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Real estate transactions require careful planning. After all, it isn’t every day that you buy or sell something as valuable as property, so you shouldn’t rush into any decision. When in doubt, hiring a professional who can help you is...

If you’ve ever bought, sold, or leased property, you’d know that the process comes with many legal nuances. Before finalizing any transaction, it’s important to review documents thoroughly and check for potential conflicts—all of which require some knowledge of relevant...

One of the most challenging aspects of California employment laws is worker classification. While this may seem minor, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement estimates that worker misclassification results in losses of about $7 billion per year for the...

Whether you’re an employer or employee, you must be aware of the applicable employment laws to stay protected. But this is much easier said than done, given all the rules and statutes to remember.  It’s especially challenging in California, known for...

Whether you’re an employer or employee, you must be aware of the applicable labour law to stay protected. These cover various areas, such as minimum wages, meals and rest breaks, workplace safety, and more. While some labour laws have been active...

How to Deal with Wrongful Termination Wrongful termination is an issue that runs rampant among unemployed individuals. It’s especially common when the economy is struggling to stay afloat. For instance, there was a 3.6% spike in unemployment cases between January and...

Every year, about 400,000 individuals file personal injury claims across the nation. Of those cases, only about 4% will ever reach court. The vast majority of them will get resolved outside of court through a settlement. So, how does a settlement happen? It...

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Do you feel like you're in a toxic workplace? The signs aren't always noticeable upfront, and you must pay close attention. The most prominent signs of a toxic work environment include sexual harassment, workplace intimidation, racial discrimination, high turnover, among...

When you can't resolve a dispute with someone else, where do you turn? If the other person hasn't broken the law, then do you have any legal recourse at all? Thankfully, you do! Torts, which are actions that cause harm to someone...

AV 3182 addresses accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on residential property. This will help property owners qualify for construction loans; however, Gov. Newsom vetoed a bill addressing the currently limited construction loan market. This, however, does not count towards the short-term rental...

Wrongful termination is an issue that runs rampant among unemployed individuals. Proving Wrongful Termination Because most employees are categorized as at-will employment, this means that they can quit at any time. For instance, an employee cannot be fired for whistleblowing or refusing to...

When an employer or employee goes to court concerning work-related issues, it can make life at the office difficult. At such times, you'll be required to make several decisions under pressure, and a good lawyer can be invaluable in helping...

More than six million homes -- that's how many get sold in the US every year. This is likely to go up, seeing as 84% of Americans say that buying a house is now a big priority for them. This...

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Did you know one in 20 insured homes has a homeowner's insurance claim each year? Whether you need to file a home or medical insurance claim, don't rush the process. Instead, you should consider requesting the help of an insurance lawyer first. With...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received more than 76,418 charges of workplace discrimination in the year 2018. These cases confirm the rise in employment-related lawsuits over the last year in the United States. Most Americans have become more aware of their...

'reA good real estate attorney can be worth their weight in gold. There is no other legal professional who can offer the specialization skills a real estate attorney can offer you. Real estate attorney specializations range from matters related to mortgage...

A partnership agreement can be an excellent way to start a company. A business partnership can deepen an existing friendship, or it can drive a wedge between a relationship that can never be repaired. If you’re thinking about going into...

A company’s trade secrets are its lifeblood, and the misappropriation of a patent not yet secured or some other type of confidential information can be the costliest loss a business can sustain.  California is home to countless Silicon Valley startups, much...

A company has two key assets – its employees and its customers. What are the benefits of these types of agreements? To better understand what a no-hire or non-solicitation agreement is, consider this scenario: If you hire a star creative director who...

When you’re launching a new company, an employee handbook can be one of the most important documents in your business files. Even a small company should have an employee handbook, because having information in writing can help prevent miscommunication while...

Regardless of where you work or what you do, there is always potential for workplace harassment. Workplace harassment occurs when someone says or does something that creates a hostile work environment for you or other employees. Sometimes the harassment may...

Employees are one of the most valuable assets of a company, but if a legal conflict ever arises, they can also be one of the biggest liabilities to you as a business owner. Employment litigation can be very costly not...

The Specialty Automotive Manufacturers Association's annual convention took place in Las Vegas, Nevada during the first week in November 2014.  SEMA is attended by OEM and aftermarket automotive manufacturers and suppliers worldwide.  Firm attorneys attend the convention annually, in a...

Regulating Short-Term Rentals In Homeowners Associations An article by Fernald & Zaffos partner Brandon C. Fernald on the growing controversy surrounding short-term rentals and how homeowners associations can effectively regulate them was recently published in Focus Magazine–a homeowners association industry publication....

FLG partner Brandon C. Fernald will be appearing as an expert panelist at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 3 and 4, 2015. SEMA has invited various attorneys specializing in specific legal areas...

Fernald & Zaffos attorneys are often called upon to represent insurance agents and brokers in litigation involving alleged professional negligence. An article spotlighting the legal issues faced by insurance. The article is excerpted here with a link below: California presents a...

FLG Attorney Brandon C. Fernald was published in the Community Associations Institute Channel Islands Chapter first quarter 2016 magazine.  The article discusses the impact of new legislation on homeowners association (HOA) rules governing the use of clotheslines.  With increasing water...

The California Supreme Court in a unanimous decision in Baltazar v. Forever 21, Inc. Case No. S208345 (March 28, 2016) reaffirmed its decision in Armendariz v. Foundation Health, 24 Cal.4th 83 (2000), which is the case employment arbitration agreement was measured in California....

Statement from lawyer Brandon C. Fernald, representing Daniel and Mary Lou Perelmutter in their lawsuit against Minnie Driver, Perelmutter v. Weinberg, et al., filed May 6, 2016. Ms. Driver with the assistance of her counsel are misconstruing what is really going...

How to File a Lawsuit after Havasu Boat Explosion? In October 2015, Ryan Mitchell and his family were on their powerboat in Lake Havasu watching a jet ski competition when a fiery explosion tore through vessel, cracking it half and...

FLG recently won an early dismissal of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a national insurance brokerage on statute of limitations grounds.  Plaintiff alleged that the broker had failed to properly tender a claim, which resulted in a denial of coverage and...

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