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What Happens When a Bicyclist Gets Hit by a Car Turning Right?

  February 27, 2017     By Power Legal Group, PC
Bicycle accidents often can result in some extremely serious injuries. At times, they can even be fatal. There are a number of injuries that can stem from a right turn accident. Head injuries are one of the most common, and the resulting brain injuries can be devastating. If driver negligence is found during a lawsuit, then the compensation for a brain injury can rightfully be substantial, usually much more than you’d get from the initial payout offer from an insurance company.

Is That a Patent, Trademark or Copyright?

  February 27, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
If you wouldn’t know a patent if one bit you [1], you are not alone. Most of the public doesn’t know the difference, and there are lawyers who are uncertain of the differences. Today, though, you are lucky enough to have this article in front of you to learn the difference. Bear in mind, however, this is just an overview. If you want to know more, refer to the footnotes.

Overview of License Defense for a Physician

  February 27, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
[P]rofessional discipline for a physician [involves] the process by which your medical license comes under attack and your defense of it.

What Does the Prosecution Have to Prove When You’ve Been Charged with Armed Robbery?

  February 24, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
Armed robbery is a type of violent crime that can have serious repercussions. If you are charged with armed robbery or another type of violent crime, it is always best to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can give you a winning chance at possibly reducing your sentence or even dismissing your case. An experienced defense lawyer can represent you in court, handle all the complicated details of your case, and give you a keen understanding of the legal facts that can affect you.

Nondisclosure Agreements For Technology Companies

  February 23, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
While intellectual property laws present a significant amount of protection to individuals and companies, some “creations” are not capable of being protected through patents, copyrights, and/or trademarks.

What To Do When Business Partners Do Not Agree

  February 23, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Partnerships are one type of business entity available to California entrepreneurs. A partnership can be formed at any time when two or more individuals agree to pursue a business venture for the purposes of making a profit.

Types of Defective Product Liability Claims

  February 16, 2017     By Layfield & Barrett
Defective products are the cause of thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. These claims typically fall into three main categories.

How to Register and Protect Your Trademarks

  February 9, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Registration is essential to protecting your good name and reputation.

Business Partnership Agreements Best Practices

  February 9, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Running a business with friends or others who share your vision and values can be extremely rewarding.

What to Do When Falsely Accused of a Crime

  February 9, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
Facing a serious criminal charge can be a terrifying experience, especially if you are falsely accused of a crime. The best thing to do when you find yourself in this situation is to seek legal help from a criminal defense attorney immediately. Depending on the type of crime you are faced with, it is best to talk to a criminal defense lawyer who specializes in that area and who can defend your rights to the best of his ability.

What to Do When Charged with a Violent Crime

  February 8, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
If you are suspected of assault, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, domestic violence, or other violent crimes, talk to a violent crime defense attorney immediately to defend your case. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help negotiate your rights and increase your chances of receiving a lighter sentence.

Considerations in Settling a California Dispute

  February 8, 2017     By Gehres Law Group, P.C.
[There are] advantages of filing a lawsuit, even where you know from the outset that the other party will likely agree to settle, so you can use a “Stipulated Judgment”, under CA Code of Civ. Procedure § 664.6 to aid in collection efforts if the settlement is not timely paid.

Why You Need an Embezzlement Lawyer

  February 3, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
If you have been accused of embezzlement, it is always best to seek an embezzlement lawyer or a criminal defense attorney who can help defend your rights.

What to Do When Facing Drug Charges

  February 3, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
If you are in danger of facing drug charges, you may face severe penalties and even a lengthy prison sentence. The best thing to do for your case is find a criminal defense lawyer as early as possible. They may be able to negotiate on your behalf and get you a lighter sentence before any formal charges are made against you.

What to Include in a California Business Contract

  February 3, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Obligations and Non-fulfillment Clauses are Only the Start. California business contracts are deceptively complex.

What is Required in a California Non-Disclosure Agreement?

  February 1, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
When your business hires a new employee, the last thing you as a business owner want is for your new employee to learn your company’s trade secrets and other confidential information and then leave to work for your competitor.

5 Facts about Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in California

  February 1, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
While we are all aware of the facts of driving under the influence of alcohol, the laws about driving under the influence of marijuana are not as publicly known. With the recent legalization of marijuana in California, it is important to understand how it affects drivers. Here are 10 facts about driving under the influence of marijuana that will help you understand how you are affected.

Why You Should Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney Immediately

  February 1, 2017     By William S. Kroger, Attorney At Law
If you have recently been arrested or charged with committing a crime, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is talk to a criminal defense attorney. While you may think that you know the ins and outs of the legal process, it is always best to research all your options and learn how a criminal defense lawyer can help protect your rights. The earlier you consult with a lawyer, the better chances you will have of preventing any mistakes that can jeopardize your case.

