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What You Need to Know About S Corporations in California

Are you looking to start a new business in California? If so, you may have heard about S corporations. However, contrary to popular belief, an S corporation is not a business structure — it is a tax status. Any standard...more

1/24/2014 - Articles of Incorporation Business Formation Choice of Entity Incorporation S-Corporation Small Business Formation

What is DBA Filing?

A DBA name or doing business as name is a fictitious business name that is different from your personal name. When you create a business, your company’s name defaults to the name of the person or organization who owns it. To...more

12/2/2013 - Ficticious Business Name Filing Requirements Sole Proprietorship

Changing Directions: Tips for Buying or Selling A Business

Businesses of all sizes change hands every year. Whether you intend to sell or are looking to buy, planning is key to your venture. Our law firm helps clients move through business changes including the sale or purchase of a...more

10/24/2013 - Business Ownership Purchase Agreement Sales Small Business

High Flying Merger Meets Justice Department Impasse

As business law attorneys, we help our clients acquire, consolidate and merge their commercial interests. Sometimes attractive merger strategies run afoul of regulatory strategies, as in the recent matter of the proposed...more

10/10/2013 - Airlines American Airlines Aviation Industry DOJ US Airways

Theft of Trade Secrets — Are Yours at Risk?

Computer specialist Edward Snowden was charged in June with espionage and theft of government property. Snowden revealed details he obtained of secret surveillance programs conducted by the American and British government...more

10/8/2013

Due Diligence When Buying a Business

Savvy consumers always conduct certain research and inspections before agreeing to purchase an item of substantial value. This is because the duty is largely upon the buyer to assess the value of the thing he or she is...more

9/19/2013 - Acquisitions Business Ownership Due Diligence Purchase Agreement

Property Encumbrances to Avoid

Quality is important when investing large amounts of capital into a piece of real estate. However, while savvy buyers closely examine the physical aspects of a property, certain nontangible defects may escape notice. These...more

9/4/2013 - Easements Liens Property Owners Real Estate Market Restrictive Covenants

The Importance of Special Needs Trusts

The San Francisco Chronicle recently featured an excerpt of an article called “Onslaught of Autism: A Mom’s Crusade Could Help Unravel Scientific Mystery.” The full article by Jane Kay was published in the Environmental...more

8/5/2013 - Disability Estate Planning Special Needs Trust

Starting a Business? Start the Right Business.

After many years of working for other people, you’ve decided to strike out on your own and start a small business in your home town. You have the financial means and some initial ideas to get things going, but you are unsure...more

8/3/2013 - Business Formation C-Corporation Legal Entities LLC LLPs Small Business Sole Proprietorship

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