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Roy Schneider Selected as Citizen of the Year by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce

  • Dec 17 2014

We are proud to announce that Roy Schneider has been selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Roy has been selected for his extraordinary contributions to the community, his involvement in community programs, and service on boards for non-profit organizations. Roy is a business attorney with Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P. His areas of practice include business planning, entity formation, mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses, employment law, contracts,...

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Common Estate Planning Mistakes Regarding Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

  • Dec 2 2014

By Roy Schneider, Esq. For many people, retirement savings accounts are among the largest assets they have to bequeath to their children and grandchildren in their estate plans.  Sadly, without professional and personally tailored advice about how best to include IRAs in one’s estate plan, there may be a failure to take advantage of techniques that will maximize the amount of assets that will be available for future generations. Failure to Update Contingent Beneficiaries...

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What is a Patent?

  • Dec 1 2014

By Michael R. Shevlin, Esq. A patent is an exclusive intellectual property right granted to an inventor by the government in exchange for publicly disclosing the invention. A patent includes a written description of how to make and use the invention; and one or more claims that define the boundaries of the invention. Once an invention is patented, the patent gives the patent owner the exclusive right to prevent others to make, use, sell...

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Client Alert – AB 2755 Signed Into Law Prohibiting “Non-Voting Directors” on Non-Profit Boards

  • Nov 25 2014

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2755, which amends Corporations Code Section 5047, to make it clear that a person is only a director as defined in the statute if that person has the right to vote as a member of the governing body and that a person who is a director by virtue of occupying a specific position within or outside the corporation (an ex officio director) can only be a director if that...

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Firm Adds Experienced Patent Law Attorney

  • Nov 24 2014

We are pleased to announce that Michael R. Shevlin, a registered patent law attorney, has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Michael’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters for corporate clients and start-up companies, including preparation and prosecution of foreign and domestic patent and trademark applications, specializing in mechanical and medical devices and the electrical and chemical arts. Michael provides counseling and opinion work including invalidity, non-infringement, and patentability to our clients. He has...

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Do Single Member LLCs Provide Asset Protection?

  • Nov 3 2014

By Roy Schneider, Esq. A limited liability company is a very popular business form that combines some of the best features of a corporation and a partnership.  Like a partnership, an LLC is taxed through its individual members.  Like a corporation, it provides limited liability to its members.  In most situations, the personal assets of LLC members cannot be reached for the debts or liabilities of the business.  But, also similar to a corporation,...

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When Will I Receive My Inheritance?

  • Nov 2 2014

By Roy Schneider, Esq.  If you have been named a beneficiary in a loved one’s estate plan, you have likely wondered how long it will take to receive your share of the inheritance after his or her passing.  Unfortunately, there is no hard or and fast rule that allows an estate planning attorney to answer this question. The length of time it takes to distribute assets in an estate can vary widely depending upon...

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Know the Risks of “D-I-Y” Divorce

  • Nov 1 2014

By Deborah A. Perkins, Esq. “Do it yourself” divorce is fraught with risks – even if your case is “simple” and both parties agree on all issues regarding division of property, support, and child custody and visitation. As many have learned the hard way, it is all too easy to make critical missteps today that will come back to haunt you down the road. The proliferation of DIY websites and non-attorney legal document preparers...

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Deborah A. Perkins Receives Public Service Award from Local Bar Association

  • Oct 26 2014

We are proud to congratulate our family law attorney, Deborah A. Perkins, for receiving the James D. Loebl VLSP, Inc. Public Service Award from the Ventura County Bar Association. This award is granted to an attorney who volunteers pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and families. Deborah has been selected for this esteemed honor because of her many selfless hours of providing free legal services for the Bar’s Volunteer Lawyer Services Program and...

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California Law Now Provides New Protections for Employees of Temp Agencies and Labor Contractors

  • Oct 1 2014

Governor Brown recently signed into legislation AB 1897.  With this new law, California will have some of the country’s most comprehensive protections for temporary workers. The new law is designed to protect workers, including factory assemblers, hotel maids, warehouse workers, farm laborers, janitors, and food processors who often work for years at the same company, but are paid less and denied benefits because they are employed by a labor contractor, such as a temp...

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