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What is a Pourover Will?

I often get asked why do I need to do a will if I already have a revocable living trust. A pour-over will is used when there is a revocable living trust in order to ensure that property gets transferred to the revocable living trust. If property is not owned by the revocable living trust, […]

By |November 21st, 2017|Estate Planning|Comments Off on What is a Pourover Will?

Holding Real Estate as Joint Tenants

Joint tenancy is a common method for owners of real estate to hold title together. A significant difference between holding title as tenancy in common or joint tenancy is that in a joint tenancy, when one owner dies, the surviving owner or owners acquire the deceased owner’s share automatically. Joint tenancy can be one way […]

By |November 20th, 2017|Real Estate|Comments Off on Holding Real Estate as Joint Tenants

Things to Consider When a Purchasing a Home to Someone You Are Not Married To

The Huffington Post recently ran an article “Read This Before You Buy a House With Someone You’re Not Married To,” and I would agree with many of the statements made in the article. It is important to note that engaged couples and couples cohabitating without being married risk not having the protections afforded by California’s […]

By |November 18th, 2017|Estate Planning, Real Estate|Comments Off on Things to Consider When a Purchasing a Home to Someone You Are Not Married To

The Heggstad Petition Explained

Recently, I have had to file a few Heggstad Petitions in order to help clients put real property into a revocable trust. A Heggstad Petition is necessary when a person creates a revocable trust but does not actually place any property into the trust. Generally, when you draft a revocable trust you should also draft […]

By |November 17th, 2017|Estate Planning, Real Estate|Comments Off on The Heggstad Petition Explained

Gentrification in Boyle Heights

NBC recently wrote an article on gentrification in Boyle Heights. Most of Boyle Heights falls within the City of Los Angeles and many of the units would be subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (the formal name of Los Angeles’ rent control). The LARSO sets forth a variety of reasons that a landlord […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate|Comments Off on Gentrification in Boyle Heights

San Pedro Business Owners Face Eviction

The Daily Breeze recently had an article focusing on the evictions of businesses from Ports O’Call in San Pedro. Month-to-month commercial tenants can face eviction as easily as a Thirty Day Notice to Quit which does not have to provide any reason for the eviction. Often times the defenses available to residential tenancies such as […]

By |September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on San Pedro Business Owners Face Eviction

Eviction Dispute at Boyle Heights’ Mariachi Plaza

LA Weekly recently had an article regarding the tenants in Boyle Heights’ Mariachi Plaza disputing an eviction they are facing. Long term residents are facing eviction or substantial rent increases as a result of capital improvements made to the property.

Many of these units may be protected by the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance which regulates […]

By |September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Eviction Dispute at Boyle Heights’ Mariachi Plaza

City of Los Angeles Approves Way to Legalize Bootleg Units

The Los Angeles Times reports that the City of Los Angeles has approved a way to legalize unpermitted units. The City of Los Angeles has agreed to relax some of the rules regulating illegal units as long as the landlord agrees to charge affordable rent for a fifty-five year period.

More information from the L.A. Times […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on City of Los Angeles Approves Way to Legalize Bootleg Units

Want to Be An Incredible Landlord? Follow These Tips!

Generally, being an exceptional landlord means that you are likely to attract better tenants. It also means that your tenants will be happy, and we all know that happy tenants will stay for longer periods of time. A landlord will normally spend an average of 20 to 40 hours filling one vacancy. Some required tasks […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant|Comments Off on Want to Be An Incredible Landlord? Follow These Tips!

Charlie Chaplin’s Cottage is Coming Back to Life

Hollywood filmmaker Charlie Chaplin built the Chaplin Court bungalows in the year 1923 on ┬áNorth Formosa Avenue with the aim of providing a living place for crew and cast working at his studio that was a couple of blocks away. He also wanted to provide a place to stay for those who were just visiting […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Real Estate|Comments Off on Charlie Chaplin’s Cottage is Coming Back to Life