Gerald Barry Dorfman

Gerald Barry Dorfman

  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Personal Injury ...
  • California
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Biography

I am responsible for all matters handled by my office. Paralegals, law clerks and associates may be utilized in appropriate situations, but the buck stops with me. Intentionally remaining small has enabled me to continue to provide unparalleled personal attention and confidentiality. My clients are the reason I am here, and I work hard for the best results possible. I am honored by the trust placed in me, and strive to maintain it at the highest level. You are entitled to understand the law applicable to your matter and the options available, as well as my best advice. I have served hundreds of satisfied clients over the years and look forward to continuing to serve with determination, skill and integrity.

Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Elder Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Area
  • Litigation
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Through PayPal and Venmo.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees range from 15% to 45%. These apply to personal injury cases, and select other matters.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Regular hourly rate is $450.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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9th Circuit
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Education
Columbia University
B.A.
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UC Hastings COL
Law Degree
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Awards
Lead Counsel Rated
Lead Counsel
Lead Counsel Rated
Lead Counsel
100 Trust Rating
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 107581
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Dorfman Law Office
Legal Answers
505 Questions Answered
Q. Requesting information about being a non-spousal beneficiary on the life insurance plan of my deceased ex-partner.
A: This is the type of detailed information you should not be posting on the Internet. Just by way of example, assume you have a right to both, but there is strong possibility one or more relatives may file suit. One good outcome would be to disclaim the 401K in exchange for a release for all claims from all potential litigants. Letting the entire world know your bargaining position (which you do by posting on the Internet) is not at all conducive to that negotiated resolution. Since there is apparently a decent amount of money involved, arrange a detailed document review and consultation with a competent attorney, so you can explore all your options privately.
Q. Is it worth getting a lawyer if a family is sueing me for crashing into them when they had said they were not injured.
A: Turn this over to your insurance company right away. They will provide you with a lawyer and defend you. If you did not have insurance, you will have to defend yourself, and risk having a very large judgement against you, as well as having your license taken away until you pay the judgement. It is not uncommon for people to think they are okay at the scene, and find out later they had injuries, sometimes very serious ones. You need to be sure you act right away so you (hopefully your lawyer) don't miss the deadline to respond to the lawsuit.
Q. How to move Grandpa in our rental house if we have tenants on a lease until Feb 2021???
A: If you have a valid lease with your tenants which runs through February, 2022, you can't force them to leave before then. A lease is a contract. Your best course may be to try to negotiate a buyout.
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Contact & Map
Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: (415) 389-9590