Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
*** Notwithstanding coronavirus “social distancing,” our law office remains open to serve your legal needs and those of your clients and contacts. Consultation is available by phone, or email, and if necessary at our office. ***
The Chief Justice of the Cal Supreme Court issued an order on March 23rd indefinitely closing all California state civil courts until further notice. No one may file an eviction action for 90 days after the stay may be lifted by law except for evictions needed to preserve health or safety. Judicial foreclosure actions are similarly stayed. Yet there is no bar to proceed with non-judicial foreclosure, i.e., notices of default election to sell or notices of trustee’s sale. That might change.
Until creditors are able to sue in court they will exert little real pressure on debtors to collect on bills other than through threatened trustee’s sale. Still, interest accumulates on unpaid bills. Debtors may ultimately need chapter 7 or 13 protection, which stops trustee’s sales, which legal services I provide. I also negotiate voluntary installment repayment plans.
My real estate law office remains open to you and your contacts by email or phone. I can assist in helping to negotiate deals, reviewing commercial property purchases, and preparing commercial leases, as I have always done.
For residential sale disputes, mediation and/or arbitration may remotely be processed without court appearance. So I can assist you in closing deals for your receipt of sales commissions. Attached is my 2nd Quarter 2020 Newsletter directed to realtors protecting their right to a sales commission, – a good read.
I hope you stay well during this lockdown period, which hopefully may end soon.
Pete Wittlin, Atty. (949) 430-6529