California law precludes actions by unlicensed contractors to recover payment for services as a contractor. In Ball v. Steadfast-BLK, the California Court of Appeal ruled that the law did not prevent recovery by contractor who, while licensed as a sole proprietor, entered into a contract under an unregistered false business name. Mr. Ball was a… read more
Over the past 20 years, approximately half of the states have recognized a cause of action for tortious interference with an expected inheritance. California has not. In Munn v. Briggs, the California Court of Appeal declined to recognize the claim where California probate law provided a remedy to the party seeking to assert the claim.
When more than one party is liable for injury to a third party, California law permits a responsible party who has paid the injured third party to obtain partial reimbursement from the other liable parties through equitable indemnity. A claim for equitable indemnity does not exist until one of the responsible parties makes payment on… read more
A recent California Court of Appeal decision clarified the scope of California law prohibiting contractors from enforcing agreements to receive payment for work requiring a license. In UDC-Universal Development v. CH2M Hill, the court ruled that California’s contractor licensing statutes did not preclude an unlicensed contractor from enforcing an indemnity agreement related to work requiring… read more
Everyone in California has an estate plan. Some people have an estate plan, either in the form of a trust or a will, that reflects the wishes of the person who made the plan. People who do not have a trust or a will also have a plan, one created under California’s intestate succession laws. … read more