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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Real Estate Law
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About this office:

We Are Focused On Sophisticated Transactions Involving Luxury Estates, Commercial Real Estate and LLCs; Estate Planning and Trusts; and Probate and Trust Quiet Title, Title Clearing, Easement, Ownership, Heirhsip and Inheritance Litigation and Will and Trust Contests.

Legally Sophisticated Clients Select and Refer Our Firm Because We Are Highly Experienced, Effective and Involved:

We provide experienced, independent, trusted professional legal services at the highest level of personal attention to our clients and personal involvement with them on the matters for which we are assisting them. We are independent, flexible and not restricted by firm policies and committee decisions in addressing the economic and other material issues that our clients consider when engaging legal counsel.

We Offer Pragmatic Experience Having Served as General Partner to a Multi-Family Partnership Owning Hundreds of Properties:

Earle Goodman is Martindale-Hubbell AV rated (5.0 of 5.0) and has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers under real estate law for over 25 years. Earle comes from a long time Southern California real estate family which was noted for owning numerically one of the largest portfolios of Southern and Central California real estate. Earle served as General Counsel and General Partner of a limited partnership subsequently formed to own, manage and implement the orderly disposition of these properties. As such he not only dealt with ongoing real estate and business contractual, litigation, legal and management issues, but also with the personal issues involved in operating a company with multiple family and corporate partners and numerous unrelated property co-owners, each with their own personal financial and operational preferences. He also personally owned, hands-on constructed and remodeled estates in Bel Air, Hollywood Hills and Malibu Point Dume Bluff.

We Have the Perspective of Both an Experienced Transaction and Litigation Attorney:

With both a litigation and transaction background, Earle drafts sophisticated real estate, business and LLC agreements with the insight of a litigation attorney and he represents parties in resolving real estate and business disputes with the insight of a transaction attorney who structures transactions. As a licensed real estate broker (BRE License No. 01096576), Earle understands the perspective of a broker as well as a principal and attorney in negotiating real estate purchase transactions and leases.

We Maintain the Confidentiality of Our Clients, Respect Their Privacy and Security and Do Not Identify Them in Firm Promotions:

We represent U.S. resident and foreign individuals ad families and their family owned entities. Many of our clients are noted celebrities in the entertainment industry, international dignitaries, CEOs and others who value and need to protect their privacy. At their request and for their security, except as otherwise required in litigation or government filings, 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 law practice involves real estate, businesses, probates and trusts located and individuals residing in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Consequently, when in-person meetings are scheduled, we meet with our clients where they are located and arrange for conference room accommodations in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Westlake Village, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. Although our practice is primarily in these areas our clients own properties and businesses throughout California. Consequently, at their request we represent them in real estate and business transactions throughout California.

Our probate and trust real estate litigation practice involves real estate located in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and LASC West District (Beverly Hills/L.A. County Westside/Malibu/West Hollywood). Our probate and trust wills, trusts and trustee litigation practice involves probates and trusts subject to the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County Superior Courts.

Traditional, Alternative and Contingency Fee and Profits Participation Arrangements Considered:

In addition to traditional hourly billing, we will consider a negotiated fixed fee for all or a portion of a transaction and a hybrid fee structure involving a combined reduced hourly rate plus a reduced contingent fee in specific matters (client is responsible for costs in all contingent fee arrangements). Subject to CA State Bar regulations, we will also consider a profit participation interest in a venture.

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Statement of Practice Summary:
Personal General Counsel to U.S. and International Families, Family Businesses and Entrepreneurs; Sophisticated LLCs for Real Estate and Business Enterprises and Family LLCs; LLC Asset Acquisition Agreements, Mergers, Conversions, Exchanges, Membership Purchase Agreements; Estate Planning With Revocable, Irrevocable, Grantor and Gift Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts; Probate, Trust Litigation To Determine Ownership, Heirship, Inheritance, Wills and Trusts Contests; Family Business Succession Planning; Luxury Estates Purchase Transactions, Permits and Approvals, Development, Construction and Design; Commercial, Office, Retail, Hotel and Ground Purchase Transactions, Development, Leasing, Exchanges; Easements, Deed Reservations, Reversions, Life Estates, Conditional Transfers, Neighbor Agreements; Real Estate Related Corporations, Incumbent Business Transactions.

Year Established: 1988

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

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