What to Do After Forming a Corporation: Timing and Action Table

checklist for tasks to do after forming a corporationThere are many operational requirements that must be handled when starting business as a California corporation. And some of these requirements have strict timing deadlines. Attorneys and clients should review these requirements and divvy up responsibilities for them. Use this handy table for quick reference of required actions and their timing. Continue reading

Do Both Spouses Need to Sign Contracts?

contract with pen for signaturesWhen one spouse is entering into a contract, is it legally required that the other spouse also sign it? And what would be the ramifications if the other spouse didn’t? Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Using Independent Contractors

considering the pros and cons of using indepedent contractors instead of employeesWhen your client decides to use independent contractors instead of employees, you need to go over the advantages and disadvantages of choosing the independent contractor route. Continue reading

How to Get Paid When the Debtor Has Died

The most orderly way to collect a deceased debtor’s debt is through the creditor’s claim procedure in a probate administration or a claim on a trust. Once a creditor determines that the debtor has died, here are the steps to take to recover on the debt. Continue reading

Just Passing Through: New Deduction for Business Income Expires in 2026

pass through tax benefit dollarsUnder new IRC §199A, business entity owners may be able to deduct 20 percent of passthrough income. This tax boon, which is set to sunset after December 31, 2025, has many lawyers wondering whether they might personally benefit.

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Oh, What a Difference Plain English Makes!

Any document you draft—from an email to a settlement agreement—should be written in plain, understandable language. But many attorneys still fall into the trap of using stilted, legalistic language, particularly in contracts and other transactional documents. Compare the following purchase agreement recitals and see what a difference plain English makes. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Business Lawyers

Were you able to keep track of the new legislative changes that affect California businesses and business lawyers? Don’t worry, we did and here are some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading

Is Your Website Accessible?

There’s no clear legal requirement yet, but disability-rights groups are increasingly targeting Internet sites for failure to accommodate individuals with disabilities, particularly with respect to vision and hearing impairments. Before you or your client come under fire, consider making some changes that will make your website more accessible now. Continue reading

This Is How to Count the Days in a Contract

Computing the time for performing an act under a contract may not be as straightforward as it seems—and miscalculating can have dire effects. Learn these rules on counting the days and, better yet, include a provision in the contract on how it’s to be done so that everyone can count on it. 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