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June 2019 Archives

The government's power under eminent domain

Many residents in California may have heard reports over the years about government entities obtaining privately held land for public projects. One example of this is when older homes are purchased by the government to make way for a new freeway or other thoroughfare. The rights under which this is allowed to happen are referred to as eminent domain It is important for property owners to understand what is entailed in eminent domain and how they might protect themselves if approached by the government about a property they own.

Is urban exploring against the law?

You may understandably have some concerns about trespassing if you own a vacant building. Depending on the location, age of the property and length of time that it has been unoccupied, it can be dangerous for those who enter without permission, not to mention damaging to your property. Even so, many people in California and elsewhere enjoy exploring empty properties that they deem abandoned, which can be problematic for property owners.

Adding Someone to Title? Think Again!

In the course of our real estate law practice, we often are asked to help a homeowner "add someone to title."  At other times, we encounter a prospective client that has already "added someone to title." While preparing and recording the paperwork to do this is relatively straightforward, we almost always end up recommending that the homeowner not proceed, because there can be serious negative consequences.  As for those that have already done so, we sometimes have to represent the client in extended court proceedings in order to try to undo the damage that has been done.

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