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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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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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Do Not Be Foolish With Your Heirs’ Future

  • May 11 2018

If you own real property in California, the California Probate Code almost forces you to create a trust to avoid fettering away your children’s or your heirs’ inheritance.  While trust and probate law is a very complicated area of practice with numerous intricacies that requires the assistance of an attorney well versed in this practice area, below are some of the reason why it is so important in California to create an estate plan,...

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How the CA Supreme Court Changed the Rules on Independent Contractors

  • May 11 2018

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its much anticipated ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court that makes it more difficult for companies to label workers as independent contractors rather than employees and overturns nearly 30 years of legal precedence. The Court tossed out a more flexible standard that had been in place since 1989 and, instead, embraced a standard presuming that all workers are employees instead of contractors, and placed the burden on...

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Does Ethics Have A Seat On Your Community Association Board?

  • Mar 30 2018

Board members of community associations juggle three different hats.  One is the “I am a homeowner hat.”  Another is the “I want to be a good neighbor hat,” and the third is the “I am a board member hat.”  It is sometimes difficult for board members to always know which “hat” they are wearing at which time.  Even when not physically at a board meeting, a director must consider which “hat” he or she...

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How to Avoid Family Conflict In Naming Your Trustee

  • Mar 2 2018

Choosing a trustee or financial fiduciary to handle your estate upon death or incapacity is very personal decision and varies from family to family.  Some families prefer to name their children as their successor trustees or financial fiduciaries.  However, consider the “explosiveness” potential of requiring all your children to agree on every decision.  On the face of it, the desired effect of “forcing them to agree” can also force them to fight.  Appointing just...

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Umbrella Insurance: What It Is and Why You Need It

  • Feb 5 2018

Umbrella Insurance: What It Is and Why You Need It Lawsuits are everywhere. What happens when you are found to be at fault in an accident, and a significant judgment is entered against you? A child dives head-first into the shallow end of your swimming pool, becomes paralyzed, and needs in-home medical care for the rest of his or her lifetime. Or, you accidentally rear-end a high-income executive, whose injuries prevent him or her...

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Protecting Your New Family With An Estate Plan

  • Jul 28 2017

Becoming a new parent is a life changing experience, and caring for a child is an awesome responsibility. This is also the time to think about your child’s future by asking an important question: who will care for your child if you become disabled or die? The best way to put your mind at ease is by having an estate plan. The most basic estate planning tool is a will, which enables a person...

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What Nonprofits Need to Know about Charitable Gifts

  • Mar 30 2017

Tax exempt organizations may accept contributions of cash or property.  A tax deduction is allowed for any charitable contribution of which is made within the taxable year under IRC Section 170(c).  The organization has an obligation to substantiate contributions for the donor’s income tax deductions purposes.  A gift acceptance policy will serve as a guideline and help board members and staff to determine what gifts are acceptable and establish the organization’s role. Substantiation Requirements...

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How To Avoid Common Errors In Employee Handbooks – Episode 2

  • Jul 29 2016

Here is another quick tip from Attorney Ted Schneider on avoiding common errors in employee handbooks: overly detailed discipline procedures. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep seeing tips like these. Schneiders & Associates, LLP is a premier Ventura County law firm successfully counseling individual and business clients in matters relating to business transactions, business litigation, employment law, estate planning, real estate law, bankruptcy, homeowners associations, non-profit law, family law, intellectual property, land use and...

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