Waiver of Unknown Claims under California Code §1542

  February 1, 2017     By Gehres Law Group, P.C.
In settlement agreements, one or more parties may waive their right to pursue recourse against other parties to the agreement in return for some form of consideration, such as a payment of money. However, what if a party is unaware of certain claims they may have against the party they are releasing–could they then accept the described consideration and still turn around and pursue legal action against the released party once they become aware of the grounds for their claim?

Video Recording on Private Property in California

  February 1, 2017     By Gehres Law Group, P.C.
Over the years, clients have inquired about the legality of installing video cameras on their privately owned commercial real estate or business premises. The short answer is that such recordings are legal in California. However, a more complete answer requires that legal counsel for the client determine whether such recordings violate (or may foreseeably violate) a person’s constitutional right or reasonable expectation of privacy in the recorded area.

How to Handle Natural Disaster Insurance Claims

  February 1, 2017     By Layfield & Barrett
Need to file a natural disaster insurance claim? Get all the information you need for a successful claim from our 15-step process.

Understanding the Laws on Underage Drinking in California

  January 30, 2017     By Layfield & Barrett
Consumption of alcohol below the age of 21 is a criminal offense. Ensure that you are not breaking any of these other laws regarding underage drinking.

Bicycle Accident Insurance: What Would Your Attorney Recommend?

  January 27, 2017     By Power Legal Group, PC
Bicyclists and drivers share a lot of the same roads, but their transportation modes are completely different.

How to Get the Maximum Payout You’re Entitled To From the Insurance Company Without the Hassle

  January 27, 2017     By Kuzyk Law, LLP
When you’re injured in a car accident, you’ll definitely be in touch with insurance companies. Some are faster than others, and they all want to get you your money. But, of course, the money they offer is usually way, way less than what they may owe, and that puts you in a very tough position. On one hand, you can get your money all up front, and then you’ll be done with any paperwork and additional hassle.

Rights in a California Franchise Dispute

  January 25, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Many small business owners choose to open a franchise for various reasons. Franchise arrangements allow a new, inexperienced business owner to experience some of the benefits of small business ownership without having to completely “go it alone.”

What is Copyright Infringement?

  January 25, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Copyright infringement can cost a business owner or the creator of a copyrighted work dearly. Not only does the owner or creator of the work now have to contend with attempting to sell or use his or her work in a marketplace that also contains the unauthorized reproduction, but the owner or creator is at a distinct disadvantage in that he or she has invested the time and resources into creating the copyrighted work and needs to recoup these costs whereas the competitor is not in such a position.

10 Lies Auto Insurance Companies Tell You After a Car Accident

  January 25, 2017     By Kuzyk Law, LLP
Insurance companies deal with car accidents all the time, and their process to sweep it away is highly efficient.

Multi-Discipline, Integrated Health Care Practices

  January 25, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
Physicians sometimes team up with chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other health care providers to offer integrated care.

Legal Structure for a Medical Practice with 50/50 Shareholders

  January 25, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
The key to the structure is this: The two physician / shareholders can either work together, or they can breakup.

What is the Biggest Mistake that District Courts Make in Antitrust Cases?

  January 25, 2017     By Bona Law PC
This articles describes how federal trial courts sometimes confuse the pleading standards for antitrust cases.

Are You a Young Driver in California? Here’s What You Need to Know!

  January 23, 2017     By Layfield & Barrett
Just got your license? Ready to get on the road? Before you grab your keys, here are few laws in California that wouldn’t hurt to take a quick look at.

When to Hire an Attorney for Your California Creditor-Debtor Rights Dispute

  January 20, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Creditor-debtor rights disputes can place a small business in a precarious situation.

Patent Ownership is Not Based on The Date of Postmark

  January 20, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
The Postmark Is Dead. [This] refers to the notion that a person could prove inventorship and a date of invention by documenting the idea and sending the document through the Postal Service with the postmark as proof of the date of invention.

Ridesharing and Liability in Auto Accidents

  January 16, 2017     By John M. O'Brien & Associates
Ridesharing services have increased in popularity across the country in the past years, but this has brought to attention a wave of consumers’ questions about liability when an accident occurs. These types of accidents can be complicated, and, depending on the circumstances, liability can drastically change. Additionally, ridesharing drivers are not employees of the company they are driving for. In most cases, Uber and Lyft do not claim legal responsibility for their drivers.

