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:

Why Experienced, Legally Sophisticated Clients Select Us

We provide highly personal attention to our clients combined with a level of professional service customarily expected from a large multi-national firm in the legal areas in which we focus our practice, at the highest level of integrity. We are independent and not restricted by firm policies and committee decisions. We look at each client individually and respect their financial concerns when employing legal counsel. Our goal is to provide our highly personal and trusted professional legal services by cost effective negotiations and comprehensive contracts and by creative, sensible, pragmatic counsel to avoid or resolve potential or active problems and avoid the cost and disruption of litigation.

We Offer A Unique Resource

Earle Goodman understands real estate, trust and partnership management and business not only as an experienced transaction and litigation AV rated attorney representing U.S. and foreign clients for over 25 years, but hands-on as a principal from his personal experience as General Counsel to a multi-beneficiary trust that owned and managed its hundreds of Southern and Central California real properties and subsequently General Counsel and General Partner to its successor limited partnership and from his personally developing Los Angeles Westside residential estates.

Our Principal Areas of Practice:

General Counsel To U.S. and Foreign Investors and Entrepreneurs Regarding U.S. Real Property Interests

Purchase, Sale, Construction and Design of Single Family Residential Estates and Luxury Condominiums

Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions, Dispositions and Leasing, Commission and Finder's Fee Contracts

Structuring and Negotiating LLCs For Real Estate Related Enterprises and Privately Owned Businesses

Revocable Trusts For Real Property Title Holding, Avoiding Probate, Asset Management, Wealth Succession

Trust and Probate Litigation; Probate Administration (Santa Barbara County and Ventura County)

Litigation and Mediation of Residential Purchase Agreements, Commissions and Finder's Fees*

About Our Firm:

Earle Goodman is a highly experienced, independent attorney, with a substantial background in transactions and litigation, 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. He is trusted by our clients for his integrity and appreciated for his loyalty, his outstanding personal responsiveness to them, his sensitivity to their economic considerations when engaging legal counsel, his 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 a 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 acquisitions, dispositions and leases.

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, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo 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 residential real estate 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. We provide detailed invoices for legal services charged on an hourly basis.

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Statement of Practice Summary:
General Counsel To U.S., Foreign Investors, Entrepreneurs Regarding U.S. Real Property Interests; Purchase/Sale, Development, Construction, Architecture and Design of Residential Estates; Litigation and Mediation of Residential Purchase Agreements, Commissions, Finder's Fees; Revocable Trusts for Real Property Title Holding, Estate Planning, Asset Management; Trust and Probate Litigation, Probate Administration (Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties); Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions; Representing Landlords and Tenants in Commercial, Office, Retail, Production and Design Leasing; Structuring and Negotiating LLC Agreements for Real Estate Enterprises and Privately Owned Businesse; Brokerage Commission and Finder's Fee Contracts; Easement Agreements for Access, Encroachments, View, Use; Purchase Options, Right of First Refusal; General Business Transactions; Homeowner Contracts: Executive Assistant, Nanny, Domestic Staff; Powers of Attorney.

Year Established: 1988

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

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