Gerald Barry Dorfman

Gerald Barry Dorfman

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

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
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Elder Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Probate
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
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Lead Counsel Rated
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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
444 Questions Answered

Q. I received a summons for an auto accident that occurred after I sold the vehicle. Do I have to appear in court?
A: You must not ignore the summons. Turn it over to your insurance company right away, along with a copy of the form you filled out and turned in to the Department of Motor Vehicles when you sold it. Be sure not to miss any court deadlines.
Q. Tenants owed rent for almost 2 months. Do I have right to enter the house show property to others after notice expires
A: How much rent, or for how long it is owed, is not connected to a landlord's right to enter the premises to show it. If a 3 day notice to pay rent or quit has expired, an unlawful detainer (eviction) action may be filed. A landlord may enter the property by following the procedures in California Civil Code section 1954, including giving proper notice.
Q. Can a landlord bring future tenants to view property while I still live here?
A: Yes, she can show the property to prospective tenants while you still live there, but you are entitled to written notice, and 24 hours is presumed a reasonable amount of time. If you want to insist on your right to proper notice, you should carefully read Civil Code section 1954: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=CIV&sectionNum=1954
Q. my brother filed a wrongful death suit in calif. and named my siblings and I as nominal defendants what does that mean
A: In a wrongful death suit, all people who are allowed to bring the claim must be made parties to the lawsuit, so the case can take care of all possible claims. If a party who qualifies does not want to be a plaintiff, they must be named as a nominal defendant. If you would rather be a plaintiff, you should start contacting attorneys right away.
Q. is there a way to get a copy of a will from the courts or something?
A: Yes, but only if the will was "lodged" with the court, or if a probate case was filed.
Q. My father passed away 10 years ago and had a trust. My sister and I were beneficiaries. I was the successor trustee.
A: There are at least a couple of options, although none are free. It appears that the policy was not part of the trust, so it is not surprising that they don't care who is trustee. If there is evidence he meant for it to be included in the trust, it may be possible to petition the probate court to deem it trust property. If the value of non-trust assets, including the policy proceeds is small enough, a simple affidavit might work. Also short of a full probate is a court proceeding for small estates.
Q. My widowed mother-in-law is wanting to sell her house. Half of the house is in a trust. Can she file a partition action?
A: Yes.
Q. How can you determine if a trust exists if both the creator and his attorney have passed away?
A: Check how title is held for all real estate you know of that he owned. If it was transferred to a trust, it will be obvious, such as "X, as trustee of the Y trust".
Q. If i was granted Administrator with full authority to manage the estate, can I sign a Quit claim deed to a house?
A: If by quitclaim, you mean sell, then you do not need a special order for the sale to proceed. However, you still have a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries, and you must follow the mandatory procedures, such as giving proper "Notice of Proposed Action".
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Contact & Map
Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
USA
Telephone: (415) 389-9590