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Feedspot recently announced its list of the Top 100 Legal Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2021 for Lawyers and Law Students. Talkov Law secured its place as the #54 legal blog in the world alongside such notable blogs as Above the Law blog, SCOTUSBlog, and the ABA Journal blog.
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Fraudulent Misrepresentation Under California Law Experienced business fraud and real estate fraud attorneys in California are regularly called upon to determine whether a case involves actionable fraudulent misrepresentation under California law. To answer this question, it is important to review the elements, examples, cases, and defenses applicable to fraudulent misrepresentation in California courts. Elements of ... Read...
Experienced business fraud and real estate fraud attorneys in California are regularly called upon to determine whether a case involves actionable fraudulent misrepresentation under California law. To answer this question, it is important to review the elements, examples, cases, and defenses applicable to fraudulent misrepresentation in California courts.
Under California law, to establish a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation, the plaintiff must prove:
Actual fraud, what. Actual fraud, within the meaning of this Chapter, consists in any of the following acts, committed by a party to the contract, or with his connivance, with intent to deceive another party thereto, or to induce him to enter into the contract:
1. The suggestion, as a fact, of that which is not true, by one who does not believe it to be true;
2. The positive assertion, in a manner not warranted by the information of the person making it, of that which is not true, though he believes it to be true;
3. The suppression of that which is true, by one having knowledge or belief of the fact;
4. A promise made without any intention of performing it; or,
5. Any other act fitted to deceive.
A deceit, within the meaning of the last section, is either:
1. The suggestion, as a fact, of that which is not true, by one who does not believe it to be true;
2. The assertion, as a fact, of that which is not true, by one who has no reasonable ground for believing it to be true;3. The suppression of a fact, by one who is bound to disclose it, or who gives information of other facts which are likely to mislead for want of communication of that fact; or,
4. A promise, made without any intention of performing it.
The first requirement for fraudulent misrepresentation is that the representation have been material, which is another way of saying important. In other words, immaterial, or unimportant, misrepresentations are not actionable as fraud. “Under California law, a fact is material if a reasonable man would attach importance to its existence or nonexistence in determining his choice of action in the transaction in question. In this context, a fact is material, and the jury was so instructed, if there is a substantial likelihood that, under all the circumstances, a reasonable investor would consider it important in reaching an investment decision. Materiality is a question of fact for the jury, “unless the ‘fact misrepresented is so obviously unimportant that the jury could not reasonably find that a reasonable man would have been influenced by it.” Persson v. Smart Inventions, Inc. (2005) 125 Cal.App.4th 1141, 1163 (citing Engalla v. Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (1997) 15 Cal.4th 951, 977).
“In contrast to fraud, negligent misrepresentation does not require knowledge of falsity. A defendant who makes false statements honestly believing that they are true, but without reasonable ground for such belief, … may be liable for negligent misrepresentation….” Apollo Capital Fund, LLC v. Roth Capital Partners, LLC (2007) 158 Cal.App.4th 226, 243. Accordingly, fraudulent misrepresentation encompasses two types of torts. Indeed, the California courts explain that the cause of action includes situation where either: “The defendant knew that the representation was false when the defendant made it, or the defendant made the representation recklessly and without regard for its truth.” Graham v. Bank of America, N.A. (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 594, 606. The first example of a defendant knowing a representation was false when the defendant made it involves actual fraud, sometimes simply known as fraud or intentional fraud. Conversely, the second example of a defendant making the representation recklessly and without regard for its truth is in reference to negligent misrepresentation, which is a hybrid of negligence (an accident) and fraud, which is mistakenly assumed by many to only be available when the misrepresentation was made intentionally.
The law is that: “The representation must have been made with the intent to defraud plaintiff, or a particular class of persons to which plaintiff belongs, whom defendant intended or reasonably should have foreseen would rely upon the representation. One who makes a representation with intent to defraud the public or a particular class of persons is deemed to have intended to defraud every individual in that category who is actually misled thereby.” Murphy v. BDO Seidman (2003) 113 Cal.App.4th 687, 695, as modified on denial of reh’g (Dec. 24, 2003).
