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Risks of Not Reading Your Residential Lease
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Risks of Not Reading Your Residential Lease

Risks of Not Reading Your Residential Lease

Landlord/Tenant
When you find the perfect rental housing for you and your family, chances are you are simply excited to sign on the dotted line and start moving in. You might assume that if you’ve seen one residential lease, you’ve seen them all, and many people simply sign without much of a glance at the terms of the agreement. However, each lease is different, and you should be sure you are agreeing to the specific terms of this particular lease before you sign. It is often wise to have an Encino landlord/tenant attorney review the lease for you. If you fail to read a lease, many issues can arise, including: You inadvertently violate one or more terms of the lease (such as a provision preventing subleasing), and your landlord seeks to…
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Do You have a Business Tort Claim?

Do You have a Business Tort Claim?

Business Disputes
“Torts'' is a legal term that means civil wrongs that cause harm to others. Between individuals, a tort might involve a car accident from negligent driving or a physical assault. However, what does torts mean in the business context? Businesses can file tort claims against individuals or other companies, and they can also face claims filed by others. One thing that business torts have in common is that they can all result in liability or losses to one or more parties. If you think you have a business tort claim, consult with an Encino business litigation lawyer about your options. Below, learn more about some common types of business torts claims. Breach of Fiduciary Duty Many people in a business organization have fiduciary duties. This is the highest legal duty…
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Who is Responsible for Construction Design Defects?

Who is Responsible for Construction Design Defects?

Construction Dispute
When a construction defect becomes known and causes problems for property owners, most people will automatically look to the contractors and construction crews. However, it is not always shoddy construction or substandard materials that lead to defects, as sometimes, defects can exist from the very start of the process. This happens when there is an inherent design defect, and the construction crews carry out the defective design. If you believe that a costly construction defect might be the result of design malpractice, consult with an Encino construction litigation attorney right away. What is Design Malpractice? Architects and engineers are the foundation of any construction project. They have special education, training, and licensing that allows them to be in charge of designing proper structures - from residential homes to skyrise condo…
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Know Your Rights Regarding Security Deposits

Know Your Rights Regarding Security Deposits

Landlord/Tenant
Security deposits are one of the most disputed issues between residential landlords and tenants in California. Most landlords require security deposits for a tenant to move in, and tenants have certain rights regarding these funds. However, landlords often violate - or are accused of violating - security deposit laws. If you are a tenant, always stay aware of your rights. Requirements for Security Deposits Each state is different, and California sets out the following requirements and restrictions for security deposits: Landlords are not allowed to charge non-refundable fees for move-in to cover possible repairs in the futureDeposits cannot be more than two months of rent for unfurnished units or three months for furnished units (it is less for active duty service members)The landlord must return the funds within 21 days…
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Common Issues Regarding Easements

Common Issues Regarding Easements

Real Estate Litigation
It is important to get along with your neighbors, as you often will live near them for years at a time, though different types of legal disputes can arise. One common type of dispute stems from issues regarding easements that impact both neighbors. In many cases, easement issues can be resolved fairly quickly with the right legal help. In others, neighbors might have to escalate the matter or even battle it out in court. Easements and Common Problems An easement is one party’s right to use another party’s land for a specific purpose. One example is when one homeowner has an easement to use the next-door neighbor’s driveway to access the back of their property. Easements can be expressly granted by written agreement or deed or even implied by past…
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Do You Need a Commercial Lease Workout?

Do You Need a Commercial Lease Workout?

Commercial Lease
The COVID-19 pandemic put many businesses in a difficult situation, and many struggled to even remain open. Even if you were able to keep operations going, it can be all too easy to fall behind on your commercial lease payments. If you lose your space, you might lose your entire business, so it is important to know that you might have options. Consult with a commercial real estate lawyer in Encino before your landlord takes legal action for dispossession. Possible Lease Workouts Commercial property owners generally do not want to lose tenants any more than business owners want to lose their commercial space. Do not simply assume that eviction is your only option if you cannot catch up with past-due rent. Instead, consider having your attorney seek a lease workout…
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Do You Have a Construction Dispute?

Do You Have a Construction Dispute?

Construction Dispute
There are many players in construction projects, from property owners and investors to suppliers to contractors and subcontractors. There are also many different agreements between each of these parties, involving complex terms and obligations. Disputes can commonly arise when one party alleges that another violated an agreement, and with so much money on the line, it is critical to resolve these disputes in the most timely and favorable manner possible. Below are some examples of common construction disputes. If you are facing a dispute of your own, your first call should be to an Encino construction dispute attorney. Mistakes in Contracts Contracts are the basis of construction projects, so it is imperative that every term of every agreement is drafted, negotiated, and reviewed by legal professionals to ensure it reflects…
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Resolving Partnership Disputes

Resolving Partnership Disputes

Business Disputes
Having one or more business partners can be highly beneficial, though it can also lead to conflicts between partners. When a partnership dispute arises, it is critical to address the situation right away and resolve it in the most effective way possible. This prevents the possible disruption of business operations. Always let a business litigation attorney in Encino evaluate your options for dispute resolution. Negotiations Sometimes, partners simply need an outside perspective to bring to the negotiating table to resolve a dispute. With the right legal and practical business understanding, our attorneys can oversee informal negotiations to help resolve the issue in a manner that saves everyone time and resources. Your Partnership Agreement If basic negotiations are unsuccessful in finding a mutually agreeable solution, our attorneys will review your partnership…
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Legal Options When Business Disputes Arise

Legal Options When Business Disputes Arise

Business Disputes
Business disputes can arise in a variety of different contexts. Generally speaking, when a dispute arises in the business context, it is usually best to try and resolve the dispute sooner rather than later. However, not all business disputes go to court. The experienced California business dispute resolution lawyers at Urbach Law Offices, PC, represent plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of legal matters involving commercial and business disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, construction disputes, and defamation cases. Our legal team will explain all of your options to you and help you decide on the best course of action for your case. Informal Resolution When disputes arise in the course of a business enterprise, such as between two or more business partners or between investors and shareholders, an informal resolution may be…
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