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Estate Planning & Probate 411

Estate Planning & Probate 411

Covers California probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, incapacity and related topics. By Helene P. Dreyer Koch.

http://indianwellsestateplanningattorney.com/
  • Apr 10

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust

    Dangers of Do It Yourself Wills and Trust
    In a previous post, I discussed An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will, as well as an article, Consumer Reports: Write Your Own Will? We tested 3 software products that claim to help you … Continue reading →
  • Jan 20

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.

    An Example of What Can Go Wrong When You Make Your Own Will.
    Do-it-yourself Wills: a sad story of planning gone wrong.  Here is a case study by Janet L. Brewer, detailing some of the bad things that can happen when you make your own Will. Read about John, widow and father, faced … Continue…
  • Nov 24

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire

    What to Do with Your Business When You Die or Retire
    Business Succession Planning Business succession planning is the process of providing for the passage of ownership and control of your business to others when you decide to retire, or if you should die or become incapacitated. Planning for…
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The UCL Practitioner

The UCL Practitioner

Covers California's Unfair Competition Law. By Kimberly A. Kralowec.

http://www.uclpractitioner.com/
Rank this Week: 1714

San Francisco Injury Attorney Blog

San Francisco Injury Attorney Blog

Covers automobile accidents, medical malpractice and wrongful death. By Callaway & Wolf.

http://www.sanfranciscoinjuryattorneysblog.com/
  • Apr 9

    Liability in Rear-end Accident

    Liability in Rear-end Accident
    Motor vehicle accidents affect millions of people each year. In fact, a person is injured in a motor vehicle collision every 2 minutes and 20 seconds in California, according to data provided by the California Highway Patrol. In most cases,…
  • Mar 18

    California Man Will Face Civil and Criminal Cases Following Auto Accident

    California Man Will Face Civil and Criminal Cases Following Auto Accident
    A majority of the time, a car accident is simply that--an accident. Usually, the responsible driver never meant to cause a crash and injure or kill anyone. Sometimes, though the driver did not intend to hurt anyone, he or she may have been…
  • Feb 13

    Business Patrons Injured Inside a Store Have Multiple Legal Option

    Business Patrons Injured Inside a Store Have Multiple Legal Option
    The moment you enter a place of business, that business's owner/manager, or whomever controls that facility, has a responsibility to you. That responsibility involves ensuring that everyplace in that store where you might go is safe and free…
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California Land Use Blog

California Land Use Blog

Covers land use law for developers, owners and businesses. By Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

http://landuselaw.jmbm.com/
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The California Wage and Hour Law…

The California Wage and Hour Law Blog for Employees

Covers overtime, meal breaks, rest breaks, and pay checks. By Steven G. Pearl.

http://cawageandhourlaw.blogspot.com/
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The California Blog of Appeal

The California Blog of Appeal

Features an appellate practitioner's take on practice and legal developments in the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. By Greg May.

http://www.calblogofappeal.com
  • Apr 8

    A substantial evidence argument works on appeal

    A substantial evidence argument works on appeal
    Substantial evidence challenges don’t succeed very often on appeal, so I sat up and took notice when I saw a successful challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence in today’s decision in Martinez v. County of Ventura, case no.…
  • Mar 27

    What happens when standards of review collide?

    What happens when standards of review collide?
    Sometimes . . . nothing. As in Pielstick v. MidFirst Bank, case no. B247106 (2d Dist. Mar 26, 2014), in which the court was asked to reverse the trial court’s refusal to allow a plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss his suit after the…
  • Mar 24

    The consequences of reluctant unanimity in appellate decision

    The consequences of reluctant unanimity in appellate decision
    Through LinkedIn, I ran across an interesting appellate blog, Briefly Writing. In a post yesterday, blogger Michael Skotnicki shared his alarm at learning from the Eleventh Circuit’s chief judge that panel judges that initially dissent…
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California Accident Attorneys Blog

California Accident Attorneys Blog

Covers California injury and accident law. By Glotzer & Sweat, LLP.

http://www.californiaaccidentattorneysblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1846

Probable Cause

Probable Cause

Covers criminal defense, immigration consequences, and constitutional law. By Rick Horowitz.

http://www.rhdefense.com/blog
  • Apr 8

    Blithely We Go

    Blithely We Go
    In 2008, Edward Robb Ellis’s, A Diary of the Century: Tales from America’s Greatest Diarist, was published. In it, the retired journalist chronicled his life from 1927 to 1995, keeping track of what was happening in his life, and…
  • Mar 23

    The Suspicion Tax

    The Suspicion Tax
    Scott Greenfield wrote a post Friday on a topic that I’ve often wondered over, and which I’ve occasionally discussed with other attorneys. This is the question of the delay between a warrantless arrest, and the time when the…
  • Feb 19

    We Are Not Nice People

    We Are Not Nice People
    We are not nice people. And by “we,” I hope you do not erroneously come to the conclusion that I meant to exclude you. At least — or, more accurately, I should say “particularly”–  in the United…
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Immigration Legal Blog

Immigration Legal Blog

Covers immigration law especially employment and family based immigration issues. By Shah Peerally Law Group PC.

http://immigrationlegalblog.com/
  • Apr 8

    H4 EAD Dream for some might now actually come true – but it is still on proposal stage.

