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Laura B.

Attorney
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Oakland, CA
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
UC Davis School of Law

I received my undergraduate degree from Columbia University and my JD from UC Davis School of Law. I specialize in drafting, reviewing, and litigating contracts, general civil litigation, restraining orders, and family law. I have helped entrepreneurs form their business entities and grow their small businesses. This area of my practice has focused heavily on YouTubers, podcasters, and individuals creating unique online platforms. In the family law context, I have helped my clients petition for and obtain custody of their children and modify existing custody arrangements.

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Janice K.

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Washington
22 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA WA
Empire College School of Law, Santa Rosa, CA

Twenty-plus years experience in family law, employment law, public agency law, federal, state and local contracts drafting and review, appellate practice.

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David B.

Senior Transactional Counsel
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SF Bay Area
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of San Diego

Seasoned transactional attorney with extensive experience in the life sciences / medical device / pharmaceutical industries. Skilled at providing actionable legal advice that balances risk and reward.

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Chris D.

Family, Estate, and Contracts Lawyer
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Los Angeles. California
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Southwestern Law School

With over 15 years of legal experience, I was admitted to the bar in 2008 and have since cultivated a diverse legal background. My expertise spans family law, estate planning, healthcare regulatory matters, and business law. I have a particular knack for crafting meticulous contracts. My approach is client-centric, ensuring that every individual receives personalized, knowledgeable guidance tailored to their unique situation. Partner with me, and let's navigate the complexities of the law together. www.downslawla.com

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Christopher L.

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Los Angeles, CA
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA NY
Yale Law School

Christopher M. Lapinig is an experienced attorney, admitted to practice in California and New York, with extensive experience in civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels in various areas of the law, including, but not limited to, constitutional law, labor and employment, and consumer protection. He also has experience in immigration law and with administrative wage-and-hour claims. Chris currently works in impact litigation, and he also teaches legal writing at the University of Southern California. Chris also has significant experience in journalism and lay writing; his work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, and other prominent media outlets. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Chris previously served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section at the California Department of Justice. He also served as a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Impact Litigation Unit at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, where his work focused on providing holistic and culturally sensitive legal services to victims and survivors of human trafficking in the Filipino community. At Advancing Justice-LA, Chris also litigated voting rights and immigrant rights cases. At the beginning of his legal career, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was the first Filipino American Clerk for the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the first federal Article III judge of Filipino descent in United States history. Chris was also a Fulbright Research Scholar in the Philippines. A Phi Beta Kappa member, Chris graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and earned a B.A. with Distinction in Linguistics and with Distinction in Ethnicity, Race and Migration. In college, Chris served as President of Kasama: The Filipino Club at Yale, Moderator of the Asian American Students Alliance, and Head Coordinator of the Asian American Cultural Center. Chris returned to Yale for law school and received his J.D. in 2013. In law school, Chris served as the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Co-Coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Conference, the inaugural Diversity Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and the Founding Coordinator of the Alliance for Diversity. He was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights’ Advocacy Clinic.

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Jeffrey J.

Business Lawyer
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El Dorado Hills
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Lincoln Law School

I have been in business development for 15 years before becoming an attorney. As an attorney, I help companies navigate legal challenges that they face.

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August 19, 2023

Richard P.

Intellectual Property and Privacy Attorney
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Roseville, CA
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
San Joaquin College of Law

I’m passionate about IP, AI, privacy and business. Learning to code. Book some time to discuss how I can add value to your project. Hablo Español y português.

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Eddy M.

