Category Archives: Firm Case Studies

How Does a Mechanics Lien Work in California?

If you are a property owner and have commissioned work to be done to your property, you may have heard of a mechanic’s lien. This type of claim comes with the potential for financial loss on the part of the property owner. If a lien has been recorded on your Bay Area property, you should consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Read on for an introduction to mechanic’s liens and how they work:

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The Priority Of a Judgment Lien Relating Back To The Date of the Attachment Lien Saves The Day Years Later

As California commercial collections attorneys representing businesses trying to collect outstanding debts, we have been involved in several cases over years where aggressive litigation tactics taken early in the case have resulted in positive outcomes for our creditor clients years later.

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How to Resolve a Boundary Dispute in California

Whether you have owned your Bay Area property for years or have recently acquired it, you could find yourself dealing with a boundary dispute at some point. If this happens, the best course of action is generally to remain as neutral as possible when the dispute arises. And quickly engage an experienced real estate attorney to represent you, as such disputes can end up in court.

Meera Parikh, a partner at Poniatowski Leding Parikh Law Corporation, recently settled a boundary dispute between two commercial properties in San Leandro that came to light when one property owner made improvement plans that imposed on the other property. In the end, Meera worked with the two sides to negotiate a settlement that avoided a court hearing. Continue reading

Home Title Fraud a Growing Threat for California Homeowners

Title Fraud Legal Issues California

Home title fraud earned the “latest scam” label from the FBI back in 2008. Home title fraud (also known as “deed fraud”) is different from mortgage fraud. Title fraud occurs when someone obtains the title to your home through fraudulent methods. Then, the criminal tries to use your home’s equity to secure as many loans as possible. Homeowners can be completely unaware of this until the lender tries to foreclose on the home. It can take your real estate attorneys months to undo the damage. Continue reading

Verbal Real Estate Agreement Destroys Family Bond

Oakland Real Property Attorney’s Words of Caution

Hayward Family Dispute Over Real Property

While it may be tempting to create informal agreements about business or real estate transactions with family members, in our experience the minor discomfort of formalizing agreements between family members up front pales in comparison to the damage a souring business deal can do to families who operated “on a handshake” instead of signing legally binding written contracts. Continue reading

Commercial Real Estate 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges

Commercial Real Estate 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges Require Advance Planning and Coordination

 

To derive the maximum possible tax-advantaged benefit from a commercial real estate exchange, and properly comply with IRS Section 1031 Exchange timing and paperwork mandates, add an experienced legal advisor to oversee and coordinate the services provided by commercial real estate agents, CPAs and title companies. Continue reading

Legal Counsel Adds Value in a Commercial Property Dispute

Oakland Real Estate Attorney Discusses Why Representation in the Beginning is Best

Commercial Attorney HaywardWe recently represented the purchaser of a commercial business in industrial Hayward who had been served with a commercial unlawful detainer action. As part of the original transaction, the buyer had agreed to sublet the commercial real estate premises from the seller for a period before the purchase was completed. The buyer represented himself during the original purchase agreement, and retained us only a few months after taking possession, after he had been served with the commercial unlawful detainer action.  This action resulted from the seller/sublandlord’s failure to pay the master landlord the rent received each month from our client. We were able to negotiate a settlement on behalf of our client. Continue reading

Negotiations Resolved Lien Priority Dispute

Our Negotiation Techniques Resolve Lien Priority Dispute Before Complaint Served

We recently settled a lien priority dispute that resulted in the recovery of several hundred thousand dollars for our client, consisting of 100% of all principal, interest and attorneys’ fees due her. Continue reading

Poniatowski Leding Parikh Helps Local Horse Ranch Operation Obtain Conditional Use Permit

horse business attorneyWe recently helped a horse boarding and stables operation in the San Francisco Bay Area to successfully obtain a conditional use permit from Alameda County to continue in business at their long-time existing location. Prior to our involvement, the process had been hung up for over two years without resolution. Continue reading

Resolving Tenant-Owner Commercial Property Claims

Commercial vs Residential Use, Property Damage Liability and Lawful Detainers

We defended the owner of a commercial property (a lender that had foreclosed and credit bid at the foreclosure sale) in a civil action by the former tenant of the property that had been evicted in an unlawful detainer action we prosecuted for the owner/lender. Continue reading