The Law Office of Robert B. Jacobs

General Interest Articles

As defined by Webster’s II New College Dictionary, the word “nuisance” means “something that is inconvenient or vexatious: bother.”  That’s a concept that’s easily understood - when something (or someone) is a nuisance, then there’s an annoyance, or a bother.

But there’s a slightly...

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On any given summer weekend, it’s possible to drive around suburban neighborhoods and see open house signs out on the sidewalk.  It’s a known fact: Real Estate Agents hold open houses.  These open houses can be a great opportunity for buyers of real estate to check out a neighborhood, check out...

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Several years ago, we visited the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California where I saw for the first time “The Black Pirate” starring Douglas Fairbanks.  The film was released in 1926. It was a “silent” movie that had been filmed in black and white.  While we watched the film, “The Mighty...

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There’s no doubt about it.  Attorneys fees are expensive.

Most consumers monitor expenses.  And most consumers have never spent any significant money on attorneys fees.  The hourly rate for attorneys is expensive – it is typically several hundred dollars per hour.

It’s not so...

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I continue to hear about the need for clear, concise, competent and trustworthy professional advice with respect to foreclosure law and procedure.  It seems that some borrowers are confused or uncertain as to their rights or options, and some seem to be getting conflicting advice from various...

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“Penny wise and pound foolish.”

Maybe it’s an old saying.  But there can be truth in it.

I constantly see the practical application of this saying in the real estate foreclosure market.

In California, some loans are “non-recourse.” With “non-recourse” loans, the borrower...

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I remember those childhood contests, when something would get under the skin of one of my young friends, and they would say something like  “It’s my property, and I can do whatever I want on it.  So get off!”  This would either be followed by some sort of negotiation, or by one friend stomping...

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Open up just about any phone book and turn to the yellow pages section on “Attorneys.” If you look at enough of the yellow page ads, you’re likely to see a photo (or drawing) of a set of “scales” or “balances.”  You may even see a blindfolded  “Lady of Justice” holding a sword in one hand and a...

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This article describes some of the meanings and symbolism of the “Lady of Justice” image that is found in the decorating of many courthouses, including the courthouse of the United States Supreme Court.  The image generally consists of a woman holding a sword in one hand and a set of balances in...

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Two of the fundamental rights granted by the United States Constitution are the right of free speech, and the right of public assembly.  These two rights allow United States citizens to freely speak their mind on a broad range of subjects, and they also allow citizens to peacefully assemble,...

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