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
Lead Counsel Rated
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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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Dorfman Law Office
Legal Answers
375 Questions Answered

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.
Q. Would a contract for employment as a freelance employee be something I could have looked at here?
A: This is just a question and answer forum, but you can contact any of the attorneys here you wish.
Q. My mother had a living trust, now a revocable Trust. I am trustee. However, she had a IRA not In trust.
A: Letters testamentary are only available from the probate court. However, depending on the value of the IRA (and any other property not included in the trust), you may be able to obtain the funds with just an affidavit.
Q. My landlord sold the house we live in without any notice and the new owner is not giving us a 60 day eviction. Fair?
A: Assuming you have lived there more than a year, you are entitled to a 60 day notice of termination of tenancy from the new owner. If you have a lease, you can stay through the end of the lease term. Of course, you still have to pay rent and comply with any other valid terms of your tenancy. A letter from an attorney on your behalf may do the trick.
Q. In June of 2018, the apartments I live in sold.
A: Landlords are prohibited by federal law from banning satellite dishes. Although they can not completely ban them, they can control, to a limited extent, where and how they are installed. Take a look at this page from the FCC website for more detail: https://www.fcc.gov/media/over-air-reception-devices-rule
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 the executor named in the will does not file probate can another person named in the will step in and file?
A: In a word, yes.
Q. My dad passed away with no will and his brother sold his car and is selling the house that they owned 50/50 can he?
A: It depends on how title to the property is held. If you dad and his brother were "joint tenants", then your uncle now owns the property. If, on the other hand, they were "tenants in common", then your dad's half will pass to his heirs, after a probate proceeding.
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
USA
Telephone: (415) 389-9590