What is Quiet Title?
What is it “quiet title”? Why do you have to do it? When we talk about quiet title, it has to do with real estate and as you may know, we do a lot of real estate related litigation and transactions at our firm, so this comes up quite frequently and we’ve litigated hundreds of […]May 8, 2020
Litigation Series Part 4: When Does Litigation End?
We are wrapping up our four-part litigation series here with the question “When does it end?” We already talked about filing a complaint and the time to answer the complaint in part one. Then, in part two we talked about the discovery process, which includes depositions and written questions to the other side as well […]April 24, 2020
Litigation Series Part 3: What is a Dispositive Motion?
We’re continuing our litigation series by talking about dispositive motions. What does a dispositive motion mean? A dispositive motion is a motion that you file generally at the end of discovery. After you’ve already obtained all the facts and documents and information you can from the other side and you think that you can win […]April 17, 2020
Litigation Series Part 2: What is Discovery?
Today we’re continuing our litigation series with “What is discovery?” When we jump into the question, what is the discovery process? The reason I mentioned this is because it is part of the litigation process. It’s what happens after you file your complaint. You serve it on the other side, the other side answers. And […]April 10, 2020
Litigation Series Part 1: When Does Litigation Start?
This is the first blog of a 4-part series on litigation. We’re going to begin here with the question When does litigation start? That’s a frequently asked question. And then the second part of this series we’ll talk about discovery and the discovery process. Third part of this series, we’re going to talk about what […]April 6, 2020
Attorney Liens in California vs. Attorney Liens in Nevada
Attorney liens are completely different in California than they are in Nevada. In Nevada and most states, attorney liens are generally creatures of statute. In California, they are entirely governed by contract with case law and ethical rules providing some limits, generally in a client’s favor. See e.g. Carroll v. Interstate Brands Corp., 99 Cal. App. 4th […]March 31, 2020
The Importance of Getting it in Writing
I am often asked “What if I didn’t get an agreement in writing?” This comes up very, very frequently in my practice because we do a lot of litigation. Here is a simple example: you come in and you say ”Somebody sold me a lawn mower on Craigslist and told me that it was going […]March 6, 2020
Quiet Title Actions
Today we’re going to talk a little bit about quiet title actions. As you may or may not know, my firm practices in the area of estate planning, real estate and business law. So, quiet title actions are part of our repertoire. We file quite a lot of them each year. To give you an […]November 12, 2019
6 Tips & Tricks for Depositions
A deposition is testimony, under oath, outside of the courtroom, and recoded by an official court reporter. It can be very intimidating to sit across from the opposing side’s attorney to answer questions about what you know regarding a case. Aside from the obvious things to get ready for a deposition, like preparing with your […]August 30, 2019
Moving to Strike Fees in a California Quiet Title Action
Issue: Can a defendant in a quiet title action in California properly move to strike a claim for attorney’s fees in a complaint before discovery? Conclusion: Yes, a defendant in a quiet title action in California can move to strike a claim for attorney’s fees in a complaint before discovery if the claim is irrelevant, […]July 18, 2019