2011 Brings Important Changes to California Mechanic’s Lien Law

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With the coming of the new year, we believe that it would be a good idea to highlight a new law that effects many of our clients in the construction industry. This past year, the legislature passed legislation to change the procedure for a mechanics’ lien. Beginning on January 1, 2011, all new mechanic’s liens… Read more »

Marijuana Growers as New Tenants for Industrial and Commercial Properties

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After taking a quick break from the blog, we are back. Prior to the break, we ran ongoing posts about the extension of tax cuts. So, during the break, Congress passed and President Obama signed a new tax bill extending the Bush era tax cuts for all Americans. I am sure many people were relieved…. Read more »

Happy Holiday Employment Issues!

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  Our firm has considerable experience in employment law, from both an employer and an employee perspective. We have learned that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – that starting with solid business practices helps avoid problems later. We can help you from the outset with employment contracts, compliance with labor… Read more »

Tax Cuts: Are They Coming Or Not

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Earlier this week we heard that President Obama negotiated a truce with Congressional Republicans by agreeing to extend the Bush era tax for another two years. However, Senate Democrats blocked a vote on the proposal. Meanwhile, Republicans refuse to approve any legislation unless the obtain tax cuts for everyone. Thus, leaving everyone at risk for… Read more »

American Chopper – The Lawsuit

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I am sure many people have seen the show American Chopper on the Discovery Channel. I am ashamed to admit that I am hooked on the show this year as it pits Paul Tuetul Sr. versus Paul Tuetul Jr. What drew me in this year was the legal battle between Sr. and Jr. as it… Read more »

Difficulties Obtaining Commercial Loans

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Many of our clients are reporting they are experiencing difficulties obtaining commercial loans from banks. Moreover, it is a problem that is being reported by many local area publications, including the Sacramento Business Journal. It appears that banks, although flush with cash, are hesitant to loan money to perspective borrowers. In many cases banks are… Read more »

ABOTA – Masters in Trial

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On December 3, 2010, I attended the ABOTA Masters in Trial Seminar. The purpose of this seminar was to provide attorneys with different strategies for opening and closing statements at trial. However, I think that non-lawyers might find this interesting as well. It is a window into the thoughts of a trial attorney. Ten different… Read more »

House Extends Bush Era Tax Cuts for Middle Class

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Today the House of Representatives passed a measure to extend the George W. Bush era tax cuts to the “middle class” or rather families earning $250,000.00 per year or less. As can be expected the vote on the bill was primarily along party lines… I am sure you can guess which party voted which way…. Read more »

Searching Employee Email and Digital Communications

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By now nearly everyone realizes that digital communication, whether via email, instant message, pager, Twitter, Facebook, or whatever medium the future brings, is here to stay.You would be hard pressed to find a business in today’s society that does not use email, and social networking is an integral part of many people’s personal and work… Read more »