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
Fees
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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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100 Trust Rating
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Professional Associations
California State Bar # 107581
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- Current
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Legal Answers
381 Questions Answered

Q. So if my employee gets in an accident, am I at fault?
A: If your employee was acting as your employee at the time, yes, you are responsible for their actions. It it called the doctrine of "respondeat superior". The general idea is that a owner business is responsible for the activities it undertakes.
Q. Landlord only accepts electronic deposits (refuses to accept checks), so it costs me $5/mnth to pay him. Is this legal?
A: No, you must be offered, "... at least one form of payment that is neither cash nor electronic funds transfer." per Civil Code section 1947.3.
Q. Hi I've been injured in a car accident the injuries that I sustained were a concussion, left wrist pain that I had
A: No competent attorney can answer your question without talking to you, and conducting a full review of all your records. Very likely, consultations with experts will also be required. Do not try to handle this yourself. The other side, whether the other driver's insurance company or your own in an under or uninsured motorist action, will have experienced attorneys and experts working very hard to pay you as little as possible. You need serious help on your side. Access to quality personal attorneys is easy; almost all offer free consultations and will represent you without you having to advance any money. Take advantage of the help that is available to you.
Q. Am I legally required to have insurance on property if I didn't even know that I inherited it?
A: Unless there is a loan or mortgage on the property (or some other contract) which requires insurance, there is usually no legal requirement to have insurance. If a land owner does not have insurance, they are responsible for the risks associated with ownership. One such risk is the risk of being sued, even if they are not ultimately found at fault. If they are at fault for an injury, they will be responsible for all damages awarded to the injured party. It is not clear from the question how you became entitled to property without knowing about it, but now that you do, consider insuring it for your own protection.
Q. Can I be sued if I was in an accident and the damages we're $150k but my insurance only covers $50k?
A: Yes. If your insurance limits are not high enough to cover the damages you caused, the injured parties can sue you, and collect the difference from your assets. Each case is different, so you should consult an attorney regarding your specific risk. Start with the attorney provided to you by your insurance carrier.
Q. If landlord is selling his home does he have to pay us to move if he gives us a 60 day notice but house not sold yet
A: Only in rent/eviction control jurisdictions do landlords have to pay for relocation. If you have a lease which has not expired, you can stay until the lease ends. If you are month-to-month, you are only entitled to 60 days written notice (unless you have lived there less than a year, in which case you only get 30 days).
Q. I did not have insurance. Iwas in a hit and run accident. His insurance won't fix my car. What can I do
A: You can sue the driver in small claims court. The limit there is $10,000. You can do it without a lawyer, but if you win and there is an appeal, you should get a lawyer for the appeal.
Q. my friend who i lived with for 14 years died he left his house to me in a will and a transfer on death deed. Now his
A: Assuming there is no undue influence involved, and your friend was competent at the time, you should be able to get the house. Assuming the legal requirements are met, and the deed was recorded, probate will not be needed in order for you to complete the transfer.
Q. Hello there my name is xxx and i was just wondering if somebody would be able to ansew a real fast ? For me abo
A: You can probably get all the money now, but it really depends on the wording of the will (trust). What procedures you need to follow to enforce your rights depend on what has been done so far, especially if the will has been probated. You should have a consultation with a probate/trust attorney, and provide them with a copy of the will.
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
USA
Telephone: (415) 389-9590