This is the time of year that Californians, especially California businesses, learn of the slew of new laws that will go into effect in the coming year.  This year is not any different and the new laws are reflective of the social discussions around sexual harassment over the course of the last couple of years….

Carol, drink eggnog, and discuss your preferred burial location. For many of you, the holidays may be one of the few times each year when the whole family is able to get together. It’s a good chance to catch up, make memories, and discuss some family house keeping. One of those agenda items might just…

Holiday visitation schedules are usually determined during a separation or divorce. However, each year certain details need to be worked out again. What can you do to make sure you keep your cool? Prioritize: Before you negotiate with your ex, make a list for yourself. Are there events that you absolutely must attend with your…

A breathalyzer able to determine if a driver smoked pot could roll out in select cities in the fall, according to a company developing the first-of-its-kind product.  With recreational weed now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, California-based Hound Labs Inc. has created a marijuana-breathalyzer it says will make roads safer and hold drivers accountable. The company…

Going through a divorce is arguably the most emotionally taxing event that a person can endure in his or her lifetime. When a child or children are involved, multiple additional stressors and complications arise. Among them, calculating child support can leave the parties confused and overwhelmed. However, child support, relatively speaking, has elements which are…

Wills and trusts are two common estate planning tools.  With both a will and a trust, you can ensure your family will be protected after your death by making sure they receive your hard earned assets. Each of these estate planning tools, however, have benefits and drawbacks. WILLS A will is a legal instrument that…

There can be quite a bit of animosity and contention involved when going through a divorce. In these difficult situations, it can also be all but impossible for parties to trust each other.  This can complicate matters when attempting to resolve property division. California laws state that all property acquired during a marriage generally belongs…

New laws going into effect in 2018 will profoundly impact the rights and obligations of employers and employees. Some of the new rules that will begin being enforced in 2018 or in subsequent years include the following: The New Parent Leave Act: Under this newly passed legislation, small companies that have at least 20 employees…

No one in California enters a marriage thinking that it will eventually end in divorce. However, divorce is a possibility, and it is smart to protect your interests before you get married. This is possible with a prenuptial agreement. If you are engaged, you would be wise to consider how a prenuptial agreement could be…

Marijuana use is now legal in California, but is still illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. So, how do police determine that you are “under the influence” of marijuana? Let’s explore how police determine impairment in DUI marijuana cases. No BAC Test for Marijuana In DUI cases involving alcohol, police will likely…

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