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Help for employment lawyers on their next workplace investigation. 
Given the employer's duty to “take all reasonable steps” to prevent discrimination, harassment, and other unlawful practices (Govt C §12940(h)(5), (k); 29 CFR §1604.11(d)), employment lawyers can e...
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Before taking a case previously handled by other counsel, ask about the counsel switch. 
Sometimes you should view a new potential client with skepticism. If the matter has been handled by another attorney and is now being referred or brought to you, there may be a reason you won't lik...
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Have medical issues in your case? Consider whether to depose the treating physician.
In cases in which there are medical issues, you'll need to decide whether to depose the treating physician. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you make this call. There are a number of...
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The adages about the importance of first impressions and last words are worth heeding.
Both the opening statement and the closing argument should be used to persuade. (No, it's not all about direct and cross.) The adages about the importance of first impressions and last words are wo...
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Don't worry -- there are ways a would-be expat can plan for the exit tax.
The following is a guest blog post by Jacob Stein, a partner with Klueger & Stein, LLP in Los Angeles. Mr. Stein practices international taxation and structures cross-border business transactio...
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#BailBondsInOrangeCounty suggests to use a pretrial release.  http://bit.ly/1IIn6Tr
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Learn what happens with a lease in CA if the premises is red tagged for complete or partial damage/destruction.
There’s been an earthquake, and an apartment building is red-tagged by the city or county because the utilities have been disconnected and the utility lines need repair; the landlord is dragging hi...
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Speeding cameras cost Los Angeles a hefty chunk of cash, but San Francisco is determined to implement them. To read more about the controversy as to whether these cameras will be worth their price tag, check out our blog post here:
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New case highlights key remedial feature that distinguishes CA's new LLC law from its predecessor.
The following is a guest blog post by Michael J. Thomas, a solo practitioner and founder of Creative Vision Legal, a Bay Area law firm offering legal services tailored to artists, musicians, and sm...
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Not only must you get to court on time, but everything you need to try the case also has to be there, at your fingertips.
Any trial strategy should incorporate the mundane. Not only must you get to court on time, but everything you need to try the case also has to be there, at your fingertips. Here are four things you...
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What is the relationship between community property and divorce? What happens to community property income when you divorce?   San Diego divorce lawyer discusses community property and divorce.
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Before serving as a corporate director or officer, know the downsides. 
From time to time, attorneys are asked to serve as corporate directors or officers. Watch out—there may be some serious perils involved for the attorney and his or her law firm.
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If a debtor denies owning a home and hides it from creditors, can the debtor still claim the homestead exemption in bankruptcy?
Suppose a debtor denies owning a home and then gives a false address so creditors don’t find out about the home. Can the debtor still claim the homestead exemption in bankruptcy? The short answer i...
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Here's a look at the significant aspects of CA's new mandatory sick leave law.
The following is a guest blog post by Tyler M. Paetkau, a partner with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau in Redwood City. Tyler represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He’s a f...
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Demands for inspection or production can be powerful discovery tools with advantages over other discovery methods.
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Southern California isn't known for their bike-friendly roads - but a town in Central Valley is working hard to ensure that they can emerge as a place where all methods of transportation are welcomed! Check out our blog post to read more about the measures they're taking:
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It's important to know what's outside the attorney-client privilege and thus discoverable.
The attorney-client privilege (Evid C §§950–962) protects a client from disclosure of confidential communications between attorney and client. But not every communication between attorney and clien...
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Wondering whether you should seek entry of default and default judgment? Here are two practical reasons to go for it.
A default occurs when a defendant served with a complaint doesn't file the appropriate response within the time allowed. CCP §§585–586. After a defendant is in default, a plaintiff may file a reque...
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Here are clear answers to six common leave law questions.
It can be very confusing to calculate entitlements under employee leave laws—particularly the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)—and even more compl...
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