Category Archives: Civil

Basic Steps in a Civil Litigation Case

A civil lawsuit often arises out of disputes between people, businesses, or other entities, including government entities. Civil lawsuits generally proceed through a few basic steps: pleadings, discovery, trial, and possibly an appeal. However, parties can halt this process by voluntarily settling at any time, which is what happens in most cases. Catanese & Wells,…
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Understanding California’s Contractors’ License Laws

In California, the contractor (builder) cannot collect for work performed if he did so without a license, even if he completed the work and the homeowner received a benefit from the home improvement. This law is set forth in order to protect the public. If a contractor works without a license, there are substantial criminal…
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What Should You Do When a Partnership Dispute Arises?

When facing a partnership or shareholder dispute, it's important to solve the dispute as quickly and discreetly as possible to avoid or minimize your losses. Disputes can also disrupt business operations, so it's also important to solve this dispute to keep things running smoothly and let the parties involved get back to business. There are…
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Settling Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Unfortunately landlord and tenant disputes are all too common and simply come with the territory of renting property, whether it's land, a house, or an apartment. Disagreements occur fairly regularly among landlord and tenants over many different aspects such as rules and regulations, rent increases, responsibility for repairs, security deposits, and early termination of the…
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