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

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.
Q. The prpty mgmt is trying to bill for waterand trash mid lease. Is this legal? What are my options?
A: Civil Code section 827 only applies to, " ...leases ... from week to week, month to month, or other period less than a month..." It does not apply to a one year lease. ignoring this type of thing doesn't usually make it go away. If you can afford a lawyer letter, get one. If not, write yourself, quoting the language from Civil Code section 827, pointing out that you currently have a year lease still in effect, and demanding they pay the utilities.
Q. my grandparents raised me since i was 3 my dad,their son,and my mom killed in car wreck.grandparents no will Amian owne
A: Without a will (and assuming no trust either), you will likely have to file a probate proceeding in court in order to become a co-owner of the property. this assumes the property itself is not held in a form of title which passes it to a designated survivor or survivors. If you are the only child of your parents, you would get the share your parent would have gotten if they had survived. The number of shares would be the number of children of the grandparents, whether they survived them or not. You could petition to be the administrator of the estate. Attorney fees are usually not paid until the estate is closed, although there are some costs along the way. Attorney fees for regular probate work are based on a percentage of the estate.
Q. deceased brother made a will giving property to our parents when he was single and passed away leaving one child
A: If he left the child out of the will completely (not mentioning the child at all), the child is likely entitled to inherit what would have been the child's share if there was no will at all. The child in this situation is referred to as a "pretermitted heir".
Q. We gave 60 days notice to our tenants. After 2 weeks they gave us 4 days notice of moving out and paid 7 days rent.
A: Yes, they are supposed to give a full 30 days notice under the circumstances you describe (assuming the lease does not allow shorter notice). And pay rent which covers the 30 day notice period. So, if they gave you a 30 notice on the 15th, they would have to pay rent to the 15th of the next month. Again, this assumes the rental agreement does not require that notice only be given at a specific time.
Q. We gave the 30 day notice to our landlord on July 10 will be moving on August 10. Now she want me to pay whole month
A: Unless your rental agreement says differently, you can give 30 days notice at any time. That means you can prorate the rent, as you did. Not sure what your arrangement is on utilities, since those are usually billed after you use them, but in the end those should be prorated so you only pay for the time you use them. Check your rental agreement to be sure it doesn't say something like notice can only be given at the beginning of a month.
Q. How would I appeal a rejection of creditors claim
A: You do not appeal it. You file suit.
Q. Where can my dad get a will made and how much does it cost to get it done
A: If it is an emergency, or if he is certain this form is right for his situation, there is a free will form at: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/publications/Will-Form.pdf However, depending on what he owns, there may be better ways to transfer his property. Also, a personalized will may fit him better, and handle more situations. A simple will prepared by an attorney is not expensive. Best to have a consultation with an estate planning attorney.
Q. How does my son claim inheritance money left to his dad before he passed away
A: That will depend on a number of factors. What is the amount in question, and what was the amount of the total estate? Are there other survivors? Was the money left in a trust, or an estate, or another form, such as an account "payable on death" ? Is there a probate proceeding for the father's inheritance? Is your son a minor or an adult? Unfortunately, the situation is not necessarily simple, although it may turn out to be relatively easy. Depending on the answers to the questions here, it could be as easy as getting in touch with a trustee or administrator, or as difficult as filing a probate action in court. A consultation with a probate attorney is really the best way to get straight what your son needs.
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
USA
Telephone: (415) 389-9590