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Real Estate Litigation Archives

Are Equalization Payments A Debtor Receives In Exchange For A Transfer Of Interest In A Marital Piece of Real Property Protected By A Homestead Exemption?

divorce property division settlement-thumb-275x190-44617.jpgA equalization payment is a common why a litigant in adivorce gets bought out of his interest in a piece of marital real property. Let's say for example, the family residence subject to a divorce has $50,000 of equity, yes it still happens. During that divorce proceeding it is decided by the parties that the wife will receive the home as her sole a separate property. In exchange for this award, wife will pay to husband $25,000, which represents his interest in this community asset. The husband, after the divorce, is forced to file for bankruptcy. In his bankruptcy petition, the husband, now debtor, moves to exempt his $25,000 by utilizing the state's homestead exemption. Can he?

Mortgage Cramdown In A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

Cramdown.jpgIt is well established that the holder of a first mortgage can't modify the terms of the loan if the loan is on his primary residence. However, what if the mortgage is on a rental property which is not the debtor's primary residence, can the terms of the first mortgage be modified? Yes in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, subject to strict rules.

Will Black Friday Create Legal Liability For Holiday Retailers?

Do retailers, such as Walmart, owe their customers a duty of care? Yes they do. Land owners owe a duty of care to all invitees. The class of persons designated as invitees includes those who have come upon the land at the express or implied invitation of a possessor for the purpose of transacting some business within the scope of the invitation.

Santa Rosa Landlord's Can Rejoice, Gwendolyn Smith Loses Appeal Against Sebastopol Landlord Barbara Wilt

04321f6515309b3edf09adf750d9c76e-thumb-275x267-22992.jpgThe good news is that the 1st District Court of Appeals dealt Gwendolyn Smith and her attorney Gary Levinson a loss. The bad news is that according to reports that have come into my office, Gwendolyn Smith is back in Sonoma County. Two callers reported to me that they saw her in Sebastopol living with a friend of hers who purports to be a yoga instructor. Landlords remember to perform background checks on your potential tenants.

A Santa Rosa Tenant Must Use Ordinary Care to Preserve Premises and Act to Avoid Waste

homerepair-thumb-250x243-20228.jpgA tenant must use ordinary care for the preservation of the premises in safety and in good condition [see CC § 1928 ], and must repair all deteriorations or injuries to the premises occasioned by the tenant's want of ordinary care [see CC § 1929 ]. A tenant must use leased property in such a way as to avoid waste.

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