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Statewide Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law Takes Effect in January

Statewide Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law Takes Effect in January

As widely predicted, California’s rent control law (Assembly Bill 1482, or, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019), was signed into law in September of 2019. Landlords should note these changes…

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2020 Could Signal a Change in Property Taxes for Californians

2020 Could Signal a Change in Property Taxes for Californians

Lawmakers are currently considering a significant change to Prop 13. This tax law was originally created in 1978 to offer California residents property tax relief by limiting the tax rate….

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Sellers: Why Full Disclosure is Critical

Sellers: Why Full Disclosure is Critical

A Seller’s Worst Nightmare Once sellers have completed a transaction, the last thing they want is to revisit the sale some time later through a claim for damages by the…

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UPDATE: Death of the Independent Contractor?  The Dynamex Decision and Beyond

UPDATE: Death of the Independent Contractor? The Dynamex Decision and Beyond

Last month we discussed the landmark California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (“Dynamex”), and the pending legislation that attempts to codify the…

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The Benefits of Mediation

The Benefits of Mediation

When it comes to real estate and business dealings, most of us hope to avoid conflicts and expect that everything will proceed smoothly. Unfortunately though, sometimes disagreements do happen, and…

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Sellers and Buyers: Know the Purchase Agreement

Sellers and Buyers: Know the Purchase Agreement

Whether you are a seller or a buyer of an existing home, it is very likely that your real estate agent will use the form entitled “California Residential Purchase Agreement…

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10 Reasons to Consider Forming an LLC
January 18, 2017

10 Reasons to Consider Forming an LLC

If you’re starting a business, or already have a growing small business, you might be wondering about the different business structures available to you. This is an important decision, because…

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Another Way to Protect Your Estate from Excessive Taxation
December 15, 2016

Another Way to Protect Your Estate from Excessive Taxation

Upon your death, your heirs could owe estate taxes if your estate is valued at more than $5.45 million. That might sound like a problem that couldn’t happen to you,…

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Estate Planning Tips to Reduce Excessive Taxes
November 29, 2016

Estate Planning Tips to Reduce Excessive Taxes

The more your estate is worth, the more likely it is that the IRS will audit your return. For example, in 2012 the IRS audited 14.5 percent of returns filed…

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Short-Stay Rentals Might Carry Legal Consequences
November 14, 2016

Short-Stay Rentals Might Carry Legal Consequences

It is often said that the Internet changed everything about how we live, work, travel, do business, and more. And once again, we’re seeing that idea played out in the…

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Protect Your Child with an Advanced Health Care Directive
October 19, 2016

Protect Your Child with an Advanced Health Care Directive

Imagine that your child, a college sophomore, goes on a Colorado ski trip with his friends. Unfortunately, he has a bad accident on the slopes, and sustains serious injuries. You…

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New Bill Might Impact Commercial Property Owners
October 13, 2016

New Bill Might Impact Commercial Property Owners

In the past, California landlords and business owners have faced a high risk of being sued for accessibility violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Even though California is…

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