Oakland Real Estate Lawyers

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Michael S. Biggs
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California Real Estate Law Attorney! Skilled Representation!

I provide dedicated real estate law representation for those with legal needs. I am ready to aggressively advocate for your real estate needs and interests! Visit my website for information, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Joshua D. Brysk
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Skilled Real Estate Lawyer! Experience, Diligence & Service! Call today!

I am dedicated to providing reliable, effective representation for a diverse range of real estate needs. I work tirelessly for the best possible outcomes! Call for a consultation, visit my website for information. Read More »
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Greg Hartman
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(510) 227-5325 1300 Clay St.
Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy and Business
Santa Clara University School of Law
Gregory S. Hartman is an attorney, CPA, and Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (credential pending). Mr. Hartman's practice involves representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. He has expertise in chapter 11 businesses reorganization. Prior to starting Hartman Bankruptcy Law, Mr. Hartman represented secured creditors and trustees in bankruptcy cases. Mr. Hartman also worked for the United States Trustee's Office where he worked in an oversight role of chapter 11 cases and trustee administration. Mr. Hartman is a long-time resident of the Bay Area, living in the East Bay with his wife...
David L. Roth
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(510) 482-6600 1425 Leimert Blvd, Suite 405
Oakland, CA 94602
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Stockbroker Fraud
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Real Estate Law Offices of David L. Roth. Highest rating AV by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Co-author, Chap. 10, California Easements And Boundaries: Law And Litigation (CEB). Author, Chap. 1, "Easements," Neighbor Disputes: Law & Litigation (CEB) Practice areas include: Commercial Landlord/Tenant; Boundary and Easement Disputes; Title, Partition, Quiet Title, Adverse Possession, Prescriptive Easements; Construction Defect and Mechanics Lien lawsuits; Premises Liability and Injuries; Purchase/Sale Transactions and Litigation; Deeds of Trust; Real Estate Fraud.
Len Watkins
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(510) 788-0040 1300 Clay Street
Room 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Antitrust, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Defense
University of San Francisco School of Law
A resident of Oakland, Len spent much of his legal career with prestigious, top-ranked, San Francisco law firms. Mr. Watkins brings the same level of expertise, and standard of excellence, to his practice in the East Bay. Focusing on consumer bankruptcy and business law, Mr. Watkins’ depth of experience and training include: A Masters of Business Administration, concentrating on finance, from the University of California, at Davis A stock brokerage license (inactive) from the National Association of Securities Dealers A California Real Estate Broker’s license Previous Experience Business Attorney Norris & Norris (now...
Howard Elliot Kane
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(510) 292-0193 4200 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Estate Planning and Probate
UC Hastings COL
I attended UCLA from 1983-1987 and obtained a B.A. in History. I attended
UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco from 1987-1990 and began practicing law in 1990. I am also a licensed California real estate broker and I have brokered hundreds of purchase and sale agreements since 1996.

In addition to handling simple and complex real estate transactions, I focus on affordable estate planning packages. Fees begin at $495. Packages
include:

Wills
Revocable Living Trusts
Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
Health Care Directives
Final Arrangements

I also make house calls throughout the Bay Area.


