I work with small business owners every day.  Aside from guiding them on asset protection, tax planning, employee and hiring issues, and the like, I often suggest my clients take the time to ask themselves the following questions on a regular basis.  It is simply good business practice.  So, if you are a small business …

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Recently, a number of businesses have been the recipients of demand letters and/or lawsuits alleging their websites are not accessible to persons with visual disabilities. Typically, most of the demands seek a settlement of $5,500, which includes the minimum statutory penalty of $4,000 plus attorneys fees of $1,500.  These claims are made for violations of …

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The vast majority of yacht brokers and salespersons in California use the standardized California Yacht Brokers Association Purchase Agreement. Paragraph 11 of that Agreement states as follows: Except as stated in paragraph 9, the Vessel is sold “AS IS,” “WHERE IS,” and “WITH ALL FAULTS,” neither seller, broker, nor any cooperating broker, nor any of …

“As Is”, “Where Is”, and “With All Faults” – What Does That Mean? Read More »

“PRESS RELEASE TEMPORARY IMPORT PERMIT Mexico City, November 17th 2020 To the Boating Community The Banjercito office in Ensenada recently announced that it will no longer accept the Bill of Sale as proof of ownership of the vessel in absence of the USCG Documentation or Registration. Banjercito will only accept an invoice which includes the …

Beware – Ensenada No Longer Accepts Bill of Sale for Proof of Ownership Read More »

Your business assets are owned by, or your beautiful new boat is owned by, an LLC, but who gets the LLC when you die?  The way you determine who inherits your membership interest in an LLC when you die (rather than the state making the determination) is by adopting one of the following methods while …

Who Will Inherit Your Membership Interest in Your LLC When You Die? Read More »

In a longshore case, an attorney can collect a fee only if successful in prosecuting the case for the claimant. 33 U.S.C. § 928. In the overwhelming majority of successful cases fees and costs are paid by either the employer or the employer’s insurance carrier. Under the LHWCA, an attorney may not collect a retainer …

When Does The Responsibility to Pay Attorneys’ Fees Shift to Employer or Insurance Carrier in LHWCA Cases? Read More »