Eight Common Mistakes Employers Make

California employers are subject to countless federal, state and local laws, imposing various requirements, including wage and hour and anti-discrimination laws. Unfortunately, many employers – particularly small businesses – are unaware of their obligations and violate various worker protection laws, often resulting in expensive lawsuits, civil settlements and penalties. Here are some common, costly mistakes […]

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When Is A Person Unfit To Make A Will?

Testamentary capacity refers to a person’s ability to understand and execute a will. As a general rule, most people who are over the age of eighteen are thought to be competent to make and sign the will. They must be able to understand that they are signing the will, they must understand the nature of […]

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Neighbor Disputes: Property Boundaries

Disputes with neighbors can range widely, from loud parties, to poor upkeep, to boundary encroachments. If you are like most property owners, you take great pride in your land, and you do not want anyone to use property that is rightfully yours. When neighbors start taking down shrubs, planting trees, or putting up fences on […]

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Financial Disclosure in Divorce

During the pendency of a divorce in California, each divorcing party is required to exchange full and complete financial information with the other. Family Code Section 2100 requires full disclosure of all assets and debts, income and expenses to the opposing party, from the date of filing of the Petition until the Judgment of Dissolution […]

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4 Reasons Everyone Needs An Estate Plan

Many people are under the misconception that estate plans are only necessary for those with substantial wealth. In fact, estate plans are important for everyone who wants to plan for the future. For those unfamiliar with the concept, an estate plan coordinates the distribution of your assets upon your death. Without an estate plan, your […]

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Starting a New Business – Common Start-Up Costs

Starting a new business is an exciting time. For serial entrepreneurs, starting a new business is often more routine because they have developed a system from their prior ventures. For those who are just diving into entrepreneurship, understanding how to handle the early stages of the business, such as start-up costs, won’t be so routine. […]

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Kathi Smith Featured in Attorney At Law Magazine

Attorney Kathi Smith’s article, “Prevailing Party Attorney’s Fees” was recently published in Attorney at Law Magazine! Prevailing Party Attorney’s Fees By Kathleen J. Smith When the parties’ contract provides that the prevailing party shall recover reasonable attorney’s fees in any dispute arising out of the contract, fees sought must be unreasonable in relation to the […]

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