Stokes O'Brien

Business and Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Laws Cover a Wide Area

Posted in Business and Real Estate Litigation on October 15, 2019

The average person defines “real estate,” as land ownership and/or use of land. Real estate laws, sometimes referred to as “property laws,” typically cover the right to own, use, and enjoy the land and its man-made additions. Whether we are homeowners, renters, landlords, home sellers or buyers, all of us are affected by real estate laws directly or indirectly. Real… READ MORE

Breach of Contract: An Overview

Posted in Business and Real Estate Litigation on September 15, 2019

In a perfect world, companies and individuals consistently honor all signed agreements and contracts. Oftentimes, however, reality bites! Contracts are breached, resulting from either an individual or an organization refusing or failing to carry-out specifics from a contract without a justifiable or rightful reason. Broken promises can cause tremendous frustration, economic damage, and emotional instability for all parties involved. Staying… READ MORE

Financial Elder Abuse Exploitation: Cause for Concern

Posted in Business and Real Estate Litigation on August 15, 2019

Elders and dependent adults are financially vulnerable for a wide variety of reasons. From the natural aging process and the impacts of illness to social isolation and loneliness, financial elder abuse occurs frequently in our society. California defines “elder” as those who are at least 65 years of age. This population faces a greater risk to financial victimization. Sadly, their… READ MORE

Construction Disputes & Litigation

Posted in Business and Real Estate Litigation on July 15, 2019

The construction industry operates on a web of contractual relationships created and defined by bids, prime contracts, sub contracts, specifications, illustrations, bonds, and labor agreements. It is a large tent that covers public and private projects where the duties and obligations for all parties are established by contracts. A construction project can be a garage conversion, a hotel, a bridge,… READ MORE

What Qualifies As Online Defamation?

Posted in Business and Real Estate Litigation on June 15, 2019

Can You Really Sue For Online Defamation? Believe it or not, online defamation is a valid cause for a lawsuit, and with good reason. With an ever-changing Internet and very little censorship, reputations can be ruined in an instant. In general, defamation is any negative statement that has the power to destroy someone’s character or business potential. Though it’s sometimes… READ MORE