ARTICLES

Property Tax Considerations in Succession and Estate PlansARTICLE PUBLISHED: October 18, 2016
Author: Margaret S. Ng

In California, property owners can pass certain real property to their children without increasing property taxes. However, few people incorporate property tax considerations into their succession planning. In this article, we discuss the potential techniques...

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New Minimum Survey Standard Requirements Article Published: May 16, 2016

The new 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys (“2016 Standards”) went into effect on February 23, 2016 replacing the prior 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys (“2011 Standards”). Many of the changes provide further clarification of the surveyor’s ...

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Back to Basics: Who Can Sign?Article Published: September 19, 2014
Author: Henry R. Stiepel

After sometimes weeks or even months of negotiating a contract, everyone is overjoyed to circulate the signature sets – – with the signature lines left blank to be filled in by each party. The scribbled signatures are circulated, and everyone is happy that the “deal is done”. We often overlook, though, the basic question of whether those signing on behalf of a party in fact have the authority to bind that ....

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CALIFORNIA’S NEW LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT IMPACTS LLCS, OLD AND NEWArticle Published: November 22, 2013
Author: Margaret S. Ng

On January 1, 2014, a new limited liability company act becomes law in California. The new act, the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Act (the “new law”), replaces the current law known as the Beverly-Killea Act (the “prior law”). While the new law leaves most of the prior law substantially intact..

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SHOULD YOU USE CO-MEDIATORS? Article Published: August 1, 2012
Author: Kenneth A. Ryder

Most mediations are handled by a single mediator. A single mediator, properly trained and engaged with the parties, is usually very effective and can help to guide the parties....

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2012 OVERHAUL OF MECHANICS LIEN LAW Article Published: June 1, 2012

In fall of 2010, Governor Brown signed into law SB 189, which instituted a comprehensive revision of California mechanic’s lien laws. The law takes effect July 1, 2012, and....

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TIPS FOR CHOOSING A MEDIATOR Article Published: June 1, 2012
Author: Kenneth A. Ryder

Mediators come in all shapes and sizes. How to choose the best one? Remember, mediation is a tool to help the parties resolve a dispute on their terms. The best mediator for a particular dispute....

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