A plaintiff must show that they indeed relied on the misrepresentation, and that the reliance was reasonable. The first element in reliance is “actual reliance. A plaintiff asserting fraud by misrepresentation is obliged to plead and prove actual reliance, that is, to establish a complete causal relationship’ between the alleged misrepresentations and the harm claimed to have resulted therefrom.” OCM Principal Opportunities Fund, L.P. v. CIBC World Markets Corp. (2007) 157 Cal.App.4th 835, 864, as modified (Dec. 26, 2007). The second element in reliance is that “a plaintiff must also show ‘justifiable’ reliance, i.e., circumstances were such to make it reasonable for the plaintiff to accept the defendant’s statements without an independent inquiry or investigation. The reasonableness of the plaintiff’s reliance is judged by reference to the plaintiff’s knowledge and experience. Except in the rare case where the undisputed facts leave no room for a reasonable difference of opinion, the question of whether a plaintiff’s reliance is reasonable is a question of fact.” OCM Principal Opportunities Fund, L.P. v. CIBC World Markets Corp. (2007) 157 Cal.App.4th 835, 864, as modified (Dec. 26, 2007).
Deception without loss is not actionable as fraud or negligent misrepresentation. Creative Ventures, LLC v. Jim Ward & Associates (2011) 195 Cal.App. 4th 1430. Accordingly, no matter how big the lie may be, there is no cause of action for fraud absent damages.
“When a party learns that he has been defrauded, he may, instead of rescinding, elect to stand on the contract and sue for damages.” Storage Services v. C.R. Oosterbaan (1989) 214 Cal.App.3d 498, 511. This means that a party may indeed consummate a transaction, then sue for damages.
The law is clear that: “Punitive damages are recoverable in those fraud actions involving intentional, but not negligent, misrepresentations.” Alliance Mortgage Co. v. Rothwell (1995) 10 Cal.4th 1226, 1241 (citing Wyatt v. Union Mortgage Co. (1979) 24 Cal.3d 773, 790; Branch v. Homefed Bank (1992) 6 Cal.App.4th 793, 799 [no punitive damages recoverable for negligent misrepresentation]; Civil Code § 3294)).
The final requirement in fraudulent misrepresentation is that the plaintiff’s reliance on the defendant’s representation was a substantial factor in causing that harm to the plaintiff. Said another way, the fraud must have been the cause of the damages claimed by the plaintiff. As courts have explained: “To recover for fraud, a plaintiff must prove loss proximately caused by the defendant’s tortious conduct. (Civ.Code, § 1709; 1 Witkin, Summary of Cal. Law (10th ed. 2005) Torts, § 718, p. 1041.)” Fladeboe v. American Isuzu Motors Inc. (2007) 150 Cal.App.4th 42, 65, as modified (Apr. 24, 2007) (“Deception without resulting loss is not actionable fraud.”)
If you need legal assistance to establish a fraud claim or defend against a fraud complaint, contact the experienced Talkov Law business litigation attorneys and real estate litigation attorneys with knowledge of fraud claims and defenses for a free consultation by phone at (844) 4-TALKOV (825568) or online.
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Newspaper in Languages Besides English Qualify to Run Legal Notices as Newspapers of General Circulation Under California Government Code 6001 In California, official legal notices and legal advertising can be published only in a newspaper of general circulation adjudicated by a court of law. Whether a publication chooses to seek adjudication as a newspaper under the ... Read...
However, Government Code 6001 does not mean that the newspaper must be in English. As the court in In re La Opinion (1970) 10 Cal.App.3d 1012, 1018 explained:
Government Code section 6000, as written and without additional judicially engrafted requirements, defines the qualifications of a newspaper of general circulation. A newspaper printed in a foreign language does not, for that reason alone, fail to meet the language of the statute so read. We are aware that most California statutes requiring publication of legal notices and legal advertising provide that the notice or advertisement shall be printed in English. Those statutory requirements go to the content of the notice or advertisement, however, and do not purport to restrict the nature of the newspaper in which the notice or ad appears.