Eric Jeffrey Farber
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(833) 740-6434 333 Hegenberger Road
Suite 504
Oakland, CA 94621
Offers Video ChatReal Estate, Business, Entertainment & Sports and IP
Golden Gate University School of Law
Eric Farber is the Founder of Pacific Workers, the Lawyers for Injured Workers. We represent injured workers in their fight for justice against the insurance companies. With a solid team of well trained, caring and compassionate professionals, it is easy to see why Pacific Workers has garnered numerous awards and accolades but more importantly, over 250 five star reviews from clients.
Karl J. F. Runft
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(415) 399-2900 299 THIRD STREET
Oakland, CA 94607
Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
Real Estate and Business
University of Wisconsin Law School
Ruben Sundeen
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(510) 663-9240 428 13th St Fl 8
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
John Erik Fraker
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(800) 775-7612 70 Washington Street
Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94607
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Golden Gate University School of Law and University of Southern California Gould School of Law
John Erik Fraker is the chair of the Charitable Planning & Philanthropy Practice Group for Ainer & Fraker, LLP. Specializing in high net-worth estate planning, philanthropy, and asset protection, John excels at providing sophisticated financial solutions and advanced charitable techniques that help individuals reduce taxes, provide a lasting legacy, and strengthen the familyâs core identity. Prior to co-founding Ainer & Fraker, LLP in 2002, John handled the investment and insurance needs of high net worth families as a fee-only financial planner in the affluent Brentwood Santa Monica area of Los Angeles. Additionally, he worked as Business Development Officer for the...
Garrett Francis Riegg
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 48 years experience
(510) 535-2555 1946 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation and Estate Planning
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
I have worked in a dozen fields of law over my career of 44 years. Mostly I was a business trial lawyer, but now I only advise and handle transactions: no trials. I am semiretired but come to the office most days.
Robert Ian Levy
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(510) 465-0025 1946 Embarcadero
Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94606
Offers Video ChatReal Estate and Business
Tulane Univ Law School
Timothy Alan Larsen
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(510) 238-9333 123 Bay Place, Suite 11
Oakland, CA 94610
Real Estate and Landlord Tenant
Willamette Univ COL
Sheryl Alyce Traum
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(510) 992-4684 1901 Harrison, Suite 1100
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate and Personal Injury
UC Hastings COL
Leon Henderson Rountree III
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(510) 343-6299 317 Washington Street
Suite 214
Oakland, CA 94607
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Landlord Tenant
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Dana Sack
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(510) 286-2200 One Kaiser Plaza
Suite 1015
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate, Business and Insurance Defense
UC Hastings COL
Tammy Ann Brown
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(510) 834-6600 1111 Broadway
24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Employment
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
Sanford Hilton Margolin
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(510) 451-4114 1970 Broadway
#1200
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
David Louis Roth
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer
1425 Leimert Blvd., Suite 405
Oakland, CA 94602-1852
Real Estate
Jeffrey Alan Leon
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Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney
(510) 208-6600 1970 Broadway
Suite 1250
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate
Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney
(510) 466-6724 1999 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Real Estate, Antitrust, Appeals and Bankruptcy
Oakland, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(415) 846-8313 1155 Clarendon Cres
Oakland, CA 94610
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Personal Injury
University of California, Berkeley School of Law and School of Law
Richard Pazin
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Alameda, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(510) 227-5270 725 Central Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Family and Tax
Wayne State University Law School and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
University of Michigan - BBA (Accounting)
Certified Public Account - Michigan
University of Detroit Law School - JD
Wayne State University - LL.M Taxation
Attorney Licenses in Michigan and California

Michael Ralph Notaro
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Alameda, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(510) 522-2666 2219 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
Free ConsultationReal Estate
Golden Gate Univ School of Law
Real estate attorney Michael Notaro has over 27 years experience in the real estate industry. His mission is to provide real estate owners, investors and developers with the finest quality legal service. Michael and his firm provide professional, âvalue addedâ legal services. Zealous and aggressive representation is balanced with negotiating the best possible client settlement. When our clients succeed, we succeed. We create lasting relationships with our clients, guided by the values of integrity, service and excellence. We are counselors as well as advocates and communicate in clear, understandable language; we believe our clients deserve to know...
George W. Wolff Esq.
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(415) 788-1881 580 California St
#1236
San Francisco, CA 94104
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatReal Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Construction
University of California Hastings College of the Law and Northwestern University School of Law
At the Wolf Law Office, we offer over 25 years of experience handling a wide range of construction contracts and claims for clients throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.

Our principal attorney, George W. Wolff, worked in the construction industry before attending law school, acted as an arbitrator, advocate, and trial attorney on private and public construction jobs and brings a comprehensive understanding of the practical and legal issues related to construction contracts and disputes to our clients, helping you avoid or resolve disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In our years of experience, we have built a comprehensive network...
David M. Helbraun
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(415) 982-4000 555 Montgomery St
#605
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Business, Civil Rights and IP
University of California Hastings College of the Law
I am an accomplished litigation and trial lawyer. My practice includes Civil Rights, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Business, Trademarks, and Insurance Bad Faith law issues. I practice throughout California, in all state and federal courts.

With over three decades of experience, I provide knowledgeable and skilled representation. I zealously advocate, determined to achieve the best possible outcomes for my clients' legal situations. Recognized by peers for exceptional ethics and representation, I hold an AV Preeminent Rating, and have been honored as a Super Lawyer for the past three years.
Martin H. Orlick
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(415) 984-9667 2 Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate and Business
University of San Francisco School of Law
I am an accomplished Business, Real Estate and ADA Compliance & Defense law attorney. Admitted to the California Bar in 1978, I am dedicated to providing exceptional service and legal representation.

