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Posted by Tim Lam | May 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

California property values are recovering. Distressed sales are on the decline, and equity is increasing. But is this purely a product of local economic recovery, or is there another factor in play?

Duck Dynasty Controversy not a Matter of Free Speech

Posted by Tim Lam | Jan 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

We're not quite sure how this whole Duck Dynasty thing became a national sensation, but nonetheless, patriarch Phil Robertson's recent statements regarding gays and African-Americans have stirred up a firestorm of controversy. It's interesting (and frustrating) to see how many people, some of who...

Cold Feet

Posted by Tim Lam | Jan 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

For various reasons, homeowners will attempt to bail out on a pending sale. Whether it's just second thoughts, changes to their situation, or they think they might be able to hold out a while longer and re-list the home when the market improves, this can be a maddening development to a prospectiv...

Easements Aren't Easy (Part Four)

Posted by Tim Lam | Jan 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Because an easement is essentially a contract, it is both limited and relieved by its language. As with all contracts, it should be bounded and constrained by clearly articulated terms before you agree to take it on or make use of it. Just because you don't use a portion of your property doesn't ...

Chris Brown Moves

Posted by Tim Lam | Dec 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

After an ongoing dispute with the City of over his graffitti'ing of his own property, Chris Brown is selling his Hollywood Hills home. Although it's doubtful that municipal fines for "unpermitted and excessive signage" were the primary motivation behind his departure, a hostile homeowner's associ...

Don't get burned by brush clearance

Posted by Tim Lam | Dec 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

The San Gabriel Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to our offices. Occasionally, smoke plumes dwarf the mountains themselves, the sky turns orange, and ash rains down on the foothill communities. Every year, we watch on TV as homes are consumed by wildfires in high definition. Often, they don't ...

Buying a Sick Home

Posted by Tim Lam | Nov 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

While the housing crisis is easing, many foreclosed homes remain on the market. For a family or investor looking to buy, these homes are often a good buy. However, there is a side effect of the foreclosure epidemic that many buyers discovered the hard way. Many of these homes remained on the mar...

"I can't believe he put THEM in charge of that!"

Posted by Tim Lam | Nov 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

What if you've been looking after the assets or affairs of a living person, but find that they've decided to will those responsibilities to someone else if they become legally incapacitated or incompetent? As the most qualified person, do you have any recourse? The truth is, the law greatly favo...

Cold Feet II

Posted by Tim Lam | Oct 03, 2013 | 0 Comments

In part one, I mentioned that there are several pitfalls which can upset an attempt to complete the purchase of a home in the face of a seller who's trying to bail out on the transaction. If you're seriously committed to the purchase, make sure an attorney carefully inspects the purchase and sale...

Easements Aren't Easy (Part Three)

Posted by Tim Lam | Sep 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The truth about easements is that they are simply contracts which are embedded in the title of a property by recording. Because of this, the rights and responsibilities of an easement can vary greatly. If you're pursuing an easement, considering acquiring a property with an easement, or are consi...

Easements Aren't Easy (Part Two)

Posted by Tim Lam | Sep 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

When buying property, it's important to consider the practical limitations an easement imposes. While you may own the entire property, the terms of use imposed by the easement can have a significant effect on the responsibilities and limitations that come with the land. Would the easement, OR the...

Easements Aren't Easy (Part One)

Posted by Tim Lam | Sep 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

An easement is simply the right to use some or all of a real property which belongs to another person or entity. Most easements limit the scope and purpose of the area. Common situations which require easements can range from a billboard sign which is based on a residential property to a high ten...

Can Your Boss Access Your Facebook Account?

Posted by Tim Lam | Aug 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many Californians access some form of social media every day. Whether it be Twitter, Facebook, or similar services, social media transcends a wide range of our population. What effect can your participation in social media have on employment? California Assembly Bill 1844 leads the way in limitin...

Appraisals Free With Home Loan Applications

Posted by Tim Lam | Aug 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection has proposed that Regulation B of the ECOA be amended to require that creditors provide copies of all written appraisals and valuations produced in the home loan application process. If this amendment goes through, anyone applying for a home loan secure...

Why AB1844 Isn't Really a License to Facebook

Posted by Tim Lam | Aug 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

In my last post, I talked about California Assembly Bill 1844 and its implications for employers and employees. While it does grant some significant protections in the field of internet privacy and employment law, it does not absolve you from what you say and do on the internet. Anything you say ...

Common Sense Guidelines for Social Media

Posted by Tim Lam | Jul 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

As we discussed, AB1844's account restrictions are not all encompassing. First, manage your account policies judiciously. Many social media platforms provide for tiered access to posts, activities, and information sharing. There is still a large portion of the online population which still shares...

New Credit Card Fraud Against Contractors

Posted by Tim Lam | Jul 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a rule, regardless of the circumstances or your line of work, it's a bad idea to give credit card information to someone who calls you. While this seems like common sense, plenty of otherwise sensible people have become victims of credit card fraud through doing just that. Today, though, that...

Case Update: Defamation

Posted by Tim Lam | May 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

A business specializing in providing consulting services for design posted an interview with an individual on several popular news websites.  The problem? The interview never occurred, and the individual who was attributed as the interviewee held a position which was directly opposed to the state...

Case Update: Cargo Law

Posted by Tim Lam | May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our firm is currently working with a client to bring resolution to an ongoing international shipping dispute.  The client negotiated a series of purchase orders for several lots of bulk commodities. Simultaneously, they were able to arrange for the sale of those products to a set of buyers in Eas...

Worker's Compensation - When in Doubt, File

Posted by Tim Lam | Apr 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

We had a client who kept very poor employment records for their business. They did, however, maintain their worker's compensation insurance.  One of their employees sustained a serious injury on the job, and the employer was very hesitant to file a claim because they were concerned that it would ...

Is California Ready for the Next Big Quake?

Posted by Tim Lam | Mar 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The recent cluster of earthquake activity in Southern California is a reminder that The Big One is still out there.  Every year that goes by, increased tensions along the San Andreas Fault build, and recent research shows that human intervention may be contributing to the threat. Salton Sea poses...

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