Posted on July 22, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
From time to time, attorneys are asked to serve as corporate directors or officers. Watch out—there may be some serious perils involved for the attorney and his or her law firm. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Ethics, Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney ethics, board of directors, conflict of interest, corporate board, corporate director, corporate officer | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 17, 2015 by Robert Denham, Esq
Suppose a debtor denies owning a home and then gives a false address so creditors don’t find out about the home. Can the debtor still claim the homestead exemption in bankruptcy? Continue reading
Filed under: Bankruptcy Law, Estate Planning, Legal Topics | Tagged: bankrutpcy, creditor, debtor, homestead exemption | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 29, 2015 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Michael J. Thomas, a solo practitioner and founder of Creative Vision Legal, a Bay Area law firm offering legal services tailored to artists, musicians, and small business owners.
Finally, there’s been a case that substantively interprets California’s new LLC law, RULLCA. The case highlights a key remedial feature that distinguishes RULLCA from its predecessor, and clears up statutory ambiguities regarding the law’s effective date. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, limited liability company, LLC, RULLCA | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 19, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The definition of “signed” in the UCC includes “any symbol,” as long as it’s “executed or adopted with present intention to adopt or accept a writing.” Com C §1201(b)(37). E-Sign extends this approach to electronic signatures. Do you know when an electronic signature is permitted and when it’s not? Continue reading
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Posted on June 12, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
In the past, most California superior courts routinely held trial-setting, pretrial, arbitration status, and status conferences. Delay reduction rules put a stop to this practice, consolidating all of these into a comprehensive conference that occurs in the first 180 days after the complaint is filed. Cal Rules of Ct 3.721. And woe to any attorney who comes to the conference unprepared! Take some of the stress out of preparing for your next case management conference by using these four steps. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Pretrial Matters, Young Lawyers | Tagged: case management conference, litigation, pretrial conference, status conference, trial | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 8, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It’s common for customers or clients to want to stick with the person who has been handling their account even when that person moves to a different company. But this situation can create serious issues around trade secrets and unfair competition. So, whenever you hire someone from a competitor, give that new employee guidelines to follow—it will save everyone legal headaches. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employee, employee guidelines, employer, hiring, trade secrets, unfair competition | 2 Comments »
Posted on June 3, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are hot in an era of budget cutbacks and the need for alternative, innovative ways to repair and replace our aging public infrastructure. P3s can help bridge the infrastructure gap by using private capital to finance large infrastructure projects and leveraging funding payments over the useful life of the new facilities. P3 isn’t the solution for all public infrastructure needs, but it’s a growing and important tool for public agencies to utilize for appropriate projects. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Public Law | Tagged: construction financing, infrastructure financing, intrastructure projects, P3, project financing, public works financing, public-private partnerships | 1 Comment »