Many written contracts include a short paragraph usually entitled “Entire Agreement” or “Integration Clause” that has legal ramifications that the parties should understand.

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A seller’s duty to disclose construction defects likely includes the duty to disclose prior construction defect litigation under the California ruling in Calemine v. Samuelson.

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With the economy starting to show signs of life, many homeowners are beginning to perform previously delayed construction projects. However, finances can still be a major issue, which is one reason why some homeowners elect to forego hiring a general contractor and instead act as an “owner-builder.” When a property owner chooses to act as […]

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Before you have a contractor begin any home improvements, there are some things you should know.

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California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 332, adding to Civil Code as section 1947.5, allowing landlords of residential property to ban smoking tobacco therein as of January 1, 2012.

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Creditors, collection agencies, and even attorneys can be held liable for abusive collection practices under both federal and state law. There are steps you should avoid taking when attempting to collect on a debt:

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If your business is continuing to suffer, is there any way to get out from under what may now appear to be an unfavorable lease?

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I have repeatedly been asked the question from puzzled clients, “should I cash the check or not?” This situation usually arises when the client is owed $2,000 (for example) and the customer mails the client a check for $1,500 with a notation “payment in full” written on the check.

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A recent decision regarding commercial property in Orange County, California addressed one rare situation in which payment of property taxes may be required to establish a prescriptive easement.

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Individual homeowners, and homeowner’s associations (and HOA management companies), should continue to pay close attention to property conditions that may pose a significant risk of injury to guests and visitors.

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Can homeowners sue a developer for the damages caused by that developer in marketing neighboring homes to sub-prime buyers who presented a high risk of foreclosure? The answer is an uncomfortable “maybe” for housing developers, according to the recent Ninth Circuit decision in Maya v. Centex Corp.

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Generally, an unlicensed contractor may not collect compensation for construction work. However, will a court enforce an arbitration award involving an unlicensed contractor where arbitration was voluntarily agreed to by all parties?

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