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

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About this office:

We Are Focused On Real Estate Transactions and Litigation, Business, LLCs, Estate Planning and Trusts.

Why Experienced, Legally Sophisticated Clients Select and Refer Our Firm:

We provide highly experienced, independent, confidential and 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 A Unique Resource:

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 contractual, 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.

As both a transaction and litigation attorney, Earle litigates real estate contract and title disputes with the insight of a transaction attorney who negotiates and drafts complex transaction documents and negotiates complex transactions with the insight of a litigation attorney who litigates complex contracts when disputes occur. As a licensed real estate broker (BRE License No. 01096576), he understands the perspective of a broker as well as a principal and attorney in negotiating real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leases.

Personal Counsel to U.S. and Foreign Persons and Families:

Earle Goodman represents U.S. resident and foreign individuals, families and their privately owned U.S. and foreign entities as their Personal Counsel regarding U.S. real estate and business matters and coordinating and supervising the work of other attorneys. Although we focus on real estate, business and estate planning, Earle Goodman has a broad background in transactional and litigation matters in multiple legal areas and in representing U.S. and foreign persons and families of wealth as their “General Counsel” legal advisor. As such, we provide trusted and completely independent legal counsel with respect to and supervision of legal matters handled by other attorneys. In this position we do not replace other legal counsel, but supervise their work and suggest approaches that are biased towards the personal interests of our client.

Confidentiality of Our Clients, Respecting Their Privacy and Security:

We represent U.S. resident and foreign individuals and their privately owned U.S. or foreign 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 and businesses located and individuals residing in Los Angeles-Pasadena/Beverly Hills/L.A. Westside through Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. 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 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 residential real property litigation practice involves real estate located or adverse parties residing in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and LASC West District. We petition and litigate probate and trust matters in the Superior Courts of Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.

Legal Fee Alternative 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 (client is responsible for costs in contingent fee arrangements).

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Statement of Practice Summary:
Revocable Trusts, Family LLCs, Trust Administration, Probate and Trust Litigation; Litigation and Negotiation of Residential Estates Purchase Transactions, Commission Issues; Commercial Real Estate Purchase Transactions, Commercial, Office, Retail and Ground Leasing; Development, Construction, Design of High End Residential Estates and Unique Commercial Projects; Personal Counsel to U.S., Foreign Persons and Families Regarding U.S. Real Property and Businesses; Structuring Sophisticated Real Estate, Business LLCs, LLC Conversions, Mergers, Asset Acquisitions; Easement Agreements for Access, Utilities, Views, Air Rights, Encroachments, Slope Support, Drainage.

Year Established: 1988

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

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