Gerald Barry Dorfman

Gerald Barry Dorfman

  • Real Estate Law, Business Law, Personal Injury ...
  • California
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Biography

I am responsible for all matters handled by my office. Paralegals, law clerks and associates may be utilized in appropriate situations, but the buck stops with me. Intentionally remaining small has enabled me to continue to provide unparalleled personal attention and confidentiality. My clients are the reason I am here, and I work hard for the best results possible. I am honored by the trust placed in me, and strive to maintain it at the highest level. You are entitled to understand the law applicable to your matter and the options available, as well as my best advice. I have served hundreds of satisfied clients over the years and look forward to continuing to serve with determination, skill and integrity.

Education
Columbia University
B.A.
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UC Hastings COL
Law Degree
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Awards
Lead Counsel Rated
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Lead Counsel Rated
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100 Trust Rating
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 107581
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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9th Circuit
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Through PayPal and Venmo.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees range from 15% to 45%. These apply to personal injury cases, and select other matters.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Regular hourly rate is $450.
Practice Areas
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Elder Law
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Area
  • Litigation
Legal Answers
Q. My friend was hit by a car by fully covered in motorist insured yet she only got 6,000 why is this
A: Every case is different, but it sounds like your friend is 1. not represented by a lawyer and 2. is still negotiating. She needs a lawyer to get her the best money recovery. It's really that simple. Insurance companies will take advantage of people who do not have lawyers. They make more money when they pay victims less. Almost all personal injury lawyers get paid only when they get their clients compensation, and victims tend to get more money in their pockets when they have legal representation.
Q. need to put my name on a deed of an inherited house california
A: In order for you to get title in your name, the property will have to be probated. There are some exceptions to probate, but nothing in your question mentions any facts which suggest they apply in this situation. You need to contact a probate attorney now, as the process is not quick and you also have some responsibility as the possessor of the will.
Q. I won a judgment in small claims court several years ago but the other party will not pay
A: The good news is that your judgement keeps earning interest while it remains uncollected. The bad news is that collection is up to you, and is not a subject which can be easily answered in a simple question and answer forum. There are attorneys who specialize in collections, and typically charge 50% of the collected amounts. There are several methods of getting to the money or assets of the judgement debtor, and often these can be carried out by the Sheriff. If you really want to do this yourself, be prepared to spend some hours studying at your local law library. You eventually can expect to levy the company bank accounts, lien property it owns, or possibly even have a tow truck seized and sold.
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Dorfman Law Office
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Mailing Address
PO Box 1056
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: (415) 389-9590