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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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Why You Should Consult Legal Counsel To Prepare Your Will or Trust

  • Feb 12 2016

By Roy Schneider, Esq. We admit some aspects of business communications, including banking and shopping are more efficient with the ease and convenience of the internet. With this being true, it may seem logical to some to turn to the internet when creating a legal document such as a Will or Trust. Certainly, there are several software applications, websites, and do-it yourself books advertising how easy and inexpensive it is. However, a Will or...

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William Winfield, Esq. Presented “Big 10 Cases of Interest to Bankers.”

  • Feb 5 2016

Last month, Board Certified Bankruptcy Attorney William Winfield presented “Big 10 Cases of Interest to Bankers” to the Risk Management Association in Oxnard. The presentation included lessons on Chapter 13, Records Withholding, Denied Debtors, Side Agreements between Banks and Borrowers, Fraud Claims, Foreclosure, Negligent Reviews, Homestead Exemption, and more. Need a speaker? Schneiders & Associates Attorneys speak on a number of different topics to clients, businesses, chambers of commerce, non-profits, trade associations, and more....

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What You Need to Know About Bankruptcy

  • Feb 3 2016

By: William Winfield, Esq. Bankruptcy is designed to protect individuals, small businesses, and corporations from being overwhelmed by debt.  The process involves reorganization and restructuring of debt so that a significant portion of it is discharged or “forgiven”, and the remainder is repaid at a lower rate. Bankruptcy is designed to enable an individual or company to continue to function and prevent ongoing harassment from creditors. The two basic types of bankruptcy are liquidation and...

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Mediation, Litigation and Arbitration

  • Jan 12 2016

By Kathleen J. Smith Arbitration is Alternative Dispute Resolution, “ADR”. It is similar to Mediation, except Arbitration results in an award imposed by a neutral decider, whereas Mediation results in an agreed-to settlement often designed by the neutral but thoroughly adopted by the disputing parties. Both ADR methods work because they are based on agreement of the disputants: Arbitration starts because the parties made an agreement to be bound by the decision of the...

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Why Should I Incorporate my Small Business?

  • Dec 16 2015

By: Roy Schneider, Esq. Why Should I Incorporate my Small Business? Not every small business needs to form an LLC or a corporation in order to function. A child selling lemonade by the side of the road has no use for a Tax ID number, nor does it seem practical to set up a new business entity to host a garage sale or a Tupperware party. As a venture starts to grow from a hobby to a...

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Five Assets That Won’t Be Taken by the Bankruptcy Court

  • Dec 7 2015

By: William Winfield, Esq. When a person files for bankruptcy protection, his or her assets must be collected by the bankruptcy trustee and liquidated to reimburse debtors before the petitioner’s debts can be discharged. In order to keep bankruptcy petitioners from falling below the poverty line, there are certain assets that can be retained as exempt. This is not an exhaustive list, but covers the most commonly used federal bankruptcy exemptions. 1. Homestead exemption: If a...

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