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It’s mine! Case decided in court as heirs via for real property

It’s mine!  Case decided in court as heirs via for real property

By Jennifer Felten Carne v. Worthington This case involves a dispute over the ownership of a property owned by Kenneth Liebler before his death. Liebler’s daughter, Melanie Carne, as successor trustee to the Kenneth Liebler Irrevocable Trust dated December 21, 2009 (the “2009 Trust”), filed a petition in probate court to confirm the validity and […]

Defendant sentenced to 14 years for bilking Financial Institutions out of $16 Million

Defendant sentenced to 14 years for bilking Financial Institutions out of $16 Million

By Jennifer Felten United States v. Vera Kuzmenko In this case the United States government brought an action against defendant Vera Kuzmenko, a real estate agent, and others, on account of a massive real estate fraud she orchestrated. The scheme involved the defendant obtaining real estate commissions by submitting grossly fraudulent loan applications to lenders […]

State Law Prohibits Cities from Enforcing Brown Lawn Ordinances: Brown is the New Green

State Law Prohibits Cities from Enforcing Brown Lawn Ordinances: Brown is the New Green

By Jennifer Felten The state of California is a little low on water. In fact, on January 17, 2014, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency relative to the water shortage and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to make water immediately available. Despite the water shortage, local ordinances in many areas require […]

Consider a replacement for Justice Scalia

Consider a replacement for Justice Scalia

By George Miller RIP Justice Antonin Scalia. Our prayers are with you  You were a memorable man who served a very memorable term. Highly intelligent, educated, dedicated and passionate, you defended the Constitution to the best of your abilities, as near as you could to its letter and “original intent.” You even popularized the term “originalism.” Yet many disagreed with you and […]

Man transfers title to himself: City stuck trying to reclaim home of San Diego Padres

Man transfers title to himself: City stuck trying to reclaim home of San Diego Padres

By Jennifer Felten Case of the Month: People v. McQuaig The City of San Diego is learning the hard way that real estate fraud can be both a criminal matter and a civil matter. Apparently, in 2014 Derris McQuaig decided that he wanted to own Petco Park, the baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres. […]

California Approves Use of Transfer Upon Death Deed

California Approves Use of Transfer Upon Death Deed

In California, where property values are high, the cost to probate an estate for the transfer of a home is costly. As such, savvy homeowners take action to avoid such costs via trusts or via property ownership which includes a right of survivorship. Thanks to the Assembly Bill 139, which becomes effective on January 1, […]

In Chicago Weeds Not Protected As Free Speech

In Chicago Weeds Not Protected As Free Speech

By Jennifer Felten Many cities have ordinances that require property owners to control the weeds on their property or face fines. Proponents of these types of regulations argue that they are needed for: the prevention of serious fire hazards, the removal of obstructions that interfere with streets and sidewalks, the prevention of noxious weed infestation, […]

Adams Canyon Santa Paula Property Sold at Auction

Adams Canyon Santa Paula Property Sold at Auction

By Sheryl Hamlin By order of the Court Appointed Receiver, Case # DC-13-12415, in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas, 14th Judicial District, 4,658.64 acres at 3035 Adams Canyon Road, Santa Paula, Ventura, County, auctioneer Hudson & Marshall held a live auction on October 29, 2015 in Oxnard, where about 35 people were present. […]

Developer temporarily off the hook for alleged faulty construction

Developer temporarily off the hook for alleged faulty construction

By Jennifer Felten McMillin Albany LLC et al., v. The Superior Court of Kern County The case results for a lawsuit filed by the owners of 37 homes constructed by a developer,  alleging eight causes of action, including strict products liability, negligence, and breach of express and implied warranty. They alleged the homes were in […]

Good Fences = Good Neighbors: Encroachment = Lawsuit

Good Fences = Good Neighbors:  Encroachment = Lawsuit

Balancing the Hardships: Equitable Easements Shoen v. Zacarias By: Jeffrey Leung, Esq. and Jean Wilcox, Esq. The proverb “good fences make good neighbors” has been traced through history and appears in many cultures and languages. One version or another can be found in German, Norwegian, Russian, Japanese and Hindi literature. Even Benjamin Franklin had his […]

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