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California Procedures for Filing Prejudgment Attachments

By Brian Heit on July 19, 2017

When another individual or business owes your business money, you may have to resort to the legal system for help in collecting that money. Unfortunately, some debtors are unwilling to voluntarily begin paying you the money that they owe. If this situation occurs, you may have no choice but to explore your options for taking …
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How Do I Defend Against Allegations of Breach of Contract?

By Brian Heit on July 17, 2017

Businesses enter into all types of contracts on a regular basis. These contracts may include employment contracts, contracts with vendors for goods and services, and commercial leases. While the best-run businesses take preventative steps to avoid contract disputes, these types of disagreements still occur in some circumstances. When a contract dispute occurs, you should immediately …
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What Are the Requirements for Being a Non-Profit Corporation?

By Brian Heit on July 13, 2017

Non-profit corporations have different legal requirements than regular corporations. In order to maintain non-profit status for your corporation, there are various rules that you must follow. If you do not abide by these requirements, you risk losing your non-profit corporation status. Therefore, it is essential that you get the legal counsel that you need in …
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2017 Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law in California and Florida

By Brian Heit on July 11, 2017

Both state legislatures and Congress passed some laws during their last sessions that directly affect employers. While at least one piece of federal legislation has been put on hold by a federal court ruling, i.e. the new overtime exemptions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), other laws have gone into effect as planned in …
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If My Trademark Application is Rejected, Is There Anything I Can Do?

By Brian Heit on July 7, 2017

A trademark is a word, phrase, design, or expression that is recognizable to the extent that it identifies the source of a good or service. Taking steps to register your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) federal registry is the only way to obtain a legal nationwide presumption that you are the …
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Can I Make a Prospective Employee Undergo a Background Check?

By Brian Heit on July 6, 2017

As a business owner, it seems to make good sense to require individuals to undergo a background check before hiring them as employees. However, there are many federal and California state laws that potentially apply to the background check prospective for prospective employees. While background checks prior to hiring definitely can give employers an advantage …
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How Much Does a Civil Trial Cost?

By Brian Heit on July 5, 2017

As we have routinely noted in our blog, many different types of legal disputes can arise. No matter what type of civil dispute arises with your business, proceeding to trial is likely to be very expensive. There is no way to accurately predict the amount of the ultimate costs of a lawsuit, which can make …
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Should I Settle My Business Lawsuit or Go to Trial?

By Brian Heit on June 29, 2017

Deciding whether to settle or litigate a business dispute is a very fact-sensitive question. This decision will rest largely on the nature of the dispute, the potential liability of an adverse outcome, and whether your business has the assets to finance ongoing litigation, including sufficient insurance coverage. Getting a clear assessment of your company’s risk …
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What is the M&A Process?

By Brian Heit on June 27, 2017

A merger and/or acquisition (M&A) occurs when two businesses merge together, or one business acquires another business, in order to form one bigger business. The M&A process can be complex, so the two businesses should ensure that they are on the same page before they proceed with any phase of the procedures necessary to effectuate …
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How Do I Collect on a Judgment?

By Brian Heit on June 23, 2017

When your business prevails in certain types of litigation, the court may award your business damages or financial compensation for your losses. Examples of litigation that might result in a damages award include breach of contract cases and lawsuits to collect on unpaid sums that a vendor or customer owes your business. If your business …
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