Can Real Estate have “Diplomatic Immunity?”

You’ve seen the movies – the ones where the nasty foreign diplomat does something illegal and then gets off scot free by waiving his passport while sneering the words “diplomatic immunity”.   It all looks so “theatrical”.  And you never imagine that some foreign...

Title Insurance 101 – Concurrent Estates

We have previously discussed several types of estates in land, all of which can exist simultaneously on the same parcel.  These were fee simple, leasehold and easements.  Today we are going to talk about another type of concurrent ownership of real estate:  Joint...

Recommendations in Phase I ESAs

Most clients, these days, ask consultants to include recommendations in Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), but did you know that there are no standards for the development of these recommendations? The standard which governs most ESAs, ASTM E 1527,...

Solar Power Systems Require Careful Planning

As solar power generation become more and more mainstream, it is important to be aware of the various state and local restrictions on their use.   These laws are based on the laws of land use, environmental law, zoning and governmental regulation.   California has...