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UC Hastings Moot Court Team
February 4, 2016

Kai Ruess is in New Orleans this week coaching the UC Hastings Moot Court team in the Tulane Sports Law Invitational.  The competitors appear in a multiple of rounds in front of a series of judicial panels, making an appellate style argument.  This year’s competition focuses on whether a high school baseball player can be required to […]

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Transfer on Death Deed for Residential Property
January 19, 2016

By Robert J. Lanzone California law has been changed, effective January 1, 2016, to allow an owner of real property to create a “transfer on death” designation by a deed.  This is a new law.  California has, until this year, required real property to be transferred on death by probate (court proceeding), by joint tenancy […]

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Estate Planning Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
September 10, 2015

By Kimberly L. Chu The historic Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, affirming a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states, opened estate planning opportunities for couples in the 13 states that had not permitted same-sex marriage.  Same-sex couples in those states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, […]

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Mediation–An Affordable, Efficient and Flexible Option for Dispute Resolution
July 2, 2015

By Gregory J. Rubens What is Mediation? Mediation is an informal voluntary process where a neutral third party (the “mediator”) assists in resolving disputes outside of court, typically in an office setting.  The mediator does not make a decision on the merits of a case, but uses his or her skills and experience to guide […]

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When is an Equitable Easement Equitable?
June 11, 2015

California law allows for a court to compel a landowner to accept money damage for the fair value of his/her property for which a neighbor has trespassed with a fence, a building, retaining wall or some permanent physical encroachment. The court will refuse to cause the physical structure to be removed. This has been the law for over 75 years.

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