How We Will Help You
Perfecting and Protecting Your Valuable Assets
Our firm provides legal counsel, litigation services, and dispute resolution in most civil matters. We are experienced in formation and the operating aspects of business, real estate and non-profits.
Over 20 Years Rated "AV" Highest Possible Peer Review for Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
- Martindale Hubbell
Over 35 Years experience practicing law in California
Over 10 Years Service as Commissioner and as President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission
Areas of interest include real estate, land use, permits, entitlements, trespass, quiet title, easements and boundaries. Construction and real estate development are also of particular interest.
Having founded and managed numerous local and regional organizations, we assist our entrepreneurial clients in business formation, operations, and disputes. We have unique experience with non-profits and foundations. Areas also include trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, franchises, intellectual properties and Internet.
The New Gold Rush
Effective January 1, 2017, new laws in the State of California permit the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), or "Granny Flats" as they are commonly known. This means that those who own a home, and have sufficient space in their yard, or accommodating structural area, are able to invest in a second residential unit on their existing premises. As an investment, this could mean several thousand dollars in easy monthly income—a welcome addition to anybody's retirement fund, or even to help defray the exorbitant mortgage payments on today's housing.
Small Lot Subdivisions
City of Los Angeles
Established in 2005 in LAMC Section 12.22-C,27, the Small Lot Ordinance allows for the subdivision of underutilized land in multi-family and commercial areas into fee simple homes. Intended as infill development and a smart-growth alternative to traditional, suburban style single-family subdivisions, small lot homes would have smaller lot areas with compact building footprints and reduced yard setbacks, street frontages, passageways between buildings, and open space. As such, small lot subdivisions create a unique set of design challenges and spatial complexities with regards to massing, height, circulation, and transitional areas from adjacent properties.
Small Lot Design Guidelines provide an opportunity to address these complexities while also promoting the design and creation of small lot housing with neighborhood compatibility for consistency with applicable General and Specific Plans and addressing site organization and urban form, setbacks and building transitions, parking and driveways, building design and materials, and landscaping and access.