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Common Lawsuits Brought Against Small Businesses

  • Jun 17 2016

By Ted Schneider, Esq. It is impossible to predict every lawsuit that a small business might possibly face. There is nothing to prevent angry vendors, entitled customers, or disgruntled employees from filing a lawsuit, even if there is no legitimate basis for it. The more a business owner delegates responsibilities to employees, the greater the risk that an employee makes a mistake and exposes the business to a lawsuit. Even the most vigilant, hands on business...

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The Basics of Hiring Interns

  • Jun 1 2016

By Roy Schneider, Esq. Interns can help to instill a mentorship culture at your company and inject new ideas into the organization. However, the intern- employer relationship can be a tricky one, and should be carefully considered. Unpaid Interns The most common question that is raised when an employer is considering bringing an intern on board is whether or not that intern will need to be paid.  Although common, the practice of hiring unpaid...

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When is a person unfit to make a will?

  • May 27 2016

By William Starr, Esq. Determining the mental capacity of an individual can be a tricky endeavor.  That is why experienced doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists are necessary to diagnose and document a mental disorder.  However, in making a will or an estate, a different standard of mental capacity is used. Testamentary capacity refers to a person’s ability to understand and execute a will or estate plan. As a general rule, a person of ordinarily intelligence...

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Ventura County Employment Law Attorney, Ted Schneider, Comments on the New Federal Overtime Rules Issued May 18, 2016 under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • May 19 2016

By: Ted Schneider, Esq. On Wednesday, May 18th, the U.S. Department of Labor released their final overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salary Under the new rules, effective December 1, 2016, the annual salary threshold at which an employee in California can be considered exempt from overtime pay will be substantially increased from $41,600 to $47,476, or $913 per week. An employee must be paid a predetermined and fixed amount that is...

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Common Reasons Why a Bankruptcy Petition might be Dismissed

  • May 4 2016

By William Winfield, Esq. 1. Bankruptcy Fraud: It cannot be overstated how important it is to tell the truth and accurately disclose all income assets, debts, and other required information when preparing a Bankruptcy Petition. If a Court finds that a Petitioner committed a willful fraud, the Petition will likely be dismissed. In California, the Court may also impose criminal penalties including fines and incarceration. 2. Failing the Means Test: In order to be granted...

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How to Calculate Estate Tax

  • Apr 22 2016

By Roy Schneider, Esq. In order to predict how much your estate will have to pay in taxes, you must first determine the value of the estate. To determine this, many assets might have to be appraised at fair market value. The estate includes all assets including real estate, cash, securities, stocks, bonds, business interests, loans receivable, furnishings, jewelry, and other valuables, such as intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Once your total...

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New Discrimination & Harassment Regulations for Employers

  • Apr 14 2016

By Ted Schneider, Esq. The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) has issued new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations effective April 1, 2016. If you are an employer, and you have questions or concerns regarding any of the new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations we encourage you to contact Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P.  Our employment attorneys can review your existing policies to ensure they are compliant with the new regulations, and assist you with creating compliant...

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New Bill Poses Limitations and Unnecessary Expenditures

  • Mar 15 2016

By: Roy Schneider, Esq. Early this year, an act to amend Section 4925 of the Civil Code, relating to common interest developments was introduced by assembly member, Don Wagner. The proposed bill will allow any community association member’s attorney to attend all association board meetings which the member may attend. While it may seem like common sense to allow a member’s attorney to be present at any board meeting where he or she may...

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Is My Business Worth More Than its Tangible Assets?

  • Feb 29 2016

Goodwill is an asset that is an intangible part of a business being purchased. In spite of its intangibility, goodwill may be worth more than physical assets, such as buildings, machinery or inventory. Goodwill is the essence of the company’s value to its customers, clients, and employees – its good name, if you will – and, as such, is a critical asset to any buyer. It is easier, as many people intending to purchase a...

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Firm Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Alliance for Linked Learning

  • Feb 25 2016

Schneiders & Associates, LLP participated in a National Job Shadow Day for the Alliance for Linked Learning sponsored by Ventura County Civic Alliance and Oxnard Union High School District. The firm hosted two high school students from the Oxnard High School Multi-Media Business Academy. The students, one aspiring to be a business professional, and the other an English teacher, shadowed Attorney Kathleen Smith, Attorney William Starr, Finance Controller David Schneider, and Marketing Director Amber...

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