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October 30, 2019

Why Use a Fictitious Business Name?

Choosing a unique business name is one of the most important decisions a business owner makes when establishing a new enterprise. Your business name is the foundation of your brand. It provides an identifying mark that tells your customers who you are and what type of product or service you…
October 15, 2019

Business Websites Need to be ADA Accessible

A web presence is necessary in today’s business world for companies large and small. In this article, we not a recent federal decision in the Second Circuit is a reminder that restaurants, and other businesses that may interface with the public, have additional responsibilities under the places of public accommodation…
September 18, 2019

New Wildfire Smoke Employment Requirements for California Businesses

On July 29, 2019 California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board issued emergency regulations to protect outdoor workers from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke. The emergency regulations are in response to the wildfires that have plagued the state in the last several years. Employers are now required to monitor…
September 5, 2019

Why Might a Business Incorporate in Delaware Instead of California?

Classified Board of Directors Many of the largest public companies in the world are incorporated in Delaware. California business owners ask me whether they should incorporate in Delaware when choosing a state of incorporation for a business about to go public. This post will examine some of the key differences…
August 28, 2019

Navigating California's Work Breaks and Overtime Laws

California’s work breaks and overtime laws regularly confuse companies that do business in California. Understanding your obligations to provide rest and meal periods to employees is critical to the operation of any size business. A mistake, however innocent or inadvertent, results in costly penalties at rates much higher than any…
August 7, 2019

Three Things You Must Know When Starting a Home Health Agency

Home health agencies have revolutionized elder care options, permitting many older adults to live in their own homes longer than before. These agencies are responsible for placing health care professionals - registered nurses, nursing assistants, physical therapists, or home care aides – in the patient’s home to provide primary care,…
July 31, 2019

The Business Activities Without Corporate Protection

Back to the Basics: Understanding Limits on Corporate Protection Protecting personal assets from liability for business activities that produce a loss, debt, or liability is one of the chief drivers motivating business owners to establish a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership when they set-up their new business. For…
July 18, 2019

Resolving Employee Disputes Before You are Sued

Preventing employee lawsuits and other legal claims is more challenging than you might think for a business. When your company is experiencing a staff problem such as an employee who continually comes in late, frequently takes days off, or is not performing his or her job, your first inclination may…
July 11, 2019

Buying a California Business

Get Advice from an Experienced Business Lawyer Buying an existing company is a great way to enter the market with an established customer base. You can obtain financing more easily, benefit operationally from existing systems and processes, and rely on the deep knowledge base of established employees. It may also…
June 10, 2019

Legal Considerations Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Most entrepreneurs do not understand that in a commercial lease the leasing agreement is whatever the parties decide. There is considerably less legal protection for a business in a commercial lease than in common residential leases. For example, in a commercial lease, the parties can opt out of many of…
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