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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Professional Associations
California State Bar # 107581
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- Current
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Legal Answers
337 Questions Answered

Q. What happens if a person bringing a personal injury suit dies before the case gets resolved?
A: Unless the case is for elder abuse, the right to recover for "general damages" (pain & suffering, etc.) dies with the person. The person's estate or other successor may continue with the suit for "special damages" (economic injury). If the person died as a result of the injuries, a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought.
Q. My Mom signed a DNR, but she has dementia - I feel the nursing staff pressured her into it - is there anything I can do?
A: 1. If her dementia is severe enough, you could apply to the court to become her conservator. 2. You could report suspected elder abuse/neglect to the appropriate agency in the county in which it happened.
Q. If I give my 30-day notice to move out in the middle of the month, do I need to pay the whole months rent?
A: Unless your lease says otherwise, you can give your 30 day termination notice at any time during the month. You can prorate your rent payment through the end of the notice period. Make sure your notice is in the correct form and served properly.
Q. My brother and I disagree about filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of our mother. What should we do?
A: Assuming it is a valid case, whichever of you wants to file should retain a personal injury attorney. Parties who do not wish to join in wrongful death cases may be made parties to the case by those who do wish to pursue the action.
Q. I have lived in my house for 2 years this June, and I was just served with a 60 day notice to vacate-with no reason.
A: Unfortunately, unless you have a lease which has not yet expired, or live in one of the very few jurisdictions that have eviction controls, a 60 day notice is all that is needed. However, the notice can not be given in retaliation for the exercise of your rights as a tenant.
Q. In California, can seller's agent force the buyers to sign the Hold Harmless agreement right before close of escrow?
A: The simple answer is no, not if it is not required by the contract. Unfortunately, a specific answer in any particular transaction requires a review and analysis of all the writings (including escrow instructions) and conduct of the parties.
Q. Can Jurys make an award conditional? If an award is paid in 30 days it is x, if later it is 2x.
A: No. But judgements earn interest at the legal rate of 10%, which is a pretty good return these days.
Q. Can a landlord break a lease to remodel a apartment with a only a 30 day notice?
A: No, not based on what you have stated here. If you have a lease which does not end until July 31st, you are legally allowed to stay until then. The landlord will just have to wait until your lease ends to renovate your unit. Talk to an attorney about your best course of action.
Q. Two weeks before he passed, my father changed the living trust from my sister being the one and only trustee,
A: It certainly sounds like a conflict of interest for the attorney who was a witness and drafter of changes in a trust to represent a co-trustee in contesting the changes drafted by the very attorney. The question is not clear on the timeline. This is the type of issue which should be brought to the attention of the court at the outset of an action. An attorney consultation is needed to examine the details and also to ascertain whether there was a waiver of the conflict (at least as far as the contest was concerned; the ethical violation would likely not be waived.) It is also not clear whether the attorney had a duty to disclose the knowledge they had, so that is also something worth evaluating. Please note that this answer applies to California only (the question is posted in CA, but your location is listed as Seattle).
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
USA
Telephone: (415) 389-9590