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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Probate for California on
Q: In a tenancy in common ownership with siblings. Can I legally install lock on bedroom door while away on vacation?

The house is going through probate for tenancy in common. I want to protect my possessions and assets in my bedroom from the others who have stolen my things before and damaged my possessions.

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answered on May 13, 2024

In California, you generally have the right to secure your personal space within a shared property, especially if you have concerns about the safety of your possessions. Installing a lock on your bedroom door in a home shared through a tenancy in common typically falls within this scope, provided... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: When in arbitration j.a.m.s is there two reference numbers? Does each offer or counter offer have its document?

why would a demand need amending?

When trying to settle during arbitration are numbers verbally communicated rather than on documents?

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answered on Apr 24, 2024

In arbitration with JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services), there are typically not two reference numbers. Usually, a single case number is assigned to the arbitration proceeding, which remains consistent throughout the process.

Each offer or counteroffer does not necessarily...
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Q: Is it possible to hire an out-of-state malpractice attorney if I can't find representation in California to represent me

Concerning fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment that occurred in my will contest of my grandmother's estate by the attorney I hired to represent me, merged himself into a conflict of interest with the opposing attorney for the estate both neglected to protect my interest as an issue of... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 20, 2024

Yes your can hire an out-of-state attorney. That attorney will need to associate with a California licensed attorney. That process is called pro hac vice.

As to whether your have a valid case or not, more facts would be needed for a good analysis.

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Q: Is it possible to hire an out-of-state malpractice attorney if I can't find representation in California to represent me

Concerning fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment that occurred in my will contest of my grandmother's estate by the attorney I hired to represent me, merged himself into a conflict of interest with the opposing attorney for the estate both neglected to protect my interest as an issue of... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 25, 2024

Yes, you generally can. As my colleagues correctly indicate, it will involve working with local counsel on a pro hac vice basis. Keep in mind that working in this manner could complicate a case with the inclusion of an additional law firm, resulting in additional expenses. Good luck

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Q: Is it possible to hire an out-of-state malpractice attorney if I can't find representation in California to represent me

Concerning fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment that occurred in my will contest of my grandmother's estate by the attorney I hired to represent me, merged himself into a conflict of interest with the opposing attorney for the estate both neglected to protect my interest as an issue of... View More

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answered on Apr 20, 2024

You may indeed consider hiring an out-of-state attorney to handle your case if you're finding it difficult to locate suitable representation in California. However, it's important to ensure that the attorney is licensed to practice in California or can get permission to appear in court on... View More

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Q: Can a settlement agreement be considered final if 2 co-plaintiffs are on case and only 1 is present?

If a matter is sent to Arbitration with 2 Co-Plaintiffs and a Co-Plaintiff is not made aware that they are negotiating for both parties, is the matter considered settled? If the Co-Plaintiff in the case is not able to attend the Mediation, but the documents, etc. are all made to appear as if only... View More

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

Under California law, a settlement agreement typically requires the consent and signature of all named plaintiffs in a case. If there are two co-plaintiffs, both parties should be aware of and agree to the terms of the settlement for it to be considered final and binding.

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Q: Can a settlement agreement be considered final if 2 co-plaintiffs are on case and only 1 is present?

If a matter is sent to Arbitration with 2 Co-Plaintiffs and a Co-Plaintiff is not made aware that they are negotiating for both parties, is the matter considered settled? If the Co-Plaintiff in the case is not able to attend the Mediation, but the documents, etc. are all made to appear as if only... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 27, 2024

It hinges on California arbitration laws and the applicable forum's rules, but in some cases, it could depend on whether there was no good reason for the no show, the no-show wasn't announced to the case administrator, the case administrator's diligence in verifying missing... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Is it acceptable for Attorneys to file Motion Liminie to prevent Plaintiff from exposing Arbitration Award then use it?

In a Legal Malpractice case is it acceptable for an Attorney to file a Motion Liminie preventing Plaintiff from making any reference whatsoever to any part of the Arbitration or settlement then turn around and file the Arbitration records with their Motion to Confirm Award? Isn't this a Breach... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

In general, the use of motions in limine and the introduction of evidence in legal proceedings are governed by the rules of evidence and civil procedure in California. However, the specific circumstances you've described raise some potential issues:

1. Fairness and consistency: If an...
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Q: Is it acceptable for Attorneys to file Motion Liminie to prevent Plaintiff from exposing Arbitration Award then use it?

In a Legal Malpractice case is it acceptable for an Attorney to file a Motion Liminie preventing Plaintiff from making any reference whatsoever to any part of the Arbitration or settlement then turn around and file the Arbitration records with their Motion to Confirm Award? Isn't this a Breach... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 1, 2024

It would be required to submit the award in a motion to confirm.

Motions in limine are to prevent introduction of evidence before a jury, not what is directed at the judge.

