C.A.R.'s Member Legal Services Department provides C.A.R. members with the latest in legal information to give our members a competitive edge and minimize legal exposure. This legal information is available through a variety of resources:
C.A.R's Legal Department offers legal articles, some in question and answer format, on over 200 subjects. The articles are organized alphabetically and also by category. We also provide legal updates.
Members may call the C.A.R. Legal Hotline at (213) 739-8282, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for professional and confidential real estate legal advice from C.A.R. attorneys. Due to limited staffing the Saturday Hotline service is only for questions regarding active transactions. C.A.R. members who are broker-owners, office managers, or Designated REALTORS® may contact the Member Legal Hotline at (213) 739-8350. Legal questions may also be submitted by fax at (213) 480-7724 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. THIS IS A MEMBERS-ONLY SERVICE!
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The Strategic Defense Program was created in 2005. This program provides REALTORS® with a team of litigation defense specialists who deliver top quality legal services in a cost-efficient manner. REALTORS® will benefit from risk management seminars covering risk avoidance and defense. The overriding goal of the program is to improve REALTORS® knowledge of potential claims and how to effectively defend against those claims. This program, through the Defense Panel attorneys, also provides early warning and defense strategies for new types of claims. For additional information about the Strategic Defense Program, please contact our Strategic Defense Counsel Jenny Li at (213) 739-8379 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Legal Action Fund
C.A.R. proactively defends your real estate profession in the appellate courts. C.A.R.'s Legal Action Fund contributed to favorable decisions in many landmark cases in which C.A.R. had filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs. For questions about the Legal Action Fund, please contact, Neil Kalin, Assistant General Counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Real Estate
Magazine Legal Column
Each month there appears a legal column in California Real Estate magazine discussing the latest cases and statutesimpacting REALTORS® and property owners. This legal column includes an Ask An Attorney feature providing answers to commonly-asked legal questions and issues. For questions about the Legal Column in the magazine, please contact Stella Ling, Managing Senior Counsel, at email@example.com.
C.A.R. attorneys provide their valuable legal expertise in the creation and revision of all the C.A.R. standard legal forms. For questions or comments regarding C.A.R.'s standard legal forms, please send an email to the Standard Forms Department.
REALTORS® with C.A.R. now have instant access to more than 20 sample letters written by C.A.R. attorneys. These letters are in response to the most common situations that C.A.R.’s Legal Hotline receives as requests from members to help them prepare a document that can be used to address certain issues arising in a real estate transaction.
All members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive e-mail messages containing breaking legal information and legal liabilityprevention tips.
For our very first Legal Webinar on the legality of charging transaction fees or administrative fees, click here .
Legal Outreaches (Attorney Outreach Calendar)
C.A.R. attorneys visit real estate offices and local associations throughout 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. For information contact Gov Hutchinson, Assistant General Counsel, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (213) 739-8245.
For any questions regarding this web page, please contact Legal Editor, Neil Kalin, Esq. Please be sure to include your full name, office, and your member number in your e-mail. We do not provide legal services to non-members.