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Looking to adopt? Here are the steps!
If you’re looking to adopt a child in California, you have a complex road ahead of you.  And it should...
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New “ABC Test” for CA Independent Contractors
On April 30, 2018, the Supreme Court of California issued an opinion dictating what legal standard will be applied when...
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Nonprofit vs Tax-Exempt: Are They the Same?
Are you looking to start a nonprofit to help your community? Is that the same as being tax-exempt? There is...
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Celebrating 9 Years in Hanford Furniture Building
After spending roughly 64 years at 311 N. Douty Street, our firm moved into the beloved Hanford Furniture building in...
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Do Contracts Have to be in Writing?
The common saying goes: “It it’s not in writing, it didn’t happen.”  You might be surprised to know that when...
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Are Non-Solicitation/Non-Compete Agreements valid in California?
Non-solicitation clauses and non-compete clauses are commonly included in employment contracts. A typical non-Solicitation clause may state that the employee...
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Attorney-Client Preparation for a Deposition
Depositions are an inevitable part of any lawsuit. If you are curious about what a deposition is, see our previous...
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What is the California Public Records Act?
The California Constitution requires every local agency to comply with the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”). The CPRA states that...
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Comparative Fault and Strict Product Liability in California
As kids, we were told not to say bad words and if you did, your parents would make you wash...
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What is Bitcoin and is it Legal?
What is a “bitcoin?” This question seems to be coming up a lot these days. A bitcoin is likely the...
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What is a “1031 Exchange” and why should I consider it?
Purchased property can increase its value. For example, if you bought property in the 1970’s for $100,000.00 and the same...
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What to Expect in a Lawsuit
Whether you’re the plaintiff or defendant, a lawsuit is a complicated process.  There are many court rules, filing deadlines, and...
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The Process of Setting Aside a Default Judgment
Have you been mailed or served with a judgment against you and you did not ever know there was a...
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Advance Health Care Directive
What is an Advance Health Care Directive? An Advance Health Care Directive is important because it comes into play when...
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What is a Deposition?
In a legal case, the more information that can be obtained, the better off the lawyer and client are before...
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ADR and the Role it Plays in a Lawsuit
Alternative Dispute Resolution (commonly known as ADR) can settle a case before it goes to trial. Around 90% of civil...
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Do I Need a Will or Trust?
Wills A will is a document where its creator, called the “testator,” will designate who receives his or her property...
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The Basics of Responding to a Lawsuit
If you’ve been sued and are unfamiliar with the legal system, it is a good practice to immediately consult with...
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California High Speed Rail
Raymond Carlson was recently interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for an article about the most recent setback to the California...
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“Super Bowl” vs. “Big Game”
Why do so many commercials avoid saying the words “Super Bowl?” It is simple – the National Football League has...
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Is Your Non-Profit Tax Exempt?
  A common misconception is that a non-profit corporation is the same thing as a “501(c)(3)” tax-exempt entity.  They are...
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Payroll Mistakes Can Cost You – Literally.
  Pay stubs are not only required to be given to employees but must also contain certain information.  If the...
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Litigation Counsel of America
Mario Zamora has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America! The LCA is a trial lawyer...
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