Business Lawyer
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San Diego and Taipei
30 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of Michigan Law School

I'm a seasoned corporate lawyer with industry expertise in online games, media & entertainment and general commercial matters, gained from servicing clients from seed-stage startups to multi-nationals. I started my career at a Wall Street law firm before moving to in-house roles with media, tech and gaming companies. I also have management experience in building and managing teams and businesses. In these different roles, I have worked and am an expert on multi-million dollar transactions for large companies (M&A, joint ventures) as well as routine day-to-day matters for small businesses (NDAs, vendor services agreements, commercial leases, employment contracts). But no matter the size of the company or project, the constants that I bring to every project are to provide outstanding client service, find practical solutions, and abide by the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

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Michael C.

self employed
Free Consultation
Sacramento area
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Lincoln School of Law

40+ years handling litigation matters for employers and employees, defense and prosecution of personal injury matters, CalOsha defense, prepare employment contracts, non-compete clauses, established drug policies and franchise agreements. represented banks in commercial litigation , asset retrieval matters. conducted audits of insurance company claims on behalf of employers, defended contractors in toxic tort cases, handled appeals to the insurance commissioner on workers compensation rate classification matters

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Peter H.

Attorney
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Los Angeles, California
13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Loyola Law School

Haber Law Firm, APC, is a transactional business law firm with a focus on small/mid-market business purchases and sales, outside general counsel, and start-up assistance for businesses in their early stages. Peter Haber started Haber Law Firm, APC after several years as a legal executive at Popcornopolis, a gourmet popcorn brand sold at groceries and stadiums nationwide. In this role, Peter served as the company’s sole in-house legal advisor as it related to all functions of the company’s operations, including dispute resolution, compliance, and employment law, to name a few. With his help and guidance, the company relocated its entire corporate and manufacturing operation, developed a new factory and warehouse, and was successfully acquired by private equity. Prior to this, Peter was a litigator and business attorney with distinguished Los Angeles litigation boutiques. Such matters included the representation of numerous businesses in litigation and in the resolution of pre-litigation disputes as well as the representation of professionals in liability defense matters, including hospitals, physicians, and brokers.

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Real Estate Legal Questions and Answers

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Quitclaim Deed

California

Asked on Oct 1, 2023

Recording a quitclaim deed: how?

I recently inherited a property from my aunt and I am looking to transfer the title to my name. My aunt had created a Quitclaim deed transferring the title to me, but I am unsure of the process to record the deed and make it official. I would like to understand the process of recording a quitclaim deed to ensure that the title to the property is legally transferred to me.

Boris K.

Answered Nov 14, 2023

You probably want an attorney to review the deed and make sure it looks ok. You also want an attorney to help you with completing the Preliminary Change of Ownership Form (used by county to determine reassessment of taxes). If all of that looks good, then you want to record the deed with the county recorder. I can review deed and help with Preliminary Change of Ownership Form for $295. Same Day Service.

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Real Estate

Quitclaim Deed

California

Asked on Oct 3, 2023

Do quitclaim deeds expire?

I recently inherited a piece of property from my late uncle. I have recently received a quitclaim deed for the property, but I'm not sure if it is still valid. I am interested in selling the property, but I need to know if the quitclaim deed is still valid and will not expire.

Sarah S.

Answered Nov 3, 2023

A quitclaim deed typically maintains its validity over time, but there are key factors to keep in mind: Proper Execution: To ensure the quitclaim deed remains valid, it must have been correctly executed when your late uncle transferred the property to you. This usually entails the presence of a notary public or witnesses and adherence to your state's legal requirements for deed execution. Recording: For safeguarding your interests and confirming the deed's legitimacy, it should be officially recorded with the relevant government office, often the county recorder's office. Recording serves to establish a public record of the property transfer.

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Real Estate

Residential Lease Agreement

California

Asked on Sep 13, 2023

Renewal clauses in a residential lease agreement?

I am a tenant in a residential lease agreement and I recently received a renewal offer from my landlord. I am concerned that the renewal clause may not be in line with state law and would like to know what rights I have as a tenant in this situation. I would like to understand more about the renewal clause and how it applies to my situation.

Sarah S.

