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What is a Quitclaim Deed in California Lawyer Real Estate Attorney

What is a Quitclaim Deed in California?

What is a Quitclaim Deed? A quitclaim deed is an instrument used in real estate transactions that transfers an interest in real property without warranty of title. Miller and Starr, the leading secondary source on California real estate, defines a quitclaim deed as one that: “transfers to the grantee all of the right, title, and … Read More

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What is the Difference Between a Mortgage and a Trust Deed?

How is a Mortgage Different from a Trust Deed? A mortgage and deed of trust (otherwise known as a “trust deed”) are legal instruments in real estate that allow a lender to secure repayment of a loan. Although a mortgage and a trust deed serve the same purpose, the exact terms of both of each … Read More

Civil Code § 683.2(c) - Joint Tenancy Severance After Death is Limited by California Law

Civil Code § 683.2(c) – Joint Tenancy Severance After Death is Limited by California Law

By definition, a joint tenancy is an interest in property in which each party has an equal share in the property. Joint tenants also enjoy the privilege of the right of survivorship, which allows a deceased joint tenant’s interest in a property to automatically pass to the surviving joint tenant(s). If the interest is transferred … Read More

Selling a Home with a Lien Talkov Law California Real Estate Lawyer

5 Tricks to Selling a House in California With a Lien or Judgment

Can You Sell California Property with a Lien or Judgment? Purchasing or selling a house is one of the biggest (and usually most expensive) events in a person’s life. This exciting time can be quickly dampened by one thing: a lien. Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is extremely important to ensure … Read More

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Civil Code 682 – Severing a Joint Tenancy in California

This article seeks to explain the meaning of a joint tenancy as compared to other forms of co-tenancy, explains the meaning and importance of the severance of a joint tenancy, and explains the means by which a joint tenancy in real estate may be severed. Before or after the severance, jointly owned property can be … Read More

Family Code 1100(b) - Spouses Can Gift No More than Half of the Community Property

Family Code 1100(b) – Spouses Can Gift No More than Half of the Community Property

Community Property Laws Allow Spouses to Give Away No More than Half of the Community Estate, During Life or Upon Death in a Will or Trust While many spouses have tried, the law does not allow a living or deceased spouse to give away more than half of the community property marital estate, including in … Read More

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Escrow Holder Liability and Related Damages – A Simple Framework

Escrow Holder Liability Theories An escrow holder is typically able to be held liable on theories of: breach of contract, general negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty, among others which will not be discussed herein. Talkov Law, however, does have a stable of attorneys ready to assist with any other potential theories of liability which … Read More

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Escrow Holder Liability to Third Parties – A Simple Framework

What is Escrow? What is an Escrow Account? Escrow disputes may arise in a real estate or business context. One typical area where escrow is used and may be the source of litigation is in the course of a purchase and sale. Escrow disputes are one of many potential issues which may arise in the … Read More

Lis Pendens Expungement California Real Estate Attorney

5 Grounds for Lis Pendens Expungement – A Simple Guide

What is a Lis Pendens? In essence, a lis pendens is a notice of pending litigation against a piece of real property. A lis pendens means a “notice of the pendency of an action in which a real property claim is alleged.” See Code Civ. Proc. § 405.2. A party who asserts a claim against … Read More

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