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You just lost your job. 
You apply for unemployment and get a denial. 
California's budget crisis is forcing benefits to be cut in all areas.  But if you know your rights and defend them appropriately, you don't have to be collateral damage. Don't let the administrative process steal the benefits that you are entitled to. You CAN win!
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Litigation, even in small claims court, requires filing fees. California courts do not want fees to prevent people from seeking justice. If your income falls below certain levels, you can fill out some paperwork and the court will waive your fees. This is especially helpful in Family Court where motioning to get Child Support can cost over $200 in filing fees!
Businesses all over the world benefit from incorporating. 
Limited liability, faster growth potential and perpetual life are only some of the benefits you can enjoy by choosing this business form as opposed to a sole proprietorship. By doing some of the work yourself before seeing an attorney you can greatly reduce the costs associated with incorporation.

How to Incorporate Your Small Business

  1.   Draft  "Articles of Incorporation".              [Sample]
              Include:       Corporation's name
                                 Names of incorporators
                                 Its purposes, duration, minimum capital
       The number of shares that can issue, specify voting right 
             of shareholders, and any other rights of shareholders
       Name and address of responsible party for legal service
       Names and addresses of the first directors

  2.  Get a federal tax identification number    [SS-4 Form]

  3.  Draft "Bylaws" for your corporation.
                Include:    Description of Directors' Authority
      How, When and Where shareholders' and directors' 
             meetings are held, and how long directors serve
      Duties and responsibilities of officers, and length of service
      How stock is issued
      Other matters, i.e. employment or procurement contracts

  4.   Have a competent attorney review your work for legal     
        sufficiency, and ask for their input.

Tired of skeletons lurking in your closet?
Wish you didn't have to explain to potential employers something embarrassing on your criminal record?

The state of California agrees that rehabilitated individuals shouldn't have to carry a criminal record their entire lives.

[Record cleaning information]


Both misdemeanor and felony convictions can be expunged after terms of probation and parole have been successfully completed, usually within three years of the conviction or within three years of your release (if you served a sentence).
In many counties it is a simple form.  [form]

Juvenile Record Sealing

Juvenile records are not automatically sealed upon your 18th birthday. You must affirmatively petition the juvenile court to have them sealed. You can do this by filing out a form and filing it with the juvenile court in the county in which you were convicted. Contact the juvenile court in the county you were convicted, and ask them to send you a copy of the form used in that county.

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BE ADVISED ---- The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Without knowing you, or your factual circumstances, there is no way I could effectively counsel you. The Information on this page and throughout this website is provided so that you can attempt to assist yourself, if you so choose. No attorney-client relationship arises from reading the information on this page.
What are the benefits of a placing your personal residence into a Land Trust?
A Land Trust is comprised of two legal documents:
    1.  A trust agreement between the trustor and the trustee, which establishes the rights, powers, duties and obligations of the parties; and
    2.  A deed from the trustor to the trustee.

Succession and Probate Avoidance – Under a land trust agreement, the party creating the trust can retain sole control over the property during his or her lifetime, with succession in ownership becoming effective upon death without the expense of going through probate proceedings.

Owner protection – If the property in trust is owned by more than one individual, the title to the property may become faulty and unmerchantable because of death, legal disability, divorce, judgments and many other types of litigation affecting one of the co-owners. When the property is held in a land trust, a judgment against one of the beneficiaries does not automatically constitute a lien upon the real estate held in trust. Thus, a beneficiary is provided with an extra measure of protection against lawsuits.

Privacy of ownership – Under a land trust, unless required by law, the identity of the real owner is not disclosed to the public, keeping parties involved confidential. 

Disposing of a partial interest – The disposition of a partial interest in property may be advantageous for estate planning purposes. A land trust simplifies the common problem of disposing of a partial interest in a property since the beneficial interest under a land trust can be transferred by assignment.

Retain Same Tax Advantages - You are still eligible for the homeowner's and senior citizen's real estate tax exemptions.

*** Beneficiaries will still be liable for injuries that occur on the property unless an LLC is established to hold title. This is especially necessary to protect the personal financial assets of residential landlords. *****