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14 07, 2017

The California Supreme Court Confirms Private Property Rights  

By | July 14th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on The California Supreme Court Confirms Private Property Rights  

In 1970, the California Supreme Court held that private owners of coastal property could be deemed to have impliedly dedicated property rights to the public if they allowed the public to use their property for recreational purposes over a period of years.  The reaction to this decision was negative, as it encouraged exclusive use of [...]

28 06, 2017

Legal Alert: IRS Grants Second Chance For Portability Filings

By | June 28th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Legal Alert: IRS Grants Second Chance For Portability Filings

The IRS has issued a new Revenue Procedure that provides a simplified procedure for surviving spouses that missed the 9-month deadline to file an estate tax return (Form 706) and make a portability election.  Portability is an important estate tax saving tool that allows a surviving spouse to "port over" (transfer) any unused portion of [...]

8 06, 2017

Plan the Orderly Transition of Your Estate

By | June 8th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Plan the Orderly Transition of Your Estate

President Trump’s recently released 2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs seeks to do away with federal estate taxes, or what many refer to as the “death tax.” With current exemptions for estates valued at less than $5.49 million ($10.9 million for married couples), however, the death of the death tax hardly matters [...]

11 05, 2017

Money Talk 1290 Radio show features Partner Marcus Kocmur

By | May 11th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Money Talk 1290 Radio show features Partner Marcus Kocmur

Marcus Kocmur, head of the Firm's real estate and land use group, recently joined hosts Dianne Duva and Neil Kreisel to discuss hot topics in local land use and real estate on their weekly "Money Talk" radio show. If you missed the live broadcast, you can still listen to it as an iTunes podcast. Click [...]

11 05, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Units

By | May 11th, 2017|Homepage, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Accessory Dwelling Units

If you are a homeowner, chances are you have heard about the recent change in California law regarding Accessory Dwelling Units.  Housing production in California has not kept up with demand for many years.  This housing shortage has led the state to adopt housing policies to encourage infill development to increase California’s housing stock. The [...]

12 04, 2017

Does a Corporation Protect Your Personal Assets in Litigation?

By | April 12th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Does a Corporation Protect Your Personal Assets in Litigation?

One of the most common reasons to set up a new business entity is the protection of personal assets that a properly run corporation provides.  Ordinarily, a corporation is regarded as its own legal entity, separate and distinct from its shareholders, officers and directors, with separate and distinct liabilities and obligations.  However, if you are [...]

12 04, 2017

BFAS is proud to support the Downtown Santa Barbara 50th Anniversary Gala!

By | April 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on BFAS is proud to support the Downtown Santa Barbara 50th Anniversary Gala!

We are excited to celebrate Downtown Santa Barbara tonight!  Don't forget to stop by our table to say hello to attorneys Michael Fauver, Trevor Large and Olivia Marr! To learn more about this event click here.

13 02, 2017

With the New Year Comes California’s New Laws for Employers

By | February 13th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on With the New Year Comes California’s New Laws for Employers

Every January, employers must become familiar with new employment laws that have been passed at the state and local level. Below is a brief summary of some of the most relevant, in my opinion. Should you have questions about any of these new requirements, please contact any member of our Labor and Employment Practice Group [...]

11 01, 2017

FIVE TIPS FOR A GREAT START TO 2017

By | January 11th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on FIVE TIPS FOR A GREAT START TO 2017

January 2017 There is no shortage of helpful year-end advice for small business owners.  Yet, for many of my clients, December is already too busy with holidays and vacations to focus on the legal needs of their business.  With the busy holiday season behind us, the new year presents a wonderful opportunity to review those [...]

13 12, 2016

ADR to the Rescue

By | December 13th, 2016|News, The Advisor, The Advisor Video|Comments Off on ADR to the Rescue

“ADR” is the acronym for Alternative Dispute Resolution -- usually mediation and/or binding arbitration as a means of resolving legal disputes.  BFAS has been promoting ADR instead of litigation, especially in the employment law arena, for years. Now, however, we are convinced that ADR has become an essential ingredient of any well-run business.  I can [...]