Bankruptcy Law Attorney California

Jevic Supreme Court Opinion Declares Priority Skipping Bankruptcy Settlements to be Unlawful, Casting Doubt on Priority-Skipping Bankruptcy Surcharges Under 11 U.S.C. 506(c)

The Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling in Jevic declared unlawful priority-skipping structured dismissals in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. This ruling calls into doubt the use of priority-skipping surcharge carve-outs under 11 U.S.C. Section 506(c).

Real Estate Law

Corrective Deed of Trust in California- Is It Enforceable?

Title insurers often discover defects in transactions after escrow has closed. When this occurs, they regularly request that parties to a real estate transaction execute “corrective” trust deeds or grant deeds. However, parties should consult with counsel before doing so, as the title insurer may have a bigger problem on its hands than it is … Read More

Real Estate Law

The Trick to Recovering Partition Attorney’s Fees Against an Uncooperative Co-Tenant

How To Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Partition Act Co-ownership of real estate in California can be expensive when one co-owner, known in the law as a co-tenant, does not cooperate in the sale of the property. This often occurs when the uncooperative co-tenant is enjoying the benefits of a property without contributing to the … Read More

Real Estate Law

Escrows Can Be Negligent, Even While Following Escrow Instructions

California escrows perform an important role in modern real estate and business transactions. While escrow holders are not exempt from negligence, many escrows have made such an argument, contending that they cannot commit negligence so long as they follow the escrow instructions. One court summarily rejected the arguments of a “malfeasant escrow holder [that attempted] to … Read More

Warning: Email Wire Instruction Fraud Scam Hitting Real Estate Industry

Warning to the real estate industry: a widespread real estate fraud is currently underway that could cost you and your client tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars. The Scam The scam is simple: the scammer obtains access to information concerning a pending real estate transaction, using this information to impersonate a party to … Read More

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Mortgage Shotgunning and the Priority of Trust Deeds

Mortgage Shotgunning Definition and How to Solve this Real Estate Fraud The article below appeared in the California Real Property Journal, the Official Publication of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California. Volume 32, Number 2, 2014. Mortgage Shotgunning and the Priority of Trust Deeds (click for PDF) By Scott Talkov This … Read More

SB 1186 – California Disability Law Provides Minimal Help to Businesses (ADA)

SB 1186, California’s new law targeting disability access lawsuits, provides minimal assistance to business owners.  Although hailed by its sponsors, Senators Dutton and Steinberg, as a reform for what business owners describe as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) shakedown lawsuits, the law is far more limited than many believe.  A summary of the major provisions … Read More

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