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What You Should Know About Real Estate Disputes: An Interview with Morris Getzels of Morris Getzels Law Office

By Morris Getzels

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I am a sole practitioner who practices in the field of commercial and residential real estate.

What are some of the most common types of residential real estate disputes you've seen in Southern California?

Easement disputes, failure to disclose and title disputes.

Can you briefly describe what a typical easement dispute might be?

An easement is a right to cross someone else's real property. The origin of the easement can be ancient, and sometimes outdated. Often easement disputes arise between neighbors where there may have been a bridal path that allowed horseback riding in the easement. Sometimes underground irrigation pipes can have an easement over the property.

How does an attorney help home buyers when the seller failed to disclose a material defect in a house?

An attorney can negotiate with the seller before commencing suit, and if a lawsuit is necessary, can identify all the potential defendants, which can include the seller's broker or salesperson.

What are some of the circumstances that can lead to a title dispute?

Most often, title disputes arise from boundary disputes caused by misplaced fences or no fence at all. Very few people survey their land to determine the exact boundaries until the dispute arises.

What recommendations do you have for home buyers before hiring a lawyer to help settle a real estate dispute?

A home buyer can demand mediation first, where a neutral third party tries to bring the two sides of a dispute to a resolution. If the matter does not resolve at the mediation, then the buyer could seek counsel.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

Either call (818) 881-5550 or by email at morris@getzelslaw.com..

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