    H4 EAD Dream for some might now actually come true – but it is still on proposal stage.
    As we predicted the rule for H4 visa will actually come from an executive order. We have actually focused for years on the H4 visas and our target was the Obama Administration and the focus has paid off.  It seems they are now…
  • Apr 7

    Need for lottery highlights importance of reforms to legal immigration system

    Need for lottery highlights importance of reforms to legal immigration system
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 7, 2014 CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Belle Woods 202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675 gtzamaras@aila.org - bwoods@aila.org Need for lottery highlights importance of reforms to legal immigration system WASHINGTON, DC…
  • Apr 7

    USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

    USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap
    As you know we were all expecting a lottery on the FY 2015 regular H1b cap. Well, it seems we got worse than that. It seems already the lottery is on for the Maters’ Cap. Now we can only guess what will be on the regular Cap. NEWS…
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Fair Employment Legal Update

Fair Employment Legal Update

By Khorrami, LLP.

http://fairemploymentlegalupdate.com/
  • Apr 8

    Same-Sex Harassment Suit Settled By the EEOC

    Same-Sex Harassment Suit Settled By the EEOC
    Roy Farms Inc., one of the largest hop producers in the world, has agreed to settle a same-sex harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Roy Farms will pay $85,000 to four male farm workers that…
  • Apr 7

    $4.4 Million Settlement in Canon Wage and Hour Class Action

    $4.4 Million Settlement in Canon Wage and Hour Class Action
    The wage and hour class action lawsuit against Canon Business Solutions has reached a preliminary settlement in the amount of $4.4 million. Preliminary approval was granted by the court for the plaintiffs, which consisted of service…
  • Mar 25

    City of Los Angeles Employees Awarded 3 Years of Double Overtime for Willful Misclassification

    City of Los Angeles Employees Awarded 3 Years of Double Overtime for Willful Misclassification
    On March 18, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court award of three years of double overtime to City of Los Angeles fire department dispatchers and aeromedical technicians (paramedics in air ambulance helicopters)…
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Palm Springs Estate Planning…

Palm Springs Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate taxes, probate, trusts, wills and estate planning. By Julia Burt Law and El Paseo Law Group.

http://www.palmspringsestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 8

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident

    401(k) Beneficiary Problems for Palm Springs Resident
    As Palm Desert estate planning attorneys, we frequently see clients with beneficiary designation issues. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights this integral part of estate planning. A Will or Trust is very important but will…
  • Mar 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Rich and Famou
    Some celebrity estates are embroiled in the media and legal battles while others remain private and relatively peaceful. Here are some lessons learned from the estates of the rich and famous. Fund Your Revocable Trust Recently deceased Paul…
  • Mar 7

    Bankruptcy Can Spoil Your Estate Plan if You Deed Property to Children

    Bankruptcy Can Spoil Your Estate Plan if You Deed Property to Children
    As estate planning lawyers in Palm Springs, we frequently get asked by clients to prepare deeds transferring property to children. As we have previously discussed, using deeds as an estate plan is very risky and not recommended. A recent…
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California Criminal Defense Lawyer…

California Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog

Covers constitutional rights, criminal law, and DUI topics. By William Weinberg.

http://www.californiacriminaldefenselawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 7

    What Is A Ramey Warrant And How Is It Different From An Arrest Warrant?

    What Is A Ramey Warrant And How Is It Different From An Arrest Warrant?
    In very simple terms, a Ramey Warrant is an arrest warrant that is obtained by a police agency by going directly to a judge and bypassing the district attorney. Typically, in order for a police agency to get a warrant, they must submit a…
  • Apr 1

    Sealing And Destroying Your Juvenile Court And Arrest Record

    Sealing And Destroying Your Juvenile Court And Arrest Record
    Why Should I Seal My Juvenile Record? Although you may have successfully completed your probation, having a juvenile record can have a negative effect on your life going forward. It may become an issue when you are trying to get a job or…
  • Mar 12

    Southern California Criminal Arrests At Popular Beache

    Southern California Criminal Arrests At Popular Beache
    There are some who believe that as the weather warms up, there is an increase in criminal behavior. This however may be due to the increase in the number of interactions that people have with one another during the warmer months. Warmer…
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Mediation's Place

Mediation's Place

Explores ways to integrate mediation into the litigation process. By Joseph Markowitz.

http://www.mediate-la.com/
  • Apr 6

    Mediating discovery

    Mediating discovery
    At the ABA Dispute Resolution section spring conference, I attended a talk on mediating discovery disputes, a subject that has been of interest to me for a long time, but which should be more urgent given the difficulty traditional court…
  • Apr 4

    New name needed

    New name needed
    Lots of ideas have been floating around for awhile describing new ways to practice law in light of the rise of alternative dispute resolution and the vanishing trial. These ideas revolve around finding a more cooperative, negotiated approach…
  • Mar 29

    Payment

    Payment
    The problem with payment plans is that they are a nuisance to enforce. It seems that more often than not, the party that is supposed to make the payments at some point stops keeping up with its obligations, and the party to whom the payments…
Rank this Week: 4313

California Eminent Domain Report

California Eminent Domain Report

Covers condemnation, inverse condemnation, and regulatory takings in California. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.californiaeminentdomainreport.com
  • Apr 6

