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Who Owns A Business’s Customer List?

  • Feb 2 2015

By Roy Schneider, Esq. Many businesses have customer lists that they consider their own private property.  It is common, however, for sales representatives and other employees to regard customer lists as theirs too, something they can take to a new employer. Employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-solicitation agreements can all be used to eliminate confusion over whether a customer list is transferable or not.  The legal effect of these agreements are in flux and...

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Kathi Smith Elected as President of the Women Lawyers of Ventura County

  • Feb 1 2015

We are pleased to announce that our litigation attorney, Kathi Smith, has been elected as the 2015 President of Women Lawyers of Ventura County (WLVC).  Kathi served as the Program’s Chair from 2011 to 2014 for the organization.  WLVC is a non-profit organization comprised of legal professionals and business partners who work towards furthering the aims of women and girls in society through education, social activism and networking activities. Kathi is an experienced civil...

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Questions Employers Should Never Ask In an Interview

  • Jan 2 2015

By Ted J. Schneider, Esq. Most employers know that their workers are protected from discrimination while they are employed.  Surprisingly, some are unaware that prospective employees are protected throughout the application and hiring process as well.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as well as other federal and state laws,...

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For How Long Should a Business Keep Tax Records?

  • Jan 1 2015

By Roy Schneider, Esq. There are many reasons for retaining tax records. They can be a useful guide for business planning, for tracking receipts and expenses, and in cases where the company or shares are being sold to outside parties. The IRS expects taxpayers to keep records for as long as they are needed to administer any part of the Internal Revenue Code. In other words, if you fail to keep records, and an...

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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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