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Prop 19 Action Alert!: “Repeal the Death Tax” Bill Introduced in the Legislature (To Remove The Death Tax Increases Imposed by Proposition 19)

  • March 10, 2023
  • devinlucas

Exceptional news (but don’t hold your breath just yet) – a bill has been introduced in the California Legislature to repeal the costly property tax increases imposed on property owners’ heirs by Proposition 19 (which causes, in most cases, a reassessment of real estate upon the death of the owner, no longer allowing for the long-standing parent-child exclusions)

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Landlord-Tenant Refresher: The Implied Warranty of Habitability

  • January 12, 2023
  • devinlucas

People have all sorts of personal definitions of what is “habitable” when it comes to their rental home. No, tenants, the blinds being askew is not a breach of the warranty of habitability. Likewise, landlords, the lack of hot water is not ‘no big deal’ to be fixed sometime later in the week. For better or worse, California law is very clear when it comes to rental property habitability.

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Proposition 19 Repeal Efforts Fall Short For November Ballot Initiative 

  • May 8, 2022
  • devinlucas

Efforts to repeal Proposition 19’s costly Death Tax On Inherited Property have fallen short for the November ballot initiative. Over 402,000 signatures were obtained to repeal those provisions of Prop 19 which wiped out former Propositions 58 and 193 (those propositions allowed parents to transfer their ‘prop 13 basis’ or ‘proposition 13 basis’ to their children; now no longer due to Prop 19’s changes, thus causing a substantial ‘death tax’ on California inherited property).

Navigating New California Proposition 19: Its Dramatic Property Tax Increase on Inherited Property and Added Benefits to Portability For Those 55 and Older

  • November 29, 2021
  • devinlucas

Editorial Summary

California Proposition 19 is a massive property tax hike on the next generation of property owners. It wipes out the current Proposition 58 and Proposition 193 family transfer benefits, effective February 16, 2021. This is potentially the largest property tax increase in California history… but it will only impact the next generations; this is a new death tax and inheritance tax on real property owners’ heirs.

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How to Write a Real Estate Mediation Brief

  • May 22, 2020
  • devinlucas

Preparing for a real estate mediation can be stressful, but a well prepared concise brief will not only help the mediator to understand your case, it will also help you to organize your thoughts and positions.  Here, we discuss what makes a good mediation brief and some suggestions for the same.   BACKGROUND  Real estate disputes … Continue Reading