    California Passenger Rail Summit

    California Passenger Rail Summit
      Last week I attended the 2014 California Passenger Rail Summit where industry leaders met to discuss the modernization and integration of passenger rail service in California. While the California High Speed Rail train was an important…
  • Mar 21

    Smoother Pavement and Safer Bridges are Coming Soon to a Road Near You

    Smoother Pavement and Safer Bridges are Coming Soon to a Road Near You
    On March 20, 2014, the California Transportation Commission allocated $334 Million to 53 projects around the state.  As one Caltrans press release puts it, "Californians will be driving on smoother roads, safer bridges, and enjoying the…
  • Mar 19

    Court Decision Raises Questions About Viability of Precondemnation "Right of Entry" Effort

    Court Decision Raises Questions About Viability of Precondemnation "Right of Entry" Effort
    Last week, the Court of Appeal issued a decision that may be one of the ones we look back on as among the most significant of 2014 (at least in the world of eminent domain).  For years (and certainly for the entire 20 years I've been…
Rank this Week: 3776

Tax Blog

Tax Blog

By the Law Offices of Sanford I. Millar.

http://www.taxattorneycalifornia.net/tax-blog/
  • Apr 6

    OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DISCLOSED? A CHECKLIST

    OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DISCLOSED? A CHECKLIST
    OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DISCLOSED? A CHECKLIST The following is a list of questions that should lead to the discovery of offshore assets, whether properly reported or not. If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you…
  • Mar 16

    Are you an innocent spouse for FBAR purposes?

    Are you an innocent spouse for FBAR purposes?
    The U.S. Tax Court (Tax Court) has restated the basic principles for a person to obtain “innocent spouse” relief from tax assessments. The criteria are as follows: “Rev. Proc. 2013-34, supra, provides a three-step analysis…
  • Mar 9

    Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?

    Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?
    In a pending civil penalty case in Florida the government puts forth its argument in clear language to describe what constitutes “willful” failure to file a Report of Foreign Financial Account (FBAR). In its Motion for Summary…
Rank this Week: 3005

California Labor and Employment…

California Labor and Employment Defense Blog

Covers labor and employment law issues for employers. By Van Vleck Turner & Zaller.

http://www.vtzlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2348

Sonoma County Criminal Lawyer Blog

Sonoma County Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers criminal laws and news in Sonoma County. By Amy Chapman.

http://www.sonomacountycriminallawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 6

    Police Seize Over $2.6 Million in Marijuana Plants in Recent Bust

    Police Seize Over $2.6 Million in Marijuana Plants in Recent Bust
    Earlier this month in Los Banos, California, police executed four search warrants based on their determination that probable cause existed to find illegal grow operations. Police do not believe that the operations were related. Upon executing…
  • Mar 29

    Three-Month Long Investigation Leads to Big Marijuana Bust in Sonoma and Napa Countie

    Three-Month Long Investigation Leads to Big Marijuana Bust in Sonoma and Napa Countie
    After a three-month long investigation, police last week busted a multi-location marijuana grow operation seizing over 370 plants, 26 pounds of marijuana, ammunition, evidence of sales, and over $7,000 in cash. The investigation led to the…
  • Feb 28

    New Federal Guidance for Banks Encourages them To Accept Marijuana Businesse

    New Federal Guidance for Banks Encourages them To Accept Marijuana Businesse
    While marijuana has been de-criminalized across California, possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana is still against federal laws. This prohibition has put business owners who are conducting legitimate business operations under…
Rank this Week: 3482

Koehlerlegal

Koehlerlegal

Discusses current cases and issues in the law. By Kurt T. Koehler.

http://www.koehlerlegal.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 5

    Lectures in History: Andrew Johnson & the 14th Amendment | C-SPAN

    Lectures in History: Andrew Johnson & the 14th Amendment | C-SPAN
    This is an excellent historical perspective on the 14th Amendment to the U.S .Constitution. Professor Ross describes it as Congress' peace treaty to the South. That is quite accurate. He also notes that it only came about because of a…
  • Mar 29

    Taxes on Settlements and Judgment

    Taxes on Settlements and Judgment
    The link below will take you to an informative article on the tax consequences of judgments and settlements. Taxation of judgments and settlments varies depending on the type of case and the chacter of the damages. For instance back pay in…
  • Mar 1

    Birthday Post

    Birthday Post
    Today is my birthday and I thought I would post a picture of the cake my fellow workers bought for me. The Law Office of Kurt T. Koehler, 308 1/2 S. State Street Ann Arbor, Michigan (MI) 48198 (Washtenaw County); Copyright 2012 by Kurt…
Rank this Week: 3642

Oakland Employment Attorneys Blog

Oakland Employment Attorneys Blog

Covers class action and employment law. By Sundeen Salinas & Pyle.

http://www.oaklandemploymentattorneysblog.com/
  • Apr 4

    The California Supreme Court and the fate of Class Action

    The California Supreme Court and the fate of Class Action
    The California Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 3, 2014, in a case that is  likely to significantly shape the landscape of class actions in both state and federal court:  Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, No. S204032.…
  • Mar 6

