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Mechanic’s Lien Recording Timeframe

Picerne Constr. Corp. v. Castellino Villas  In general, Cal. Civ. Code §8412 provides that for a contractor to preserve the right to enforce a mechanic’s lien he must record his claim of lien after he completes his contract and before the expiration of either: (a) Ninety days after completion of the work of improvement; or (b) Sixty days after the owner records a notice of completion or cessation. (See Cal. Civ. Code §8412.) Thus, under California’s mechanic’s lien laws, without a recorded notice of completion a general contractor has 90 days from completion of the work of improvement to record a claim of mechanic’s lien.  (Cal. Civ. Code §8412(a).) Prior to the ruling in Picerne Constr. Corp v. Castellino Villas, courts differed in opinion as to

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Rising Real Estate Prices = More Partitions in Los Angeles

In the last six months there is no doubt that real estate prices have steadily risen throughout Southern California and Los Angeles.  As a result, we are seeing more ownership disputes.  The most common disputes are partition disputes.  Partition is the court aided process whereby a co-tenant forces the sale of real property when the other co-tenant does not want to sell.  There are very few defenses to a partition dispute, but each case is different.  For example, our attorneys recently successfully defended a partition lawsuit brought by a co-tenant tenant in common by proving that the co-tenant had adversely possessed the property. With any partition dispute it is important to remember that the parties are generally (absent available defenses) advised to agree on a

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Partition by Appraisal

Our Los Angeles based partition attorneys have extensive experience dealing with partition disputes in Los Angeles and throughout California.  One method of resolving partition disputes (disputes involving disagreements over whether to sell real property) is through partition by appraisal. Partition by appraisal in California is a partition that is accomplished through one party purchasing the other party’s interest in real property on certain agreed terms, under court supervision and based on a third party appraisal.   There is a common misconception among attorneys and the court that a partition by appraisal can be forced – it cannot.  Partition by appraisal per Code of Civil Procedure section 873.910 requires an agreement among the parties. The way a partition by appraisal typically occurs is the parties agree

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The Use of Litigation Guarantees in Real Property Matters

As Los Angeles based real estate lawyers we frequently represent our clients in title disputes or disputes involving ownership in real property.  These disputes range from quiet title actions, partition actions and even actions to force the sale of real property to recover on a lien.  In these types of disputes obtaining a litigation guarantee can be a good idea. A litigation guarantee is essentially an insurance policy that is issued in favor of the attorney and the client in an action affecting land.  A decree in these types of action, like foreclosure of a lien, is only binding on the parties named as defendants which should be the same parties claiming an interest in the land.  Therefore, it is important for the plaintiff to

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Real Estate Prices Rise Along With Real Estate Litigation

The Los Angeles Times had an interesting article on the rising real estate prices across Southern California. It showed Los Angeles prices up about 16%. In our years of practice of real estate litigation, while we certainly never see a slow down on real estate disputes we are seeing return of the equity fight. The equity fight is the fight amongst co-owners of real estate over equity in the property. These fights (legal battles) were quite common during the real estate bubble. The claims typically range from partition, ouster, quiet title and even constructive trust theories. The real estate attorneys at Schorr Law have years of experience in all of these disputes and offer a very aggressive yet cost effective approach to litigation and arbitration.

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Zachary D. Schorr has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) list for attorneys in Real Estate for 5 straight years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. In 2016 he was also included as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in this category. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.

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