How to Hire a Great Business Lawyer?

Written by Arleen Atienza This article was originally published on UpCounsel. A good foundation is crucial in starting any business and one of the pillars that keep a business stout and upright is a great business lawyer. As a business owner, you want to allot your focus and energy in running and growing the business while someone else is on top of understanding the legalities that surround the business. Just how crucial is it to have an attorney right at … Continued

Where Do I File For Bankruptcy?

Filing for bankruptcy is a federal matter, therefore your case would be filed in federal Court.  Be careful though; it’s not as simple as driving down to the nearest Federal Courthouse and filing your case.  Specifically, you have to file your case at the Bankruptcy Court which in some cases are not located in the same Federal Court where other Federal cases are filed. The other important thing to know is that each state is divided into districts.  If you … Continued

Car Insurance: Why It’s Wise To Have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

IT’s a great idea to invest in adding a certain coverage to your automobile insurance policy called “UIM / UM” coverage. UIM stands for Under-Insured Motorist, while UM stands for Uninsured Motorist. Especially if you live in Southern California where many people drive without insurance, having this extra add-on to your policy is an awesome investment to protect yourself.  Usually the coverage costs a little bit more, but can save you a lot of money if you’re in a car accident.  … Continued

California Bankruptcy Basics: When To Use 703 Versus 704 Exemptions To Protect Your Property

**Please note that this blog article is not to be construed as legal advice, nor does it create an attorney / client relationship.  Please consult an attorney or contact our office should you desire a consultation** Here in California, when preparing your bankruptcy paperwork, one of the critical components of your paperwork includes your “Schedules”.  These Schedules are, as I like to call them, the heartbeat of your bankruptcy as in this set of papers you disclose your income, expenses, … Continued

California Bankruptcy Exemptions as of August 2017

Please note that the California exemption statutes below are as of August 2017.  They do change periodically so please consult with a bankruptcy professional (such as me), or go online to the bankruptcy court website prior to relying on any numbers in case they’ve changed. When you file bankruptcy, the laws in California allow you to protect or “exempt” certain assets up to certain amounts.  Keep in mind that if you’re not able to protect certain assets using applicable laws, … Continued

Think It’s Better To Sue? Think Again.

  **Please note that this blog article is not to be construed as legal advice, nor does it create an attorney / client relationship.  Please consult an attorney or contact our office should you desire a consultation** So you’re getting stonewalled by the insurance company.  They either don’t want to pay you or they’re offering you some ridiculously low number to compensate you for your injuries sustained in a car accident.   Maybe a business partner screwed you over and they’re … Continued

New California Cell Phone / Driving Laws for 2017

Were you aware that a new set of cell phone & driving laws became effective on January 1, 2017? Many people didn’t know! Before you could try to use the excuse that you were trying to program the GPS on your phone or take a selfie – those days are gone. And rightfully so. Here is a breakdown of the new law so you can drive better and keep our roads safe. As far as I am concerned, the laws … Continued

Auto Accident Claims: Not As Easy As You Think

  Recently I have been meeting more and more clients who have come to me to resolve their automobile accident claim after they have already tried doing it on their own.  In every case, they had gone into it thinking “why pay a lawyer for something I can do on my own?”  In every case, they had done things to materially damage their case, and ultimately their settlements.  For those that had already settled their cases but decided to consult … Continued

Do I File For Bankruptcy or Divorce First?

Do I File for Bankruptcy or Divorce First? Are you ready to file for bankruptcy? Is a divorce filing also looming on the horizon? Getting this right all comes down to timing. This critical factor will play a role in whether you file bankruptcy or divorce first. Please continue reading to find out if you should file for divorce before or after a bankruptcy filing. Divorce and Bankruptcy: How Do They Affect One Another? Generally speaking, going through the bankruptcy … Continued

What To Look For When Screening a Tenant in Los Angeles

Let me start by saying the following is not written as legal advice, whatsoever. I write this as a casual observer who has witnessed many landlords suffer over the years due to their own kindness and naivety. I write this to hopefully help landlords who are new to the game, figure out how to properly screen tenants so they don’t find themselves in a world of trouble by letting the wrong person into their property. For those of you that … Continued