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This work provides an accessible guide to the legal rights and requirements of those owning or managing residential rental properties (excluding public and "Section 8" housing, mobile home parks and marinas, and live/work units such as lofts) that is meant to be generalizable to all 50 states. The treatment is organized chronologically from the acceptance of rental applications to security deposit requirements upon tenant vacancy, covering, along the way, such topics as lease and rental agreements, rent and rent control, discrimination, property managers, cotenants and sublets, repair and maintenance duties, liability for dangerous conditions and criminal acts and activities, landlord's right of entry and tenants' privacy, terminations and evictions, dispute resolution, and lawyers and legal research. Although the text's discussion is general, state landlord- tenant law charts are provided in an appendix, as are 34 model forms. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Successfully present and win your small claims court case. Thorough preparation for your day in small claims court can make the difference between writing a check and receiving one, so get the only guide to small claims court that provides tips by former judges. Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court helps you bring or defend your small claims suit without a lawyer. It shows you how to build your case, present evidence, and covers in detail what to expect when you have personal injury, auto damage, dry cleaning damage, or landlord/tenant issues. Find out how to: write a demand letter file and serve papers prepare a winning presentation prepare and present evidence in court line up persuasive witnesses figure out your how much compensation you deserve mediate a settlement collect money when you win This edition is completely updated with a current appendix of small claims rules, including increases in the amounts for which people can sue. Are you a California resident? Check out Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California.
Proper presentation of a small claims court case can make the difference between receiving a check and writing one. This bestselling guide shows readers how to: decide the legitimacy of a case; determine how much to sue for; find out whether it's possible to collect; settle a case before it goes to court; file and serve papers; and more. The book covers small claims court procedures in Canada as well as the U.S.
Evaluate your claim, figure out your best course of action and represent yourself in small claims court with this definitive guide Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California gives you step-by-step instructions to bring or defend your case. From preparing evidence and lining up persuasive witnesses, to making a presentation in court and collecting the money you're awarded, this plain English book leads you through the entire process of going to court without a lawyer. Plus, it's the only book around that helps you factor in out-of-court issues, such as personal relationships, to help you determine whether going to court is worth the potential for recovery. Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court in California shows you how to: evaluate whether you have a winning case mediate a settlement determine how much to sue for write your demand letter file and serve papers prepare evidence and witnesses for court plan a winning courtroom strategy convince the judge that you are right collect your money when you win This edition is updated with the latest rules and statutes for California's small claims courts, including instructions for accessing local courts and finding out their procedures.
The definitive guide for more than 20 years, this book explains how to present a winning case from start to finish. It illustrates how to: decide the legitimacy of a case; write a demand letter; file and serve papers; prepare evidence and witnesses for court; argue before a judge; defend a Small Claims case; and collect money after winning. Includes down-to-earth examples of the most common Small Claims Court cases.
Everything you and your partners need to go into business together! Form a Partnership thoroughly explains the legal and practical issues involved in forming a business partnership, creating a partnership agreement and protecting each person's interests. In plain English, the book covers: <P> * partnerships compared to other business structures<P> * the financial and tax liability of partners<P> * contributions of cash, property and services<P> * what happens if a partner wants out<P> * how to value partnership assets<P> * admitting new partners<P> * buying out a partner's interest<P> * limited partnerships <P> * and much more<P> This edition of Form a Partnership is totally revised and updated to reflect the law and realities of today's business world. Plus, all the forms you need to create a partnership agreement are provided.
Warner founded Nolo Press in 1971, built the company and authored or co-authored many of its books, and happily retired. This updated edition of his compendium of advice, interviews, and exemplar cases includes coverage of finances, lifestyle choices, and coping strategies as well as new health research and information about how to prepare for retirement while still in midlife. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Buy a home in California using these effective strategies A thorough, practical guide to every aspect of buying a house, How to Buy a House in California will help you make informed decisions that can save you thousands of dollars. With this bestseller in hand, you'll learn how to: . choose a house and neighborhood . find the right agent . get the most up-to-date information on mortgage options and rates . take advantage of creative financing strategies - from seller financing to government loans . figure out how much down payment you can afford . make an offer and negotiate with confidence for the best price . buy a new house in a development . inspect a house for physical problems and environmental hazards . juggle buying and selling houses simultaneously . successfully go through escrow This edition is completely updated to reflect a new housing market. You'll get the most up-to-date information on how to perform effective research before you decide on the price and terms of your offer. Plus, you'll get the lowdown on the ever-changing process of securing financing successfully.
Looking for a quick way to create the key documents necessary for owning or managing rental property, including a legally valid lease or rental agreement? Leases & Rental Agreements provides the practical and legal information necessary you need. With this bestselling guide, you'll learn how to: - prepare a rental agreement or lease - tailor your documents to meet your needs - make required disclosures to tenants - comply with your state's laws on security deposits, privacy rules, discrimination and more - check tenant references and credit - do a final inspection when a tenant moves out This edition provides updated 50-state information on security deposits, rent rules, access to rental property and more, plus an expanded chart on state disclosure laws.
This excellent book should be required reading for all landlords and tenants. It is easy reading yet filled with important, accurate and profitable information.
Living together out of wedlock can mean anything, especially in court -- unlike married couples, most unmarried couples don't automatically inherit or receive protection under the law. Consequently, you must document everything from property ownership and children to wills and other estate plans. An essential resource for any unmarried couple, Living Together explains: -the legality of living together -having and raising children -the many types of ownership agreements -relationships with a prior family -getting authorization to make medical decisions for an ill or injured partner Living Together includes: -a complete overview of important legal documents, including a living together contract -instructions to filling out these documents -sample forms -legal agreements This edition provides the latest law in readable 50-state charts, and includes many fill-in-the-blank legal forms. It also discusses the laws covering same-sex marriages and civil unions, which are often so broad, they affect unmarried heterosexual couples as well.