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5 Things to Include in Every Estate Plan

So you’ve gathered the client’s data—personal and financial—and know the client’s objectives. What do you do? Here are 5 typical documents you’ll need for the estate plan. Continue reading

Checklist: Make Sure Employment Practices Comply with IRCA

Employers often find that ensuring compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) can be tricky. This handy checklist will help employers who are establishing their practices and will serve as a confirmation tool for those employers who believe they have a compliant practice. Continue reading

How Tenants Can Get Remedies for Habitability Violations and Nuisances

When a landlord severely neglects maintenance issues or another tenant’s behavior causes a nuisance, California law gives tenants several ways to get relief. Continue reading

Checklist: What to Do If Summary Judgment Is Denied

You moved for summary judgment but your motion was denied. Here’s a checklist of four things to ask yourself. Continue reading

10 Steps to Take Before Drafting a Contract

How can you streamline your contract drafting time and create a better document? Prepare. For all types of transactions, the time spent organizing and guiding the drafting and closing process will save actual drafting time and will help produce more accurate, understandable, effective, and comprehensive documents. Follow these ten steps for success in any business transaction.

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Checklists for Documents Opposing a Summary Judgment Motion

The party opposing summary judgment has one objective: Convince the court that there’s at least one “triable issue of material fact.” CCP §437c(c). This objective should guide every aspect of the opposition’s separate statement and supporting memorandum. Cal Rules of Ct 3.1350(e). Here are checklists to help you meet all requirements and prepare these opposition documents to their best effect. Continue reading

Amending a Complaint to Name a Doe Defendant

Sometimes you believe that certain persons are liable to the plaintiff, but you don’t know and can’t readily learn their names. That’s when you include them in the complaint as “Doe defendants,” i.e., you fictitiously name them in the caption of the complaint and then allege ignorance of their true names in the body of the complaint. CCP §474. If you later learn the names of a Doe defendant, you’ll need to amend the complaint. Here are four things to know about amending a complaint to name a Doe defendant. Continue reading

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