As with so many things in life, some of the same qualities that help small businesses succeedcan also lead to their demise. Fortunately, much of that risk can be lessened through operational excellence. For example, the owners and managers of small businesses often know each other before they go into business together. Sometimes, they’re even…

Discussing death can be awkward, and many people would prefer just to ignore estate planning all together. However, ignoring—or even putting off—such planning can be a huge mistake, as these celebrity stories will highlight. The next time one of your relatives tells you they don’t want to talk about estate planning, share these famous celebrities’…

From vendor agreements to purchase agreements, from leases to independent contractor agreements, contracts are a part of everyday business life. It is important to make sure your contracts are valid, enforceable, and protecting you like they should. Have you ever wondered which types of contracts must be in writing to make sure you get the…

These days, second and even third marriages are fairly commonplace. But the estate planning issues that arise from multiple marriages can be highly complex and confusing. Merging two families into one presents unique legal and financial challenges that can cause significant conflict and distress unless effective estate planning has been put into place early on….

Female-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, with the number of women-owned businesses doubling over the past 17 years, according to a recent Forbes article. Many women who run their own companies often do double-duty as CEOs of their families as well. The tendency for many is to leave…

When getting a business off the ground, one common mistake business owners make is not establishing a solid legal foundation to protect their company from unforeseen situations and circumstances. The most effective and efficient way to provide this legal bedrock is by putting a set of key legal agreements in place. Gleaned from years of…

While most employers prefer to hire independent contractors rather than employees, you can expose yourself to substantial liability by incorrectly classifying the people who work for you. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (the “DLSE”) is the California department tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that workers are paid fairly for their labor.  The DLSE…

Have you found yourself in the unfortunate situation where your tenant has stopped paying their rent?  Or your tenant is in breach of their lease?  Or you have simply reached the end of your fixed lease term and you do not want to renew? If so, the number one question you must be asking yourself…

The two main question estate planning attorneys are asked is: “Will the government automatically take away all of my assets after I die?” And “If not, what will happen to my assets?” The answer to the first question is simple: no. The answer to the second question is a little more complicated.[/column_1] In California, if…

What do you do when one of the homeowners in your Homeowner Associations (“HOA”) refuses to pay his or her dues? As many of you are aware, most HOA governing documents allow for HOAs to collect annual and special assessments from its homeowners for the care and maintenance of common areas. Most governing documents go…