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Neil Anapol

Neil Anapol

Law Offices of Neil R. Anapol
  • Insurance Claims, Legal Malpractice, Employment Law ...
  • California
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For almost 32 years, I have represented consumers and small business owners in lawsuits against insurance companies, insurance agents, banks, government entities, and attorneys. My practice is primarily focused on protecting people and businesses against insurance industry abuses. Over the years I have handled numerous cases involving non-payment or underpayment of homeowners claims and commercial property claims; insurers that refuse to defend liability claims; and insurers that unreasonably delay or deny uninsured motorist and automobile property claims.

Practice Areas
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Legal Malpractice
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Free Consultation
    I give free initial consultations on contingency fee cases.
  • Contingent Fees
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Professional Experience
Law Offices of Neil R. Anapol
- Current
Litigation attorney specializing in insurance bad faith, professional negligence, and employment litigation on behalf of consumers and employees.
University California Los Angeles School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Moot Court
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Northwestern University
M.A. (1984) | Communications and Rhetoric
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1984) | Debate and Rhetoric
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Professional Associations
Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
- Current
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California State Bar  # 141764
- Current
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Law Offices of Neil R. Anapol
Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered
Q. We bought our home (10mons), recently found a bad leak underneath bathtub, home insurance will not cover.
A: I cannot tell you whether your home warranty should have covered the problem without looking at the contract. However, you definitely have a potential case against the seller. The issue with the seller would be proving that he or she had knowledge of the leak. If there are is evidence of attempted repairs, or if the problem was (a) there for a long time and (b) sufficiently serious that seller would have had to have known about it, you could sue for fraud. Also, in some cases, the neighbors or the seller's plumber or contractor may be aware of the problem, so it would be worth checking with them. Disputes between buyers and sellers of real estate usually have to be arbitrated. Check your sales agreement for an arbitration clause and mediation requirement.
Q. Been 30 days since Auto Insurance approved a claim but not paid out, what happens now? California
A: These time limits you speak of (California Code of Regulations section 2695.7 do not apply to third party claims. The at-fault party's insurance company can simply refuse to pay. If that happens, your only recourse would be to sue the at-fault party. This is why it is almost always a better idea to put the claim through your own insurance (assuming you have collision coverage). The time limit do apply to your insurance carrier. If you do that, your premiums will not increase, and your insurance company will get the money back from the at-fault driver's insurance. If this is a situation where the at-fault party does not have adequate insurance and you do not have collision coverage, sue in small claims court and go after the at-fault party's personal assets.
Q. West coast insurance company is refusing to pay claim. It is a covered repair . What can I do? Need car back
A: Unfortunately, automobile warranties are not considered insurance and there is no way to sue the warranty company for bad faith. At most, you have a breach of contract claim worth $731. Give the warranty company a reasonable chance to authorize the repair. If they do not, your best bet would be to sue in small claims court for the cost of repair. I would take a close look at the warranty and make sure you complied with all of its terms before filing a small claims action.
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Burbank, CA 91505
Telephone: (818) 566-7355
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