Business Succession Plans: An Important Part of Estate Planning

The sad fact is, most small businesses do not survive the transition to the second generation when the first generation passes. Small business owners should include business succession plans in their overall estate plan, or the business will become part of the...

Injured? Processing Insurance Claims? Some Tips

If you’ve been in an accident and you are in the process of working through your insurance claims, a little knowledge goes a long way. Insurance companies are there for a reason, but they are not really your friend, even if the agent wants it to seem that way. I...

California Child Custody Laws

Divorce happens, and children are often involved in the process. For parents that are going to file for divorce, the children will be the most important variable to carefully consider. Who will the children live with? How close to both parents will they be? What...

Sexting- Is It A Crime?

In its various forms, “sexting” is the transmission of nude images or suggestive material via text messages. Such transmission can be textual or image-based and typically occurs via cell phones, smart phones, computers, etc. However, it is typically the...

The Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are crimes motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically involving violence.  Some gang cases can be charged as hate crimes, and speech alone may be the basis for hate crimes. Under certain circumstances, misdemeanors can sometimes be elevated...

What Exactly Is Identity Theft?

IDENTITY THEFT OCCURS WHEN SOMEONE REPRESENTS THAT HE/SHE IS YOU BY USING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND DOES SO FOR EITHER FRAUDULENT OR OTHER UNLAWFUL, IMPROPER PURPOSES. Identity theft can occur when someone uses your personal information to open a “new account,”...