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Death of the Independent Contractor: The Dynamex Decision and Beyond

Death of the Independent Contractor: The Dynamex Decision and Beyond

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the 2018 California Supreme Court ruling that created a strict standard for determining who is an employee, and making it almost impossible for companies to…

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When Puppy Training and Real Estate Law Intersect

When Puppy Training and Real Estate Law Intersect

Those of us in the real estate world understand that our business doesn’t follow the traditional 9-5 Monday through Friday schedule. That’s why I’ve been able to volunteer as a…

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Real Estate Contracts: What to Look For

Real Estate Contracts: What to Look For

When you finally receive an offer on your home, you’ll receive a contract with several pages of terms, conditions and multiple additional documents. Most real estate contracts are prepared in…

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Can the Buyer Back Out of a Real Estate Contract?

Can the Buyer Back Out of a Real Estate Contract?

A real estate contract is legally binding, and the general expectation is that both buyer and seller will each fulfill their ends of the deal. However, there are clauses that…

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New Legislation Results in New Disclosures for Real Estate Transactions

New Legislation Results in New Disclosures for Real Estate Transactions

Effective January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1289 triggered new laws impacting real estate disclosure requirements. Real estate agencies should update their disclosure forms to reflect the new laws, if they…

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Mandatory Mediation in Home Purchase Contracts in California

Mandatory Mediation in Home Purchase Contracts in California

Real estate purchases are among the largest and most complicated transactions many of us will ever make. While we all hope it won’t happen to us, it’s not surprising when…

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Mending Fences Can Be Complicated: What Happens When Neighbors Disagree?
February 19, 2019

Mending Fences Can Be Complicated: What Happens When Neighbors Disagree?

Homeowners build fences for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they want a contained space for children to play in, to keep dogs from roaming, or to create more privacy in…

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Business Divorce and the Benefit of Buy-Sell Agreements
February 5, 2019

Business Divorce and the Benefit of Buy-Sell Agreements

Despite the name, a buy-sell agreement (sometimes referred to as a shareholder agreement or cross purchase agreement) doesn’t directly pertain to buying and selling a business in the traditional sense….

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When Is Retaining a Professional Fiduciary a Good Idea?
January 30, 2019

When Is Retaining a Professional Fiduciary a Good Idea?

When we think of estate planning, we often view it as a series of decisions that we make about personal finances, burial arrangements, and other affairs to be managed after…

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Which is Better: A Sole Proprietorship, Corporation or LLC?
January 11, 2019

Which is Better: A Sole Proprietorship, Corporation or LLC?

Many small businesses begin as a sole proprietorship. This is often the best choice early in the life of a small business. But over time, needs may change. Frequently, as…

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How Does Divorce Affect Estate Planning?
December 18, 2018

How Does Divorce Affect Estate Planning?

Divorce can impact every area of your life. Not surprisingly, those effects extend to any trust and estate planning that was established prior to, or during the marriage. Regardless of…

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Where Should I Store My Estate Planning Documents?
December 12, 2018

Where Should I Store My Estate Planning Documents?

Your estate planning documents are among the most important documents you will ever possess. Therefore, they should be stored securely. However, estate planning documents must also be readily obtainable by…

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