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Real Estate Lawyer licensed to practice law in all state courts in every county in California and Colorado, and also in U.S. federal courts in the Northern District and Eastern District of California, the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Other attorneys with various areas of experience and emphasis are available to provide legal services as needed by specific arrangement.

We emphasize litigation in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Benito County. In appropriate cases, we can refer a client to a lawyer in another jurisdiction, or associate local counsel to handle important litigation.

REAL PROPERTY CONSULTATION AND TRANSACTIONS
We offer consultation and legal advice to buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, lenders, borrowers, and others involved in real estate transactions. We can offer general advice, review and comment on transaction documents, prepare standard form or custom transaction documents, and/or negotiate with other parties on behalf of our clients.

CIVIL LITIGATION IN SILICON VALLEY
We represent clients in many types of civil actions (lawsuits), including real property disputes, including: unlawful detainer (eviction), residential landlord-tenant problems, commercial leases, construction, mechanic's lien, judicial foreclosure, nonjudicial "power of sale" foreclosure, quiet title, easement, partition of co-ownerships (such as joint tenancy, tenancy in common, and tenancy in partnership), boundary lines, trespass, nuisance, palimony claims under the Lee Marvin case, mortgages, and ownership disagreements.

We also handle litigation concerning business law, business accounting and dissolution (such as actions involving trustees, partners, LLC (limited liability company) members, and corporate shareholders, civil rights, and First Amendment issues.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION - ADR - MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION
We represent clients in mediation and negotiating sessions, in nonbinding arbitrations, and in binding contractual arbitration.

OTHER CONTRACTS AND CONSULTATION
Clients frequently seek legal advice concerning other types of contracts. These include: consumer protection laws, purchase and sale of automobiles and other vehicles, sales of "goods" (such as business equipment) governed by Article 2 under the Uniform Commercial Code, and others. We advise and assist with business formation and operation, including partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships. We also advise and assist with property agreements between married and unmarried couples.

PROBATE AND TRUST ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
We represent clients in administering estates after death, including formal probate court proceedings, and "living trust" administration.

TORT AND OTHER MATTERS
We represent clients in non-contract "tort" matters, including claims of landowner liability, negligence, fraud, and other tortious conduct. We represent clients concerning claims before the Labor Commissioner for wages, overtime, other legal benefits.

CLIENTS OF SUTTON LAW FIRM
Sutton Law Firm represents businesses and individuals in consulations, transactions, and litigation. Recent Clients include:

  • Town of Los Gatos in "Ross Creek Neighbors v. Town of Los Gatos, et al.," Court of Appeal of the State of California, Sixth Appellate District, H038028
  • Lighthouse Bank, Santa Cruz, in "Vieira Enterprises, Inc. v John McCoy, et al.," Superior Court of California, Santa Cruz County, no. Cv167413, and "Vieira Enterprises, Inc. v Superior Court of Santa Cruz County, John J. McCoy, Real Party In Interest"

Offices

Sutton Law Firm

900 Lafayette St. #200

Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone (408) 294-2280

Fax (408) 516-9086

Mail: suttonlawf@aol.com

 

By appointment only:

2240 Muriel Drive

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Our Staff

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"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time.

As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will be business enough."

--Abraham Lincoln