Janelle Orsi

Janelle Orsi is an attorney living and working in Berkeley, California. Her law and mediation practice is focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. She specializes in nonprofit, small business, and real estate law, as well as a new field of practice  -- sharing law. She has worked in a range of legal practice areas, including criminal defense, youth law, immigration, adoptions, LGBT rights, and estate planning. She attended Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.


Articles By Janelle Orsi

Car Sharing Programs: How to Establish or Join a Car Sharing Program
Learn how to finance, schedule car use, and handle other details of a carsharing program.
Splitting Car Purchase and Maintenance Expenses for a Shared Car
Here’s how to split costs when you share use or co-own a car with a neighbor or friend.
How to Prepare a Carsharing Agreement
Use this carsharing agreement to spell out details, such as use and splitting costs, when you co-own or share a car.
If We Share Property, Who Should Own It?
If you are sharing a tangible asset, such as a house, car, or appliance, you'll want to be clear about who owns it.
What Legal Requirements Apply to Sharing Property?
Part II discusses legal rules that apply to different types of sharing activities.
Dealing With Legal Risks When Sharing Ownership or Use of Property
One benefit of sharing property is that you also share the risk of loss and liability. This makes co-ownership, in itself, a form of insurance.
Legal Issues to Consider When Sharing Ownership of a Home
When you buy or lease a home with others, you're not just entering into a living arrangement: You're entering a legal relationship as well. How you own a home together determines how you can get financing, what your rights and responsibilities are, how and to whom you can each sell or leave your share.
Co-Owning a Car
Here are different ways you can co-own and use a shared car.
How to Buy an Ownership Share of a Friend’s Home
Become a property owner by buying into a house someone else already owns.
How Sharing a Vacation Home Can Make It Affordable
How to buy and share a vacation home with friends or family.