Disinheriting a Family Member

There are several reasons a person could feel a need for disinheriting a family member. There may be family arguments leading to estrangement, financial reasons, or even to protect one child over another. When someone decides to disinherit a family member such as his or her spouse or children, they need to do more than simply leave them [...]

By |2020-05-19T06:55:19-07:00September 5th, 2014|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Disinheriting a Family Member

No Contest Clause in California Wills

A will is meant to be the last word on how one wants his or her property to be disposed of upon their death. However, it is often difficult to please everyone with the way the property is divided. There may be a person in the deceased’s will who feels he should have received more [...]

By |2020-05-19T06:53:24-07:00August 29th, 2014|Estate Planning|Comments Off on No Contest Clause in California Wills

Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

You checked off most of the things on your business start=up checklist. You obtained the required licenses and permits, signed the leases, and launched a website. Yet, there may be one aspect of your business you have overlooked, and it has the potential to increase your income and legal protection. No matter your business, chances [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:47:58-08:00August 22nd, 2014|Business|Comments Off on Protecting Intellectual Property Rights

Santa Barbara Superior Court Suffers From State Budget Crisis

In the near future, the Santa Barbara County plans to shut down its Juvenile Court near Goleta,  close court services in Solvang, and make dramatic cuts to the court budget this year. Budget cuts have hit hard most, if not all, the California courts, in a variety of ways with the Santa Barbara Superior Court [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:48:00-08:00August 5th, 2014|California Courts|Comments Off on Santa Barbara Superior Court Suffers From State Budget Crisis

Bankruptcy and Divorce in California – How Filing for Bankruptcy Affects Property Division

Going through a divorce can be an overwhelming experience in some cases. In those circumstances, the last thing a person may want is for the process to be drawn out longer than necessary. One of the ways in which the divorce process can be prolonged is if one spouse decides to file for bankruptcy in [...]

By |2020-05-14T07:59:27-07:00August 4th, 2014|Bankruptcy, Family Law|Comments Off on Bankruptcy and Divorce in California – How Filing for Bankruptcy Affects Property Division

Establishing an S Corporation in California

An S Corporation or S Corp is a type of business entity that can be formed under civil law, or by the choice of another business entity in order to be taxed in a certain way. For example, a business can be formed as a partnership, a corporation, or a limited liability company (LLC), and then [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:48:00-08:00July 25th, 2014|Business|Comments Off on Establishing an S Corporation in California

Conservatorships in California

If you have an elderly family member, you may be concerned about his ability to care for himself as he gets older. California law allows an adult to apply or be appointed to take care of another adult who cannot care for himself through a legal process called conservatorship. The person taking care of the [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:48:01-08:00July 18th, 2014|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Conservatorships in California

Creating A California Advance Healthcare Directive

You sometimes hear a case on the news where a family has a member who is in a coma or is otherwise medically unresponsive or incapacitated, and there is a great debate about what to do with the patient. It is often a guessing game as to the patient’s wishes in a situation like this, [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:48:01-08:00July 11th, 2014|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Creating A California Advance Healthcare Directive

California Business Entities

Starting a business can be an extremely rewarding venture for many people. In order to begin though, it is required that a future business owner choose between several different types of California business entities when setting up their business. Understanding Various Types of California Business Entities: When choosing to start a business in California, you can choose [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:48:04-08:00June 13th, 2014|Business|Comments Off on California Business Entities