As the leading secondary source on newspaper of general circulation laws in California explains: “A newspaper published in a foreign language may be considered to be a newspaper of general circulation.” 46 Cal. Jur. 3d Newspapers and Press Associations § 10 (citing In re La Opinion).
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Requirements for Alleging Fraud in Federal & Bankruptcy Court Because “fraud is a serious charge, easy to allege and hard to prove” (In re Doctors Hosp. of Hyde Park, Inc., 308 B.R. 311, 322 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2004)), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 9(b) imposes the requirement on plaintiffs to allege fraud with particularity ... Read...
Because “fraud is a serious charge, easy to allege and hard to prove” (In re Doctors Hosp. of Hyde Park, Inc., 308 B.R. 311, 322 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2004)), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 9(b) imposes the requirement on plaintiffs to allege fraud with particularity in federal court, which includes bankruptcy court. Defendants are wisely advised to bring any vague allegations of fraud to the court’s attention to allow real estate fraud and business fraud cases to be dismissed at an early stage where the allegations as to who, what, where, why, when, and how of the purported fraud are lacking.
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 9(b) states that: “In alleging fraud or mistake, a party must state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake. Malice, intent, knowledge, and other conditions of a person’s mind may be alleged generally.” Under Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Rule 7009: “Rule 9 F.R.Civ.P. applies in adversary proceedings.” This means that FED. R. CIV. P. Rule 9(b) is applicable to a § 523(a)(2)(A) nondischargeability proceeding alleging fraud. See, e.g., In re Kimmel, 2008 WL 5076380 at *1 (9th Cir. 2008).
“In order to properly plead fraud with particularity, the complaint must allege the time, and content of the fraudulent representation such that a defendant can prepare an adequate response to the allegations.” In re Kimmel, 2008 WL 5076380 at *1.
The heightened pleading standard is commonly cited as requiring the allegations to identify “the who, what, when, where, and how of the misconduct charged.” See, e.g. U.S. v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., 848 F.3d 1161, 1167 (9th Cir. 2016); Ebeid ex rel. United States v. Lungwitz, 616 F.3d 993, 998 (9th Cir. 2010).
The Ninth Circuit in Vess v. Ciba–Geigy Corp. USA, 317 F.3d 1097, 1106 (9th Cir. 2003) made clear that: “Averments of fraud must be accompanied by ‘the who, what, when, where, and how’ of the misconduct charged.” Vess v. Ciba-Geigy Corp. USA, 317 F.3d 1097, 1106 (9th Cir. 2003).
“In other words, Rule 9(b) requires plaintiffs to plead ‘the who, what, when, where, and how: the first paragraph of any newspaper story.’” In re Miltenberger, 538 B.R. 547, 553 (Bankr. E.D. Mo. 2015).
“Because an exception to discharge impairs a debtor’s fresh start, section 523(a)(2)(A) ‘should not be read more broadly than necessary to effectuate policy, e.g., preventing debtors from avoiding debts incurred by fraud or other culpable conduct.’” In re Sabban, 384 B.R. 1, 5 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2008), aff’d in part, 600 F.3d 1219 (9th Cir. 2010). In other words, the exception to discharge provided for in Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(2)(A) “should be construed strictly against creditors and in favor of debtors.” Id. “The Ninth Circuit requires that the provisions of § 523(a) exceptions to discharge should be construed narrowly.” In re Roberts, 538 B.R. 1, 9 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2015), aff’d, No. 1:12-AP-01371-MT, 2017 WL 5352672 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Nov. 13, 2017), aff’d, 770 F. App’x 360 (9th Cir. 2019)
In the Ninth Circuit, “[t]o establish nondischargeability under § 523(a)(2)(A), a creditor must prove five elements: “(1) misrepresentation, fraudulent omission or deceptive conduct by the debtor; (2) knowledge of the falsity or deceptiveness of his statement or conduct; (3) an intent to deceive; (4) justifiable reliance by the creditor on the debtor’s statement or conduct; and (5) damage to the creditor proximately caused by its reliance on the debtor’s statement or conduct.” In re Gugliuzza, 852 F.3d 884, 888 (9th Cir. 2017) (citing In re Slyman, 234 F.3d 1081, 1085 (9th Cir. 2000)); see Graham v. Bank of Am., N.A. (2014) 226 Cal. App. 4th 594, 605–06 (elements of California cause of action for fraudulent misrepresentation).
