease as part of his assets. What happens to the lease in the bankruptcy proceeding?

Sham Guaranty Defense and the Effect of Lawlor

Sham Guaranty Defense and the Effect of Lawlor

While Lawlor seems to be applying a standard of “no legal separation” for application of the sham guaranty defense, none of the cases cited by Lawlor use that phrase.

Equity (and Equity Stripping) is Back

Equity (and Equity Stripping) is Back

Defendants in these cases can and should be informed that there is a real possibility of a recovery for a victim’s pain and suffering, in addition to special damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

The Business of Law

The Business of Law

Many of us became lawyers because we weren’t inclined to go into “business.” But the truth is, whether you are an associate, solo or leading a full-service firm, you are running a business.