Everyone here at judaism.stackexchange.com has their own favorite seforim to quote when answering a halachic question. Let's put together a compendium of information about the different sources we like to quote, that way it's easy to find out who wrote each of these seforim, and which communities hold by them.
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Halacha Berurah is sefer of halacha l'maaseh written written in the order of the Shulchan Aruch. The sefer is written by R' David Yosef, the son of R' Ovadia Yosef. It is a work in progress. As of 2011 it is 11 volumes long and covers Shulchan Aruch Orach Hayyim thru hilchot berachot.
Sefer Halacha Berurah presents halacha l'maaseh for Sepharadim, particularly for followers of R' Ovadia Yosef.
The sefer consists of 5 parts: at the top of the page one can find the text of the Shulchan Aruch. Then the section named Halacha Berurah tells you what the halacha l'maaseh is in a readable, standalone fashion (i.e. unlike the Mishnah Berurah, Halacha Berurah is not written in the form of footnotes on the Shulchan Aruch, so there's no need to read the Shulchan Aruch to get context). Two sets of footnotes discuss the sources of the halachah: Birur Halacha analyzes earlier halachic works, and Shaar HaTziyun provides lists of sources for particular points in Halacha Berurah and Birur Halacha without analysis. The last part of the sefer is She'elot u'Tshuvot Otzerot Yosef, which provides a longer, more detailed analysis of certain halachic issues as answers to she'elot.
Sefer Halacha Berurah often mentions the minhagim of the Ashkenazim for comparison, and when it does, it discusses the source of their practices as well. (Even when the section named Halacha Berurah does not mention the Ashkenazi practice at all, it can often be found in the Birur Halachah and/or Shaar HaTziyun.)
Volumes of Halachah Berurah are published in a Kitzur Shulchan Aruch format as well. The first (and only) volume of this Kitzur Shulchan Aruch covers first six volumes of Halacha Berurah. This volume includes the text of the Shulchan Aruch, and the text of the Halacha Berurah section, with nikudot added, but with no changes to the content, so it is suitable for anyone who was learning Halacha Berurah but ignoring the footnotes. It is likely that second volume of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch will appear in the next couple of years when a couple more volumes of Halacha Berurah have been published.