Welcome to the Legal Section of C.A.R. Online, where REALTORS® legal needs are met with the latest information and legal updates. Look below for the latest legal news during the last two weeks. You'll see Regulatory News, new Realegals®, and What's Hot announcements.
Scam Watch The "Scam Watch" feature will provide you with a summary of all the latest short sale and foreclosure scams. Included is a "Scam Resources" feature to provide you with tools to assist your clients in avoiding scams. Check back frequently since this feature is updated on a regular basis.
Attorney Outreach Calendar C.A.R. attorneys visit real estate offices and local associations throughtout the state providing an opportunity for a live discussion of current legal issues as well as training sessions on the use of new C.A.R. standard forms.
Nov. 6, 2014 (revised) Legal Article: California's Uniform Electronic Transactions Act ("UETA") (Civil Code Sections 1633.1 et seq.) and the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act ("E-Sign") (15 USC Sections 7001 et seq.) authorize the use of electronic signatures and records in real estate transactions. Until now, the primary stumbling block to electronic transactions has been security and authentication issues. Those issues have found a solution in part through companies offering security and authentication features for electronic signatures and records delivered as part of real estate transactions. zipForm® 6 and relay® now contain an electronic signature feature, allowing C.A.R. members the opportunity to incorporate electronic signatures in their real estate transactions.»
Oct. 8, 2014 (revised) Legal Article: This article will attempt to sort through the laws and cases dealing with the tort of defamation and focus on what effect this area of law has on you and your business practice. It will not focus on the First Amendment issues relating to liability of the news media, defamation of public figures, or the crimes of libel and slander, nor is the focus of this article the Code of Ethics. However, since the elements of the tort of defamation are similar to the standards of Article 15, the information is applicable to your duties under the Code of Ethics as well.
Oct. 3, 2014 (revised) Legal Article: SB 800 is applicable to all newly-constructed residential property intended to be sold as an individual dwelling unit, where the purchase agreement was signed by the seller on or after January 1, 2003. However, it does not apply to condominium conversions. SB 800 applies not only to the original purchaser, but also to subsequent purchasers.
Oct. 2, 2014 What's New: This chart summarizes new laws passed by the California Legislature during the first half of the 2014-15 legislative session and the U.S. Congress that may affect, or otherwise be interesting to REALTORS®.