Legal

  • Business Planning for the Self-Employed

    As a self-employed individual you are technically a sole proprietor and have similar obligations as any business owner. So, even if you are an Uber driver, freelance consultant or IT specialist, you need to think of yourself as a real, independent business, and not just a service provider. Tax Planning – One of the primary […]

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  • Dog Bites: What Dog Bite Victims and Dog Owners Should Know

    As I am sure you can imagine, all dog bites are shocking to the victim especially if it was unexpected and unprovoked. Further, some dog bites result in serious injuries; and in the worst-case death can result from the most vicious attacks. Also, a dog bite can result in permanent scarring, nerve damage and a […]

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  • A Will or a Trust or Both?

    The Living Trust – A living trust is a flexible estate planning tool that allows you to manage and distribute your assets and can remain in effect after you die. Here are the basics: A trust contains a current transfer of assets while you are alive, administered by a trustee. You as the grantor of […]

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  • A Personal Injury Primer: Following an Auto Collision

    10 Things You Might Do After an Vehicular Collision – The following information while not complete are the top ten suggestions. You may want to keep this information in your wallet or in your car: 1. STOP. Never drive away from the scene of a collision, even a minor one. 2. PROTECT THE SCENE OF […]

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  • Should You Incorporate Your Business?

    Forming a corporation is one of the business structures that you might be considering, and while many people think that incorporation is only for large companies it can also be good choice for smaller businesses. There are some real advantages to incorporating, which may make it worth the extra expense and effort involved. What are […]

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  • An Introduction to Slip and Fall Accidents

    by Attorney Morton J. Grabel & Attorney Mark R. Denning While some slip and fall cases can be handled on your own in Small Claims Court, most will require the assistance of an experienced attorney. Slip and fall cases are difficult to win in court, because there is no exact method for proving that a property […]

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  • 5 Common Myths About Estate Planning

    If you have heard of estate planning but have not taken any steps to create your own plan, you might be one of those who believe in a few common myths. You should not let these myths keep you from creating a will or trust to protect and distribute your assets. Myth #1: Estate planning […]

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  • How to Use a Donor Advised Fund in Estate Planning?

    The structure of a DAF is simple; you set it up with your community foundation or as a charitable trust with a financial adviser, and then decide how you want funds distributed and to which charities. The next step is to make the DAF a beneficiary of a trust in your estate plan, and you […]

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  • Dog Bites: What Dog Bite Victims and Dog Owners Should Know

    Also, a dog bite can result in permanent scarring, nerve damage and a significant risk of infection. Often there is residual psychological harm that extends far beyond the physical injury. Therefore, laws have been passed to protect and/or compensate the victim of a dog attack based on the legal theories of strict liability and negligence. […]

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  • A Will or a Trust or Both?

    The Living Trust – A living trust is a flexible estate planning tool that allows you to manage and distribute your assets and can remain in effect after you die. Here are the basics: A trust contains a current transfer of assets while you are alive, administered by a trustee. You as the grantor of […]

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  • Fault and Liability for Motor Vehicle Accidents

      The automobile insurance industry lobbied state legislatures to base these types of accident liability more on motor vehicle statutes than on common law notions of fault. This has made it easier for insurers to challenge fault when the other party in an accident has violated a traffic law, especially since liability insurance is required […]

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  • What is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Financial Planning?

    Financial Planning – Generally speaking, financial planning focuses on managing your current assets and resources to maximize investment gains and minimize taxes, as well as analyzing your income, budgets and spending. Typically, this can be done by a certified financial planner who has expertise in these areas, and can recommend different investment vehicles, strategies and […]

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  • Was that MEDIATION, ARBITRATION or VEGETATION?

    Parties to lawsuits become increasingly anxious in resolving their legal disputes as the disputes drag on and become more expensive. This has lead to other methods to resolve legal disputes; collectively known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Usually ADR is initiated after litigation has commenced because the court has to have jurisdiction [authority] over the […]

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  • Estate Planning for Single Adults: Is it Necessary?

    Avoid Intestate Laws The first thing to understand, is that if you die without an estate plan, state statutes will control how your assets are distributed.  What this means is that your hard-earned money and property could go to an uncle or cousin you have not seen in years, while others that you are close […]

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  • Do You Need a Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Attorney?

    Has this happened to you? • You fell behind on mortgage payments and your lender has given you misleading, double-talk information about your options to save your home; you just can’t get a straight answer……… • You have applied for a loan modification and your lender is sending you foreclosure notices at the same time……. […]

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  • Estate Planning, Foster Care and Adoption: What You Need to Know.

    Adopted Children – No Estate Plan – Intestate Succession An adopted child has the same legal status as a biological child in California, even if they are not US citizens. What this means is that if you die without a will, intestate law will control the distribution of your estate and adopted children will receive […]

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  • 6 Things You Ought to Know About California Homestead Law

    I) Homestead is superior to a judgment creditor – Homestead protects homeowners from a particular kind of creditor- “the judgment creditor”. A judgment results from a lawsuit and determination you actually owe money to the plaintiff who brought the lawsuit. A judgment entitles the judgment creditor to use certain legal powers to collect that money. […]

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  • Bankruptcy Folklore and Other Tales of Fantasy

    This misinformation usually stops people from seeking the assistance of a bankruptcy lawyer who can help them understand how bankruptcy can help. The following is a list of common concerns and myths that have stopped many people from seeking the help of a bankruptcy attorney. BANKRUPTCY CONCERNS: 1. Can I keep my home if I […]

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  • Estate Planning Tips: Offshore Assets and Foreign Residence

    Whether they are remote workers, retirees, investors or expat employees, there are some things to consider when it comes to estate planning. Foreign Residents If you are a US citizen living either temporarily or long term in a foreign country, you have to think about the effect on your estate plan and heirs if you […]

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  • What is the Effect of Marital Separation on Your Estate Plan?

    It is generally understood that when couples divorce they will also be changing their estate plan to reflect the divorce, as well as to accommodate new spouses or children. However, in California, spouses have the option of a legal separation, which preserves some inheritance rights for the surviving spouse, as well as any fiduciary responsibilities. […]

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  • 6 Things You Ought to Know About California Homestead Law

    California’s “homestead “exemptions are super-heroes for Californians! While other exemptions protect items worth a thousand dollars here and there, the homestead protects $75,000 for a single person and $100,000 for a couple. **For the elderly or disabled, the homestead balloons to $175,000. The homestead is powerful, but unfortunately not well understood. Here are six things you […]

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  • When Should You Consider Suing a Nursing Home?

    What Kind of Actions and/or Failures to Act Should Lead To the Filing Of A Lawsuit? There are numerous accidents, willful and/or intentional acts, and failures to act that may cause a health care facility to be legally responsible; either based on the conduct of an employee or on a policy, procedure or on-going practice […]

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