Welcome to the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson

The Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson is a boutique law firm which focuses on California real estate, business and probate law. As a boutique office, we are able to offer the highest quality of legal services without charging the big firm legal fees. Our office is dedicated to providing clients with a more intimate experience in understanding the law and finding a resolution to stressful legal issues.

Ashley Peterson, ESQ

Ashley M. Peterson is a fourth generation California attorney. Ms. Peterson established the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson in 2015 in San Diego, California, and specializes in real estate transactions including landlord and tenant disputes, commercial and residential leases, Homeowner Association disputes, Airbnb issues, property purchases and sales, and title and due diligence review. Her practice also focuses on general business transactions and business entity formations, as well as trust and probate administration.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated
and the answers are simple.”
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Real Estate Law

Property law is constantly changing in California. As a landlord, tenant, property owner, or buyer, it is important that you know what your legal rights and obligations are. Attorney Peterson will ensure you know the applicable law, and she can guide you through whatever difficult situation you may face with your residential or commercial.

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General Business Law

Whether you want to form a new business, maintain an existing business, or enter into new business contracts, our office will ensure that you are aware of any issues hidden in your agreements, and that the terms that are essential to you are included in the agreement or governing documents of your business.

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Probate Law

When a loved one passes away without a trust, and owned assets totaling $150,000 or more, a probate will likely need to be initiated in order to transfer the assets to the heirs of the decedent or the proper beneficiaries. Attorney Peterson can help you determine whether a probate is necessary in your particular situation, and…

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If a tenant fails to pay rent when due under a lease agreement, the landlord can serve the tenant with a “3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit” in order to put the tenant on notice that they must pay the rent, or leave the premises. The language of the Notice is specific under California Civil Code Section 1161, and must be properly served in order to be effective. The tenant then has 3 days following the service of the Notice to pay the rent or leave the rental unit. If the tenant does not pay the rent by the end of the third day, the landlord can then initiate an unlawful detainer action to evict the tenant. If your tenant has failed to pay rent, please contact our office and we can assist you with this notice and eviction process to ensure its done correctly.
Please note this post does not constitute or convey legal advice. For questions related to your specific situation, please contact the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson, and we would be happy to answer any legal questions you may have.
When a loved one passes away without a trust and owned assets totaling $150,000 or more, a probate will likely need to be initiated in order to transfer the assets to the heirs of the decedent or the proper beneficiaries. In a probate case, if there is a will, the named executor will collect the assets and administer the estate, or if there is no will, then an administrator will be appointed to do so. Occasionally there are disputes between family members as to the validity of a will, if the decedent created a will (or multiple wills) during their lifetime, and a probate case will need to be initiated to determine the validity of the controlling will. Probate can be a confusing and burdensome process for those who are unfamiliar with the law, and there are many factors to consider in determining whether a probate is necessary or whether assets can be distributed through more simplified documenting procedures. Our office is experienced in assessing and handling probate administration and we can assist you in navigating the difficult Probate Court process, so please give us a call today.
Please note this post does not constitute or convey legal advice. For questions related to your specific situation, please contact the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson, and we would be happy to answer any legal questions you may have.
The short answer is, it depends on the facts of your particular situation and what your business goals might be. LLCs and corporations greatly differ in their organizational structure. A corporation has a hierarchical structure involving shareholders, directors, and officers. Owners of a corporation, or shareholders, will be issued stock certificates which reflect their ownership in the entity. Officers and directors control the management and operation of the corporation’s ordinary business activities. Bylaws are usually adopted as the governing document of the entity. Corporations are generally considered to be a more formal business entity due to the requirement under the Corporations Code to hold annual meetings of directors and shareholders. An LLC in comparison, is comprised of a manager (or managers) and members. Management and control can be vested in either the manager(s) or members depending on the way the LLC is structured. The operating agreement is the controlling document for the entity’s governance and ordinary business transactions. An LLC is generally considered to be a more flexible entity in that it does not require annual meetings. Both an LLC and a corporation provide members, managers, owners, directors and officers with liability protection resulting from activities of the entity. In most cases, liability is limited to the value of the person’s investment in the business enterprise. Both corporations and LLCs are required to pay an annual $800 franchise tax for doing business in the State of California. However, LLCs are required to pay an additional annual gross receipts fee for any year in which the total income of the LLC derived from California is $250,000 or more. Depending on the type of corporation formed, the entity may be subject to double taxation. This is just intended to be a brief overview of the differences between a California LLC and a California corporation. For a more in depth discussion of these entity variations as applicable to your situation, please contact our office.
Please note this post does not constitute or convey legal advice. For questions related to your specific situation, please contact the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson, and we would be happy to answer any legal questions you may have.

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