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
Have You Reviewed Your Trust Recently?
A common estate planning strategy prior to 2012 was to set up an “A-B” Trust distribution that created a Bypass Trust upon the death of the first spouse. The primary purpose of the Bypass Trust was to maximize a married couple’s total estate tax personal exemption. In 2012, though, the federal estate tax laws were substantially revised and, for most couples, simplified. Continue reading
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
Business Location notes from a San Francisco & Oakland Commercial Attorney
If you’re starting up or expanding a small business, you may need to buy or rent storefront property or other commercial space. This can be exciting, but it can also necessitate the services of a commercial real estate attorney. Here are a few tips for choosing the right commercial space for your small San Francisco or Oakland, Bay Area business: