Beverly Hills Expert Witness Law Firm
Lawrence H. Jacobson received his Bachelor's degree in political science in 1964 from UCLA and his Juris Doctorate in 1967 from the UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA Law School, he was a senior editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. He is the former Vice President of Legal Affairs for the California Association of Realtors. He has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Court Systems as well as having been an adjunct professor of law in the area of real estate secured transactions and administrative law. He has lectured extensively on business and real estate related matters including having taught for the USC Broker Development Program and Graduate Realtors Institute of the California Association of Realtors as well as having lectured for the California Continuing Education of the Bar. He has also written numerous articles on business and real estate issues, among them: "Inverse Condemnation, Foreseeability Abandoned in California," 13 U.C.L.A. Law Review 871, 1966; "Lessor's Bankruptcy," 1 Real Estate Law Journal 152, 1972; "State Regulation of Stock Cooperatives," 7 Beverly Hills Bar Journal 12, 1973; "The California Lottery Law," 48 California State Bar Journal 58, 1973; "Independent Motion Picture Productions," 9 Beverly Hills Bar Journal 33, 1975; "Broker's Liability for Sale of Defective Homes," 52 Los Angeles Bar Journal 346, 1977; "Resolving Real Estate Disputes Through Arbitration," 27 Am. Jur. Trials 621, 1980; "Appraiser's Liability for False or Negligently Prepared Appraisal," 12 Appraisal Review and Mortgage Underwriting Journal 20, 1990; "Acquisition of Mortgage Banking Assets," 36 San Fernando Valley Bar Bulletin (4-9) 10, 1993; "Phantom Income - Understanding Taxable Gain From Foreclosure," Los Angeles Daily Journal, Real Property Law, 1995; "The Expert Witness in Real Estate Litigation: A User's Guide", Real Property Law Reporter, 2004. He has testified numerous times as an expert witness in cases involving the interpretation of real estate documents, real estate and mortgage brokers' standard of care and legal malpractice involving real estate, corporate finance, merger and acquisition and real estate transaction issues.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- 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?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- 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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It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.