Berkeley Declaratory Relief Litigation Lawyer
In 1991 Mr. Beckman associated with the Law Offices of Steven Adair MacDonald, where he was integral in matters involving real estate consultation and litigation. When became a partner, MacDonald Beckman LLP was formed, followed by Beckman Marquez LLP. Through his career, Mr. Beckman has tried many bench and jury trials throughout the Bay Area and is familiar with local courts and judges. He specialized on real estate litigation, but often is able to craft pretrial resolutions for the parties involved in the firm's complex cases. He represents clients in a broad range of real estate-related disputes, including partition of co-ownership interests, purchase contract disputes, insurance coverage analysis and land use. Mr. Beckman consults with owners and property managers on all aspects of landlord-tenant issues regarding residential and commercial matters. He has been a featured speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars, acts as a private mediator and arbitrator and served as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Francisco Superior Court.
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- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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