As one Bankruptcy Court explained: “Fraud is a serious charge, easy to allege and hard to prove. The rules therefore require pleading with particularity. It must be clear from the beginning that the plaintiff has specific details of what happened, when, where, and to whom. No such details are alleged. [The fraud cause of action] will therefore be dismissed.” In re Doctors Hosp. of Hyde Park, Inc., 308 B.R. 311, 322 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2004).
As the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel explained: “Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, applicable in bankruptcy cases as Rule 7009, mandates that, ‘[i]n alleging fraud … a party must state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud….’ The court may disregard any fraud allegations that do not satisfy Civil Rule 9(b)’s particularity requirement. Sanford v. MemberWorks, Inc., 625 F.3d 550, 558 (9th Cir.2010). ‘To meet this standard, [LBS’s] complaint must ‘identify the who, what, when, where, and how of the misconduct charged.…” Salameh v. Tarsadia Hotel, 726 F.3d 1124, 1133 (9th Cir.2013).” In re Craciun, No. ADV 12-01158-BB, 2014 WL 2211742, at *5 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. May 28, 2014).
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (“Rule) 12(b)(6), also made applicable in bankruptcy by Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure (“Bankruptcy Rules”) 7012, provides that a defendant may bring a motion to dismiss based on a “failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted[.]”
“In order to survive a dismissal motion, however, a plaintiff must allege facts that are enough to raise his/her right to relief “above the speculative level.” In re Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Antitrust Litigation, 536 F.Supp.2d 1129, 1134 (N.D. Cal. 2008) (citing Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 127 S. Ct. 1955, 1964-65 (2007)). A plaintiff must allege “enough facts to state a claim that is plausible on its face,” not just conceivable. Twombly, 127 S. Ct. at 1974. “The tenet that a court must accept as true all of the allegations contained in a complaint is inapplicable to legal conclusions.” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009).
Vess v. Ciba–Geigy Corp. USA, 317 F.3d 1097, 1106 (9th Cir. 2003) applied the heightened pleading requirement to find that: “A motion to dismiss a complaint or claim ‘grounded in fraud’ under Rule 9(b) for failure to plead with particularity is the functional equivalent of a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim. If insufficiently pled averments of fraud are disregarded, as they must be, in a complaint or claim grounded in fraud, there is effectively nothing left of the complaint. In that event, a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) would obviously be granted. Because a dismissal of a complaint or claim grounded in fraud for failure to comply with Rule 9(b) has the same consequence as a dismissal under Rule 12(b)(6), dismissals.” Vess found that “it is established law in this and other circuits that such dismissals are appropriate,” citing cases throughout the nation.
Citing this ruling from the Ninth Circuit in applying the standard from Iqbal and Twombly, the Hon. Fredrick E. Clement of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California ruled in 2019 in analyzing an 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(2)(A) nondischargeability claim that “[a] plaintiff must include the ‘who, what, when, where, and how’ of the fraud.” In re Jorgensen, No. 18-14586-A-13, 2019 WL 6720418, at *5 (Bankr. E.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2019). Jorgensen found that a particular alleged misrepresentation under § 523(a)(2)(A) failed to state a claim such that it was dismissed.
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Secrets to Help You Choose the Best Family Law Attorney for Your Child Custody Case in California. Find the Best Lawyer for Your Custody Battle!
Finding a family law attorney for your child custody case is not hard. Finding the right family law attorney for you and your child custody can be a bit trickier.
