How Much is My Case Worth?

 We are often asked this question.  Simplest answer “It’s worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it!” In all seriousness, the answer depends on a variety of factors: 1. Timing – at what point in the case is this question asked? Is it before or after the client...

Fighting For The Rights Of Injured Workers

 Have you recently experienced a work-related injury? Has getting the treatment you need to return to work become impossible to get authorized through the worker’s compensation insurance carrier? Recent legislation effective since 2013 has made it more difficult for...

What is Probate?

 If you or, more likely, your parents, created an old-fashioned will, or you, or your parents have no will or trust, then a process must be initiated in Superior Court called Probate. Probate is the court supervision of the administration of a person’s estate. If...

Connecting Industry with Parents

On October third, STREAM Global Innovations will be hosting their Parent Café in honor of their Manufacturing Day event the following day. Parent Cafés are industry-led panel discussions for parents to ask questions and get vital information on steps their child could...

Hits Happen – Are you Covered?

We all know that accidents happen. Most often it is someone else’s negligence. Most, not all, people obey the mandatory insurance provisions of the state statutes.  Some folks don’t purchase any insurance. More and more people get around those mandatory...

When Bankruptcy Becomes Necessary

Many people find themselves facing overwhelming debt, with constant calls from creditors and no obvious way out. For some, a job loss sent them into a downward spiral, and they are now unable to pay their bills and meet their responsibilities. For others, a recent...

Should I Take the $500 Offered by the Adjuster?

I have heard this story (or a variation) many times: “two days after my accident, the adjuster offered me $500.”  Some even say: “the adjuster offered to keep my medicals open for up to $1,500.”  What does this mean, and should you take it? When you settle an injury...

When Should I Update My Estate Planning?

 After going to the time and expense of setting up an estate plan, people often put their important documents on a shelf and forget about them. How often should you dust off these documents and revisit these important life decisions? As a general rule, family changes...

Business Directory

From lawyers to tax consultants to accountants and everything in between, this month’s business guide will show you just how convenient and easily accessible any kind of service can be. The August Business Guide is your “one stop shop” for all the contact information...

Common Errors in Business Valuations

 Business valuations are prepared by a variety of professionals, including business appraisers, brokers, financial analysts, certified public accountants, and economists. There are quite a few common errors made in business valuations during divorce proceedings. All...

The Basics of Long-Term Care Insurance

Planning for the cost of long-term care is something nearly every household should think about. Thinking about the need and the costs of long-term care is enough to make anyone uncomfortable. But while it’s a difficult subject to talk about, it’s also a topic that...

Do I Need a Lawyer?

 Ever wonder: “Do I need a lawyer, or can I handle my injury case on my own?” To quote Abraham Lincoln: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Think about it: you wake up one morning with a nasty toothache. You can either yank that tooth out with pliers...

When Should I Make an Estate Plan?

The need for an estate plan is not so much dependent on your age but on life events. Here are a few key events that may trigger the need for an estate plan or a change in an existing plan. 1. Marriage or Divorce – After marriage, a couple may want to consider...

Understanding Market Risk When You Invest

 When you invest your money, you probably know you’re taking on a certain amount of financial risk. Unlike depositing money in a bank, where it is often insured and can earn a steady amount of interest, investing doesn’t offer financial certainties. You could earn a...

In an Accident? Important First Steps

 1. Call the police and report the accident. California Law requires those in a car accident that results in injury or death, or at least $1,000 in property damage to report the accident to the D.M.V. within 10 days. Even if you do not believe there were any injuries...

Uber, Lyft and Common Carriers

 What are “Common Carriers”?  Under California law, a “common carrier” is defined as anyone who offers transportation to the general public for profit.  In the past, Common Carriers have involved buses, transportation vans, taxicabs, trains, and airplanes. What about...

Should You Form a Limited Liability Company?

Limited Liability Companies (LLC) combine components of a partnership and a corporation. An advantage of an LLC is that it legally separates the business from the owners. Thus, personal assets cannot be used to collect business debts. For tax purposes, owners have the...

When Should I Make an Estate Plan?

 The need for an estate plan is not so much dependent on your age but on life events. Here are a few key events that may trigger the need for an estate plan or a change in an existing plan. 1. Marriage or Divorce. After marriage, a couple may want to consider...

The Angry Ex

 In nearly 20 years of practicing family law, the amount of venom and anger that lasts long after a divorce is over can be staggering. It’s sad and pathetic and most importantly, it is damaging to the children of the marriage. Despite attempts to shield your children...

Is There Such a Thing As “Full Coverage”?

 Words that make me cringe: “I have full coverage.”  I don’t know the origins of this phrase, but I do know that “there is no such thing as full coverage” when it comes to an auto policy! In California, all any motorist needs to carry is liability coverage of $15,000....

Make Next Year’s Tax Preparation Easier

 Now that you have filed your 2018 tax return, it is time to start working on your taxes for next year. Doing so now could make things much less painful later. Here are the most significant tax changes for 2019, as well as a few things you can do to prepare for your...

Fighting for The Rights of Injured Workers

 Have you recently experienced a work-related injury? Has getting the treatment you need to return to work become impossible to get authorized through the worker’s compensation insurance carrier? Recent legislation effective since 2013 has made it more difficult for...

Do You Need a Will or a Trust?

 We often hear from clients that they feel like they don’t need any kind of estate planning because their kids know how to distribute their property when they die. Unfortunately, in the State of California, distribution of assets on death is not that simple. If you...

Santa Clarita Web & IT Web Design

With the Internet growing so fast and becoming a regular part of our daily lives, it is essential to have an effective website that does more than just provide information. A great design is important, however functionality and interactive features such as entry...