    The Profoundly Negative Impact of Arbitration on Workers’ Right

    The Profoundly Negative Impact of Arbitration on Workers’ Right
    Lawyers who represent employers regularly argue that there is no real difference between arbitration and jury trials.  They contend that arbitration does not affect the outcomes of cases.  And, it is “cheap and quick,”…
  • Mar 5

    Hunter Pyle to teach Employment Law at Berkeley Law in Fall 2014

    Hunter Pyle to teach Employment Law at Berkeley Law in Fall 2014
    Hunter Pyle (along with Todd Jackson of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.) will be teaching the Employment Law course at Berkeley Law during the Fall 2014 semester.
Rank this Week: 1673

Resolving Discovery Disputes

Resolving Discovery Disputes

Covers discovery plans, depositions, interrogatories and privileges. By Katherine Gallo.

http://www.resolvingdiscoverydisputes.com/
  • Apr 4

    The Discovery Act Applies In Family Law

    The Discovery Act Applies In Family Law
    As a discovery referee in family law matters, I often come upon issues where opposing counsel does not think the Discovery Act applies to their proceeding. They argue that it is not necessary to make a diligent search and a reasonable inquiry…
  • Mar 5

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?
    Last November I received the following e-mail: Since courts are so overwhelmed and setting dates for hearing is now running 6 months or longer, how does one do motions to compel further responses to interrogatories in a meaningful way? I…
  • Mar 5

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?

    Is It Time to Appoint a Discovery Referee?
    Last November I received the following e-mail: Since courts are so overwhelmed and setting dates for hearing is now running 6 months or longer, how does one do motions to compel further responses to interrogatories in a meaningful way? I…
Rank this Week: 3702

California Injury Lawyers Blog

California Injury Lawyers Blog

Covers California injury law. By Blady Weinreb Law Group LLP.

http://www.californiainjurylawyers-blog.com/
  • Apr 3

    Connecticut Woman Can Not Sue State for Chimp Attack

    Connecticut Woman Can Not Sue State for Chimp Attack
    A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were ripped off by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009, on Wednesday was denied a bid to sue the state for up to $150 million to cover her medical expenses. As reported in Reuters, the state…
  • Mar 19

    Parents Sue Accused Child Killer

    Parents Sue Accused Child Killer
    The parents of a 10 year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered last month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her accused killer, according to Courthouse News. Hailey Owens of Springfield, MO was kidnapped as she was walking…
  • Feb 26

    Innocent Deaf Man Tasered by Hawthorne Police

    Innocent Deaf Man Tasered by Hawthorne Police
    Hawthorne police beat and Tasered a deaf man as he signed to them that he was deaf and his friend had given him the snowboard he was carrying, claimed the victim in court. In a federal complaint for violation of the Americans with…
Rank this Week: 2149

Rifkin Consulting Attorney…

Rifkin Consulting Attorney Recruiter Blog

Covers job search advice for lawyers.

http://rifkinconsulting.com/blog
  • Apr 3

    What An Employer Looks For in an Applicant: The Basic

    What An Employer Looks For in an Applicant: The Basic
    Part 3;   How to Start Networking and Get a Job Submissions of application materials: Make it personal. Submissions should always be addressed to an individual – not “To Whom It May Concern”.  Methods…
  • Feb 28

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job
    PART 2; HOW TO GET STARTED NETWORKING   MAKE CONNECTIONS, DEVELOP THE RELATIONSHIPS Approach: Network with Intention; implement an intentional and strategic approach, both (a) online and (b) in person. Lay the…
  • Feb 20

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job

    How to Start Networking and Get a Job
    Part One; Why You Must Network Based on a presentation at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on 2/12/14.  INTRODUCTION In 1988, I graduated from Villanova School of Law outside Philadelphia.  Villanova is viewed very much back…
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Eric Morton's Legal Blog

Eric Morton's Legal Blog

Provides insights into business and intellectual property issues.

http://ericmortonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 3

    Confidentiality Agreements and small firms vs. big firms - Newsletter for April 2014

    Confidentiality Agreements and small firms vs. big firms - Newsletter for April 2014
    We just published the latest Morton Memo with articles about the enforceability of confidentiality agreements and small firms vs. big firms.
  • Jan 26

    Newsletter January 2014 - Trademarks; and Cell Phone Tower Lease Trend

    Newsletter January 2014 - Trademarks; and Cell Phone Tower Lease Trend
    Our latest newsletter.  Articles by Mike Ritter, on cell phone tower lease trends, and Anna Burnett, on trademarks.  http://www.ericmortonlaw.com/mm_jan2014.html
  • Sep 15

    Employee Theft is Rampant

    Employee Theft is Rampant
    Employee theft has become a rampant problem.  Several our of clients have had employees steal customer lists, designs, website content, and other intellectual property.  Other clients have been embezzled. Thieving employees have…
Rank this Week: 3960

Fairly Used Blog

Fairly Used Blog

Discusses news in the Copyright and Fair Use industry, as well as updates to the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use site.

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/blog/
Rank this Week: 1107

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

Provides basic patent information and case updates. By James Yang.

