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Q: Can I sue American Airlines for losing my luggage resulting in irreplaceable loss of property, psychological harm?

AA l ost my luggage during a international move (relocating for a job) and as a result, I have lost irreplaceable documents such as diplomas and other property. I am looking to apply for graduate school so this may have an impact on my application eligibility. Furthermore, I will never be able to... Read more »

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Feb 13, 2020

Probably not

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: If an easement runs with land in Ca and then the land goes through a judicial foreclosure... does this break easement

Related to a sign on commercial Ca property where there were easements made that run with land for access to sign .... but people are not paying and property taxes up. Can we remove their signs ?

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Feb 11, 2020

Usually an easement would survive a judicial foreclosure.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Easement syntax: A right of way and easement, for all purposes, into over and across, upon and in and to ...

Hello Lawyers,

I own an Easement in California which crosses 4 lots.

I use it everyday for ingress/egress.

Sometimes I "maintain" both road and bridge on the easement.

I assume it is clear of legal entanglements.

The Easement was granted in 1915.

It... Read more »

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Jan 6, 2020

It’s possible that this gives you a very broad easement.

But to give you a firm opinion an attorney would need to look at the subsequent title history of all the properties involved as well as any recorded court history as it is possible the easement was lessened or revised or cancelled...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Is it fraud to use a line of credit opened by the previous owner of a business I purchased in March of this year?

We paid bought a bar in March of 2019- DBA, liquor license, all assets connected to the business. All accounts including credit lines, utilities, vendors etc. were supposed to be transferred or closed. Recently, I received a statement that there is a line of credit in the business name that the old... Read more »

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Dec 29, 2019

If you just bought the assets of the company rather than the shares, probably not as it may be a personal line of credit.

It would be best to check with the Bank to see who took out this line of credit!!

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for California on
Q: filed complains planning- building re: architect next door preventing my access to the side of my house. Last 3yrs.

This is a fire harasser, she put a tankless water heater in 2 ft setback between us. My other neighbor had fire 12-25-14 it came through my bedroom window a legitimate accident.

These old houses setback are approx 4ft.

code is 6ft now if new or reconstructed.

Architect is... Read more »

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2019

You might be able to file an action to enforce the City codes but first make sure there is really a violation

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Q: My homeowners association sued me and my wife and there was a trial. Now we want to counter sue them for their actions

In California can I sue my association for selective enforcement among other violations?

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Dec 26, 2019

What happened to their lawsuit?

Did you win or lose?

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for California on
Q: In California, if a contractor working on your home does damage to property, are they required to pay for defect repair?

Scaffolding company put their scaffolding on a small decorative wall and cracked it. The house is 90 years old, the wall was standing strong. But when cracked it is apparent the wood inside is gone. But it really did not matter as the stucco was thick and intact. The scaffold company claims they... Read more »

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George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Dec 10, 2019

He is probably right about the dry rot.

That was already there before they came along.

It’s probably good it was discovered as it could have gotten much worse or even dangerous!

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: Do I still own my artwork after gallery has possessed it for three years?

Hi, I had work in an art gallery for a show, and when the show was over the gallery owner asked me to leave one piece of work with him so that he could try to sell it. It has been about two and a half years now. I texted with him about getting it back about a year ago and he agreed we'd try to meet... Read more »

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Dec 6, 2019

Perhaps, yes.

Was any of your agreement or understanding stated in writing, or via texts or emails?

If so, do you still have access to them?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for California on
Q: Construction: Can a client require a materials/ Labor breakdown before issueing payment on a signed contract?

We submitted billing for a partial contract amount, waited for two months only to find out that the general contractor is requireing us to submit a materials/ labor breakdown. This was not stated in the initial signed contract and in my opinion is a breach of what I consider to be trade secrets.

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Nov 14, 2019

Normally if you have a fixed price contract, the other party cannot ask to see your labor and material costs.

The contract you have might require this, or require a list of your subcontractors, so please review your contract in detail or have legal counsel do so.

2 Answers | Asked in Construction Law for California on
Q: We lost our home in the Carr Fire and have rebuilt. I fear that we have been overcharged and was wondering what to do
George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq. answered on Nov 4, 2019

Why do you feel you were overcharged?

Was this a fixed price or cost-plus contract?

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