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1407, 2017

The California Supreme Court Confirms Private Property Rights  

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: 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 property and penalized neighborly landowners who allowed public use with the potential loss of exclusive rights to their land.  The only ways to prevent the possibility of such implied dedication were (1) block access to your property altogether, (2) find a way to convey your [...]

806, 2017

Plan the Orderly Transition of Your Estate

By | June 8th, 2017|Categories: 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 to most Americans. What does matter is the orderly transition of wealth, property, and personal values through a thoughtful plan prepared well in advance. Avoid Probate In the absence of a good estate plan, the transfer of assets to heirs occurs under the supervision of [...]

1105, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Units

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: 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 last legislative session resulted in three separate bills amending Government Code Section 65852.150.  Effective January 1, 2017, local laws regarding Secondary Dwelling Units were superseded.   State law now mandates that local jurisdictions ease restrictions and barriers to the permitting and use of what are now [...]

1204, 2017

Does a Corporation Protect Your Personal Assets in Litigation?

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: 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 not careful about how you run your business, procedures used in litigation can expose your personal assets – we call this “piercing the corporate veil.”  Using this process, a creditor can try to set aside corporate protections.  To do so, they need to show that [...]

1302, 2017

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

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: 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 for guidance. Good luck in 2017! Minimum Wage: By 2022, California's mandatory minimum hourly wage will be $15 for businesses with more than 25 employees. To get there, starting Jan. 1, 2017, minimum hourly pay rose from $10 to $10.50. There is no state-mandated increase [...]

1101, 2017

FIVE TIPS FOR A GREAT START TO 2017

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: 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 areas of your business that might need some legal attention. Here are five legal areas I recommend my small business owner clients give attention to in order to start the year off right.   Think about how you classify your workers. How you classify your [...]