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What is a Subordination Agreement?

Put simply, a subordination agreement is a legal agreement which establishes one debt as ranking behind another debt in the priority for collecting repayment from a debtor. It is an arrangement that alters the lien position. Without a subordination clause, loans take chronological priority which means that a deed of trust recorded first will be […]

Dealing with Abandoned Property After Foreclosure

California landlords must follow very specific steps before disposing of property that is clearly abandoned, left on real estate which has been the subject of court proceedings such as eviction or foreclosure, or otherwise left behind.  Following the statutory procedures relating to abandoned property protects landlords from potential liability for an improper “conversion.” Former tenants/owners […]

How Do Living Trusts Work?

How do living trusts work? Many people have heard of a living trust, but not everyone knows how they actually work. A living trust is but one kind of trust, and is also known as a “revocable” trust.  For many people, a living trust is the first, and sometimes only, trust they will need. At […]

What are Non-Compete Agreements?

  If you’re wondering what non-compete agreements are, this article will provide information about what they are and how they are handled in the business world. In general, non-compete agreements prohibit one party to enter or start a similar profession or trade in competition with another party. Laws pertaining to such agreements differ in every […]

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Updating Employee Policies and Procedures

It is critical for employers to update policies and procedures to comply with the latest local, state, and federal laws and regulations.  Clear and updated policies and procedures provide direction to employees and protection for employers. Below is a summary of several updates California employers should consider in 2019 and beyond. Sexual Harassment Policy The […]

What Makes a Great Lawyer?

Good lawyers have mastered and understand the analytical and communication skills taught in law school, but great lawyers build upon this foundation by continuing to develop traits and skills for success. Here are five tips to help good lawyers enhance client outcomes and excel within their profession. Be Objective Lawyers cannot be effective advocates unless […]

Shareholders Rights and Responsibilities

Shareholders have many legal rights, but they are not all of equal significance. First, it is important to note that in California, shareholders of closely held corporations have the same rights as those with interests in ordinary corporations. Minority shareholders have the right to inspect a corporation’s record of shareholders. Those who hold either (a) […]

ADA Compliance Checklist For Your Business

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities against discrimination in three important settings: Employment (ADA Title I) Government Services and Public Transportation (ADA Title II) Commercial Facilities and Places of Public Accommodation (ADA Title III) Since business owners typically act as both employers and facility managers, they must pay careful attention to […]

Holiday Visitation Suggestions

As December approaches, the holiday season takes off in full effect. With holiday joy and festivities also often comes stress, particularly associated with custodial issues if you are a divorced or single parent.   A clear and thorough holiday visitation agreement can help to greatly reduce your holiday stress by laying out clear plans for […]