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P.O. Box 1997
Martinez, CA 94553

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Real Estate Attorney - Martinez, California

The Law Office of David R. Fischer is what is called a “boutique law firm” because we only take on matters that fall into a few categories within the field of real estate law.  We simply do not take every case that comes our way.  If your matter is not in the area of the law that we practice, we will ask you to find a different firm to represent you.  Our real estate law practice is limited to the following:

Descriptions of Our Practice Areas:     

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Easement Creation  Icon for Easement Lawyer in Martinez, California

If easement documents are not properly drafted it can lead to litigation later on.  When we create an easement, we try to anticipate issues that may arise in the future between the easement owner (called the “dominant tenement”) and the owner of the land over which the easement runs (called the “servient tenement”).  Years of experience with easement disputes has given us the knowledge of which issues are likely to lead to future disputes if not properly addressed in the original documents.    

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Easement Litigation  Icon for Easement Litigation Lawyer in Martinez, California

We have handled many matters over the years involving disputes between the easement owner (called the “dominant tenement”) and the owner of the land over which the easement runs (called the “servient tenement”).  Many of these matters have resulted in litigation that we have handled for our clients.  As a result of years of handling easement cases, we have developed a private index of all prominent California court opinions on easement law, which we can refer to for quick answers.    

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Deeds & Conveyances  Icon for Deed Lawyer in Martinez, California

Deeds and other issues involving conveyances are also handled by our office.  For example, we have represented clients in matters involving deeding property to trusts, gift deeds, the interpretation of ambiguous deeds, and preparing documents to cure errors in prior deeds.     

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Boundary Disputes  Icon for Boundary Dispute Lawyer in Martinez, California

Over the years we have handled many boundary dispute cases.  Despite surveying instruments becoming more precise in recent years, boundary disputes are still common.  A good number of boundary disputes are caused by different surveyors who measure the same line from different directions.  For example, in setting the east-west running line of a property, one surveyor may measure from the north, and another surveyor may measure from the south, producing a gap or overlap between the two surveys.  Ambiguous descriptions in old deeds can also cause modern-day boundary disputes.  For example, an old deed may refer to a tree, fence post or other monument that has long since been removed, causing subsequent surveys to become misaligned, which leads to a boundary dispute.    

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Clouded Titles  Icon for Clouded Title Lawyer in Martinez, California

The title to real property can become clouded for many reasons. A neighbor's deed that is ambiguously worded, an old mortgage that was paid off years ago but never removed from the title, or an abandoned easement that still shows on title reports are good examples of matters that can cause a title to become clouded. We have represented clients to remove various types of clouds from the title to their real property.    

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Quiet Title Lawsuits  Icon for Quiet Title Lawyer in Martinez, California

A quiet title lawsuit is often used to remove clouds from the title or to flush out claims on the title and remove them if justified. For example, we often file these types of lawsuits in easement disputes and where there is a clouded title.    

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Subdivision & Condominium Applications  Icon for Subdivision and Condominium Application Lawyer in Martinez, California

Our law office has represented clients in front of cities, counties and other government agencies when seeking permits for major subdivisions, minor subdivisions (parcel maps) and condominium conversions.    

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Zoning Applications  Icon for Zoning Application Lawyer in Martinez, California

Whether it be a zoning change, major use permit, or other zoning related entitlement, our firm has experience dealing with governmental entities on behlaf of clients making these zoning‑related applications.    

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Variance Applications  Icon for Variance Application Lawyer in Martinez, California

A variance from a governmental regulation is most often granted when the applicant seeks to be able to enjoy the same privilege as others within the same zoning.  For example, if every other lot on a street has a 20 foot setback, but the zoning requires a 25 foot setback, a variance would likely be granted to allow a lot owner to build with a 20 foot setback.  Our firm has experience in representing clients seeking a variance from a variety of regulations.  Our representation has included applying for, and later presenting evidence to support, these variance requests.    

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Access Rights  Icon for Access Rights Lawyer in Martinez, California

Disputes over access rights can arise for a variety of reasons, such as if a parcel has no deeded access (so-called "land-locked property") or if a public street leading to a property is vacated by the city or county. We have worked with experts to try to find old documents, or uncover facts, that can show how land-locked parcels were accessed in the past, and use them to obtain access today.     

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Littoral Rights  Icon for Littoral Rights Lawyer in Martinez, California

Littoral rights involve waterways, such as the ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, sloughs and canals.  They belong to the owner of land that fronts on a waterway.  Although littoral rights involve a whole list of rights from access to fishing, the most frequent issue involves access to the water.  In 2009 our office successfully represented a client, and obtained a published opinion from the California Court of Appeal, in a littoral rights case. (See Kendall v. Walker (2009) 181 Cal.App.4th 584).    

