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The financial elder abuse and fraud cases playing out in court right now surrounding Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee trace back to state laws enacted many years ago like the California Elder Abuse Act, designed to protect those over 65. However, many lawyers remain unfamiliar with them.

Here are 11 pointers on the California Elder Abuse Act for practitioners who may encounter financial elder abuse — the most common and fastest growing form of elder abuse.

First: The act contains a unilateral attorney’s fee and costs provision. If an abused elder prevails ...

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You’ve been approached by a wireless carrier to lease space on your building or property—now what? While rent is an important consideration, you should keep in mind other ways to generate revenue in the future, including limiting the carrier’s right to perform equipment modifications without your consent and requesting revenue sharing for future subtenants.

In addition to the rent, there are non-monetary terms to consider, such as Right of First Refusal provisions that limit your ability to sell the rental stream to a buyout company or automatic renewal terms that extend the ...

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An angry client calls: "I have been sued." But this time, there is absolutely no basis in law or fact for the lawsuit.

The client asks: "Can I get the case dismissed and recover my attorney's fees against the lawyer and opposing party who sued me?"

I might answer that being sued is like having a wedding. You pay a lot and get involved in a very protracted, expensive affair, which may not end well even under the best of circumstances. On top of the pain and rigors of litigation, do you really want to pursue an action for malicious prosecution against your adversary after prevailing to try to win back ...

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