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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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Common Area Expenses in Commercial Leases

  • Oct 1 2014

By Theodore J. Schneider, Esq. There are three primary different types of commercial leases: gross leases, modified gross leases and net leases.  One variation of the net lease is a “triple net” lease, in which the tenant is liable for a net amount of property taxes, insurance and common area maintenance relating to the property they are possessing.  Most of the time, additional fees in the form of common area maintenance expenses come up...

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What Is Exempt Property in Bankruptcy?

  • Oct 1 2014

By Rennee R. Dehesa, Esq. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you may be concerned that you are going to have to give up virtually all of your personal property.  Luckily, this is not the case.  You can keep some of your property thanks to Federal and state property exemptions.  Property exemptions exist so that a debtor can have the basic necessities for living and earning a livelihood.  Stripping someone of all their...

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Starting July 1, 2015, Employees Are Entitled to Paid Sick Leave

  • Sep 10 2014

Last week, the Governor signed into law AB 1522:  The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. Existing law authorizes, but does not require, employers to provide their employees paid sick leave.  This bill enacts the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 to provide that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to...

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Top Eight Child Support Myths

  • Sep 8 2014

Child support disputes can bring out the worst in many parents, conjuring images of greedy ex-spouses, and children who are used as pawns in games of parental posturing and revenge. While there may be a certain degree of truth to some of these stereotypes, a variety of myths regarding child support exist. Myth: Child support payments are based solely on the needs of the children.Fact: California has a complex child support formula that is...

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Testamentary vs. Inter Vivos Trusts

  • Sep 4 2014

By Roy Scneider, Esq. The world of estate planning can be complex. If you have just started your research or are in the process of setting up your estate plan, you’ve likely encountered discussions of wills and trusts. While most people have a very basic understanding of a last will and testament, trusts are often foreign concepts. Two of the most common types of trusts used in estate planning are testamentary trusts and inter...

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Form I-9 Inspections

  • Sep 2 2014

By Roy Schneider, Esq. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires employers to verify the identity of their employees and their eligibility to work in the U.S.  To comply, employers must retain original I-9 Forms for current employees and, for former employees, keep them for at least three years.  These need not be submitted to the government but must be available for inspection.  From time to time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ask...

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