Buying or Selling Real Estate in California? What Happens When There Is an Encumbrance on the Property?

When you finally find the California property of your dreams you will discover that there are one or more encumbrances on it. What is an encumbrance and how does this impact you and your purchase or sale of real estate? Accepting, removing or otherwise resolving the encumbrance issue depends upon the nature of the encumbrance. […]

5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Mediate Your Claim Than Going to Court

When something goes wrong in a business or personal partnership, many people think that if it gets bad enough, the next step is to hire a lawyer and go to court (like so many courtroom dramas on TV). Realistically though, with a long list of cases backlogging courts, mediation might be a faster and more […]

Revocable vs. Irrevocable Trusts

Trusts can benefit almost any estate plan, offering a range of unique legal, personal, and tax-related perks to help you reach your financial goals. When the time comes to create a trust, you must know the difference between two key types: revocable and irrevocable trusts. Here’s an overview of what each trust type entails and […]

6 Things to Include in Your Lease Agreements

When you’re renting out a space to new tenants, it’s important to create a solid legal foundation for your rental relationship. That’s where the lease agreement comes in. An effective and legally binding lease agreement should have certain key elements to protect the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenants. 1) Who’s renting […]