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Frequently Asked Questions about California Workers’ Compensation, Bankruptcy, Business Law and Estate Planning

Answers from experienced attorneys in Santa Ana and Ontario, California

At Invictus Law, P.C., we bring heart and compassion to our practice. And that’s why we make sure to answer your questions. Our goal is to shoulder your legal burden, so you can focus on healing, recovering from financial debt, operating your business or planning for your future. We proudly serve all communities in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

These are answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently.

Workers’ compensation

Bankruptcy

Business law

Estate planning

A tailored approach, a cost-effective strategy and personal touch — experience the difference

At Invictus Law, P.C., we welcome your questions at our offices in Santa Ana and Ontario, California. We take calls around the clock to give you answers when you need them. Call us now at (949) 287-5711 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Se habla Español.


Workers’ compensation

If my employer’s workers’ comp insurance company is handling my case, why do I need a lawyer?

Not all cases go as smoothly as they should. You might disagree with the initial assessment of your medical condition. Likewise, you might disagree with the treatment. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are fully experienced in this specific area of the law and help to protect your interests while securing full and fair benefits for your illness or injury.

What do I do if my benefits end or are denied?

What to do if your benefits end or are denied requires two different approaches, depending on whether you have received temporary or permanent benefits and what your doctor’s assessment of your recovery is. When benefits are denied, we can file a case to challenge the California Workers’ Compensation Board’s initial decision.

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Bankruptcy

Do I risk my job if I file for bankruptcy?

By federal law, your employer cannot discharge you because you file for bankruptcy.

Can I keep my home if I file for bankruptcy?

Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code allows wage earners to keep their homes and other property. Our bankruptcy attorneys walk you through the eligibility process and help you determine whether bankruptcy — and even more specifically if Chapter 13 — is right for you.

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Business law

I want to start a business but I don’t know how to go about it legally. What’s my first step?

Come talk it over in a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys at Invictus Law, P.C. We’ll listen to your concept, discuss a business plan that includes your intended customers and products or services, and develop a strategy for moving forward.

What’s the difference between a C corporation and an S corporation?

A C corporation is automatically formed if you decide to incorporate. An S corporation offers some distinctive tax advantages, as income passes to shareholders in proportion to the number of shares owned. Each shareholder, however, must sign and file paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service. Our business formation attorneys can go into detail about how either of these — or another — business structure can best suit your needs.

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Estate planning

Do I really need a will?

Without a legally valid will, the court decides how your hard-earned assets get distributed. Your will also allows you to stipulate for the care of your minor children. Additionally, a will can establish trusts to preserve your assets and potentially avoid probate.

Can I be sued if I’m the personal representative of my mother’s estate?

An heir, beneficiary or creditor can file a claim against the estate. You can be sued if an heir or beneficiary believes you are not carrying out your fiduciary duties appropriately, for example, by mismanaging funds.

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