Gerald Barry Dorfman

Gerald Barry Dorfman

  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Personal Injury...
  • California
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I am responsible for all matters handled by my office. Paralegals, law clerks and associates may be utilized in appropriate situations, but the buck stops with me. Intentionally remaining small has enabled me to continue to provide unparalleled personal attention and confidentiality. My clients are the reason I am here, and I work hard for the best results possible. I am honored by the trust placed in me, and strive to maintain it at the highest level. You are entitled to understand the law applicable to your matter and the options available, as well as my best advice. I have served hundreds of satisfied clients over the years and look forward to continuing to serve with determination, skill and integrity.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Elder Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Probate
Additional Practice Area
  • Litigation
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  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees range from 15% to 45%. These apply to personal injury cases, and select other matters.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Regular hourly rate is $400.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
9th Circuit
Education
Columbia University
B.A.
UC Hastings COL
Law Degree
Awards
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Professional Associations
California State Bar # 107581
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411 Questions Answered

Q. At what age can you legally purchase marijuana in California?
A: 21. However, keep in mind that it is still illegal under federal law.
Q. how to change a name on the deed my grandpa diddt leave a will or a trusted on the property
A: Without a will or trust, the property goes to your grandfather's "estate", which means it is divided among his lawful heirs. If you are the only heir (for example, no wife, or living children and you are the only grandchild), then it goes to you. In order to have it pass legally, if the entire estate is worth more than $150,000, it will have to go through probate. Probate requires a court proceeding. Any probate attorney can help you with this.
Q. I had a claim against an estate for $2,000 rejected by the Administrator. How can I contest the rejection?
A: You have to file suit. Make sure you do not miss any deadlines/statutes of limitation.
Q. can i sue my realtor and the seller to pay for my roof leaking?
A: Yes, based on what you have said here, you have a very strong case. Whether your matter belongs in court or arbitration may depend on your contract(s). Start contacting real estate litigators right away.
Q. Can my landlord enter my apartment without prior notice?
A: Assuming it was not an emergency, no, a landlord may not simply enter without notice. 24 hours is presumed reasonable notice, in the absence of evidence otherwise. Read carefully Civil Code section 1954, which deals with entry by landlords, and required notice. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=CIV&sectionNum=1954
Q. My $$ is stuck bcuz attorney lied to trustee who sold my houseSays i hired her to collect SurplusFunds.I did NOT hire
A: If an attorney is claiming you owe them money for work you hired them for, but in fact they have never even been contacted by you and have done no work for you, that is a very serious matter. You certainly should consider a complaint to the State Bar of California. That process is not very quick, and is not very well suited to actually releasing any funds being held in the meantime. If the company is actually filing a court action, it is called an interpleader, and they should be depositing the funds with the court. In such an action, they would name you and the attorney, and let the court decide who is entitled to what. In the meantime, you may want to hire your own attorney. They may be able to get you the $250K undisputed portion quickly, and set up a good strategy for dealing with the rest.
Q. How do we record a handwritten Will in Los Angeles county? Thanks.
A: Wills are not recorded. If the person has died, and you are not filing a probate proceeding, you should "lodge" it, within 30 days of learning of the death. If you want to "lodge" it, you do so with the Superior Court, in the county where the person who died last resided.
Q. . I've been renting a house going on three yrs. I have a 5 yr a lease. New owners gave me 30 days to move
A: In the usual situation, if you have two years remaining on your lease, you can stay at least two more years. When a new owner takes over, they take the place "subject to" any leases in effect at the time. If you live in an eviction control jurisdiction, you have additional protections. Be sure to review your lease to be sure it does not have a special provision which allows the tenancy to be terminated in case of a sale.
Q. My lease says the leasing office will receive packages on our behalf but the new owners stopped without giving us notice
A: No. New owners take the property "subject to" any leases that are in effect at the time of acquiring the property. If you have a lease, the terms remain in effect until the lease expires. If you are month to month, 30 days notice is required to change the tenancy terms. This assumes there are not alternate provisions contained in the lease, so check it carefully.
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
USA
Telephone: (415) 389-9590