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • Apr 3

    Patent drafting tools that help broaden scope of patent protection

    Patent drafting tools that help broaden scope of patent protection
    In drafting patent applications, it may be useful to broaden the language by using words such as “preferred” and to use claim language such as “substantially” or words of similar import.  Preferred connotes that…
  • Mar 17

    Construing claim when validity and infringement depends on size

    Construing claim when validity and infringement depends on size
    Construing claim when validity and infringement depends on size The Federal Circuit in Takeda v. Zydus (Fed. Cir. Feb. 20, 2014) resolved issues in relation to claim construction, infringement and invalidity.  The patent was directed to…
  • Mar 12

    Doctrine of Equivalents not limited by foreseeability of the structure

    Doctrine of Equivalents not limited by foreseeability of the structure
    Doctrine of Equivalents not limited by foreseeability of the structure In determining the scope of patent protection under a patent, the claims are construed literally to determine whether the accused product infringes the patent’s…
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Southern California Bankruptcy Law…

Southern California Bankruptcy Law Blog

Covers bankruptcy, foreclosure, mortgage modification and short sales. By Nick Gebelt.

http://www.southerncaliforniabankruptcylawblog.com
  • Apr 3

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses to Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VIII)

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses to Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VIII)
    Here is the eighth defense against preference avoidance actions, the so-called de minimis transfer defense.  This defense has two versions. Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions, Part VIII: The De Minimis Transfer Defense…
  • Apr 2

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VII)

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VII)
    Here is the sixth defense against preference avoidance actions, the so-called domestic support defense.  This one is short. Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions, Part VII: The Domestic Support Defense A comparison of the Bankruptcy…
  • Apr 1

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VI)

    Preferential Transfers IV: Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions (Part VI)
    Here is the sixth defense against preference avoidance actions, the so-called statutory lien defense. Defenses To Preference Avoidance Actions, Part VI: The Statutory Lien Defense Some liens are voluntary, the result of the debtor voluntarily…
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Law Law Land

Law Law Land

A lawyer's look at the weird, wacky, wonderful world of the entertainment industry. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://www.lawlawlandblog.com/
  • Apr 3

    “River Crabbing” Chinese Search Engine Battles for Freedom of Expression in the U.S.

    “River Crabbing” Chinese Search Engine Battles for Freedom of Expression in the U.S.
    In 2004, the Chinese Communist Party announced a new national goal of building a “Harmonious Society.”  Since then, this goal has often been cited by the Chinese government as a reason for Internet censorship.  In…
  • Feb 19

    Fun with Facebook

    Fun with Facebook
    In the last few months, numerous cases involving Facebook have resulted in amusing rulings that we would be remiss to ignore.  On deck for this blog post we have three good ones: A judge issued an adverse ruling to a litigant who refused…
  • Jan 22

    Did King.com Really “Trademark” the Word Candy?

    Did King.com Really “Trademark” the Word Candy?
    Much of the independent video game world is up in arms regarding the recent news that large UK game developer King.com has “trademarked” the word CANDY.  Many see this as an attempt by a Wonka-esque behemoth to grab control…
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Gartland Law Blog

Gartland Law Blog

Covers tax laws. By Bernard Gartland.

http://gartlandlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 2

    Is a Real Estate Agent a Real Estate Professional in the eyes of the IRS?

    Is a Real Estate Agent a Real Estate Professional in the eyes of the IRS?
    If you have rental properties you may not get the full use of your tax losses unless you meet the tax code definition of a real estate professional. Its kind of common sense for a real estate agent to think … Continue reading →
  • Feb 25

    Can the IRS take away your Social Security check?

    Can the IRS take away your Social Security check?
    Is social security exempt from an IRS levy or garnishment?  The short answer is no, the IRS is allowed to take away your social security if you fall behind on your payments to the IRS. The rules are laid out … Continue reading…
  • Jan 29

    Fighting a 6672 penalty for employment taxes?

    Fighting a 6672 penalty for employment taxes?
    If you were the officer of a company that went belly up there is a good chance the IRS is going to come after you for the missed employment taxes.  Typically the IRS will hit you with something called the … Continue reading →
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California Condo & HOA Law…

California Condo & HOA Law Blog

Covers affordable housing, elections, collections, boards and committees. By Beth Grimm.

http://communityassociations.net/cacondoguru/
  • Apr 1

    SMALL ASSOCIATION OUT OF COMPLIANCE – WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!

    SMALL ASSOCIATION OUT OF COMPLIANCE – WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT!
    I got an email from someone that posed a simple little problem – ha ha. There seems to be very few of those in this business. When I wrote back asking if the person was seeking legal advice, I got this answer: “I do not need a…
  • Apr 1

    Updating HOA Documents – How Can You Save Money?

    Updating HOA Documents – How Can You Save Money?
    I received an email inquiry today from a board member who says they want to work with me to update their governing documents. They are filled with anticipation and ready to go. They say “Our Board has set up a committee to tackle this…
  • Mar 22

    BLANKET HOA RECORDING FOR NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE

    BLANKET HOA RECORDING FOR NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
    This is a long post. It is excerpted from the currently updated Primer – Assessments A-2 – What Happens in an HOA Foreclosure Situation, which is all about foreclosures in HOAs. If you are interested as an HOA in getting notice of…
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Nolo’s Fundraising Tips for Busy…

Nolo’s Fundraising Tips for Busy Nonprofits

By Ilona Bray.

http://blog.nolo.com/fundraising/
  • Apr 1

    Tips From an Experienced Charity Auctioneer

    Tips From an Experienced Charity Auctioneer
    I recently spoke to someone who’s been volunteering at a nonprofit’s live auction for ten years — and in a major role, too. He’s the one who stands up in front of the room and solicit bids from the audience. He’s…
  • Mar 21

    When Crowdfunding Fails, It Can Fail Big

    When Crowdfunding Fails, It Can Fail Big
    If a nonprofit sends out a direct mail appeal for funding and no one answers it, who will ever know? Except for some long faces in the hallway and somber analyses at the next board meeting, the matter may attract little attention. Not so with…
  • Mar 11

    “Just seeing the look on the faces of those kids . . . .”

