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How to Avoid Family Conflict In Naming Your Trustee

  • Mar 2 2018

Choosing a trustee or financial fiduciary to handle your estate upon death or incapacity is very personal decision and varies from family to family.  Some families prefer to name their children as their successor trustees or financial fiduciaries.  However, consider the “explosiveness” potential of requiring all your children to agree on every decision.  On the face of it, the desired effect of “forcing them to agree” can also force them to fight.  Appointing just...

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How to Hire an Unpaid Intern Without Breaking the Law

  • Mar 2 2018

With very few exceptions, all workers at your place of business must be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked. But what about interns, who work at companies without pay as part of a training or educational program? On January 5, 2018, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new standard for determining whether an individual could be classified as an unpaid intern. Prior to January, the DOL used a...

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Umbrella Insurance: What It Is and Why You Need It

  • Feb 5 2018

Umbrella Insurance: What It Is and Why You Need It Lawsuits are everywhere. What happens when you are found to be at fault in an accident, and a significant judgment is entered against you? A child dives head-first into the shallow end of your swimming pool, becomes paralyzed, and needs in-home medical care for the rest of his or her lifetime. Or, you accidentally rear-end a high-income executive, whose injuries prevent him or her...

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Are Your Walls Compliant with CA Labor Laws?

  • Feb 1 2018

There are 19 different notices that the law requires employers to post in the workplace advising employees of their rights with respect to myriad employment, wage and hour laws, leaves of absence and discrimination protection. In some jurisdictions, local ordinances require additional postings addressing minimum wage, paid sick leave and other requirements. There are unique situations that may require additional posters such as heavy equipment or forklifts, chemical use and government contracts. You should...

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A Primer on Irrevocable Trusts

  • Jan 4 2018

Most individuals are aware that a will is one way to plan for the distribution of their assets after death. However, frequently a will by itself is not sufficient to accomplish many people’s estate planning goals.  Thus, a comprehensive estate plan also should consider other objectives such as planning for long-term care, privacy, asset protection, and efficiency. For this reason, it is essential to consider utilizing an irrevocable trust. An irrevocable trust is an...

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How to Rebuild Credit After Bankruptcy

  • Dec 28 2017

Bankruptcy is often a last resort for an individual struggling with keeping current on rent payments. This does not mean that bankruptcy is the end of a person’s financial life. Quite the opposite; it is a new beginning. It takes 7 to 10 years for a bankruptcy to be erased from a person’s credit report. In the meantime, it is important to take steps to rebuild credit. The most important thing that a consumer...

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How To Leave Gifts To Stepchildren

  • Nov 29 2017

Today, blended families have become increasingly common, and many individuals have step-children, that is, children of a spouse or partner. In situations where step-children have not been legally adopted, however, they may not have a legal right to an inheritance from a step-parent.  However, California has a statute wherein a stepchild is to be treated as an intestate heir of the deceased stepparent so long as two requirements are met: (1) the stepparent relationship began...

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Major New Employment Laws that You Need to Know About

  • Oct 20 2017

Governor Brown signed 859 bills at the California Legislature’s 2017 session. California employers should be aware of several new laws that will materially affect their businesses. Here is a summary of some of the most significant new employment laws coming in 2018: The New Parent Leave Act (SB 63) Employers will be required to provide up to 12 workweeks of unpaid parental leave for an employee to bond with a child, and to continue...

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Caution! Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

  • Oct 11 2017

Given the many high profile cases in the media, it is crucial for any business to understand its responsibility to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Generally, sexual harassment is deemed to be a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 (Title VII), and most states have far stricter laws in place designed to prevent harassment. There are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo (“this for...

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Bankruptcy & Your Small Business

  • Oct 6 2017

Financial hardship is difficult for any individual but for business owners, it can be particularly stressful as the line between personal and business finances may become blurred.  You may have racked up a lot of personal credit card debt and may be considering filing for personal bankruptcy, but you are concerned about how bankruptcy will affect your small business. Or, your business could be struggling and you may wonder how a business bankruptcy will...

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