Law Offices of Earle Gary Goodman

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Law Offices of
Earle Gary Goodman 
Montecito, California firm serving Santa Barbara Co., California
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1187 Coast Village Road, No. 539
Montecito, California  93108
(Santa Barbara Co.)

Telephone: 805-845-1021
Cell: 310-470-9033

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About this office:

We Provide Experienced Professional Services and Trusted Independent Representation. We Are Known For Our Deal Making Creativity and Problem Solving Skills. Our Law Practice Is Focused On Real Property, LLC and Trust Matters Including: Complex Real Estate Transactions Involving Commercial Properties, Residential Estates and LLCs; Revocable Living Trusts for Real Estate Title Holding, Probate Avoidance and Estate Succession Plans; and Litigation Of Residential Real Estate Purchase Agreements and Related Escrows, Commissions and Finder's Fees. For Over 25 Years We Have Been AV Rated and Listed In The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Under Real Estate Law.

About Our Firm:

We are a highly experienced, independent law firm, Martindale-Hubbell AV rated (5.0 of 5.0) and listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers under real estate law for over 25 years. We are trusted by our clients for our integrity and appreciated for our loyalty, our outstanding personal responsiveness to them, our sensitivity to their economic considerations when engaging legal counsel, our deal making creativity and superior interpersonal skills in working with diverse interests to resolve problems and accomplish our clients' objectives and goals. Earle Goodman is also an active, licensed real estate broker (BRE License No. 01096576) and member of the California Association Of Realtors. He understands the perspective of a broker as well as an attorney in negotiating real estate and business acquisitions and dispositions.

Areas of Practice: Transactions:

Our transactional practice is focused on: residential real estate transactions involving the purchase, sale, lease, option, development, construction, finance, architecture and design of residential estates, estate compounds and land; structuring sophisticated limited liability companies involved in real estate development, ownership and real estate related enterprises; commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing of commercial, retail and office properties; general business transactions; easement and neighbor agreements; commission and finder’s fee contracts; homeowner contracts for nannies, executive assistants and security; and revocable living trusts for holding title to real properties, probate avoidance, asset management and long term disposition of wealth.

Areas of Practice: Mediation and Litigation:

We represent owners/sellers and buyers in resolving conflicts and disputes that may arise in connection with the purchase and sale of residential estates. Our legal services include litigation to reform, rescind, enforce or cancel residential purchase agreements and related escrows. We are highly experienced in negotiating residential purchase agreements, implementing the transaction through close of escrow and resolving any difficult or unanticipated title, repair, disclosure, inspection, permit, zoning, land use, easement, encroachment and financial issues that arise during escrow.

Our initial approach is to try and amicably work out any problems through negotiations and sensible, creative solutions. Although we are usually effective in this regard, sometimes informal negotiations are not productive. In that event, we realize most clients would prefer to avoid the expense and disruption of litigation, so our goal for them is to avoid litigation and resolve the matter through mediation. However, if mediation fails or is rejected, we will then formally litigate.

We also represent real estate brokers/agents and finders in establishing their right to and collecting real estate brokerage commissions and finder’s fees in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Our Clients

We represent U.S. resident and foreign individuals and their privately owned U.S. or foreign entities and entity subsidiaries in transactions involving U.S. real property interests and privately owned businesses and their United States estates and wealth. Many of our clients are noted celebrities in the entertainment industry, international dignitaries, CEOs and others who value and need to protect their privacy. We maintain the confidentiality of the identity of our clients and the matters on which we are assisting them.

We Have a Regional Practice:

Our clients have residences, businesses or properties located in the Beverly Hills-Los Angeles Westside through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and in Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles. Consequently, when in-person meetings are scheduled, we usually meet with our clients where they are located and can arrange for conference room accommodations in Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Westlake Village, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Our litigation practice is in the LASC West District (Santa Monica Courthouse), Santa Barbara County and Ventura County Superior Courts.

Legal Fee Structures:

In addition to traditional hourly billing, we will consider negotiated fixed fees, contingent fees and a hybrid fee structure involving a combined reduced hourly rate plus a reduced contingent fee. There is no charge for normal travel time incurred to attend meetings and court proceedings.

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Statement of Practice Summary:
Residential Estates: Sales, Acquisitions, Options, Leasing, Finance; Mediation and Litigation of Residential Real Estate Purchase Agreements and Related Escrows; Mediation and Litigation of Real Estate Commissions, Finder's Fees; Revocable Trusts for Real Estate Title Holding, Probate Avoidance, Estate Plans; Residential Estates: Single Family Development, Construction, Architecture, Design; Commercial, Retail, Office Real Estate Transactions and Leasing; LLCs for Real Estate Development, Ownership and Real Estate Related Enterprises; Brokerage Commission and Finder's Fee Contracts; Sophisticated Commercial and Residential Real Estate Contracts; Easement Agreements for Access, Encroachments, View, Use; Negotiating and Drafting Neighbor Agreements; Purchase Options, Right of First Refusal; Tax Deferred Exchanges; General Business Transactions; Homeowner Contracts: Executive Assistant, Nanny, Domestic Staff; Tenants in Common and Co-Ownership Agreements and Terminations; Powers of Attorney.

Year Established: 1988

Earle Gary Goodman is a member of the State Bar of California.

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