Coronavirus and Covid-19 Issues and Defenses in Contracts

By Kathleen J. Smith, Civil Litigation Attorney Let’s be clear—Covid 19’s pandemic shutdown may affect your company’s ability to perform its contracts, but it’s no panacea for avoiding all your business obligations. Your contracts may contain variously worded “force majeure” clauses. That doesn’t mean you can ignore paying for services already received. Here is a […]

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Annual Employment Law Update, 2021 – Webinar

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed the world as we once knew it; therefore, it should come as no surprise that the virus would impact employment law as well. California’s ever-changing employment laws will have employers scrambling to keep up in 2021! What are the reporting requirements if someone is exposed to COVID-19 at the […]

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The Latest IRS Mindset – Enforcement (but with a lighter touch since the pandemic)

The IRS Commissioner, Charles “Chuck” Rettig, a former Los Angeles-based tax lawyer of 38-years, diligently made his rounds last year at virtually every major tax conference around the country.  The message –               “I’m an enforcement guy, I’m a taxpayer service guy. I hope to touch every aspect of the tax service.” he said […]

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Big News for the Music Industry – More California Jobs will be Exempt from “ABC” Test

Existing law, commonly known as the “ABC” test and codified by AB 5, makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The hiring entity has the burden of establishing that an individual is an independent contractor, not an employee, under the “ABC test.” Under the existing “ABC” test, a worker will […]

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Commercial Tenant Exit Strategies

You found the perfect location for your business, retail store or office, and you are ready to sign the lease!  Unlike residential leases, which usually have a 1-year term, a commercial lease can be much longer, typically 5-10 years. Before signing a commercial lease, a business tenant should consider all the ways to get out […]

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What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

Married couples will often have legal estate documents prepared together.  Such documents may include a trust, leaving all property to the surviving spouse and/or the couple’s children, and an advance Health Care Directive (sometimes known as a living will) to direct the spouse how to handle medical issues if one spouse becomes incapacitated.   However, […]

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