Legal

  • A Personal Injury Primer

    If someone injured you through their negligence in driving a vehicle, you may have rights under the law. You want to protect those rights so you don’t end up paying for someone else’s careless driving. Read the top 10 reasons why hiring an experienced attorney will help protect your rights. You have only a limited […]

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  • Honor, Integrity, Respect; Endangered Values

    A few years ago, I represented a client who helped develop a market for a software product used by major manufactures throughout the world. The software became so successful that a large company back east acquired the smaller California based software development. My client had a written agreement with the California company to distribute the […]

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  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Proving Fault

    Determining Liability To be legally responsible for the injuries you suffered from slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s property, one of the following must be true: The owner of the premises or an employee must have caused the spill, worn or torn spot, or other slippery or dangerous surface or item to be […]

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  • Mortgage Fraud, A Financially Rewarding Past Time for Crooks. It Can Happen to You!

    Every day thousands of people nationwide are cheated out of money through questionable loan modification programs, false identifications by fakers claiming they are the true homes owners and other forms of fraudulent actions. The mortgage industry as a whole, including escrow and title companies are under close scrutiny these days because of those questionable lending […]

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  • California’s “Revocable Transfer on Death Deed” is a New Estate Planning Option for Homeowners Who Wish to Transfer Title to their Homes without Going through Probate

    A new option, the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed, or Revocable TOD Deed, was quietly added to the California Probate Code effective January 1, 2016, and provides an economical new estate planning tool for homeowners. The new provisions are set forth in sections 5600 through 5696 of the Probate Code, and at section 5642 include […]

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  • Buyer’s Real Estate Agent Not Liable in Personal Injury Case

    In Coughlin v. Harland L. Weaver, Inc., 103 Cal. App. 2d (1951), the listing agent was liable to a prospective buyer who fell down the basement steps theorizing the listing agent was holding “open house” and therefore had possession and control of the property.  Consequently, the typical Errors & Omissions insurance carried today by real […]

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  • A Personal Injury Primer

    If someone injured you through their negligence in driving a vehicle, you may have rights under the law. You want to protect those rights so you don’t end up paying for someone else’s careless driving. Read the top 10 reasons why hiring an experienced attorney will help protect your rights. You have only a limited […]

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  • Benefits of Charitable Gifts in Your Estate Plan

    When you are making your estate plan it is natural to think first about your family members as heirs, so that they are taken care of in the future.  However, there are many benefits of including your favorite charities in your will or trust, that won’t compromise the interests of your heirs.  Here is an […]

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  • Righteous Termination

    The Decision Just because an Employer has the legal right to discharge for a bad reason, or no reason, does not mean it is good business to do so. Moreover, discharging for an illegal motive, thereby becoming exposed to the risks of governmental review and liability from lawsuits, is simply not prudent. Finally, the cost […]

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  • Is Probate in California Always Required When Someone Dies?

    No, not always.  Probate is the court supervision of the distribution of assets of a deceased person after payment of taxes and creditors. Probate can be in accordance with a will, whereby the deceased person leaves written and witnessed instructions as to the disposition of his or her estate (this person is said to have […]

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  • Get Divorced Like an A-Lister

    I was on the bench for almost 20 years, nine of which were devoted to presiding over a family law docket, and though I worked very hard to bring dignity to my courtroom and fairness in my rulings, I was still a stranger in a black robe making generational decisions for families I met only […]

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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 leave a health care facility legally responsible; either based on the conduct of an employee or on a policy, procedure or on-going practice in the […]

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  • Physician Beware

    The civil FCA shields the Government from being overcharged or sold inferior goods or services. It is illegal to present claims for payment to Medicare or Medicaid you know or should know are false or fraudulent. If a claim results from a kickback, or is made in violation of the Stark law, that alone may […]

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  • Unique Estate Planning Situations: A Quick Overview

    This is a quick overview of some unique situations that you may face in your own family planning for the future: Gifts to Grandchildren without Living Parents – If you have grandchildren who have lost both of their parents, there are some specific rules for including them in your estate plan.  If they are minors, […]

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  • The Law Office of Jack D. Brown, APC Merges with Shoup Legal

    The Law Office of Jack D. Brown, APC has merged with the law firm of Shoup Legal, A Professional Law Corporation.  Their offices are located at 29995 Technology Drive, Suite 101, Murrieta, California. Jack D. Brown has been in practice for over 40 years, with his primary practice focus in general business and transactional matters, […]

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  • Dual Agency Transactions Can Increase Risks

    A dual agency relationship exists one broker handles both sides of a transaction, even if two different agents working in the office represent the buyer and the seller respectively.  Although it is generally discouraged, dual agency is legal in California residential real estate transactions if fully disclosed in writing to both parties.  However, because the […]

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  • When Biggest is Not Best

    The appeal of the large law firm (“Mega-firm”) is understandable.  With a national or even international presence in multiple states and countries, they employ hundreds of lawyers occupying prime office space in Washington, D.C., and the skyscrapers of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and similar centers of commerce.  Their stellar reputations are scrupulously crafted, honed […]

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  • Reid & Hellyer Announces Christopher A. Johnson as New Shareholder

    Mr. Johnson has handled transactional and litigation matters in employment law, real estate, land use, title review, bond (re) financing, public finance, and school and church development. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego cum laude in 1993, he obtained his initial training as an associate working with the trial lawyers […]

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