Gerald Barry Dorfman

Gerald Barry Dorfman

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

Q. Is there any way to appeal the results of an arbitration?
A: Unless your arbitration is a court arbitration, where you are allowed to demand a trial "de novo", the grounds to have an arbitration award overturned are extremely limited. You would have to go over the award and facts with a litigation attorney.
Q. If my tenant owes me more than the security deposit, how many days does she have to pay additional damages?
A: There is no set number of days. If they do not pay you, after your proper demand, you will have to sue.
Q. I was served a 3- day notice to pay or quit does a 30- day come next or the eviction?
A: Assuming you don't pay, eviction.
Q. My husband died in California and he had property is his name before the marriage. Does this property belong to me?
A: Most likely, as to the property you describe, 1/3 to you and 2/3 divided between his adult children, but that can vary, depending on how title is held, and whether there is a will or trust.
Q. At 83 years of age and ill, what can I do if my landlord gave me only 30 days to vacate a rental because they have sold
A: First, please be sure you mean to be asking about California law (your post also references Stone Mountain, GA). Second, if you live in an eviction control jurisdiction, you have extra protections. Third, if you do not have an unexpired lease, in addition to planning to sell, the following must also be true, in order to give you a 30 day notice: 1. The landlord has contracted to sell the rental unit to another person who intends to occupy it for at least a year after the tenancy ends. In addition, all of the following must be true in order for the selling landlord to give you a 30-day notice: a. The landlord must have opened escrow with a licensed escrow agent or real estate broker, and b. The landlord must have given you the 30-day notice no later than 120 days after opening the escrow, and c. The landlord must not previously have given you a 30-day or 60-day notice, and d. The rental unit must be one that can be sold separately from any other dwelling unit. (For example, a house or a condominium can be sold separately from another dwelling unit.) If any of the above conditions is not true, the 30 day notice is not effective to end your tenancy. Even if all is correct, you should contact a tenant's rights organization near you for further help.
Q. My tenant ran over my dog while on my property,causing damage that resulted in surgery. Can I recover expenses?
A: If your tenant was negligent, and caused you money damages, yes, you can recover damages.
Q. How to transfer ownership of old pickup truck of deceased uncle (California)
A: The sister-in-law is not an heir. Technically, the two brothers are entitled to it. Even though they are hard to get in touch with, the best solution is for them to get it and then sign off to the sister-in-law. Another possibility is for the sister-in-law to treat it as abandoned property. If she follows those procedures, she could end up with it.
Q. If I am the seller and have a realtor in California. Is the realtor suppose to favor the buyer? Thanks!
A: No, if the realtor is your agent, they represent you. If they are the buyer's agent, they represent them. If they are a dual agent, representing both seller and buyer, they must disclose this in writing, and they owe a fiduciary duty to both. That means they do not "favor" either.
Q. My lawyer guaranteed me money to pay off my medical bills if I rejected the other party's settlement offer and went to
A: Of course you do. A guarantee is a guarantee. Have you asked your lawyer for the money he or she promised you to pay off your bills? A couple of things to note: 1. It is virtually unheard of for a lawyer to guarantee a result in a litigation matter. 2. If the lawyer denies the guarantee, you will have the burden of proving it.
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Mill Valley, CA 94942
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Telephone: (415) 389-9590