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Zachary Schorr Quoted in the Wall Street Journal!

Last week, Schorr Law’s lead trial counsel was quoted in the Wall Street Journal both in the print and online versions of the paper.   The article, “When Home Buyers Change Their Minds“, provides insight about a  buyer’s ability to back out of their purchase of real property at various stages in the process.    In particular, it discusses what happens when a buyer gets “cold feet” and decides that she/he no longer wants to go through with the deal and instead back out. You can read the whole article here. At Schorr Law, we often see many of these types of disputes, where either a buyer or seller of a property no longer wants to go through with the purchase or sale of real property. Our

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Posted in Purchase and Sale

5 Things to Know Before Buying a House in California

Buying a house is a complicated process, especially for a first time homebuyer. At Schorr Law, our real estate attorneys have seen their fair share of good deals (deals that close) and bad deals (deals that do not close).   Our lead attorney, Zachary Schorr, has assisted with the legal aspects of both routine and very complicated multimillion-dollar real estate purchases.   In fact, he has been involved with literally hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate in Southern California.   Here are some useful tips: A Pre-Approval From a Mortgage Broker Is Not the Same As Final Loan Approval. The first step that a savvy buyer will take before purchasing property is to obtain a pre-approval letter from a loan broker explaining that they are

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Posted in Commercial Real Estate, Contracts/ Agreements, Land and Property, Purchase and Sale, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

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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Posted in Mechanics Lien

Zachary Schorr on ABC’s World News Tonight

Last Sunday, August 14, 2016, Schorr Law’s lead attorney Zachary Schorr made a special appearance on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.  The national news segment went live at 5:30pm pst.  Mr. Schorr provided real estate legal commentary regarding a property vandalized by alleged squatters who claimed a right to occupancy when the homeowners returned home from vacation.    Mr. Schorr frequently provides legal commentary to national news organizations and is frequently quoted and appears in the media for his Real Estate attorney expertise. Here is a short clip of his latest appearance: Please contact Schorr Law today for a free consultation on your real estate matter.  Schorr Law, APC, 310-954-1877,, by text at (323) 487- 7533. Zach SchorrMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

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Schorr Law Gets Partition Fees Awarded for Common Benefit

As busy Los Angeles partition attorneys we are constantly litigating partition matters throughout Southern California.   Last week, Schorr Law’s lead real estate attorney Zachary D. Schorr was in court following having already obtained an interlocutory judgment on 2 partition matters, which Schorr Law won for its client via a summary judgment motion.   As one part of the court’s ruling on Schorr Law’s fee motion, Schorr Law was able to convince the Los Angeles County Superior Court to allocate 100% of the fees deemed reasonable to the two defendants in the action – the other 2/3rds owners of the properties.  The court found that the fees incurred by Schorr Law’s 1/3rd owner client were for the common benefit of all the parties and thus

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Posted in Litigation, Partition, Quiet Title

Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions: A Sword and Shield

         California has long recognized the validity of reciprocal agreements to restrict, or limit, the use of real property.  One of the most common forms of these agreements is called a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs).  As explained below, CC&Rs can provide a great deal of utility and value to your property, but at the same time the CC&Rs can severely restrict what you can do to your own property. To illustrate the benefits provided by CC&Rs, most beach front communities are subject to CC&Rs that prevent one owner from obstructing the ocean view of another owner.  For example, large portions of Malibu, California are subject to CC&Rs that impose this very restriction.   As a result, any owner with an ocean view can seek injunctive relief to stop construction, or

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Quieting Title to Real Property – Los Angeles

Quieting title is the process through which a party tries to resolve disputes concerning the legal right, ownership and use of real property. At Schorr Law, we view it as a catch all term to some degree or an umbrella term for actions to resolve competing interests in real property. Here are a few things to consider before quieting title to real property:   Do you have a title report? If you have a title report you have a general understanding of the competing claims to the real property. Without such a report, you may be left guessing as to what claims have already been legally recognized.  Usually, when you purchase property you will have obtained a title report – so check your files.  

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Posted in Lis Pendens, Ownership, Quiet Title

Zachary Schorr Quoted in Media Regarding Collection Matters

The Freelancer recently interviewed attorney Zachary Schorr for an article designed to help freelancer writers help get paid by their publishers.   In the article, writer Geoff Williams, discusses proven strategies for collecting on writing for major publications.  Mr. Schorr provides advice in the form of being friendly and professional in collection matters in order to try to avoid having to file a lawsuit.  Of course, sometimes it takes an aggressive attorney to come in and force payment on collection matters.  That said, the strategy and the timing on being aggressive is very dependent on the factual situation at hand.  Sometimes ongoing relationship concerns or extraneous legal matters can make it necessary to hold off on collection or to take strategies to encourage payment in

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Business Innovators Magazine Interviews Zachary Schorr

  This past week Business Innovators Magazine interviewed Schorr Law’s lead real estate attorney Zachary D. Schorr.  Zach Schorr’s interview can be heard at the link above. In the interview, Zach Schorr, touches on Schorr Law’s different areas of practice and his general approach to litigation which has proven to be effective over the 10.5+ years he has run Schorr Law and over his 14 year career as a real estate litigator.  Mr. Schorr discusses quiet title cases, adverse possession, clearing liens and how to resolve escrow disputes. For more information listen to the show, call us at 310-954-1877, or email us at Zach SchorrMore Posts – Website Follow Me:

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Judgment Obtained! in Real Estate Matter

We are pleased to report another successful judgment. Yesterday, Schorr Law was successful in obtaining a judgment against a corporation at trial. We successively moved to strike the corporation’s answer on the day of trial and enter their default because the corporation is suspended by the California Franchise Tax Board which means they cannot defend themselves. As a result, we quickly obtained an entry of default and default judgment against the defendant. This highlights the technical nature of the practice of law. Often times, as real estate attorneys in Los Angeles, we are tasked with finding the nuances in the law that allow our real estate clients to prevail in their lawsuits and at trial. This means diving deep into substantive real estate law and

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Zachary D. Schorr’s Expert Appearance on the Dr. Phil Show

Zachary D. Schorr’s Expert Appearance on ABC’s Nightline

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Zachary Schorr Superlawyers

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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