What is a Mechanic’s Lien?

A mechanic’s lien is a legal document filed against a property by a person or entity that provided materials or services during construction and were never paid. This includes contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Once filed against the property in question, the lien protects their right to be paid, negotiate a settlement, or foreclose on it. For example, if Joan Smith hires a contractor to build her new Read More

The 5 Elements That Make a Strong Construction Contract

When you’re planning on building a new home or commercial property or even renovating an existing one, you’ll be negotiating a lot with contractors, architects, engineers, and other construction professionals. Then you’ll be getting the agreed-upon terms in writing before work begins. All this advance planning is necessary to ensure that both sides have a clear understanding of the services, costs, timelines, and Read More

4 WAYS A REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY CAN HELP WITH YOUR CLOSING

Closing on a house can be overwhelming, but a skilled real estate attorney can help you through the process. A typical closing can take anywhere from 30 to 45 days to complete all of the steps. A successful closing involves home inspections, communications with lenders, legal documents, and a home appraisal. The stress involved with all of this and more can be greatly reduced with the help of a real estate attorney Read More

PROTECTING REAL PROPERTY ASSETS

Often I get asked if it is possible to shield real property from creditors. The law that protects creditors from fraudulent transfers is the "Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act" Since 1987, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act has provided unsecured creditors remedies against debtors who make transfers of their properties or incur obligations against their property for the sole purpose of placing assets beyond the reach Read More

CHECK LIST OF THINGS TO DO PRIOR TO BUYING A HOME.

Here is a helpful checklist of things to do prior to buying a home. https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PaulSian/posts/hmxVdacDVH6 www.adlerlaw.org Read More

COULD THE REAL ESTATE MARKET BE SLOWING DOWN?

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Summer/Fall 2017 Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast California Commercial Real Estate Survey shows that broad segments of the market will be slowing down in the coming years. The biannual survey projects a three-year-ahead outlook for California's commercial real estate industry and forecasts potential opportunities and challenges affecting office, multi-family, retail and Read More

WILL THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY FACE CIVIL SUITS?

EXPECT CIVIL LAWSUIT CHALLENGES AGAINST THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY. (Summary of an article written by Josh Heinlein and Jacob Ayres, 7/28/2017.). Although selling marijuana is legal in several states; but, still illegal under federal law, a recent appellate decision may give rise to civil lawsuits against people in the cannabis industry. In Safe Streets Alliance v. Hickenlooper, 859 F.3d 865 (10th Cir. June 7, 2017), Read More

RESEARCH YOUR CONTRACTOR

Verify with the Contractor's State License Board that a potential contractor you want to hire is licensed. Faulty work by an unlicensed contractor will never be covered by insurance. However, if someone deceives you into into believing that they are licensed, all is not lost. In California, a contractor must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board in order to lawfully perform construction operations. The Read More

WHAT EVERY CONTRACTOR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT MEDIATION

The below article was authored by Pepper Hamilton LP, a multi-state law firm. The article sums up very well the essential basics of mediation. A generation ago, mediation of construction disputes was unusual. Today, it is rare that a construction claim goes to trial without some effort at mediation first. Indeed, a substantial percentage of construction contracts require mediation as a precondition to filing suit or Read More

WHAT CONTRACTORS NEED TO KNOW UNDER THE CALIFORNIA RIGHT TO REPAIR ACT

The California Right to Repair Act, commonly known as SB800 is a bill that became effective as of January 1, 2003 establishing a mandatory procedure that must be used by homeowners who have construction defect claims against the builder, subcontractor, product manufacturer or design professional of a new construction (for the purpose of this article, let’s refer to all parties on the side of the construction as Read More