With vast experience and a deep understanding of real estate transactions and litigation, I have both the knowledge and skill needed to get results. I am committed to achieving my clients' goals and objectives.
Ernest Christopher Brown
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(800) 832-6946 244 California St.
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Arbitration & Mediation, Construction and Environmental
UC Berkeley School of Law Boalt Hall
Ernest C. Brown, ESQ, PE is highly experienced in construction contracts, negotiation, claims preparation, construction litigation, mechanic’s liens, bid protests, public works law and insurance coverage. He has resolved more than 2,500 construction disputes, including complex mediations, arbitrations, litigation, court trials, jury trials, DRB's and other innovative ADR approaches. He is a graduate of MIT in Civil and Environmental Engineering and earned a MS Construction Management and JD from the University of California, Berkeley. He also did graduate coursework at Harvard Law School in International Law. He is a senior construction lawyer and licensed civil engineer. Mr. Brown has...
David Cincotta
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(415) 984-9687 2 Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Administrative, Business and Environmental
Lincoln University School of Law
I am an accomplished attorney, practicing Environmental, Government, Real Estate and Energy Law. I am committed to representing a wide range of clients including individuals, small firms and publicly owned corporations throughout Northern California.

I am dedicated to providing exceptional service and representation. With 40 years of experience, I have the knowledge and skill needed to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Visit my website for more information and to see representative cases. Contact me to see how I can help you accomplish your goals and objectives.

Christopher D. N. Hanson
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(877) 421-9181 300 Montgomery Street
Suite 1121
San Francisco, CA 94104
Offers Video ChatReal Estate and Insurance Claims
John F. Kennedy University College of Law
Who am I? Why do I do this? What are you getting when you hire me and my staff? Am I any good at this lawyer stuff? Will I win? Those are all good questions; and I even have answers for some of them.

I started the firm in the mid 1990’s after the Savings and Loan implosion killed commercial real estate for about five years.

In 1978, I got my California real estate license, and two years later, my broker’s license. In 1993, I was awarded the nationally recognized CCIM designation by the Commercial Investment...
Michael Lee Mau
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(415) 495-8082 950 Harrison St., Ste. 213
San Francisco, CA 94107-1078
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Collections and Construction
Santa Clara University School of Law and University of California - Santa Barbara
Our managing attorney Michael L. Mau, Esq. has gained extensive experience as a trial lawyer and advocate. He has extensive experience in the areas of Construction Law, Real Property and Commercial Litigation, Collections, Business Counseling and Insurance / Surety Defense. He has experience handling cases at all stages of litigation including trial work.

Initially he worked and gained a wide variety of experience as an Independent Contract Attorney. He then practiced for five plus years with Simpson, Aherne & Garrity, P.C., a construction law firm with offices in San Mateo and San Francisco. After a shorter stint at McLemore, Collins...
Robert B. Kaplan
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer
(415) 984-9673 2 Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Business
Golden Gate University School of Law
Robert B. Kaplan is an accomplished California Bankruptcy, Business, and Real Estate Law attorney with an emphasis on creditors' rights and bankruptcy related cases. Focused on results, Bob has been providing rigorous and uncompromising legal representation for over 40 years.

Bob is a Co-Managing Partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, a firm listed on American Lawyer's AmLaw 200. A highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney, he is ready to assist you in accomplishing your legal objectives.
Paul DeAngelis
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(415) 781-0260 534 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Business
Boston University
Paul DeAngelis practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. He concentrates on real estate matters, including litigating buyer and seller disputes arising from transactions, neighbor and HOA disputes, and broker defense issues. He also provides transaction and counseling services to buyers and sellers, to property owners to resolve neighbor and HOA disputes, and to brokers and agents regarding risk management and BRE compliance issues. The information in this profile and any reviews or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal representation. It is a communication within Rules of Professional Conduct of...
Eric L. Toscano
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(888) 235-8582 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-4128
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Consumer, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
University of California, Davis, School of Law
I am a San Francisco-based trial lawyer passionate about representing tenants in disputes with landlords and individuals who have been injured. I am a founding partner at Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken LLP, where I pursue claims against landlords arising out of illegal evictions from rent-controlled apartments, tenant harassment, defective conditions and repair issues, rodent and other pest infestations, and floods. I also counsel tenants about their rights under federal, state, and local laws, particularly the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, and negotiate buyouts for tenants interested in relocating from their...
K. Anderson Franco
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(415) 727-8708 One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2860
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatReal Estate, Landlord Tenant, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Call me today at (415) 727-8708.