5 Most Notable Supreme Court Rulings in 2016

  January 13, 2017     By Layfield & Barrett
2016 has come and gone, leaving us with some major rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States on many current issues including immigration, abortion and gun ownership.

How to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer and Get the Compensation You Actually Deserve

  January 12, 2017     By Kuzyk Law, LLP
Insurance company representatives are usually quick to help pay for your car’s damage and immediate medical bills. But stop. Wait a second. Why are they so fast about it?

What Bicyclists Should Do in Hit-and-Run Accidents

  January 12, 2017     By Power Legal Group, PC
In the case of a hit and run accident, what is a bicyclist to do? There are several important things to keep in mind at all times. One of those things is to contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney.

Intellectual Property Protection for New Product Inventions

  January 9, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
New Product Inventions Require the Right Protection. Without the right intellectual property protections, your new product ideas and inventions are just as likely to benefit another business as your own.

Why Do Small Businesses Need an Attorney?

  January 4, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
When looking for a law firm to represent your business, look for a firm experienced in helping small business owners.

The Definition and Benefits of an LLC

  January 4, 2017     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
By becoming familiar with pros and cons of LLCs, entrepreneurs can better decide whether the LLC business entity is the right choice for their business.

Installment Buy-in to a Medical Practice

  January 4, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
There are two basic elements to a buy-in: the amount of the buy-in price, and the time over which the price is paid. In this article, I discuss the latter element– buy-in to a medical practice in installments over time. I leave the first element, the amount of the buy-in price, to certified appraisers and the like.

Seven Legal Issues Facing Startup Software Companies

  December 30, 2016     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
You have an idea for a new software program and a passion for business, but will that be enough for you and your software startup company to succeed?

California General and Limited Partnerships and LLCs - What’s Best for Your Business

  December 27, 2016     By The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson
Without a written partnership agreement for a business which two or more people own and operate in California, it may well be deemed to be a general partnership with each of the partners jointly and severally liable for the acts of the others and no mechanism for resolving deadlocks which require a majority vote. Business partners should have a partnership agreement drafted by an experienced partnership attorney and should understand the differences between partnerships and LLCs.

Band Agreements, Band Entities, Band Trademarks and Copyrights

  December 23, 2016     By The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson
In order to avoid disputes later, a band needs a band agreement which states how the band will divide their profits and which provides how decisions shall be made, how departing band members will be paid and the rights to use the band name after a break up or a band member departs. With the advice of a music lawyer, the right business entity can be chosen, and a music attorney in California can be utilized to obtain copyrights, and trademarks for the band name.

The Truth about Insurance Companies and Auto Accident Injury Claims

  December 19, 2016     By Kuzyk Law, LLP
There’s a lot that happens after an auto accident. One of those things is the claim to the insurance companies. You may find that when you are owed compensation for damages and injuries, the offer they put forth is nowhere near adequate. (In many unfortunate cases, people find this out well after the fact, since bills and expenses accrue over time, long after the insurance company has paid them out some crazy lowball amount.)

ADR Services that Work Best

  December 12, 2016     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forms can be quite helpful for business owners who find themselves ensnared in legal disputes and conflicts with customers and/or other businesses. Litigation takes time, and as the old saying goes, “Time is money.”

Five Ways to Manage Business Startup Legal Expenses

  December 12, 2016     By JGPC Business & Corporate Law
Money: without sufficient amounts of it, your new business idea is not likely to get very far. When starting a business or project, it is crucial to ensure that you have enough capital to pay for your startup expenses.

Buy-in to a Business

  December 12, 2016     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
There are two basic elements for when a new shareholder buys into a business: the amount of the buy-in price, and the time over which the price is paid. This discussion is about the latter element-- buy-in to a business in installments over time.

California Waste, Trash and Garbage Truck Accidents - The Danger Is Real

  December 8, 2016     By The Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson
They’re massive, heavy, cumbersome, they don’t turn easily, they have blind spots, move in a jerky fashion, have to frequently back up and they can be deadly. They are unlike other trucks because their movements are unpredictable and erratic, and that’s even if the driver is properly trained and attentive. The dangers of garbage, waste, trash and recycling trucks to pedestrians, children playing, the elderly, people walking dogs, talking to neighbors, getting the mail or driving cars are real.

The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of Insider Trading – A Big Win for Prosecutors

  December 8, 2016     By Shustak Reynolds & Partners, PC
For the first time since 1983 when the Supreme Court issued its decision in Dirks v. SEC, the Supreme Court yesterday clarified what “personal benefit” the tipper of non-public, inside information must receive from the tippee to sustain a conviction against the tippee who trades on that inside information.

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