    “Just seeing the look on the faces of those kids . . . .”
    A recent article in the East Bay Monthly, called “In the Philanthropic Swim” contained a powerful reminder of how donors’ giving instincts are fueled not just by knowing that they’ve made a difference, but actually…
Rank this Week: 4521

California Comp Blog

California Comp Blog

Covers workers' compensation legal decisions.

http://www.californiacompblog.com/
  • Mar 31

    Proposed En Banc Decision May Lead to Increased Litigation

    Proposed En Banc Decision May Lead to Increased Litigation
    The Appeals Board has issued a proposed en banc decision addressing whether the original panel QME or AME must be used to address subsequent dates of injury. In Ismael Navarro v. City of Montebello, the Appeals Board proposed holding the…
  • Mar 3

    Appeals Board Limits Applicability of Independent Medical Review

    Appeals Board Limits Applicability of Independent Medical Review
    The Appeals Board has issued an en banc decision addressing the WCAB’s jurisdiction to resolve medical disputes and the applicability of Independent Medical Review. In Jose Dubon v. World Restoration, Inc.; and State Compensation…
  • Jan 20

    Third District Weighs in on Almaraz/Guzman

    Third District Weighs in on Almaraz/Guzman
    The California Court of Appeal, Third District, recently weighed in on rating by analogy pursuant to the Almaraz/Guzman decision. In City of Sacramento v. WCAB (Cannon), the applicant was suffering from plantar fasciitis, a painful foot…
Rank this Week: 4713

Life, Health and Disability…

Life, Health and Disability Insurance Law Blog

Covers ERISA and non-ERISA issues on disability, life and health insurance law. By Barger & Wolen.

http://www.lifehealthdisabilityinsurancelaw.com/
  • Mar 31

    Towers Watson risk transfer program aims to offload retiree health care risk

    Towers Watson risk transfer program aims to offload retiree health care risk
    Last week, Towers Watson & Co. unveiled a program that would enable employers to eliminate unfunded retiree health care plan liabilities for Medicare-eligible retirees by shifting those liabilities to insurers through the purchase of…
  • Feb 27

    Heimeshoff highlights the importance of contractual limitation periods in ERISA plan

    Heimeshoff highlights the importance of contractual limitation periods in ERISA plan
    Since Heimeshoff, three district court cases have already held that lawsuits to recover ERISA plan benefits were barred by the plan’s contractual limitation period. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heimeshoff v. Hartford…
  • Feb 12

    Compliance: Cigna v. Amara and how ERISA summary plan descriptions have changed

    Compliance: Cigna v. Amara and how ERISA summary plan descriptions have changed
    Before the Supreme Court issued its 2011 opinion in Cigna v. Amara, an ERISA plan’s summary plan description (SPD) was widely considered to be part of the plan’s governing documents. Plan terms found only in the SPD were…
Rank this Week: 4979

Higbee & Associates News

Higbee & Associates News

Covers law firm news.

http://www.higbeeassociates.com/news/
  • Mar 31

    Another Successful Published Appeal for H&A

    Another Successful Published Appeal for H&A
    Recordgone.com, a division of the Law Firm of Higbee and Associates, recently defended an appeal of a granted California expungement. The question in the case was whether a conviction for an attempted violation of section 288(a) could be…
  • Mar 12

    Canada Takes Steps to Initiate an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program

    Canada Takes Steps to Initiate an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Program
    Canada is working to improve border security by proposing the implementation of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement. Under this proposal citizens from countries other than the United States that do not currently require a…
  • Mar 12

    Canada Accepting 5,000 Parent, Grandparent Sponsorship Application

    Canada Accepting 5,000 Parent, Grandparent Sponsorship Application
    As of January 2014, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will once again be able to sponsor foreign parents or grandparents for permanent residency under the Parent and Grandparent stream of the Family Sponsorship program. In order to…
Rank this Week: 1325

Small Enough To Fail

Small Enough To Fail

Covers bankruptcy law. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://www.southerncaliforniabankruptcylawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1629

The FEHA Blog

The FEHA Blog

Discourse on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act from an employee rights attorney’s point of view. By M. Greg Mullanax.

http://www.fehablog.com/
  • Mar 30

    Same-Gender Harassment: Win Some, Lose Some

    Same-Gender Harassment: Win Some, Lose Some
    A former City of Benicia employee sued the City and two supervisors for sexual harassment in violation of FEHA and for retaliation, among other causes of action. The employee and both supervisors were male. Supervisor 1 prevailed on his…
  • Mar 29

    Service Animal

    Service Animal
    I didn't see this until today, but Phyllis Cheng, Director of the DFEH, wrote this interesting article about service animals. I have not had a case with a service animal issue but an employer facing such an issue must do so carefully sinice…
  • Mar 10

