May 25, 2018

The eviction process uses an unlawful detainer (court action) to evict a tenant. A landlord may not use illegal self-help remedies such as turning off utilities, changing locks, or removing a tenant's personal property from the unit. If a landlord does this, they will...

May 22, 2018

The Recording Act of California provides that any instrument affecting title to (or possession of) real property may be recorded. A deed must be acknowledged in a  formal declaration by a notary public to show that he/she did execute the document. A notary public is a...

May 18, 2018

A mobile home is a structure designed for human habitation and includes a manufactured home. In a mobile home park the tenant-resident owns the mobile home, which is personal property and the park owner owns the space between the coach, which is real property. 

The heal...

May 15, 2018

A light, air and view easement is a negative easement created by grant that prevents an adjacent landowner from building a structure or planting trees that would prevent sunlight or air from reaching the dominant estate. In California, no landowner has an absolute righ...

May 9, 2018

Succession is the legal transfer of a person's interests in real and personal property to as an intestate and is said to die intestate. The laws of intestate succession governs the transfer of property from a decedent to an heir when the decedent fails to dispose of th...

May 8, 2018

There are several advantages to choosing a trust instead of a will to dispose of property after death. A trust may be established while the settlor is alive and the property that would constitute the decedent's estate may be placed into the trust before the settlor die...

May 8, 2018

Adverse possession is the ability to obtain title by occupying land for a statutory time period without the permission of the owner. In essence, adverse possession rewards the occupier who makes use of the land, and also gives the property owner an incentive to manage...

May 3, 2018

The California Probate Code defines a will to include any testamentary instrument which appoints an executor or revokes or revises another will. California recognizes witnessed wills, statutory form wills and holographic wills.

Witnessed Will

A witnessed will is valid in...

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