Just because Google says a particular custody attorney is the “best child custody lawyer near me” doesn’t mean that attorney will be a great match for you. Choosing the right family law lawyer for your case is not necessarily about finding the most expensive attorney in town or the most popular attorney according to Yelp.
The right family lawyer can make a real difference both in the outcome of your custody case and how you make it through the very emotional process. You want a trusting relationship. You want a lawyer who is serious about your case and listens to your needs.
Here is a basic guide to help you find the best family law attorney for you and your custody case.
Generally, online search tools (i.e. Yelp, Google, Avvo) will group and recommend attorneys by practice area and location. Once you have found a few family law attorneys in your area, check out their websites. Is the website tasteful and helpful? Does the attorney look professional?
While online reviews do not provide a complete picture of an attorney’s reputation, they can be helpful to provide insight into other people’s experiences with that attorney. Making sure the attorneys you plan to meet with have a clean disciplinary record is a crucial step in the process of vetting potential family law lawyers.
Once you have narrowed down a list of family attorneys, meet with each of them (this can be done over the phone or by Zoom), and talk with them about your case to make sure you feel comfortable with the family lawyer you ultimately choose to represent you in your custody case.
One size does not fit all! You don’t get along with every single person on the planet, so it’s no surprise that you probably won’t feel comfortable with every family attorney you meet.
Does your personality mesh with the attorney’s? No matter how experienced a lawyer is, if you do not get along, your case will be more difficult.
You must be able to get along with your lawyer. The initial consultation is as much about deciding if you can have a working relationship with your attorney as it is finding out about how California custody law applies to your case. If the lawyer you are meeting with is abrasive, distracted, disorganized, or acts in any other way that does not give you confidence, consider how you will feel later on in the case if you choose this lawyer. This is especially true if you cannot reach a stipulation for joint custody and end up in family court.
Questions to ask yourself before retaining a family law attorney:
Does the attorney answer my questions completely and in terms that I can easily understand?
Does he or she really listen to me?
Does the attorney appear, speak, and behave in a professional, courteous, and intelligent manner?
Does the attorney demonstrate a sincere interest in helping me with my case?
Can the attorney articulate a strategy to help me resolve my case in the most advantageous way? Does he or she explain the pros and cons of various options?
Do I feel I can work well with this attorney?
Every attorney has a different style and personality. It’s important to meet with a few attorneys (this can be done over the phone or by zoom), and talk with them about your case to make sure you feel comfortable with the family lawyer you ultimately choose to represent you in your child custody case.
The most important relationship is not between the law firm and the client, but between the lawyer and the client.
Just because a law firm has extensive experience in family law and a good reputation, does not mean that every attorney at the firm has that experience and reputation.
Seek out a relationship with an individual attorney in a firm as your lawyer. Ask the lawyer you meet with this question: “Will you be handling my case?”
If you have a good rapport with the lawyer you have your consultation with, but will ultimately not be working with that lawyer, you might want to ask to meet with the associate who will be handling your case.
You may have friends or family who might have already gone through a custody case and might want to offer you legal advice or recommend an attorney, but they won’t necessarily know what is best for you.
If you have a friend who can’t say enough great things about his or her California custody attorney, you should absolutely research that attorney and schedule a consult with them; but don’t rely solely on the recommendation of a friend! A recommended attorney may have been perfect for your friend’s custody case, but that does not mean they are perfect for you or your case.
While friends and family are a great source for emotional support, they are not legal professionals.
Take the recommendation of a friend as the starting point of the process, not the end of it.
Ultimately, you will be the one to have to live with the results of your custody case, so it is important to be in charge of choosing the best family law attorney for yourself.
California’s family law procedures are complex and trying to navigate them without help of a skilled family lawyer can be frustrating. If you have questions about child custody, contact us by calling (844) 4-TALKOV (825568) or contact us online for a free consultation with our experienced family law attorney, Colleen Sparks, who can guide you through the court process in a prompt and clear manner.
Adoption vs. Guardianship: The 5 Big Differences Between Adoption and Guardianship of a Child in California Explained.
