Estate Planning for Special Needs

A sound, up-to-date estate plan is important for virtually every adult, but it is absolutely essential if you have loved ones with special needs.  Chances are, there is or will be someone in your family who will need long-term help managing finances and/or personal care.  Many individuals with special needs will be financially dependent on others for their entire lives.  That could be as long as 70 years for a child whose life expectancy is not affected by the condition [...]

By |2019-01-18T23:08:56+00:00December 28, 2018|General|

Devil’s in the Details!

I don’t normally write “alarmist” pieces, and I rarely alert clients to the activities of other law firms.  However, there is a law firm in Southern California that Employers need to be warned about.  I have handled at least 20 claims in the past 18 months resulting from this firm finding clients in our area.  I am not sure how they are gaining clients, but it is their standard practice to write a letter on behalf of their client (former [...]

By |2019-01-18T20:58:23+00:00November 2, 2018|General|

True Confessions of a Landlord’s Counsel: What a Commercial Tenant Needs to Know When Negotiating a Lease

Part 7:  Additional Rent – Common Area Maintenance Costs. Common Area Maintenance costs (generally known as “CAM”), should be one of the most negotiated areas of a commercial lease as so many factors and positions come into play which will vary according to the make-up of each commercial project.  A tenant needs to be wary that its Landlord is not using CAM costs as potential profit center for the management, operation and maintenance of its commercial project.  Likewise, a tenant [...]

By |2018-10-15T19:14:03+00:00September 21, 2018|Commercial Real Estate, General|

To Hug or Not to Hug…

During her 14 years of employment with the Yolo County Sheriff’s office, Victoria Zetwick, a retired deputy, was hugged by Sheriff, Ed Prieto, at least 100 times, by her own estimate.  Sheriff Prieto also frequently kissed her on the cheek, typically at work-related ceremonies, such as promotional or welcome ceremonies, award parties and Christmas banquets. In one instance, nine years prior to filing suit, Sheriff Prieto encountered Ms. Zetwick at an award banquet and congratulated her on her recent marriage [...]

By |2018-04-09T22:48:26+00:00March 23, 2018|General|