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4 Reasons Everyone Needs An Estate Plan

  • May 22 2019

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 estate (assets) will go through the probate system, regardless of how much or how little you have. There are...

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Characteristics (and Red Flags) to Look for When Buying a Business

  • Apr 26 2019

An entrepreneur is one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. Being an entrepreneur means taking financial risk for economic profit, it doesn’t have to mean building a completely new business. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit who don’t have the latest and greatest idea for an app or new technology, acquiring and improving an existing business is just as entrepreneurial as starting a new company. When buying a...

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Starting a New Business – Common Start-Up Costs

  • Apr 19 2019

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. If you have a business idea and you’re considering taking the plunge with a start-up, it is essential to...

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Kathi Smith Featured in Attorney At Law Magazine

  • Feb 8 2019

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 services performed. If the opponent’s case was over-lawyered, if  fees are block-billed, if clerical tasks are included in the...

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New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Laws in 2019

  • Jan 10 2019

California employers with at least five employees must now provide sexual harassment prevention training and education to all supervisory employees and non-supervisory employees in California. Since 2005, employers with at least 50 employees have been required to train and educate all personnel in supervisory positions in California in the prevention of sexual harassment. SB 1343 lowers the number of employees to five and includes non-supervisors in the mandate. The new law also requires covered...

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New Twist on Employer Liability for Commuting Employees’ Vehicular Accidents

  • Dec 22 2018

In general, employers are liable for any wrongful actions committed by their employees while the employees are carrying out their job duties — including vehicular accidents while on the job. Accident victims can sue not only the individuals at fault, but often their employers as well. An exception to this rule exists for accidents that occur during an employee’s normal commute. Because employees are not engaged in work duties while traveling to and from...

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Prevailing Party Attorney’s Fees

  • Sep 28 2018

By Kathi 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 reasonable in relation to the services performed. If the opponent’s case was over-lawyered, if  fees are block-billed, if clerical tasks are included in the billings, then their Motion for Award of Attorney’s Fees can be attacked. Your attorney could ask the court to recalculate the...

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Eric A. Hirschberg, “40 Under 40” Honoree

  • Aug 25 2018

Schneiders & Associates, LLP is proud to announce that the Pacific Coast Business Times has named Eric A. Hirschberg a “40 Under 40” honoree! Eric focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust administration, probate, business and corporate transactions, and entity formation. Eric prides himself on his lasting relationships with his clients built on trust and mutual respect, where they feel comfortable seeking legal advice from him regarding all aspects of their estates...

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Working Off the Clock – Do Employers Have to Pay for Small Amounts of Time Worked?

  • Aug 13 2018

On July 26th, 2018 the California Supreme Court ruled that employers must pay employees for routine and small amounts of time they spend working off-the-clock. The court found that the federal de minimis rule that allows employers not to pay for short amounts of time that are difficult to keep track of did not apply to Californian labor law. This ruling arose from Starbucks employee, Douglas Troester, suing Starbucks for not paying him for...

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Winning Punitive Damages When Defendant Defaults

  • Jul 18 2018

Lawsuits in real estate transfers can include breach of contract allegations, and also fraud allegations if the seller failed to properly disclose defects in the purchased residence. The residential purchase agreement includes a separate form called Transfer Disclosure Statement (“TDS”). This form is required to disclose any known defects in a residential property containing up to four dwelling units. Civil Code section 1102 obligates the seller to disclose the condition of the property. The...

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