    How Not to Act in a Deposition

    How Not to Act in a Deposition
    Justin Bieber demonstrates how not to act in a deposition. What a self-absorbed idiot. I wonder why his lawyers are empowering him by allowing him to act this way. If Justin were my client acting this way in a deposition, he would have to get…
Rank this Week: 2050

IRS Report Card

IRS Report Card

Comments of a 30-Year Former IRS Insider. By Mopsick Tax Law, LLP.

http://mopsicktaxlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    COUNT DOWN TO FATCA: FATCA MYTHS AND FACTS I

    COUNT DOWN TO FATCA: FATCA MYTHS AND FACTS I
    With the July 1, 2014, FATCA effective date quickly approaching, it is finally front page news. Practitioners who are following FATCA closely have noted that the emphasis has shifted slightly from the onerous and unfair injustice FATCA…
  • Mar 10

    Opt Out of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? We Need To See the National Office Appeals Coordinated Issues Paper Now!

    Opt Out of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? We Need To See the National Office Appeals Coordinated Issues Paper Now!
    An emerging issue for practitioners engaged in the offshore voluntary disclosure arena is collecting intel on what exactly the field offices are being told by the National Office about how to resolve  opt out cases. A client can choose…
  • Feb 6

    FATCA: “There’s No Point In Complaining. It’s Here To Stay.”

    FATCA: “There’s No Point In Complaining. It’s Here To Stay.”
    Last week on the “FATCA” LinkedIn group, a member wrote the following: “Why are so many people complaining about FATCA and crying FOUL!!!!!  Just get on with it, it’s here to stay.  It’s everyone,…
Rank this Week: 3647

The Reeves Law Group Blog

The Reeves Law Group Blog

Features California centric news stories related to personal injury matters.

http://www.bestinjurylawyers.com/blog/
  • Mar 28

    The Toxic Threat at Home You Don’t Know About

    The Toxic Threat at Home You Don’t Know About
    Every year, 500 Americans are killed in their very own home, often in their own sleep. Many other people have to be rushed to hospital emergency rooms, racked by nausea and vomiting. The toxic threat comes from carbon monoxide fumes, and…
  • Jan 22

    Schumacher Can Expect Long-Term Consequences from Brain Injury

    Schumacher Can Expect Long-Term Consequences from Brain Injury
    Even as the prognosis for Michael Schumacher F1 Formula One legend continues to remain guarded, speculation rises that if he survives his injury, he will not be the person that he once was. The Formula One world legend is currently in an…
  • Jan 16

    What foods most commonly cause food poisoning?

    What foods most commonly cause food poisoning?
    Some of the most dangerous foods to eat are likely currently sitting pretty in your refrigerator, or on the kitchen counter. From leafy greens and eggs to poultry, some of the most dangerous foods for Americans to eat are also some of the…
Rank this Week: 1378

Autolaw

Autolaw

Covers issues and legal challenges facing California auto dealers. By Chris Bruni.

http://autolaw.typepad.com/autolaw/
  • Mar 28

    Dropping the Hammer

    Dropping the Hammer
    I just finished handling a case where I was representing an automotive parts distributor. The claim was for products liability for defective parts allegedly sold by my client. The problem was the products identified in the plaintiff's…
  • Feb 28

    Closing A Loophole or Just Another Hoop?

    Closing A Loophole or Just Another Hoop?
    Here is an interesting news item that came across my screen: A California Assemblyman is considering sponsoring a bill that would require a temporary "Paper License Plate" be printed out and attached to newly sold automobiles as they leave…
  • Jan 31

    Legal Tender

    Legal Tender
    I just settled a case for a local dealership involving a claim brought under the "Lemon Law"--aka California's Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act. Actually, settled is the wrong choice of words, since the dealership didn't have to pay any…
Rank this Week: 2352

Los Angeles Probate Litigation…

Los Angeles Probate Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers wills & trusts, probate and conservatorships. By Ginzburg & Bronshteyn LLP.

http://www.losangelesprobatelitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Mar 28

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter

    Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter
    Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BP 145805 concerning the Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person and Temporary Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person of Casey Kasem had been filed on October 7, 2013. Casey Kasem…
  • Mar 19

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge

    Trust and Estates Section: Lunch with The Probate Judge
    On March 18, 2014, the panel of Probate Judges discussed the current state of Probate Court in Los Angeles County and addressed questions and concerns submitted by members of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Fortunately seven of the nine…
  • Feb 26

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake

    Judges Panel: Avoiding the Most Common Evidentiary Mistake
    On February 25, 2014, firm partner and probate practitioner, Yasha Bronshteyn attended the Judges Panel presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. Speakers included Hon. Amy Hogue, Hon. Michael Johnson, Hon. Mary Ann…
Rank this Week: 3295

California Criminal Lawyer Blog

California Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers topics such as DUI Defense, Judicial Misconduct, Police Misconduct, Search & Seizure, and Probation cases. By Mary Frances Prevost.

http://www.californiacriminallawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1082

Bay Area Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Bay Area Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers Bay Area bankruptcy law. By Melanie Tavare.

