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Schorr Law Wins Multi-Million Dollar Trial Involving Adverse Possession

After a three week bench trial, Schorr Law’s Zachary D. Schorr, successfully obtained an adverse possession ruling in a multi-million dollar case involving a property located in Hancock Park.  After a lengthy trial, the court issued issued its proposed statement of decision wherein it declared that Schorr Law’s client had successfully obtained a 100% interest in previously co-owned property through adverse possession of a tenant in common’s 50% interest.  Obtaining adverse possession is a difficult proposition in any case but even more so a co-tenancy situation.  In this case, Mr. Schorr was successful in proving that his client  had successfully acquired her co-owners 50% interest in the property through adverse possession and after an ouster had occurred. This case was unusual in that the opposing

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Adverse Possession Against a Cotenant

Schorr Law is about to enter week 3 of a trial involving a cotenants’s claim for adverse possession.  Adverse possession is the process by which a person acquires the title of another through prescription.  The typical claim for adverse possession by one co-tenant against another co-tenant involves an ouster combined with payment of taxes for 5 years and the passage of 5 years.  While adverse possession is a concept and term that can be foreign to non-lawyers and lawyers alike, it does exist in the modern day.  Case law suggests the California Supreme Court has been dealing with adverse possession since the mid 1800’s and the claim has not gone away nearly 200 years later. For help with your real estate matter, contact the Los

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3 Options For A Buyer When A Seller Backs Out of Escrow

Little is more frustrating for a buyer than having a seller of real property attempt to back out of a purchase and sale agreement after escrow has opened.  Typically, the buyer has spent hours searching for the perfect property, submitting multiple offers and time negotiating the terms of the purchase agreement that they had thought was finalized.  If the seller attempts to back out once escrow has commenced, without a valid basis for doing so, then the buyer has at least 3 options: 1.  Demand the seller comply with the terms of the contract.  In California, most residential purchase and sale agreements are drafted using the California Association of Realtor’s form.  This form usually requires that the buyer and seller participate in pre-lawsuit or pre-arbitration

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Posted in Purchase and Sale, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles, Specific Performance

Los Angeles Purchase and Sale Agreement Attorney: Understanding The Importance of Purchase and Sale Contingencies

For most people, buying a home is one of the largest financial decisions that a person or couple will make.  In California, unlike other states, the transaction is usually handled through real estate agents and brokers and without the presence of an attorney.  In other states, attorneys are required to be involved in the escrow process.  While, we understand that it is sometimes quicker to not involve an attorney, doing so can have a high cost, especially when you are dealing with purchase and sale contingencies. For example, our Los Angeles based real estate attorneys know the ins and outs of dealing with purchase and sale contingencies.  Purchase and sale agreement contingencies are the conditions precedent or conditions that the buyer must remove before passing

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Los Angeles Commercial Easement Attorney – Disputes

In our Los Angeles based real estate litigation practice we frequently see adjacent owners of commercial property who provide reciprocal easements with each other.  Generally, reciprocal easements are used when a property is owned by one or more entity and the multiple entities wish to develop the property together.  We see this with shopping centers.  Reciprocal easements can also arise in situations where adjacent owners share a parking lot or adjacent land where it makes sense for the parties to share use of each other’s property. In our real estate practice we have seen situations where disagreements arise regarding the maintenance of the reciprocal easement or the usage.  For example, sometimes one side is responsible for a portion of the maintenance cost of another’s property

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Los Angeles Real Estate Attorney: Step 3 for Commercial Leasing Disputes

Our Los Angeles Real Estate attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate leasing disputes.  After reviewing steps 1 and 2, we are now at step 3, which is initiating the actual dispute.  Initiating a commercial leasing dispute is not as simple as just filing a basic claim.  Drafting the complaint or arbitration demand is key because is sets the framework for the entire litigation.  Of course, if you fail to add a cause of action you can always seek leave to amend to add another claim at a later time but it becomes much harder to do once the initial complaint has been filed.  You usually have to show that you did not know of the claim at the time the party filed the

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Posted in Commercial Lease, Leases, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

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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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