Litigation

Every legal matter has deadlines.  Failure to meet these deadlines can cause you to lose your case or important legal rights.
Act now!

 

Landlord-Tenant

Proceedings can be very stressful to both Landlord and Tenant and we strive to provide the best service to our clients whether they are Landlords or Tenants.

 

Criminal

If you think you might be facing criminal charges, don’t hesitate, act right away & contact an attorney.
Be proactive!

 

Dispute Resolution

The Courts offer a variety of Alternatve Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes, wich are les expensive and less time-consuming than a trial.

 

Bankruptcy

If you or your business cannot meet your financial obligations, Bankrupcy can help you get a fresh start by either liquidating assets to pay debts or by reorganizing your debt into smaller monthly payments.

 

Construction Law

When working in construction, for any of the parts involved there are always guidelines to follow, contracts to draft, permits to obtain and restrictions and hazards you need to be aware of.

Litigation

Before retaining this Firm we will discuss the specifics of your case and will negotiate and execute a formal contract which specifies the fee arrangement for that case.
Other expenses such as court costs and fees may also be passed on to the client.

Pre-filing

It​ is possible to divide a case in phases.  The first phase includes understanding the facts of the case, making demands on the other party & possibly negotiating a settlement.  If a settlement is not possible, when representing the Plaintiff, we proceed with drafting a complaint, filing it in the court & serving the opponent.  I charge a lower rate prior to a case being filed in the courts.


Discovery & Motions

This phase covers the time from filing of the case through 120 days prior to the initial trial date when a more active preparation for trial begins.  It includes opposing a demurrer, demurring to or answering a cross complaint, as well as conducting discovery both written and via depositions.  This phase also covers the handling of discovery disputes and possibly bringing motions to compel discovery.


Pre-Trial

Most of the trial preparation work takes place during the pre-trial phase.  It includes identifying the witnesses who will testify at trial, subpoenaing necessary witnesses.  This phase also includes the drafting and lodging of a Motion for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication, as well as appearing at the motion hearing.


Trial

This phase starts one week prior to the actual trial date and continues until the last day of trial.


Post-Trial

This phase starts on the last day of trial and continues until a judgment is issued by the court.  It involves the preparation or opposition to a Statement of Decision.  Appellate services are specifically excluded.  It is recommended that a client who wishes to appeal retain appellate counsel prior to the beginning of this phase.

LANDLORD – TENANT​

Leases

Drafting & reviewing residential and commercial leases & related documents.  Having represented both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential cases I can’t over-emphasize the importance of having a well written lease.  As a licensed CA Real Estate Broker I have easy access to many time tested and easily fillable forms which increases certainty in the results and saves time thus keeping the overall costs low.  Including an attorney fee clause in your contracts can also prove invaluable in many situations.
For example, if you are the Landlord
You would not know ahead of time if the Tenant will try to evade service, or if other sub-tenants will come forward and claim a right to possession, or if the Tenant is going to damage your property, demand jury trial or file frivolous motions.
On the other hand if you are the Tenant
You would not know ahead of time how likely the Landlord is to give you enough time to find a new place, or how likely it is that the Landlord will be willing to forgive some of the rent, or even pay you money to surrender the premises in a timely and orderly fashion.


Residential & Commercial Eviction

Unlawful detainer actions can be very easy or very complex. Unfortunately one never knows that ahead of time, since one never knows what the other side is going to do.


We understand unlawful detainer

Proceedings can be very stressful to both Landlord and Tenant and we strive to provide the best service to our clients whether they are Landlords or Tenants. We do not believe it is fair to charge you a high hourly rate (the prevailing attorney hourly rate in LA & Orange counties is about $350.00 per hours).  Furthermore, for the reasons outlined above it is impossible for us to quote you a fixed fee or a lump sum.  Therefore, our approach to UD is like you dining at a restaurant with one small glitch: sometimes you order an item from the menu and sometimes the waiter just brings you an item from the menu. The latter is because you never know what your opponent in the case is going to do. Thus, in our fee agreement we have listed as many a la carte services, which may apply to your UD as possible, with a catch-all hourly rate at the bottom. If any of these services applies to you then by signing this Agreement you agree to pay for it. Depending on the complexity of the case one, two, three or more of these items may apply. Clients agree to pay Attorney the following rates for the following work.

CRIMINAL

Traffic Tickets

Whether you decide to fight a traffic ticket depends on a variety of factors, such as whether: you are innocent or have prior tickets.

DUI

Driving​ Under the Influence is a serious crime in California.  While various counties handle it slightly differently, a DUI conviction can “cripple” you for the rest of your life.  It may cause you to lose your ability to drive, to lose your license to practice your profession, to prevent you from attending your school of choice or pursue a degree of your choice.  Never plead guilty to a DUI charge without first consulting an attorney.


Domestic Violence

While domestic violence is a serious problem facing our society.  The term encompasses child abuse & endangerment, elder abuse, criminal threats, and domestic battery.  Nevertheless, false accusations of domestic violence are made all the time for a variety of reasons such as jealousy, bitterness, or anger.  Involving a criminal defense attorney early in the process gives you the best chance of beating any charges filed against you.

Dispute Resolution

Mediation

The goal of mediation is for a neutral third party to help disputants come to consensus on their own.

Rather than imposing a solution, a professional mediator works with the conflicting sides to explore the interests underlying their positions.
Mediation can be effective at allowing parties to vent their feelings and fully explore their grievances.

Working with parties together and sometimes separately, mediators try to help them hammer out a resolution that is sustainable, voluntary, and nonbinding.

Arbitration

In arbitration, a neutral third party serves as a judge who is responsible for resolving the dispute.

The arbitrator listens as each side argues its case and presents relevant evidence, then renders a binding decision.
The disputants can negotiate virtually any aspect of the arbitration process, including whether lawyers will be present and which standards of evidence will be used.

Arbitrators hand down decisions that are usually confidential and that cannot be appealed.

Like mediation, arbitration tends to be much less expensive than litigation.

Bankruptcy

3 key steps to follow when you file for bankruptcy:

1) First, get a new credit report 2 months after your bankruptcy. If you see incorrect information, contact the credit reporting agency in writing.

2) Second, work on rebuilding your credit score. You’re going to get a lot of post-bankruptcy offers from credit card companies. You can get a new card and use it for small purchases, but you have to make sure to pay it regularly. Financing a vehicle is another good way to build your credit. Most of the time, people get approved for a home as soon as 2 years after their bankruptcy.

3) The last and most important step is to make a plan and pay regular attention to your finances.

Next Steps…

If you are facing legal action from a third party or if you want to proceed in one of the shown matters, don’t hesitate and contact us!


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