Buying a home is a rite of passage in the Land of Opportunity but in big cities, that is happening less and less frequently. Younger generations are looking at the current real estate market and realizing their dollar can go so much further in the country than in overcrowded cities. This exodus to suburban, interior states has spurned an uptick in the real estate market around the country. It’s a seller’s year to be sure but what does this mean when property is in conflict? What happens if there’s a dispute over title, or an owner decides to rent their property instead of selling? Landlordship is not as regal or glamorous as the feudal name may imply. It is important now more than ever for property owners to receive adept legal counsel as they venture into new avenues of property management. This week’s small business spotlight is Burris Law in California, specializing in estate planning, business, and real estate law.
In a seller’s market, many home owners are trying to make the most out of their investment and that’s where transaction guidance is needed. Most real estate investors rely on their agent to guide them through the process but where and agent’s knowledge fails is where a trusted legal advisor steps in to guide an investor to a safe deal.
The second, perhaps more important part of a real estate transaction is not the change of ownership, but the protection of the real property asset after the purchase. If a residential property is not enumerated in a trust, it is eligible for probate if the owner were to pass. If a commercial property is not entrusted to an LLC or other entity, then the death of an owner can wreak havoc on a company beyond the already perilous need for key-man replacement. This is where Burris Law is a cut above the competition by offering business law and estate planning law under the same roof. From incorporation and purchase to dissolution, sale, and end of life Burris law protects the most valuable assets that individuals can own.
Navigating treacherous legal waters without adequate counsel can leave many homeowners in turmoil. With the guidance of Burris Law, numerous informed real estate investors now have a way to maneuver through the transaction process without the complications of real estate brokerages. Check out what Katherine had to say:
Jason was phenomenal!
I decided to sell my home by owner however, I needed a real estate attorney to assist me with reviewing documents and ensuring I was protected. I needed a real estate attorney quick, and Jason was there! I had a meeting set up with him within 24 hours and from the moment we signed a contract to the moment I closed escrow, Jason was there. No matter the day or time, he would respond via email or phone call. If he wasn’t able to get to what I needed right then and there, he would acknowledge receipt and give me an estimate time of when he would be available to respond. Jason was also proactive and would check in with me every now and then to ensure I didn’t need anything. Not knowing what I was doing, Jason and Burris Law gave me the assurance and confidence I needed in order for a smooth sale. I highly recommend Jason and Burris Law for your Real Estate Attorney needs!
It is the distinct journalistic pleasure of our Clute Institute local business review to feature the legal team at Burris Law. Keep up the good work. Visit their contact information below
1420 East Chapman Avenue,
Orange, CA 92866
The character Atticus Finch inspires generations of aspiring attorneys to stand up for the defenseless and uphold the law by protecting the innocent. In recent decades the insurance industry has boomed off the press received by a few fringe cases. ‘Surgery gone wrong’ ‘Real Estate Scams’ ‘Negligent nurses’ or ‘Corrupt CPAs’ sure make for catchy headlines, regardless of their rarity. These tabloid-type stories smearing the licensed professional labor force have only fueled the climb in malpractice and professional liability insurance premiums. Fortunately the generation of Atticus-inspired attorneys continues to grow, defending hyper-scrutinized professions from predatory bureaus, boards and licensing bodies.
As the Bureau of Labor statistics, only 17.6% of the American population hold licenses or professional certifications. This means that a very narrow sect of the population are performing some of the most highly-skilled, technical work in the country. Keeping these professionals in business is key to the success and mobility of the middle class into higher paying positions – not to mention the jobs created by these licensed individuals. With this in mind, it is the mission of occupational license lawyers to keep the doors open for highly-skilled professionals.
When interviewed about the practices of the various governing bodies that control the majority of licenses and certificates in the state of California, one local law firm expressed serious concern at the severity of the terms and conditions typically set down on the license holder. The value of litigating this experience is that a competent legal team can often get these restrictions reduced or eliminated entirely. When the ultimate goal is to keep doctors,, realtors, accountants, and nurses in business helping the community. Minor infractions should not stand in the way of local economies.
The truth is, with quality representation and a good case, we can achieve great results, sometimes even better than the best that the board is willing to offer. In some of our cases, we recommend settlement, and it’s only through our intervention that the board is even willing to offer a settlement. The only way to know for sure is to consult with an attorney who regularly appears at administrative hearings at the Office of Administrative Hearings. Don’t be pressured into giving up a license or into taking a settlement offer without first talking to an experienced professional license defense attorney.
Of course a license or state certification comes with a degree of responsibility and liability that should be held to the ethical standards of the profession. It is in pursuit of justice and legal righteousness that the Atticus Finch generation represent their clients. According to licensing bureaus, professional integrity must be maintained by a piece of paper. It is the role of the license defense lawyer to keep professionals from falling victim to the bureaucratic penal system. Like Atticus Finch famously said, “Our courts have their faults as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.” It is therefore paramount that the professional field seek quality legal representation when the deck is stacked against them by the administrative powers that be. Fate smiles on the hero that defends the disadvantaged.
In the early half of the 20th century, law suits were rare matters reserved for civil fallout stemming from criminal wrongdoing. Sure the most cut-throat corporate titans were no strangers to the court room when battling anti-trust laws and fledgling copyright standards of the day but nothing like the legal power-lifting of the 21st century. Increased incidence of malpractice lead to greater oversight in the medical field which is a natural progressive step in the industry. The issue however, arises from the oversight that paints targets on the backs of the literal ‘first-line-of-defense’ that is the medical industry. Without question, insurance companies duck, dip, and dive around the bullets that fly at their professional constituents. When the days end and doors close (except those of the ER of course) the lawyers and claims adjusters are typically the only ones with smiles on their faces.
There is one sect of the legal field however that steps aside from the cesspool of garbage that is consuming the very people that save more lives than most every first responder combined. The top causes of death all combined are primarily combated by medical professionals. While oversight is important, medical licensing is highly problematic these days. Nurses, physicians, surgeons etc are constantly watching their back. The one band of brothers available to these life-guards are professional license attorneys. License attorneys keep medical professionals in practice help doctors keep the hospital rolling. Not all professional license lawyers are created equal when representing clients in front of medical boards and regulatory bureaus.
License lawyers have a broad scope of ability for defending medical licenses including:
- helping license applicants to disclose and explain adverse background informationon an application
- responding to licensing agency investigation letters
- handling board investigations that become criminal investigations
- addressing licensed business state law compliance issues
- appealing the denial of any California professional license
- preventing immediate suspension of a license in criminal court under Penal Code section 23
- defending against interim suspension orders (ISOs)
- filing a Notice of Defense in response to an Accusation
- negotiations with the Attorney General or Department Counsel
- representation at administrative hearings
- reconsideration after an adverse decision
- writs and appeals after an adverse decision
- petition for reinstatement after the loss of a license
- handling problems that arise during license probation
- early termination of probation
- modification of the terms of probation
- defending criminal charges in court that arise from a license discipline investigation
Think of licensing attorneys as a defensive line holding back the blitz of aggression coming down from sue-happy patients and malpractice insurance agents. Bottom feeders exist everywhere but with impending administration boards they tend to teem together in higher numbers and it takes a strong defense force to keep them at bay. Where doctors and lawyers are typically pitted against eachother like cats and dogs everywhere including the golf course, license defense is one of few areas of professional handshake.
With a tremendous record of success appealing licenses, defending licenses, and board hearing defense, Ray and Bishop Professional Law Corporation is the support licensed professionals need. Check them out and remember to be grateful for the system that keeps us safe but more so the people that dedicate themselves to saving lives and the ones keeping them working.