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Mortgages After Bankruptcy

By Kenneth White |

There is a common belief that declaring bankruptcy means you are going to lose your home. However, that is not necessarily the case. For example, one California bankruptcy exemption allows you to keep about $22,000 worth of real estate. Of course, your home is probably worth more than $22,000, but your equity in the… Read More »

Flexible Purpose Corporations

By Kenneth White |

Hollywood movies love to play out the battle between good and evil by pitting the Passionate Do-Gooder against the Evil Corporation. The Do-Gooder cares about justice, nature and people, while the Corporation only cares about one thing: money. California just might change all that. In 2011, the California legislature enacted the Corporate Flexibility Act,… Read More »

The Role of the Probate Referee

By Kenneth White |

The word “referee” may conjure images of a guy in a black-and-white striped shirt waving his arms and blowing a whistle. But in California, the word has a very different meaning that shows up in a more solemn context: estate settlement. In fact, California is the only state in the nation that employs professional… Read More »

What Are 3 Intellectual Property Mistakes Often Made By Startup Business Owners?

By Kenneth White |

What Are 3 Intellectual Property Mistakes Often Made By Startup Business Owners? Entrepreneurs Don’t Always Choose Distinct Branding and Trademarks Generally speaking, a trademark (or service mark) is a name, word, phrase, design or symbol that allows entrepreneurs to easily identify and distinguish their goods or services from the goods or services of other… Read More »

When Is A Contract Not A Contract?

By Kenneth White |

There is an old joke that a verbal contract is not worth the paper it is written on. It is true that having an agreement in writing is always preferable to a verbal agreement — but in some cases, even a written contract can turn out not to be worth the paper it is… Read More »

Can I Be Fired For Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim In California?

By Kenneth White |

California employees injured on the job are entitled to medical treatment, temporary total disability benefits (“TTD”), temporary partial disability (“TPD”), and permanent disability (“PD”) depending on the extent of their injury.  Although a workers’ compensation claim is not necessarily a lawsuit against the employer, employers sometimes take offense to an employee filing workers’ compensation… Read More »

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