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Professional Businesswoman and Male Lawyers Working and Discussion Having at Law Firm in Office

Before any case goes to trial, there is a period for what is called “discovery.” Discovery is the phase when both sides collect and exchange information about the case, including relevant documents, witness statements, and more.

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Business Man Reading Agreement Paper Before Sign Document

If you file suit against someone for $100,000 and win, but your attorney’s fees total $45,000, can you get the losing party to cover those expenses? The answer in California, as in almost every jurisdiction, is no, but there are a few exceptions that may allow you to recover your attorney’s fees.

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When the COVID-19 threat forced governments to order lockdowns, essentially crippling or halting altogether the operations of thousands of businesses in California and across the nation, owners turned to their commercial property insurance, or to their separate business interruption insurance, to see if they could recoup their losses from the pandemic.

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A person investigates business documents

If you operate a business, you may find yourself the victim of fraud by contractors or others with whom you do business. Conversely, you yourself may be accused of fraud for certain actions you undertook or failed to undertake. How do you know when actual fraud has taken place, and what are the legal remedies – or consequences – if ...

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A woman standing in the door of an open business

You’re operating a profitable business, and a consumer comes in and asks if you’ve seen the latest Facebook post about your business. The customer then informs you that the post claims your products are a ripoff from someone else’s patent, and wants to know if that is true.

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Two men shaking hands over a desk

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to businesses in a variety of ways. Shutdowns, supply chain disruptions, and shifting consumer demands have wreaked havoc on the way businesses operate. Many have not survived, while others are facing monumental change.

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Two Hands Preparing to Shake over Paper on Clipboard with Pen

As if businesses weren’t subject to enough trouble from lawsuits — real and frivolous — before COVID-19 arrived, the pandemic only exacerbated the challenges of running a business. Employees, consumers, suppliers, competitors, and other parties all seem ready to rush to the courtroom to drain your pockets.

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The California Corporations Code governs how individuals and entities can file articles of incorporation. The code also stipulates that, unless the articles specify the number of directors for the new corporation, the new entity must also create corporate bylaws.

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Employee signing contract

Most employment in California is “at-will,” meaning either employee or employer can end the relationship at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all, so long as it’s not an illegal act like discrimination. When an employment agreement exists between employer and employee, then the rules of the game change.

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