I am a trial attorney who represents landlords, tenants, and people who have been injured in catastrophic accidents. This includes: wrongful eviction lawsuits, habitability lawsuits, car accidents, slip & falls, and real property injuries. I have represented clients throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento, and have litigated multiple $1,000,000+ cases. I am a native Spanish speaker.

I graduated from UC Berkeley with two bachelor's degrees and two highly coveted full-tuition scholarships: Gates Millennium Scholarship and the IDEAL Scholarship through the Level Playing Field Institute. I then obtained...
Michael D. Larsen
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(415) 483-5938 One Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Elder, Estate Planning and International
University of Chicago
I have always been interested in European history and languages. I lived in France for four years before returning to the Bay Area to set up my law practice. I often work with people in the Bay Area who have family or assets in France.
Alan William Sparer
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(415) 217-7300 100 Pine St
33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatReal Estate, Elder, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For over 30 years, Mr. Sparer has successfully represented individuals and businesses in litigation involving securities, contract, insurance, real estate, probate, and trust matters. Sparer Law Group (SLG), Mr. Sparer has obtained over $200 million in settlements, judgments, and recoveries on behalf of securities investors. Mr. Sparer also leads an SLG team that has successfully defended financial professionals and investment funds under investigation by the SEC, FINRA, and the California Department of Business Oversight.

SLG regularly helps resolve sensitive and confidential family disputes involving claims of elder abuse or financial misconduct. In the process, Mr. Sparer has successfully...
Martin Ross Sances
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Lafayette, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(925) 284-2810 3736 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Suite 300
Lafayette, CA 94549
Real Estate, Business, Construction and Insurance Claims
Univ of Wisconsin Law School
Areas of Expertise

Business advice and counseling
Contract drafting and review
Corporate structure and transactions
Licensing and regulation
Employment and labor negotiation
Insurance coverage and claims handling
Education

B.A., Colgate University, 1991
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1994

Martin is an experienced business attorney who facilitates transactions while minimizing the risks and pitfalls facing his clients. Martin takes a “can-do” approach to legal problems that focuses on crafting deals through an integrative and value creating process rather than conflict.
Matthew S. Kenefick
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer
(415) 984-9677 2 Embarcadero Center
5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate and Business
Santa Clara University School of Law
I am a successful California Business attorney, assisting clients with Business, Real Estate, Civil, Compliance, and Litigation matters. My practice includes representation and defense of small and large businesses from an array of industries.

With extensive experience, I provide aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom. I am dedicated to practical advice, superior legal strategies, and cost-effective recommendations.

I grew up in Los Gatos, and worked my way through school with numerous scholarships and honors. A proud father, outside of work I can be found spending time with my family. I enjoy travel, golf, and outdoor photography. Additionally, I...
Karl Olson
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(415) 409-8904 100 Pine Street
Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111
Real Estate, Environmental, Products Liability and Trademarks
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Hanlen J. Chang
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(415) 757-3422 201 Spear Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and International
Southwestern University School of Law
Hanlen J. Chang provides legal services in Business Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning, and International Tax matters. He was recognized as a Super Lawyers rising star in 2015. Prior to establishing his own practice Hanlen was a research attorney at the San Mateo County Superior Court Probate Department. He has also worked for several Southern California and Bay Area law firms as a litigation attorney representing business owners and professionals . Hanlen grew up in Bubendorf, Switzerland and attended...
Arsen Sarapinian
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San Francisco, CA Real Estate Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(213) 538-2903 388 Market Street, Ste. 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Offers Video ChatReal Estate, Employment and Personal Injury
University of California Hastings College of the Law
The Law Offices of Arsen Sarapinian, P.C. is a full-service law firm, advocating for clients throughout Southern and Northern California. We have offices in Beverly Hills and San Francisco and handle cases from the pre-litigation phase through discovery and jury trial in state and federal courts.

The law firm's approach is to treat all clients like family and provide quality legal representation - not charging clients any upfront fees or costs, not backing down and settling with insurance companies below the true value of the case, and maximizing case results for each and every client. It is our mission to approach...
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

Mortgage: A mortgage is a document signed by a borrower when a loan is made that gives the lender a right to take possession of the property if the borrower fails to repay the loan.

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