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

3 Keys to Structuring a Contract

Before you draft any of the provisions, you need to consider how you will structure the contract. In a nutshell, think about what to include, how to organize it, and ease of reading. Continue reading

Can a Drunk Person Enter Into a Contract?

People who are intoxicated often make bad decisions, including signing contracts they may regret when the hangover kicks in. Can they simply claim intoxication and get out of the deal? The short answer: maybe. 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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