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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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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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