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Dock, Pier & Wharf Rights  

The right to build a dock, pier or wharf on waterfront property is one of the recognized littoral rights that belong to that property.  The published court case that our office obtained in Kendall v. Walker (2009) 181 Cal.App.4th 584 involved, among other things, the right to build a dock where a boat was being moored.  We have also dealt with dock, pier and wharf issues involving the regulatory powers and permit process of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.    

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Water Boundaries  Icon for Water Boundary Lawyer in Martinez, California

Water boundary issues most often involve how to project an upland property's boundary lines into an adjacent waterway, for the purpose of determining where a dock, pier or wharf can be built.  This was one of the issues in the case of Kendall v. Walker (2009) 181 Cal.App.4th 584, which our firm successfully prosecuted on behalf of a client who owned land that fronted on a waterway.    

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Condemnation / Eminent Domain  Icon for Condemnation and Eminent Domain Lawyer in Martinez, California 

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Inverse Condemnation  Icon for Inverse Condemnation Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Title Insurance  Icon for Title Insurance Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Title Transfers  Icon for Title Transfer Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Encroachments  Icon for Encroachment Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions  Icon for Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Commercial Lease Drafting  Icon for Commercial Lease Drafting Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Purchase Agreements  Icon for Purchase Agreement Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Trespass Lawsuits  Icon for Trespass Lawyer in Martinez, California

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Law Office of David R. Fischer Locations Section

Geographical Areas in which we Practice:

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Alamo   Alhambra Valley   Antioch   Bay Point   Bethel Island   Blackhawk   Brentwood   Byron   Canyon   Clyde   Clayton   Concord   Crockett   Danville   Diablo   Discovery Bay   El Cerrito   El Sobrante   Hercules   Kensington   Knightsen   Lafayette   Martinez   Moraga   Morgan Territory   Oakley   Orinda   Pacheco   Pinole   Pittsburg   Pleasant Hill   Port Costa   Rodeo   Rossmoor    San Ramon   Saranap   Tassajara   Walnut Creek

NAPA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Aetna Springs   American Canyon   Angwin   Calistoga   Capell Valley   Chiles Valley   Deer Park   Lake Berryessa   Mt. Veeder   Napa   Oakville   Pope Valley   Rutherford   St. Helena   Spanish Flat   Yountville

SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Benicia   Birds Landing   Collinsville   Cordelia   Dixon   Elmira   Fairfield   Green Valley   Mankas Corner   Rio Vista   Rockville   Suisun City   Vacaville   Vallejo   Wooden Valley

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Annapolis   Bodega   Bodega Bay   Boyes Hot Springs   Camp Meeker   Cazadero   Cloverdale   Cotati   Duncans Mills   El Verano   Eldridge   Forestville   Freestone   Fulton   Geyserville   Glen Ellen   Graton   Guerneville   Healdsburg   Jenner   Kenwood   Monte Rio   Occidental   Penngrove   Petaluma   Rio Nido   Rohnert Park   Santa Rosa   Sea Ranch   Sebastopol   Sonoma   Stewarts Point   Valley Ford   Villa Grande   Vineburg   Windsor

MARIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Belvedere   Bolinas   Corte Madera   Dillon Beach   Fairfax   Forest Knolls   Greenbrae   Inverness   Lagunitas   Larkspur   Marshall   Mill Valley   Nicasio   Novato   Olema   Point Reyes Station   Ross   San Anselmo   San Geronimo   San Rafael   Sausalito   Stinson Beach   Tiburon   Tomales   Woodacre

MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Albion   Boonville   Branscomb   Calpella   Caspar   Comptche   Covelo   Dos Rios   Elk   Fort Bragg   Gualala   Hopland   Laytonville   Leggett   Little River   Manchester   Mendocino   Navarro   Philo   Piercy   Point Arena   Potter Valley   Redwood Valley   Talmage   Ukiah   Westport   Yorkville   Willits

LAKE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
Clearlake   Clearlake Oaks   Clearlake Park   Clearlake Riviera   Cobb   Finley   Glenhaven   Hidden Valley Lake   Kelseyville   Lake Pillsbury   Lakeport   Loch Lomond   Lower Lake   Lucerne   Middletown   Nice   Soda Bay   Upper Lake   Witter Springs

YOLO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

NEVADA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA