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What is the California Probate Code?

You are probably familiar with the California Probate Code, and the hassles that can come with it, If someone you love has passed away. The California Probate Code governs what happens to the property of a person after they die or become incapacitated. This Code provides provisions that regulate wills and other estate planning instruments,… Continue Reading >>

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California Business Law – Where do I start with my business?

  If you are considering becoming an entrepreneur, you need to understand California business law before you start working on your winning business plan. After all, failing to comply with business and tax laws is a common reason that promising businesses fail. You need to get off on the right foot by understanding the business… Continue Reading >>

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Estate Planning 101: Here’s some basics you should know

Smart people understand the need to plan for the future, including a future for your loved ones after you pass away. Your family needs to be taken care of and have a clear understanding of your desires.  Estate planning provides a way for you to ensure that the people you care are provided for during… Continue Reading >>

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What is Complex Litigation?

Understanding Complex Litigation Every company faces litigation at some point. Many of these are fairly standard lawsuits related to real estate or disputes with vendors. Almost any experienced business lawyer can help you resolve these matters with the best possible outcome. Not so with complex litigation. While any lawsuit may be complicated, complex litigation refers… Continue Reading >>

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How to protect your business assets

As a business owner, you know how important your assets are to your company’s success. That’s why it is vital to protect your business assets the best way possible from day one. Knowing exactly how to protect your business assets most effectively will depend in large part on the unique details that make your company… Continue Reading >>

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Third-Class Medical Reform – What does it mean for you?

    On July 15, 2016, as part of the Budgeting Act to fund the FAA, legislation was passed that included the Pilot’s Bill of Rights II.  This included medical reform for certain private pilots, an alternate to the third-class medical exam.  This legislation was due to the efforts of the AOPA and EAA.  I… Continue Reading >>

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The “nittie-gritties” of the Sonoma County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program

by Michael J. Fish Chair, SCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee   Occasionally, a client or in propia persona litigant may ask other attorneys, court personnel or family law advisors for information about how to deal with a fee dispute with his or her own attorney. The purpose of this article is to provide a summary of… Continue Reading >>

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Gender Discrimination in Employment - Santa Rosa Law

Gender Discrimination in Employment – A New Focus

Gender discrimination comes to the forefront this year in confirming that an employer shall not pay any of its employees at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under similar working conditions, except… Continue Reading >>

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Lengthy Fee Fight Settles In

Lengthy Fee Fight Settles In $6 Million Harass Case

The Supreme Court to ruled that lawyers splitting fees need the client’s written consent. By Michael Fish Vice Chair of the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee And Chair of the MCBA Client Relation’s Committee   A ten-year fee fight, which prompted the state Supreme Court to provide strict rules governing attorneys’ fee-sharing agreements, has… Continue Reading >>

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“Non-Refundable” Retainer Provisions in Fee Agreements – Are they proper?

Submitted by Michael Fish Based in large part on STATE BAR MANDATORY FEE COMMITTEE ARBITRATION ADVISORY 2011-01   As a former Chair and former member of the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee, I was often called upon to review and evaluate the provisions of a fee agreement that characterizes a payment by the client… Continue Reading >>

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