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5 Estate Planning Options for Out-of-State Real Property

As any seasoned estate planner knows, it’s crucial to learn of all your client’s assets before developing a comprehensive plan. This is particularly important when it comes to out-of-state real property, which may be subject to that state’s potential inheritance or estate tax if left unaccounted. Add the costs and headaches of an ancillary probate, and your client’s loved ones will be left wishing for a better way. Lucky for you (and them), there is!ThinkstockPhotos-456864991.jpg Continue reading

Caution! Sever a Joint Tenancy Before Conveying the Interest to a Third Party

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As a graduation present, your client purchases her son a home. Although the plan was for the son to live there alone, the client and her son take title as joint tenants. Years later, your client remarries and asks you to convey her interest in the house to her new husband’s children on her death. What do you do? Whatever instrument you choose, be sure to sever the joint tenancy! Continue reading

Choose the Best Answer for a Property Owner: (a) Short Sale or (b) Foreclosure

Beleaguered property owners all too frequently wonder:  Should I let the bank foreclose my loan or should I try to complete a short sale? In many cases, borrowers will be better served by a short sale than a foreclosure. Continue reading

New Property Insurance Book

I am very excited about my first YouTube video — an interview with Tim Sullivan, the contributing editor of CEB’s new book California Property Insurance: Law and Litigation.

This book is a great guide for attorneys who

  • Handle real property and advise clients on how to insure that property;
  • Manage, or assist others who manage, estate property; and
  • Sue or defend insurers.

Just as insurance is a big part of all our lives, this book is important for attorneys practicing in a variety of areas. Think flood, earthquake, toxic drywall from China. Property insurance issues are pervasive and always growing and changing as our world and technology does.

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Profile in Practice: Leslie A. Baxter

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Leslie Baxter:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Leslie: I practice real estate and business law.  Before law school, I worked in the urban redevelopment field, so real estate and business law was a natural fit.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law? Continue reading

Profile in Practice: Charles A. Hansen

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile attorney and author of CEB’s California Mortgages, Deeds of Trust, and Foreclosure Litigation Charles A. Hansen:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Chuck: All aspects of real estate and secured lending litigation. I chose that area because I figured it was less likely to get me killed than doing criminal or family law.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?

Chuck: Best is the chance to learn something new (not just about law) every day. Worst is how much it costs clients to pursue their legal rights. Continue reading

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