Many people confuse adoption and guardianship because they share some similar characteristics. Most important of these is that both processes have the same goal: providing a stable environment for a child.
Adoptive parents and legal guardians are both responsible for meeting the basic needs of the child, loving and supporting them, making sure they are fed and clothed, etc.
Adoption and guardianship are both legal arrangements for the care and custody of children, but there are some important differences between adoption and guardianship of a child.
The biggest difference between adoption and guardianship may be the time period for which the arrangement is effective; while adoption permanently places a child with a new family, guardianship is usually a temporary arrangement that places the child with a close friend or family member.
It is important to remember that both of these processes can be complex, and the specifics will vary based on the specific circumstances of each case. Only an experienced adoption attorney or probate attorney can advise you based on your specific situation, however, we have compiled an outline of the differences between adoption and guardianship to help you understand the basics.
Adoption is the legal process of establishing a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not the child’s biological or birth parent. Adoptions can occur through relinquishment, termination of parental rights, or consent to adoption by a birth parent. Adoption severs the previous legal parent-child relationship and creates a new legal parent-child relationship between the child and adoptive parent.
Once the adoption process is final, the adoptive parent(s) have all the legal rights, duties, and responsibilities of any other biological or natural parent. That new parent-child relationship is permanent and is exactly the same as that of a birth family under the law, complete with a new birth certificate.
Guardianship is a temporary caregiving situation for a child when a person is responsible for the care and well-being of a child and has the legal authority to consent on behalf of a child. Legal guardianships can give guardians custody of a child until they are 18 years old; however, the child’s parents maintain their parental rights. However, courts overturn guardianship only if it is determined the guardian is no longer capable of caring for the child or maintaining their safety.
A legal guardian cannot pass along their own inheritance to the child in their custody unless a special provision is made in their will.
A legal guardian may be a grandparent, foster parent, aunt or uncle, sibling, friend of the family, step-parent, or someone else who knows the child. Being appointed as a guardian gives that guardian all the rights and responsibilities that a biological parent would have.
Generally, a guardian can only be appointed for a minor (child under 18 years of age).
Both adoptive parents and legal guardians can provide the care, support and stability a child needs. However, the effects of each legal arrangement vary significantly.
In a guardianship, the court gives the guardian legal custody of a child, but the guardian does not adopt the child. The guardianship may last until the child turns eighteen (18) years old or the court may terminate the guardianship and return the child to the parents or appoint a new guardian. When someone becomes a child’s legal guardian, the biological parents retain their parental rights and can request visitation with their child.
The guardianship can be terminated when the parent’s situation improves and the biological parent shows they can care for their child. The court can also oversee the appointed guardian by supervising the guardianship, as well.
However, in an adoption, the parents lose parental rights to the child forever. They don’t have rights to visitation or to have any type of relationship with the child. Parents can’t get those rights back and adoptive families aren’t supervised by the courts.
Because of these differences, there are different scenarios in which each arrangement is the appropriate solution for a child.
If you currently have legal guardianship of a child you care about, you may be interested in establishing a more permanent parent-child relationship with him or her. You may be wondering if you can adopt the child you have a guardianship over. A person who is a legal guardian can apply to adopt the child under guardianship.
One or both of the child’s biological parents can sign an independent adoption consent or an agency relinquishment if the parent agrees with the adoption plan.
If one or both of the parents object to the adoption, the guardian can request that the family court involuntarily terminate parental rights for abandonment, conviction of a serious felony or other good cause.
In California, termination of parental rights also may be granted if the child has been out of the parents’ custody for two or more years, and the court finds that the adoption is in the best interest of the child.
In every case, the guardian must obtain a home study according to the type of adoption (independent or agency) being pursued.
If the non-consenting parent contests the termination, the adoptive family must hire and pay for private legal counsel to pursue the matter.
California’s family law procedures are complex and trying to navigate them without help of a California family lawyer can be frustrating. If you have questions about family law procedures, contact our accomplished and dedicated family law and probate lawyers by calling (844) 4-TALKOV (825568) or contact us online for a free consultation.
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