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14 12, 2017

Legal Alert: Your business has been affected by the Thomas Fire. Here are 5 things you can do now.

By |2018-08-20T01:39:49+00:00December 14th, 2017|Business, Corporate and Venture, Legal Alerts, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Your business has been affected by the Thomas Fire. Here are 5 things you can do now.

Donning our N95 masks for another day in smoke-filled Santa Barbara, we watch in awe while more than 7,000 firefighters do battle with the Thomas fire as it continues to threaten our communities. Western Ventura County has been devastated by the loss of more than 900 homes (and counting). Neighborhoods at the east-end of Carpinteria, [...]

14 12, 2017

Small Business Year-End Checklist

By |2019-10-01T15:51:35+00:00December 14th, 2017|News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Small Business Year-End Checklist

As 2017 draws to a close, it is time to start planning for 2018.  As a small business owner, now is a good time to check the legal aspects of your business to ensure you in good standing.  Here are a few items every small business should complete as part of your year-end legal checklist. [...]

14 11, 2017

New California Labor/Employment Laws for 2018

By |2019-10-01T15:52:18+00:00November 14th, 2017|Employment, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on New California Labor/Employment Laws for 2018

The current legislative session is now at a close.  Governor Brown has approved or vetoed the bills sent from the legislature.  Unfortunately for employers, this year was fairly active for labor and employment laws.  Below is a partial list, not exhaustive, of the biggest developments from this year’s new laws.  Unless otherwise noted, these laws [...]

30 10, 2017

BFAS Client Appears on ABC’s Shark Tank

By |2018-08-20T01:39:50+00:00October 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on BFAS Client Appears on ABC’s Shark Tank

Does a shark decide to roll with BFAS client Brazyn Life? Find out by watching the latest episode of ABC's Shark Tank – they appear around the 32 minute mark: http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/episode-guide/season-09/6-episode-6

17 10, 2017

New California Laws Make Housing a Priority

By |2019-10-01T15:53:09+00:00October 17th, 2017|Land Use and Real Estate, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on New California Laws Make Housing a Priority

At the end of September, California enacted a number of new bills intended to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing projects throughout the state. What do these mean for central coast residents, developers, and investors? SB 35 - Streamlined Local Approvals for Affordable Housing California requires local jurisdictions to develop long term [...]

13 10, 2017

Legal Alert: Avoiding a “Weinstein” Exposé

By |2019-10-01T15:53:40+00:00October 13th, 2017|Employment, Legal Alerts, News|Comments Off on Legal Alert: Avoiding a “Weinstein” Exposé

As The Weinstein Company will soon learn, it is a serious mistake to allow a culture of "anything goes" to exist in your workplace.  Whether the vice is sexual harassment, discrimination or retaliation, ignoring the problem will eventually result in litigation to set things right.  These matters need prompt attention, not a blind eye, if [...]

18 09, 2017

Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

By |2018-08-20T01:39:50+00:00September 18th, 2017|Land Use and Real Estate, News, The Advisor, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Redefining a Sale for California Real Property Transfer Tax

When real property changes hands, California imposes two separate taxes – the annual real property tax and a documentary transfer tax. The annual real property tax is reassessed to fair market value when a property changes ownership.  The transfer tax allows a county or city, or both, to charge a tax when real property is [...]

12 09, 2017

Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

By |2018-08-20T01:39:51+00:00September 12th, 2017|Intellectual Property, News, The Advisor|Comments Off on Matal v. Tam: Disparaging Trademarks, Like THE SLANTS, Can Be Registered Trademarks

This case revolves around whether a trademark can be registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) even though the mark is disparaging.  The Lanham Act prohibits the registration of many kinds of marks, but in this case, preventing the registration of disparaging marks directly challenges the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. During [...]