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Five Considerations for Starting a New Business

  • Sep 1 2015

By Roy Schneider, Esq. 1. Deciding on a Business Form There are various business forms to choose from.  A sole proprietorship is the easiest to set up, manage, and maintain.  There is minimal paperwork necessary to set up a sole proprietorship since there is no distinction between the business and the proprietor.  Unfortunately, if a sole proprietorship faces a lawsuit, the owner’s personal assets are at stake. This can be avoided by registering a...

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Disaster DIY: Business Law Edition

  • Aug 4 2015

By Ted J. Schneider, Esq. Have you ever watched the TV show Disaster DIY on HGTV?  The premise of the show is that many people, who have no idea what they are doing when it comes to home remodeling, try the “do it yourself” (DIY) approach anyway.  The host of the show then comes in to save the day, repairing what the DIYers have destroyed, and teaching them how to properly perform certain tasks....

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Do I Really Need Advance Directives for Health Care?

  • Aug 2 2015

By Roy Schneider, Esq. Many people are confused by advance directives. They are unsure what type of directives are out there, and whether they even need directives at all, especially if they are young. There are a couple types of advance directives which you should consider having prepared. One is commonly referred to as a “living will”, which communicates what type of life support and medical treatments, if any, such as ventilators or a...

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Are employees owed overtime for checking and answering email after hours?

  • Jul 12 2015

By Ted J. Schneider, Esq. Technology is a double-edged sword. It allows us to work remotely and to have greater flexibility as to where and when we work, but the freedom it affords can also be a burden. When you can work from anywhere, and at any time, it often feels like you should be doing so! Studies suggest people are caving under the pressure – whether explicit or implicit – to work while...

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Own a business with a spouse? What happens after a divorce?

  • Jul 5 2015

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. Do you own your own business?  Are you concerned with what will happen to the business during a divorce?  Here are some things you should know. Resolving the issue of a community property business in a divorce raises issues in both family law and business law.  As such, it is a good idea to consult both types of attorneys. The most common resolution of this issue is where one...

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Entrepreneurial Immigrants: Building the American Dream

  • Jul 1 2015

By Roy Schneider, Esq. The American Dream of starting your own business and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is alive and well. In fact, it is the creation and growth of small businesses that is instrumental in helping America recover from the Great Recession. What many do not realize is that a significant percentage of new business ventures in this country are started by immigrants.  Despite their business startup prowess, Immigrants face a...

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Firm Adds Transactional & Litigation Associate

  • Jun 15 2015

Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that William “Billy” Starr has joined the firm as an associate to assist the transactional and litigation departments of the firm.  William is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law, Cum Laude. He joins the firm after having worked for the Ventura County Counsel’s Office and as special counsel for the Compliance Department of Casa Pacifica in Camarillo.  William is involved in his community as...

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Divorce Mediation – An Appealing Alternative

  • Jun 7 2015

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. What if you could keep your divorce out of the courtroom, save time and money, and obtain a more satisfying result? You can, through divorce mediation. Mediation is a voluntary process in which you and your spouse meet with a mediator who assists you in reaching an agreement. The mediator is not a judge; he or she does not decide your divorce for you. The mediator simply facilitates discussions...

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Business Succession Planning Tips

  • Jun 1 2015

By Roy Schneider, Esq. Business succession and exit strategy plans contemplate and instruct regarding any changes in future ownership and management of a business. Most business owners know they should think about succession planning and their exit strategy, but few actually end up doing so. It is hard to think about not being in charge of the business you have built up, but a proper succession plan can ensure that your business continues long...

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Employer Client Alert – New Heat Illness Prevention Regulations Effective May 1, 2015

  • May 1 2015

The California Department of Industrial Relations, in conjunction with Cal/OSHA, announced amendments to the current heat illness prevention regulations.  The new law became effective May 1, 2015.  According to the DIR, the new heat illness prevention requirements offer additional safeguards for outdoor workers.  Revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation include the following: Water must be pure, suitably cool, and provided free to workers.  It must be located as close as practicable to where...

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