Answered Sep 15, 2023

In California, residential rental agreements are governed by a set of laws and regulations designed to protect both landlords and tenants. One crucial aspect of these agreements is the rental renewal clause, which outlines the terms and conditions for extending a lease beyond its initial term. Understanding how rental renewal clauses work under California law is essential for both landlords and tenants to ensure a smooth and legal renting experience. The Basics of Rental Renewal Clauses A rental renewal clause is a provision in a lease agreement that dictates the terms and conditions under which a lease can be extended after its initial term expires. In California, rental renewal clauses are subject to specific regulations to protect the rights of tenants. Here are some key points to keep in mind: Written Notice: Under California law, landlords must provide tenants with written notice of their intent to renew the lease or terminate the tenancy. This notice must be provided within a specific timeframe, usually 30 to 60 days before the current lease expires, depending on the length of the tenancy. Rent Increases: If a landlord intends to increase the rent upon renewal, they must follow the state's rent control laws, which may limit the amount and frequency of rent increases. It's essential for tenants to be aware of their rights regarding rent hikes. Tenant Rights: Tenants have the right to accept or decline a lease renewal. If a tenant decides not to renew the lease, they are generally required to provide written notice within a specified timeframe, typically 30 days before the lease expires. Lease Term: Rental renewal clauses may specify the duration of the renewed lease term. Some may automatically renew for the same term as the initial lease, while others may offer options for shorter or longer renewal periods. Review the Lease Agreement: It's crucial for both landlords and tenants to carefully review their lease agreements to understand the specific terms and conditions related to renewal. Any agreed-upon terms should be clearly documented in the lease. Benefits for Landlords and Tenants Rental renewal clauses can benefit both landlords and tenants in several ways: For Landlords: Provides a mechanism for maintaining a stable and predictable rental income. Allows landlords to retain responsible and reliable tenants for extended periods. Streamlines the leasing process by avoiding frequent turnover. For Tenants: Offers the option to secure a home for an extended period without the risk of eviction. Provides an opportunity to negotiate for more favorable lease terms or rent rates. Helps maintain housing stability, especially in competitive rental markets. Conclusion In California, understanding rental renewal clauses is essential for both landlords and tenants to ensure a fair and legal renting experience. These clauses provide a framework for extending a lease beyond its initial term, but they must adhere to state laws and regulations. Whether you're a landlord or a tenant, knowing your rights and responsibilities regarding rental renewals is crucial for a harmonious and successful landlord-tenant relationship in the Golden State.

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Real Estate

Purchase And Sale Agreement

California

Asked on Sep 5, 2023

Purchase and sale agreement contingencies?

I am in the process of purchasing a home and have received a Purchase and Sale Agreement from the seller. I understand that there are contingencies that must be met in order for the agreement to be valid, but I am unclear on what these contingencies are and how they will affect the agreement. I am hoping to get some insight from a lawyer on what contingencies I should be aware of and how they could affect the agreement.

Myrna L.

Answered Sep 24, 2023

Contingencies are conditions provided in the contract that need to be met prior to performance or close of escrow. In Purchase and Sale Agreements, it is usually the buyer who negotiates for contingencies to reduce or eliminate their risks prior to close of escrow. Normally, buyer’s contingencies would include appraisal reports, property inspections, mortgages, title reports or sale of another property. More often than not, sellers do not have contingencies in Purchase and Sale Agreements because they want to sell the property in a timely manner; if seller cannot deliver the property, it may deem the property not available for sale in the first place.

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Commercial Lease

California

Asked on Apr 21, 2023

What's the property description in a commercial lease?

I am a small business owner who is looking to lease a property for my business. I am currently reviewing a commercial lease and am trying to understand what is included in the property description in the lease. I am hoping to gain more clarity on what the property description entails and how it affects my business.

Gagandeep K.

Answered May 24, 2023

A property description in a commercial lease has to sufficiently identify the extent and boundaries of the property being leased. For example, it can be described by a map reference or by metes and bounds, or include a description such as "that certain building on the south-westerly corner of California and Larkin Streets." The commercial lease will include defined terms such as "Building," "Property," and "Premises". The defined terms define/describe the "Property" on which the "Building" is located which has the "Premises"/"Space" that is being leased. A sample definition of is Property Description in a Commercial Lease: ""Property" means the real property on which the Building is located together with the Building and all appurtenant fixtures and personal property of Landlord used in the operation of the Building and/or the Property, and any other improvements now existing or hereafter constructed thereon[, including the parking lot, walkways, and landscaped ground as depicted on the site plan attached hereto as Exhibit [LETTER]]."

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