March 2018 California Real Estate Law Newsletter - Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP

March 2018 Real Estate Newsletter


It feels as if the year has barely started; blink once, and March is already over! So far, 2018 has been a year of excitement and energy, and we at Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP have been hard at work. Over the New Year’s break, we had new carpets and baseboards installed in our office, to create a more welcoming atmosphere for our clients and guests. Our attorneys have presented several educational speaking engagements to a wide range of organizations, and our team completed our annual publication about the new real estate laws in California. Two of our attorneys became leaders for the real estate section of a local bar association, and, for the first time ever, our firm had a seminar approved by the State Bar of California for mCLE credit. We’ve already accomplished so much, but there are many, many exciting things that are just around the corner — and we can’t wait to share them with you!

In this month’s newsletter, we highlight many of our recent presentations and webinars, such as our 2018 New Laws e-book and our webinars. Additionally, you can connect with our firm in new ways by following our new online profiles.

Highlights in this month’s issue:

—Download our 2018 New Laws publication, containing 40 pages of expert analysis about the changes in the law and how it impacts you

—Watch a video replay and download the slides from our recent webinar about partition actions and co-ownership issues, presented by attorney Ashlee D. Adkins

—Check out a video recap of the 2018 SCCAOR Real Estate Fraud Symposium, where attorney Ashlee D. Adkins discusses important key points from the half-day seminar

—View the video replay and download the materials from attorney Simon Offord’s mCLE seminar about easements in California. California attorneys can earn 1 hour of self-study credit by watching the presentation and completing a self-assessment

—Follow our firm’s new online profiles – Instagram, NextDoor, and HomeKeepr!

—Catch up on many updates from the firm, including leadership positions, speaking engagements, conferences, events, vacations, and more!

We hope you enjoy reading the March 2018 edition of our newsletter!

2018 new laws e-book

Every year, our law firm publishes a free e-book about the changes in the law and the impacts those changes have for real estate professionals. We are excited to announce the release of our 2018 edition, titled “2018 New Laws: The Essential Guide to New California Laws That Impact Real Estate and Lending“. In this 40-page book, readers can learn about how the law changed in several areas, including affordable housing, housing development, HOA law, immigration, solar energy, and more. By using the audience index, you can find the new laws relevant to you, whether you are a broker, contractor, developer, homeowner, investor, landlord, property manager, REALTOR®, tenant, or homeowners association.

Download your free copy by clicking the button below!



Replay of Partition Action Webinar

When real estate is inherited from family members, the property is often placed in the hands of multiple owners. Additionally, it is increasingly more common in the Bay Area for buyers to buy a property together with other people – family members, roommates, friends – to make it more affordable. Being a co-owner for a property offers many benefits; however, sometimes disagreements arise between co-owners that affect the future of the property. Any co-owner can exit a co-ownership arrangement through a process called partition. In a partition action, the property can be divided, bought out, or — more commonly — sold, and there isn’t much the other owners can do to stop the process. Attorney Ashlee D. Adkins recently presented a webinar about partition actions and co-ownership issues in California.

You can watch the replay of the webinar, and download the slides, by clicking the button below:

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Real Estate Fraud Symposium Recap

On Thursday, March 22nd, attorney Ashlee D. Adkins and marketing director Clayton Dodds attended the 2018 SCCAOR Real Estate Fraud Symposium. The symposium featured speakers and experts from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit. The presentation covered several important areas, such as pitfalls when investing in foreclosure properties and common consumer scams.

You can watch attorney Ashlee D. Adkins recap the event by clicking the video below!


Easement Seminar Replay

On January 31st, real estate attorney Simon Offord presented a seminar about easements in California.The presentation covered important elements of easements, including the process for creating an easement, steps for extinguishing easements, and practice tips for litigating easement disputes. The session was approved by the State Bar of California for 1 hour of mCLE credit, and attorneys can earn mCLE credit by completing a self-study assessment after watching the video replay.

You can watch a video replay of the seminar, download the materials, and earn 1 hour of mCLE self-study credit, by clicking the button below:

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Follow Our New Profiles!

Our firm is always looking for new ways to connect with our network. In 2018, we’ve launched three new online profiles! Check out our brand new NextDoor, HomeKeepr, and Instagram accounts – follow us, like us, recommend us — and we’d be happy to follow back!



If you are a real estate agent or broker, you can use your HomeKeepr profile to refer home service professionals to your clients, such as painters, roofers, gardeners — and now law firms. If you have a profile, we’d appreciate you recommending our firm!

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While our firm probably won’t be the next Instagram sensation, it is a bit surprising that our firm has made it to 2018 without an Instagram profile! We plan on increasing our visual assets in 2018, and you can follow along with our Insta-adventure: @brewerlawfirm

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Our boutique firm is committed to providing an outstanding client experience. We want you to feel comfortable working with us — as comfortable as chatting with your neighbor! You can connect with us on NextDoor by “recommending” our firm.

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Brewer Firm News

  • Attorneys Ashlee D. Adkins and Adam L. Pedersen gave presentations about the 2018 new laws to the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® (SAMCAR) South Tour Meeting and Redwood City Tour Meeting on January 9th
  • Simon Offord presented an mCLE-approved seminar about easements in California on January 31st in Palo Alto
  • Peter N. Brewer and director of marketing Clayton Dodds attended the executive committee meeting in San Francisco for the Law Practice Management & Technology (LPMT) section of the California Lawyers Association on January 20th
  • Office Manager Jessica Urioste was selected and confirmed as the Vice President of Marketing for the Santa Clara County Legal Professionals Association (SCCoLPA) – Congrats Jessica!
  • Peter N. Brewer and Ashlee D. Adkins attended the 2018 Installation Dinner for the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) on Thursday, January 25th
  • Clayton Dodds attended the 2018 Installation Dinner for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SAMCAR) on Friday, January 26th, in his official capacity as a board member of the Santa Clara County REALTOR® Foundation Board of Directors
  • Director of Marketing Clayton Dodds served as the co-chair for the 2018 Legal Marketing Technology Conference/West, and attended the conference in San Francisco on January 31 – February 1st
  • Attorney Charlie Bronitsky enjoyed a three-week vacation to New Zealand with his wife Martha from February 19th – March 9th
  • Attorneys Ashlee D. Adkins and Adam L. Pedersen were selected as co-chairs of the Real Estate Section of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association (PAABA). On February 27th, the duo presented an mCLE program about spotting real estate legal issues in California
  • Simon Offord was a featured speaker at the Appraisal Institute 2018 Annual Spring Conference in Modesto, California on March 5th, speaking about easements
  • Ashlee D. Adkins was part of an attorney panel presentation at the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) on March 16th, speaking about common legal issues and pitfalls in real estate
  • Ashlee D. Adkins enjoyed a vacation to New Orleans and Miami with her husband from March 5th – 13th
  • Clayton Dodds, as the 2018 Vice-Chair of the Legal Marketing Association – Bay Area, presented a program on March 7th about the psychology of attorneys, featuring a panel of experts
  • Office Manager Jessica Urioste is enjoying a well-deserved vacation to New Zealand from March 26th – April 10th
  • Attorney Charlie Bronitsky will be speaking about accessory dwelling units at the 9th Annual Avenidas Housing Conference on March 31st in Palo Alto