Legal

  • In The Trenches with Messina & Hankin

    “. . . winning at trial depends on [a] collaborative effort between client and lawyer.” Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to reach a reasonable and amicable agreement, litigation becomes the only option—short of simply walking away. The story I am about to tell is true; the names have been changed to protect my […]

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  • What’s an Annual Business “Check Up”?

    If you “assume” you have limited liability under California laws – regardless of your structure and entity (i.e., C-Corp. S-Corp, Limited Partnership, LLC or whatever), if you do not maintain appropriate and required business records, the plaintiffs’ attorneys will search for this first – in an attempt to “pierce” the corporate veil – essentially making […]

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  • Recorded Statements after a Car Accident – What, Where and When?

    On occasion, individuals  visit my office quite sometime after a car accident has occurred to discuss their case. During our conversation they inform me they have already provided a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company. When I ask why a recorded statement was provided? The reply goes something like “…..well, the accident wasn’t […]

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  • A Holiday Poem

    ‘Tis the season for giving and across the land, families celebrate among festive garland.  Such attention is paid to the dinner menu, it includes the favorite dish of your youngest nephew. The songs, joy and laughter will soon ensue, creating a memory that lasts decades for you,  but just when you thought the last doorbell […]

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  • Giving Thanks and Sharing Thoughts

    One thing that many of us share is that we miss those families who can’t be there anymore.  It is a time to share memories that keep them close to us in our mind and hearts.  What we don’t often discuss is what should happen if we aren’t there at a gathering in the future.  […]

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  • Protecting Your Business Name

    There are various legal methods for protecting a business name, logo, and other works that will enhance the value of a business. Just creating a corporation or a limited liability company may not afford adequate protection against others using the name. The mere fact of forming a legal entity may not provide adequate protection of […]

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  • Legal Separation and Divorce in California

    In California, however, there may be one other advantage. If time is of the essence and you haven’t lived in California for 6 months, you can accelerate the divorce process by filing for a legal separation first. Legal Separation by Consent or Default Only: Legal separation by consent or default is not an option in […]

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  • Forming a New Business Entity?

    Why Seeking the Assistance Of an Attorney Could Save You Headaches in the Future Sitting down with a business lawyer for a consult should involve the professional asking questions. Those questions should uncover some issues that need to be considered prior to going forward with the formation and the underlying transaction or investment. It has […]

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  • New California Minimum Wage Effect on Split Shift Employees

    Many employers (such as restaurants) have employees who work a morning shift (e.g. 9am-noon) and then an afternoon shift (4pm-9pm).  California regulations require employers to pay a split shift premium of one hour’s pay if their employees only make the minimum wage.  Under the old $9 an hour rate, if an employee was paid $9 […]

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  • It’s My Piece of the Pie, Can I Get More?

    Let’s take a few minutes to dish about the topic of the “basis” of your assets.  It’s a deceptively tricky topic.  Although it appears to be a fairly simple calculation when someone asks, (say there, what’s your basis in this beautiful cabin on the lake?) there is much more to consider than simply how much […]

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  • Employment-Based Immigration

    Yes, Congress has made available a number of employment-based visa classifications for professional, skilled or unskilled foreign workers. Although this article is limited to non-immigrant visas, meaning the employee will return to his/her home country at the end of the assignment, there are also immigrant visas available for foreign workers who seek to permanently live […]

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  • SW Riverside County Bar Association’s First Annual Scholarship Program

    The Southwest Riverside County Bar Association will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a student aspiring to become an Attorney. Applicants for the Scholarship should meet the following criteria: Applicants must reside in Southwest Riverside County (Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Canyon Lake or Lake Elsinore), and Applicants must meet one of the following criteria: Students […]

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  • A Plan is There, is it Yours?

    We have a saying in our office that goes “Everyone has a will, if you haven’t created one, the state has one for you!”  But is that the plan you want?  If you were to disappear tomorrow, would your family and friends know what your wishes were, and would granting them even be possible if […]

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  • 10 Things You May Want to Do After an Auto Collision

    If involved in an auto collision, there are specific actions to take to protect yourself and your interests. The following information while not complete are the top ten suggestions: STOP. Never drive away from the scene of a collision, even a minor one and even if you believe it was not your fault. Never drive […]

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  • When is it Time to Consult a Business Attorney?

    One of the questions potential clients frequently ask is, “When should I consult an attorney?” The answer to this question is really quite simple. A business owner should consult an attorney early on and should find an attorney who they can speak with when the need arises. What this means is that every business owner […]

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  • Law Firm of Hitzeman & Evenson, APC Observes 1st Anniversary

    The Law Office of Hitzeman & Evenson, A Professional Corporation, celebrated its first year anniversary on June 1st. Principals Don Hitzeman and Paul Evenson, with their practice located in the Vista Office Centre, at the corner of Ridge Park Drive and Rancho California Road in Temecula, are both grateful to those loyal clients who followed […]

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  • How to Get Your Very Own Agent Q

    I know you have thought about it. Strolling into headquarters, ready to take on your next international assignment? Before you pack up the snazzy tuxedo or slinky black dress, you first stop off in the research and development division of a National Intelligence Unit for the latest gadgets. Q was always there to be sure […]

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  • Family Law Update

    I] Vocational Expert Services, II] Vocational Evaluations, III] their role in Family Law and IV] Imputation of Income. Family law is always premised on what is in the best interest of the child, without exception. The law requires both parents to share their individual income with their dependent children, during divorce proceedings and even upon […]

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  • Recorded Statements after a Car Accident – What, Where and When?

    Occasionally, individuals come to my office sometime after [as in weeks or months] a car accident has occurred to discuss their case. During the conversation they inform me they have already provided a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company. When I ask the individual why a recorded statement was provided? The reply goes […]

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  • An Estate Love Note

    Wine, flowers, chocolate. A candlelit dinner, a horse drawn carriage ride through the park. There are so many ways to say “I love you”. While it may not ring as romantic as a Sinatra love song, estate planning can also be a real expression of love and devotion. In fact, there’s even a special name […]

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  • Was that…..*MEDIATION?…..or was that…..*ARBITRATION?……or was that……*VEGETATION?

    Honestly, I do not recall what the lawyer said…….                                     Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] There are alternatives for settling legal disputes other than litigation including arbitration, mediation and neutral evaluations. ADR alternatives are usually cheaper and more quickly resolved than litigation. Parties to lawsuits become increasingly concerned in resolving their legal disputes as the disputes […]

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