http://www.bayareabankruptcylawyer-blog.com/
  • Mar 26

    Bankruptcy Basics - Understanding the Bankruptcy Court

    Bankruptcy Basics - Understanding the Bankruptcy Court
    For those without legal training, understanding the court system in the United States can be difficult. There are both state courts and federal courts, and each court system is comprised of many different levels of courts. Although…
  • Mar 21

    3-Year vs. 5-Year Payment Plan - Which Should I choose in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

    3-Year vs. 5-Year Payment Plan - Which Should I choose in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?
    Unlike Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, which liquidates most of a debtor's assets in a relatively short period of time, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy allows a debtor to keep many of their assets if they are able to make payments on their debt over a period of…
  • Mar 14

    Supreme Court Holds that Exempt Assets Stay That Way, Even After Fraud

    Supreme Court Holds that Exempt Assets Stay That Way, Even After Fraud
    On March 4, 2014, Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the Supreme Court's opinion in Law v. Siegel, originally a bankruptcy case from the Central District of California. The Supreme Court's decision unanimously reversed the decision of the Ninth…
Rank this Week: 2151

Questions & Answers About Arrest &…

Questions & Answers About Arrest & Criminal Proceedings

Answers common questions regarding California criminal proceedings. By Graham Donath.

http://gddlaw.com/questions-answers/
  • Mar 25

    The Police Called Me Regarding A Domestic Violence Accusation. What Do I Do?

    The Police Called Me Regarding A Domestic Violence Accusation. What Do I Do?
    First and foremost, be polite. It is almost never in your interest to speak with law enforcement without talking to an attorney first, so politely inform them that you’re exercising your 5th amendment rights, and that you would like to…
  • Mar 25

    What Happens If A Witness Doesn’t Want To Testify In A Domestic Violence Case?

    What Happens If A Witness Doesn’t Want To Testify In A Domestic Violence Case?
    In California, prosecutors have the general attitude that their job is to intervene and provide help for people they believe are victims, even if those individuals don’t want to help themselves. Therefore, it is extremely common for…
  • Mar 25

    What Are The Defenses To Domestic Violence Charges?

    What Are The Defenses To Domestic Violence Charges?
    There are a number of different defenses to a domestic violence allegation. For instance, false allegations are very common in domestic situations where hot tempers intersect with intense emotions. False allegations can come out of anger, or…
Rank this Week: 2086

Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz

Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz

Discusses civil procedure, trial practice, employment law and other issues.

http://www.jcmarkowitz.com/
  • Mar 25

    Penaltie

    Penaltie
    Another Court of Appeal opinion in California reaffirmed the rule that penalty provisions in settlement agreements are not enforceable. In a settlement agreement entered in Purcell v. Schweitzer, the plaintiff agreed to accept payments…
  • Mar 19

    Settlement confidentiality

    Settlement confidentiality
    A recent case from the Court of Appeal in Florida illustrates the perils of confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements, but something more as well. Patrick Snay brought an age discrimination suit against a private school that…
  • Nov 22

    Civil collaborative law

    Civil collaborative law
    Collaborative law has firmly established itself in the family law arena, where parties (and attorneys) are often willing to commit in advance to do everything they can to resolve divorce cases out of court. Not so much on the civil side,…
Rank this Week: 4154

Law Office of David P. Shapiro…

Law Office of David P. Shapiro Blog

Covers criminal law in California.

http://www.sandiegocriminalattorneyatlaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 25

    Body cams for San Diego cops – Who is really being watched?

    Body cams for San Diego cops – Who is really being watched?
    The San Diego Police Department announced a few weeks ago that it is considering equipping its officers with body cameras. Although the method of attaching the body cams to each officer has not been decided, San Diego is one of ……
  • Feb 18

    Hit and Run Epidemic in San Diego

    Hit and Run Epidemic in San Diego
    While perusing the recent news in San Diego, it appeared that there had been what we thought were a surprising number of hit and run accidents described in the various stories in our area. It can be argued that the … Continue reading…
  • Feb 10

    San Diego gets an “F” on its Meth Report Card

    San Diego gets an “F” on its Meth Report Card
    For at least several years, the media, both in print and on television, have been referring to what has been termed the “meth epidemic.” The stories focus not only on the production and use of the illegal drug, but also ……
Rank this Week: 3736

San Diego Criminal Law Blog

San Diego Criminal Law Blog

Covers criminal law in the San Diego and Southern California area. By David Shapiro.

http://www.sandiegocriminalattorneyatlaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 25

    Body cams for San Diego cops – Who is really being watched?

    Body cams for San Diego cops – Who is really being watched?
    The San Diego Police Department announced a few weeks ago that it is considering equipping its officers with body cameras. Although the method of attaching the body cams to each officer has not been decided, San Diego is one of ……
  • Feb 18

    Hit and Run Epidemic in San Diego

    Hit and Run Epidemic in San Diego
    While perusing the recent news in San Diego, it appeared that there had been what we thought were a surprising number of hit and run accidents described in the various stories in our area. It can be argued that the … Continue reading…
  • Feb 10

    San Diego gets an “F” on its Meth Report Card

    San Diego gets an “F” on its Meth Report Card
    For at least several years, the media, both in print and on television, have been referring to what has been termed the “meth epidemic.” The stories focus not only on the production and use of the illegal drug, but also ……
Rank this Week: 3222