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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Legal Answers
399 Questions Answered

Q. My uncle and his girlfriend bought a house together about 4 years ago. He wants to sell but she doesn't. What can he do?
A: Assuming the property is in California, he can file a court action for "partition". In this type of court proceeding, the court divides the property according to the interests of the owners, sometimes adjusting their shares. Most of the time this is accomplished by a court-ordered sale and division of the sale proceeds. Sometimes just the threat by a lawyer to bring such a case will stimulate settlement discussions.
Q. What are my rights if i live in the home my brother inherited from my grandma and he wants to sell it.
A: If there is more to the story, you should consult with an attorney. Based just on what you have said here, it seems you are a month-to-month tenant, entitled to 60 days notice of termination of tenancy.
Q. 2018 son died contest family and beneficiary no will and no wife or kid both parents alive but can't afford to pay for
A: Sorry for your loss. If your son had no will or trust, no spouse and no children, then his estate should pass to his parents. You do not need a lot of money to start a probate with an attorney, although you may have to speak with a few because of the monkey business with the relatives. You will probably want to be appointed administrator, so you and your attorney can investigate what happened and recover any money or property which belongs to the estate. Although it is understandably difficult to deal with, you really need to get going on this, before assets disappear and evidence is destroyed.
Q. My work 401k is registered to a parent corporation and not the direct corporation I work for is that legal?
A: You may be able to file a Qui Tam action. Depending on the ultimate amounts recovered, some of these can be quite valuable. Look for attorneys who are familiar with the requirements for these types of cases, and have one or more consultations to learn more.
Q. My brother just died & I'm his only family his never been married & no kids we thought . He has no will.ill continue Q
A: Sorry for your loss. If she really is his only child, she would inherit everything in his estate. If you or someone else are named as beneficiary on the accounts or 401K, those go to the named beneficiary.
Q. Does my husband need a will in California naming me to get the house if he dies?
A: A lot depends on the source of the money used for the purchase, and what other possible heirs there are besides yourself. Even if everything points to you being the sole heir, it would be beneficial to have the entire estate covered by a living trust or a will. Alternatively, there are ways a deed can be set up to make transfer on death simple. If you are going to remain in the home, you will be able to "assume" (take over) the mortgage.
Q. I have been appointed administrator of my late husbands estate and I was wondering is that the only paperwork I need
A: No, that is not all that is needed. Your question indicates that you have filed a probate action (which is the way an administrator of an estate is appointed). Depending on the value of the estate, the potential heirs, and how title to the various forms of property is held, filing a probate action may or may not have been necessary. Assuming it was necessary, you must still administer the estate, and file the necessary paperwork associated with that. That will include notifying creditors, conducting an inventory, filing any necessary tax returns, etc. You may be able to put the bank accounts into an estate account at this point, but you will not be the full owner of them and the real estate until a "Decree of Distribution" is issued by the court at the conclusion of the probate process. You would be well advised to hire a probate attorney to help you through the process.
Q. hi my name is tanya i take care of an 88 year old women. her daughter pays all her bills. i suspect fraud with sister
A: You do not need a lawyer in order to report suspected elder abuse. For Alameda County, see the webpage at: https://www.alamedasocialservices.org/public/services/elders_and_disabled_adults/protective_services.cfm or else just call 510-577-3500
Q. Hello, My neighbor moved and left their property vacant now there are squatters living there selling drugs.
A: You may be able to sue the owners under a nuisance theory. You would have to pay your own attorney, with no assurance of being awarded those fees when you win. You may want to try getting a similar action brought by the city or county. It probably qualifies as a public nuisance, and municipalities can enforce the law efficiently, if they choose to do so.
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PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
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Telephone: (415) 389-9590