real estate transactions

  • Commercial Real Estate: Do Letters Of Intent Create Enforceable Contracts?

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    In commercial real estate transactions, whether it’s a purchase or lease, letters of intent are ubiquitous. They appear absolutely harmless.  After all, they are non-binding and only a “tool” for future negotiation, right?. In fact, most letters of intent go out of the way to explicitly state that “it shall not be construed in any way to be legally binding” or that “your signature below merely means you are agreeing to this invitation to negotiate”.

    Be careful about accepting this ostensibly harmless “invitation“.

  • Easy On Easements

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    One of the most common types of real estate cases we litigate are easement disputes. Since easements usually involve one's personal residence or investment property, such disputes may be deeply emotional and expensive.

    What is an easement?  Quite simply, an easement is the right to use another's land for a limited purpose. Commonly, neighbors are granted easements for uses, such as, driveways, fences, hedges, scenic views, and utilities. Most easements are recorded and appear on your property's title report, which is generated during a purchase and escrow.  Since it is a contractual obligation, one risk of having an easement on title is you could become a party in a future lawsuit if a dispute arises.

  • Letters of Intent in Commercial Real Estate are Tricky

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    In commercial real estate transactions, letters of intent are ubiquitous. They appear absolutely harmless because they are intended to be non-binding and a “tool” for future negotiation. In fact, most letters of intent go out of the way to explicitly state that “it shall not be construed in any way to be legally binding” or that “your signature below merely means you are agreeing to this invitation to negotiate”.

    You need to seriously think twice before accepting this ostensibly harmless “invitation“.

  • RS&C Contributes To The Revitalization of Ventura

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    Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP (RS&C) recently assisted a client in the City of Ventura gain approval from the Ventura City Council for an entitlement project on a six acre site which included a change in zoning from industrial to mixed use, 125 condominiums, 7,300 SF of commercial, a publicly accessible park, and two new public streets. We are thankful for the opportunity to contribute to community development projects like this. 

  • Yes, Contractors Do Need Licenses... But Be Careful What You Allege In Pleadings

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    Most California construction attorneys know, or should know, that you need to “prove” you’re a licensed contractor in a construction case.

    And, by “prove,” that means more than simply alleging in a pleading that you are a licensed contractor (that’s an allegation not proof) and it also means more than simply signing a declaration or testifying in court that you are a licensed contractor (while that is proof, it’s insufficient proof under the law).

    What you need is a verified certificate of licensure issued by the California Contractor State License Board (“CSLB”). And if you don’t have one during trial, you’re out of luck, . . . until now.

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Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP primarily serves individuals, families and businesses up and down California's Central Coast and North Los Angeles County, including many Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura County communities.

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