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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Returning Employees to Work During COVID-19

Ventura County is entering Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap. That means office-based businesses are now being permitted to reopen; however, before doing so business owners must be sure that they can affirmatively answer the following four questions: Is re-opening consistent with applicable governmental orders?Can the business implement the recommended health and safety actions?Can the […]

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Continuing to Operate Your Corporation During A Global Pandemic

COVID-19 has presented corporations with never-before-seen obstacles due in part to social distancing requirements, which have disabled directors and shareholders from meeting. Now is the time to update your corporate bylaws to allow your board to continue to operate during this global pandemic! In January of 2014, the Corporations Committee of the California State Bar, […]

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Law and Social Distancing With Covid-19

Coronavirus has forced lawyers to try out new remoting practices. This week, our Ventura County Superior Court closed to general civil litigation for a week. The first three days were treated as court holidays, so any deadlines just got extended three days. Expect to see some very finely written briefs and pleadings in the pipeline. […]

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