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Personal Injury: Car Accidents and Proving Fault

Understanding the factors that determine who is to blame for a car, motorcycle, or bicycle accident can be key in filing your personal injury claims. As with any type of accident, finding fault in a traffic accident is a matter of deciding who was careless or “negligent.” In most cases, common sense will prevail, butContinue Reading

Prepare to Meet Your Lawyer: The Uncomfortable Estate Planning Questions

For many, estate planning feels uncomfortable it forces us to acknowledge human limits; that we may become incapacitated mentally or physically; who gets what after we pass away; and what provisions we want taken for end of life care. Facing mortality is one of the hardest things we must do in life, but meeting withContinue Reading

Understanding the Basic of Estate Planning Part II: Do You Need an Estate Plan?

When you hear estate planning you may think of giant mansions, jets and yachts, or maybe a precious heirloom diamond broach from your great-great Aunt Myrtle. Simply put, estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging, during a person’s life, for the management and disposal of your property and assets either during your lifetimeContinue Reading

An Expert Witness Defined: A Beginner’s Guide

It is difficult to imagine anything simpler than the definition of an expert witness – someone who can help the jury understand something, some aspect of the factual dispute, or possibly even an ultimate fact that the jury must decide on. California Evidence Code §720 defines an expert as a person qualified to testify basedContinue Reading

The Aggravated White Collar Crime Enhancement: the Freeze and Seize Power of the Government

In 1995, the California Legislature enacted Penal Code §186.11 to add two arrows to the quiver of prosecuting attorneys. Penal Code §186.11 can sting a defendant in two ways: The first holds additional incarceration and fines over a defendant’s head. The second arrow of this section is potentially more damaging to a defendant and hisContinue Reading