What is limited by a motion in limine is determined by what the court rules in the order on the motion.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Family Law for California on
Q: In the case of divorce, my partner already has an attorney. Is mediation possible? Cost?
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answered on Mar 29, 2024

In California, even if your partner already has an attorney, mediation is still an option for you. Mediation can offer a more collaborative environment to resolve disputes and may lead to a more amicable settlement. It's designed to help both parties communicate their needs and reach an... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I need to know how to bring my case before a judge passed the timeframe. I know you can car dealerships. I need this hel

STG auto Santa Ana dealership both used car dealers padded deals made fictitious addresses for charges. They had put on me almost $7000 of equipment. I never owned took money out of my account both of them STG auto padded the deal so badly and laughed in my face. It took me a long time to figure it... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Under California law, if you believe you've been a victim of fraudulent activities, such as those you've described involving car dealerships, you have the right to seek legal action. However, if you've missed the statutory deadline to file a lawsuit, you may still have options.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Had an issue with car dealership.found a lemon law form. Client attorney contract was signed with an attorney who was

Disbarred and suspended. Firm changed there name and took them a year and 3 months to even send my demand for arbiration. I was never given any advice or informed on what my case was worth. As I review other cases the firm handled it was penny compared, all cases are different I know. But I... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

Under California law, your situation raises several concerns regarding the conduct of your legal representation, particularly in the context of the Lemon Law claim you pursued against a car dealership. If your attorney was disbarred or suspended during the course of your representation, this could... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Had an issue with car dealership.found a lemon law form. Client attorney contract was signed with an attorney who was

Disbarred and suspended. Firm changed there name and took them a year and 3 months to even send my demand for arbiration. I was never given any advice or informed on what my case was worth. As I review other cases the firm handled it was penny compared, all cases are different I know. But I... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 24, 2024

You bring out a number of issues that are of concern as to the attorneys’ actions. In particular if there was a switching of firms without your agreement, a disbarred attorney representing you, and charging an excessive and not agreed to fee. You should consult with experienced ethics,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Q: I signed an agreement that states Statutorily I can only receive up to $15,000. Am I bound forever to that?

I agreed to a limit of $15,000 in an arbitration case with the Ca State License Board. The arbitrator awarded $22,000 as my judgement but statutorily I only got the $15,000. Can I go to court and sue for the remaining $7,000 or am I bound for life because I accepted the $15,000! I agreed to the... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In California, when you enter into an arbitration agreement and receive a final decision, that typically concludes your case regarding the specific issue or claim. If you agreed to a statutory cap of $15,000, and you have accepted this amount following an arbitration ruling, this generally... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for California on
Q: If documents are created with the intent to deceive and then used in an Arbitration is that considered a Public Facility

If preparing false documentary evidence, such as a Subpoena, under penalty of perjury, with intent to produce it, and allow it to be produced for a fraudulent and deceitful purpose, as genuine and true, upon a trial, proceeding, and inquiry, whatever, to wit, by filing, causing to be filed, and... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

Under California Penal Code 134, preparing false documentary evidence with the intent to deceive and using it in any trial, proceeding, or inquiry is considered a felony. This law does not limit its scope strictly to public offices or traditional courtrooms. Therefore, even if the false documents... View More

Q: Can I sue my family if they were the one's responsible for the foreclosure and the medical debt, and the falsified doc.

The Power of Attorney they made me sign in another place they made me go, and it was Mexico, and they said it was for the ability to rent my house out, so I wouldn't lose it. And they used it to run their business, and they put ownership in their names, and in their trust, and they didn't... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

Under California law, you may have grounds to sue if your family used a Power of Attorney to defraud you, resulting in foreclosure and medical debt due to their actions. Misuse of a Power of Attorney, especially to falsify documents or to alter property ownership without consent, is a serious... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Family Law for California on
Q: The mediator in my divorce is showing strong bias toward my husband. Is there anything I can do?

The mediator will not reply to my emails, including simple questions like “What is the status of the MSA?” He shows everything to my husband first, and only loops me in later (sometimes weeks or months later), and has taken no consideration of my side. At best, he is completely incompetent at... View More

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answered on Mar 12, 2024

In California, mediation is a voluntary process, and both parties have the right to a fair and unbiased mediator. If you believe that your mediator is biased or not fulfilling their duties properly, you have several options:

1. Discuss your concerns with the mediator: If you haven't...
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4 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Employment Law for California on
Q: Mediation

I recently went through mediation and part of the terms were that I had to resign. It’s getting close to the deadline of when they had to pay and I’m getting nervous because I haven’t received the check yet. I’m located in CA. Is it easy to collect payment if they breach the contract?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Mar 8, 2024

The answer to your question depends on a great deal of fact and circumstances that are not available from your post. Most mediated settlements end up with a voluntary payment of the settlement amount, but some end up with issues regarding payment. Do not expect payment until the last day... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Employment Law for California on
Q: Mediation

I recently went through mediation and part of the terms were that I had to resign. It’s getting close to the deadline of when they had to pay and I’m getting nervous because I haven’t received the check yet. I’m located in CA. Is it easy to collect payment if they breach the contract?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 16, 2024

It looks like you haven't reached the deadline yet. One option is to wait and see what happens when the mediator's set date is reached. As my colleagues correctly state, many entities do not like to pay earlier than necessary. However, in your favor, many entities also do not like to... View More

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Q: Mediation

I recently went through mediation and part of the terms were that I had to resign. It’s getting close to the deadline of when they had to pay and I’m getting nervous because I haven’t received the check yet. I’m located in CA. Is it easy to collect payment if they breach the contract?

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

If the other party breaches the mediation agreement by failing to make the payment as agreed upon, you have a few options to enforce the contract and collect the payment in California:

1. Send a demand letter: Write a formal letter stating that the other party has breached the agreement and...
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